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Sunday, June 3, 2001
Taipei International Airport to Hagåtña, Guam
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Hagåtña, Guam:
Latitude: 13° 28' 37" North
Longitude: 144° 45' 13" East
Altitude: 58 feet
From Seattle: 6110 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Hamilton Guest House

Today's Travel:
Country: United States
Region: Guam
Route: China Airlines, flight 694: Bangkok - Taipei; flight 26: Taipei - Guam
Path:Taipei International Airport - Hagåtña, Guam
Linear:1762 miles
Weather: Mostly Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1515
Linear Dist: 282960
Countries Visited: 77
Regions Visited: 292
More stats...
Hotels: 638
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 133
Hostels: 262
Transit: 100
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4662

Journal Entry:
I woke up on decent - I'd slept solidly through the entire three hour flight! After landing I walked through immigration and customs - it's kind of nice to be back in the USA. I was thinking about how nice it was to be back during the taxi ride to my dive hotel - then I realized the fifteen minute ride had cost $20!! Going home is going to be a shock. After checking in to my hotel I went out for a walk - it's ungodly hot and all the travel agents seem to be closed on Sunday. Back in my room I read in the guide book and just generally relax in the air-conditioning.

I decide to head out to a recommended dive shop five miles away. I figure I'll start out walking and catch a taxi when I've walked enough. I quickly found out that I was wrong earlier - it wasn't hot then, now it was hot. After walking about an hour an a half I hadn't even see a taxi and I was over walking in the heat. I found a random dive shop and decided to check it out. They've got dives going tomorrow, and seem professional, so if I don't have to fly Tuesday I'm going to go diving tomorrow. I walked back to the room and relaxed in the air-conditioning again. I was very sleepy, but determined to stay up until night. I called Continental to find out about flights - when I asked what the price was they assumed I was local and I didn't correct them so I booked a flight for Wednesday for more than three hundred dollars cheaper than it was going to cost.

I set out walking again, this time in the other direction. I ended up at a shopping mall and decided to check it out as Guam is known for its shopping - no taxes here. Unfortunately it's very lame. I'm starting to find Guam very depressing. I don't know if it's the slightly ghetto feel, or just the constant reminders that I'm back in the USA, which is a constant reminder that my traveling is almost over. Have a early diner - a giant pizza meal. On the way back to the hotel I stopped in a copy center to use the Internet for a couple hours - it's about ten times more than in Bangkok or Nepal, but more than ten times as fast. Back in my room I tried to work on my journal but was asleep by 6:30.

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