July 1st-2nd - Happy Canada Day

Per usual, our trip started out somewhat inauspiciously when we got stopped at the SMF airport security. Apparently the bag we borrowed from our friend had a knife in it, which was, you know, just the perfect way to start things off. Especially considering last time I went to the airport they told us me that my name was for some reason on the terrorist watch list. So now I am on the terrorist watch list and have tried to take knives through airport security.  Hopefully they let me back int he country. After that unlucky start things looked up as our steward announced that "Today is Canada's Birthday!" Happy Canada Day! That's right, they call it Canada day, I know it's weird. When we got to Vancouver things were even weirder, the immigration people for some reason where bullet proof vests and I must say are humorless people. After we successfully made it through they told us we could go some secret "international transit" way through the airport. This involved giving us pink-bathroom-pass type cards and being escorted into an elevator they said "Authorized Personnel Only" It was very, Alias-esque. Or maybe we just are easily intrigued. At any rate we made it to Canada with only a few security related blips. Next up is the 11 hour flight to Beijing....

Posted on July 2, 2008 and filed under Adventures in the World.