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HCC in China: Day 15

Guest blogger Tim Parenti reports for the Heinz Chapel Choir as they tour China... Well, I'm still as jet-lagged as ever (getting over it a bit, but I've got a ways to go).  Anyway, it's been four days at home now, so it's about time I write about our final day.  Of course, I'm multitasking at the moment, watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with my mother on TV, but that's beside the point.  Anyway, let's get on with it. Day 15 – Tuesday 12 May 2009 15:2009年5月12日(星期二) You wouldn't ordinarily expect a day of long flights to be all that eventful, and for the most part, it wasn't.  But the day wasn't without hiccups. After a quick final breakfast at the hotel, we packed up and said goodbye to our local tour guide, Yvonne. We bade farewell to Hong Kong, lined up to check in, and made our way to the plane for our departure.

Unfortunately, there were some issues with the airline staff over the serving of peanuts on our flight… something I'm amazed wasn't taken care of beforehand by the touring agency.  Nevertheless, it prevented one of our number from flying with us.  Because of her severe peanut allergy, our friend was waylaid in Hong Kong a while longer. A few stayed behind for support and to help sort things out, including Mr. Goldsmith and his wife, and eventually everyone got back, even if it was a day later than expected.  And now, the truly weary travelers have returned to the States, many stories in tow, ready to share their experiences with their families, their friends, and the rest of the world. A very few pictures from Day 15 can be found here.  But honestly, how interesting is a long flight? Coming up: Pictures galore!  Give me some time to get them all online, but they'll be there, and you'll be soon to know… stay tuned!

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