This trip to SE Asia is not going as smooth as silk. Maybe because we chose FinnAir and not Thai Airways (just joking, because the slogan for Thai Airways is smooth as silk). The problem is that the flight from Helsinki to Hong Kong is delayed by at least 8 hours, which means we will arrive close to midnight local time tonight.
This trip is different from my previous trips to Asia. No fieldwork this time, instead I am part of a group who is joining our vice-chancellor on a courtesy visit to different universities in Hong Kong and Singapore. Ahead of us is a compact program with meetings, discussions and I bet lot’s of good food. There are no meetings in Asia without extensive and delicious dinners/lunches. It is part of the business to eat and enjoy good food.
But at the moment I can only dream of delicious Asian food! I am still stuck at Helsinki Airport, and have about 9 hours of flight time ahead. Fingers crossed that we arrive in time tonight!