First up back at the airport was a much needed shower. My preferred lounge for a shower in Narita is the United Club since they sometimes give out pretty good amenity kits. No such luck today with only some generic stuff available.
After the shower, I helped myself to a beer from the only in Japan beer machines.
I got bored and still had about 45 minutes before my flight, I decided to switch to the ANA lounge that was closer to my departure gate. This is the lounge to head to in Narita for business class or Star gold passengers since the food and drinks option are far more superior. There's plenty of hot food and a noodle bar. In spite not being a sake fan, I went on sake tasting at their sake bar but didn't find anything to my liking. I was somewhat disappointed that there's no more Fauchon ice-cream being offered and they downgraded their Japanese whiskey choices.
The stewardess came around with the usual pre-departure hot towels, newspaper and magazine and champagne run.
|Main business class cabin|
It was straight to bed after dinner. I snoozed off while watching a movie and didn't wake up until it was about 2.5 hours from Los Angeles and was woken up by the stewardess for breakfast. The bed sure was comfortable. I skipped the Japanese option this time round and opted for some noodles.
|A 747 welcoming us in LAX|
I now had a too long and boring wait till my United Express flight to Austin. I couldn't find other non-stop options which left earlier and spent the 4 hours at the United Club endlessly surfing the web, reading and even failing asleep on their sofas. There was nothing exciting about the hop to Austin. I arrived at my new home around midnight tired but excited about what laid ahead for at least the next year for me in Austin.