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Arrived today. I had Asian Vegetarian meals on the plane, all the way. I got an aisle seat on the right side of the plane at first, from Singapore Changi Airport to Narita Airport in Tokyo, Japan. An Indian girl was sitting at the window, and the seat between us with empty. She quickly took advantage of this, stacking all her stuff (plenty) there. She spent most of her time flipping her ponytail around, and examining the ends (for split ends, maybe?). She was around her early 20’s, I think.

From Tokyo to Los Angeles, I got an aisle seat on the other side of the plane – the left side. Again, the seat between me and the window seat was empty. The girl at the window seat was probably around 9 or 10 years old, and from Korea. I assumed her to be from South Korea, not the North.

At first I thought she couldn’t speak English, she was so quiet. Turned out that her mother was a teacher, and she spoke fluent – VERY fluent – English.

Later she offered me a piece of Korean grape candy called ‘sour sweet’ – “Here. This is Korea candy.” I asked for the name in Korean, and she told me – but I couldn’t catch the name, and was embarrassed to admit it. So I just nodded my head and said, “Oh, I see.”

We put our bags in the middle seat. There was an extra blanket and pillow (because nobody was in the middle seat), so I lined the bags and she slept with her head on them. I think she slept most of the way.

At the end of the trip, I was embarrassed because I had nothing to give to her in return for the Korean candy.

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