Airport

Sao Paulo, Brazil: Who said business class will leave you refreshed?, 06 July 2016

Garbage Disposal

When I first booked our business class tickets on American Airlines, it was the full-flat product. But American Airlines pulled a last minute aircraft change (like on day of) to their older product, and we ended up with their crappier angled-flat product. I contacted their customer relations, and they tried to argue that it’s the same product. #AmericanAirlines #fail #DisAAdvantage

We arrived in Sao Paulo a little over 9 am and were out of the airport by 10 am. Here’s where it gets fun. If I’m just changing a small amount of money, I generally don’t mind the crappier rates at the airport. Except, this wasn’t just crappy. It was insane. I tried to change $100, and the bank’s fixed rate commission alone was $25. I’d have gotten less than $70 for a $100. So, we walked out, and just tried to take a cab with a credit card.

Getting from Guarulhos International Airport to Sao Paulo (GRU) and back:

The airport is some 25-30 miles from Sao Paulo itself. It was our first day here, so it didn’t occur to us to take an Uber. We went outside the terminal, and they had a counter, which sold you taxi trips. The agents will calculate the distance, and give you a fixed price. Our trip from GRU to Perdizes, where our hotel is ($25 miles) was 150 Brazilian reals (~$45).

However, Uber is widely available in Sao Paulo. On our way back to Sao Paulo, we were staying even further than Perdizes, and the Uber ride cost us 90 Brazilian reals (~$25). Do yourself a favor, and take uber and earn some miles and points while you are at it.

After all the pain associated with getting from the airport to town, we arrived at the hotel pretty close to noon. I was pretty wiped out by this point despite the angled flat seats and starting to come down with a cold, so we just took a long, epic nap. I think we woke up at around 4 in the evening or so.

Next stop? Food. It’s both our first time in Brazil, and we didn’t want to venture too far, so we checked out what’s in our area. Adjusting to South America dining hours is pretty trippy. They do dine pretty late, and restaurants do close after lunch service, and re-open at close to 8 pm. Having missed breakfast and lunch, we were getting pretty hungry, so the challenge was finding something that was open at 6 pm.

The +1 has T-mobile, which has complimentary international data, so we ended up at Mito’s Burgers, an American-style diner about 10 min walk from our hotel. I was sick so I couldn’t taste anything, but the +1 said their burgers are excellent. Two entrees, two drinks and a dessert came up to $40.

Mito Burgers Mito Burgers

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Costa Rica to USA: I LOVE Hobby Border Control! SJO – HOU – ABQ, 23 March 2016

Morning view from Junior Suite #1909 @ Hyatt Regency Albuquerque

I got sick overnight – puked out the contents of my stomach. The whole day was iffy, and that we had 3 different airports and dreaded US border control ahead didn’t help. I could barely stand up when we were waiting in line to check in at SJO airport, and was sitting on my roller.

06 00: God, I hate early flights. I hate them even more when I’m sick. On a bright note, Uber was on time, we made everything in good time. Check in lines at Southwest counter was long. Go early!

07 00: Thank god for the small mercies. Sitting at the SJO lounge, sipping hot tea, and just hoping the pain will go away.

12 00: I get a lot of anxiety at US border control. Hobby is one of the most painless experiences so far! I got through border control in record time.

16 30: Picked up rental car. Arrived at hotel. Day over. We did get a nice rental car upgrade to a Chrysler 200. The mister liked it. I have no feelings about cars. I did get told repeatedly not to accidentally shift gears, because the gear shift is a dial between us, and looked exactly like the audio volume switch. 😀

New Mexico

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USA: Zen near the Can in Houston Hobby Airport, 20 March 2016

Houston Hobby Airport

06 00: I dropped our keys into the express check-out box, we hopped onto the shuttle, and went to San Diego Terminal 1 for our flight to Houston Hobby. The mister has a bad tummy ache.

12 00 – 19 00: Hobby airport is really good for connections – simple and hassle-free. We didn’t head out, because mister’s tummy ache has devolved into a situation that requires proximity to the bathroom.

20 00: Rowdy drunk spring breakers on our flight, ugh!. Thankfully, our flight is quite empty, and we had the last three rows to ourselves, easing mister’s discomfort.

23 00: Immigration was quick. Many taxi drivers clamoring outside – very glad I pre-booked our transportation to the hotel. P.S. Costa Rica has Uber! ZZZ

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Morocco to Spain: Marrakech to Madrid, 29 December 2015

Madrid

T’was a travel day. I’m mostly just getting my butt from Marrakech to Madrid. I stayed at the hotel until the noon check-out. I made the mistake of taking a taxi just stationed outside the hotel (read: tourist trap). It’s actually a short ride from the hotel to the airport (~2 miles), and the taxi ride should have cost, at maximum, 70 DH. But the taxi driver pointed at some stupid sign on his taxi, saying that he drove me from the further place (not true), and demanded I pay him 100 DH. I just told him that all I had was 50 DH, and 3 Euros, and he could take it or leave it. In retrospect, I’m still pissed that I even gave him the 3 Euros. It’s not a big amount of money, but I hate being extorted by dishonest people. More than that, it’s also the assumption that travellers are stupid, and deserves to be fleeced. Oh well.

Marrakech

After that, it was just a waiting game at the Marrakech airport. Marrakech airport is quite a small airport. They provide 1.5 hrs of free wifi, but you’ll get logged out every 30 mins, so you need to re-log-in every time. You can use multiple devices to extend the free wifi time. Food at the airport is rather pricy (~60 DH sandwiches), so if you are trying to save some money, you should pack some of your food.

Madrid

My Ryanair flight was delayed, so that kinda sucked, because I was already going into Madrid rather late (8+ in the evening), and the late flight meant that I was getting in even later. Fortunately, we did board eventually.

After getting into Madrid T1, I followed the clearly marked signs to the metro station, which is located closer to T2. I got a ticket (5 EUR) on the metro for my station. Thankfully, my hotel is actually on the brown line, so it was one simple change, and a ride to the end of the brown line. I got into my hotel by 10 pm, and after a quick check-in, I went to grab some Burger King before turning in for the night.

Costs:

Transportation: 50 DH + 10 EUR

Food: 200 DH + 8 EUR

Accommodations: 27 EUR

Total: 250 DH (~25 USD) + 45 EUR

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Portugal: Lisbon, 24 December 2015

Lisbon

Money

I somehow survived the overnight in Madrid without changing a single Euro. But now that I am in Lisbon, I did need some Euros. Since it is the holiday seasons, and my trip in Europe is rather short, I didn’t have too much time to compare prices, and just sucked it up, by changing my money at the airport. I got a rate of 1 USD = 0.86 EUR. There were no fees. For what it’s worth, when I went by the Western Union at the Russio train station, the rate was 1 USD = 0.93 EUR. I am not sure if they charge fees for doing the change. But if you have some time, it might make sense for you to change a minimal amount at the airport, and change more money when you get into town.

Getting in

Getting into Lisbon via public transport is easy. The airport is connected to the metro system, and it takes about 25 mins to get into town. The metro system has machines for you to buy their ticket (Viagem, 0.50 EUR), and there’s an English menu. You have a few options, you can choose to do a pay-per-trip (I think it’s 2 EUR). In my case, I knew I was going to hit town right after check-in, so I bought a day pass (6 EUR for 24 hrs). It probably took all of 30 mins for me to hit my hotel, since I had to change to the Blue line, and exit at Parque station. The metro stations are actually pretty cool – there is a lot of public art in the different stations. Parque station had a nautical theme, with some ghoulish sea creatures.

After dumping all my stuff at the hotel, I headed back to the metro station, and from Parque, it took about 5 mins to get to Baixa-Chiado, which is the tourist-y part of town. Walking down the Rue Augusta, I hit the tram station in front of Praca do Comercio. The timing was perfect, as I saw Tram 15 pull into the tram station, so I made a quick dash, and hopped onto the tram. The tram ride from Baixa to Belem probably took about 15 mins or so. It was one of the modern, un-sexy trams, but had greater capacity for passengers.

Lisbon

I was hoping that the Jeronimos Monastery would be open, but unfortunately, it appeared closed. The cathedral part of it was open, and I think it is home to many of Portugal’s greats, poets, etc. Architecture was pretty gothic. The sad thing about many tourist attractions is that it’s hard to find peace even in sights of worship. Once the selfie stick comes out, it all goes to hell. I did sit in a pew for a little bit. I’m guessing this place is more of a madhouse in the summer months.

The neighborhood of Jeronimos is pretty nice. There are many large squares and parks around, so if you want to hang around after visiting Belem Tower, the monastery and museums, it’s not a bad spot to grab some pastries, or have lunch.

Lisbon

On the way back, I managed to get on one of the older trams, which is included in the day pass. It was a slow ride, obviously, but I’ve always liked standing behind tram drivers, and seeing the city from that viewpoint. I do find the haphazardness of Lisbon to be charming. I am guessing that navigating those crazy hilly streets on a daily basis would be a bitch, but for a 48-hr whirlwind tour, it is actually quite a bit of fun! After ending back in Praca do Comercio, I decided to explore Baixa. Well, if you are into shopping and tourist traps, it’s not too shabby. I did really want to eat, but I couldn’t bite. I think every fiber of my being resists walking into a tourist trap.

After strolling around for a bit, I eventually wound up in the Confiteria Nacional. They have a fun ticket system, where you grab a ticket, and wait to be called before you get your pastries. It seemed very popular, and claim a century-old history. I can’t understand Portuguese, so I didn’t do the ticket thing. But they do have a little snack/cafeteria thing on the upper level, which is less busy, and offers some amazing views of Rossio Square. I went with the patented pointing method, and got myself a Portuguese egg tart, and a latte for 2.40 EUR. I also lucked out, as a lady vacated a prime window spot, so I colonized that, and did some reading for an hour.

Lisbon

Lisbon

After an early dinner, I decided to just stroll around, and ended up walking up Chiado, much of it was closed due to it being Christmas eve. As I slowly moved down Chiado, and ended up on a tram stop, I saw tram 28 (a recommended tram) pull into a tram station. I had designated it for the next day, but what the heck? I jumped onto the rather empty tram 28, and enjoyed the ride, as it wound up Alfama neighborhood. I enjoyed how closed in the buildings are, and how narrow the streets are.

Lisbon

It being the holidays, the trams are actually on shortened service, so before I knew it, I was making my way back to town on foot (I was actually waiting for a tram down, but after 20 mins, I gave up, walked from station to station, and before I knew it, I was back in town). The leisurely stroll probably took about 40 mins. The stroll down was actually quite easy and enjoyable, but some poor tourists were actually making their way up, and one lady was actually walking up the uneven streets barefoot, while her husband carried her heels. I hope their accommodations aren’t too far up!

Lisbon

Costs

Metro Day Pass: 6 EUR

Coffee Break: 2.40 EUR + 3 EUR

Dinner: 4.30 EUR

Accommodation: 27 EUR (I stayed at a 4-star hotel)

Total: ~ 43 EUR

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Panama: Panama City, 04 September 2015

I actually had no plans for the day, as I was staying at Waldorf Astoria, and really just planned to swim at the pool, and get some work done.

Taxi

Well, transport situation from Tocumen International Airport to Panama City. Note to self: always follow the advice of other travelers. I went to a counter for authorized taxi, they waved a guy down, who wheeled my carry-on for like 50 yards to the taxi line outside, and then proceeded to demand for a tip. WTF. Alright, my fault, lesson learnt. Just walk straight to the taxi line outside, and look at the board for official rates.

When I was put into a big van, I was definitely nervous about being overcharged. Rates from the airport to the city are pegged at $30, and I was afraid the driver would insist I pay him more because he was driving a van. Thankfully, when he dropped me off in front of the hotel, there were no issues. I handed over $40, and he returned $10.

If you are trying to save some money, I heard reports about going up to the departures, and basically flagging down a cab dropping people off. Another more reliable option would be Uber, which puts the rate at $25.

Money

The USD is legal tender in Panama. No need to change money.

Costs:

“Tip”: $2

Taxi: $30

Hotel: $14  (89 USD – the 75 USD gift card I am expecting for this the promotion via Visa Signature Luxury Hotel)

Total: $ 46

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Cuba, Havana – Colombia, Bogota, 31 August 2015

HavanaMy funky airport transfer

My compliments to Casa Blanca. I arranged for an airport transfer the evening before with the host’s sister, and lo and behold, in the morning, at 5.45 am, I could hear one of the guesthouse’s staff stirring in the living room area. When I got out of my room, he was standing at the balcony staring for a taxi to arrive. That’s dedication right there! (and I get a sense that Cubans don’t like waking up early …. Me neither)

This airport transfer was a little more funky than the one that I took from the airport. From the airport, it was just a regular tourist cab (read: boring new car). The airport transfer to Jose Marti International Airport is an Old Chevy. The driver definitely takes pride in his car. Things like the speedometer stopped working long ago, but the dashboard was still shiny, and well, his car is definitely better maintained than my twelve year old car. The ride to the airport was painless.

Jose Marti International Airport duty free offers all the stuff that you want as souvenirs, cigars, rum etc. if you didn’t do enough shopping while you were in Havana. I didn’t get anything, but if you forgot someone, no reason to panic. They also have an airport lounge – Salon VIP lounge. I am not sure what will get you in there. In any case, I just sat in the main terminal, which has a café serving snacks and more Cuban coffee.

Today is another travel day: HAV – PTY – BOG. I do love how punctual Copa Airlines generally is. The transfer was painless, and anxiety-free, and the flights were lovely. I was given a very substantial and tasty breakfast box on the flight from HAV – PTY.

El Dorado International Airport

Immigration

Arriving at El Dorado International Airport was a bit of a nightmare, mostly because of the immigration line, which went round the block a few times over. I think it was mostly just the case of bad timing, because when it was finally my turn one hour later, the immigration officers were really efficient, despite the fact that I haven’t filled out any immigration forms. It took less than three minutes to clear immigration. On a bright note, they do offer free wifi, so while you are standing in line, you can always amuse yourself with the interwebs.

Money changing

There is a money-changer at the baggage claim area, and that’s generally where everyone (including myself) stops at, instead of outside the terminal. That is generally not a good idea, mostly because of the wait times. For some reason or other, they require quite a lot of information, e.g. passport, where you are staying, signatures and fingerprints, regardless of the amount that you are paying. This winds up taking quite a while, when there’s a line of people changing money. There are plenty of money-changers outside the secured area.

The rate I got from the money-changer at baggage claim wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible either. I got it for 1 USD = 2750 COP. The real rate for the day was 1 USD = 3000 COP, but factoring in that that is never the bank rate, I thought that was ok. The money-changers outside the baggage claim area offered 1 USD = 2760 COP.

Getting to and from El Dorado Airport

Taxi: According to Wikitravel, you should locate a taxi counter, and get them to print out the official taxi rates, and make the taxi driver commit to that. Well, you probably should follow that advice. I made a pretty big mistake there. The moment I got out of the terminal, I was like lamb to the slaughter. And after a ‘guide’ pointed me to an authorized taxi, and told me the rate would be 30000 COP, he asked for a tip. -.- Sigh. Well, I didn’t give him one, mostly because I really didn’t have any change on me.

The ride to Usaquen was long, and traffic a complete madhouse. Bogota traffic is pretty insane. I don’t envy those who have to battle traffic on a daily basis. When I arrived at my hotel, the driver asked me for 40000 COP. At this point, I was too tired to argue over what amounts to 3 USD, so I just let this one go.

Bus: The city of Bogota has quite an awesome bus system. I did not take this option from the airport, but I will be taking this option back to the airport. I am not sure if they have a counter where they sell those contact transit smart cards (2000 COP), but yeah, you need one of those to board most of the express buses. The local minibuses do take cash. Rides around the city are 1800 COP.

After all the traveling for the day, I pretty much just called it a day at the Hampton Inn Usaquen, and decided to catch up on work in my hotel room.

Costs:

Airport transfer, Havana: 25 CUC

Airport transfer, Bogota: 14.50 USD

Dinner: 6 USD

Accommodations: 25 USD + 4000 Hilton points

Total: 70 USD

Bogota, Colombia

Hampton Inn Usaquen – just joined the Hilton portfolio in late-August 2015

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Another travel day: SJO, Costa Rica – PTY, Panama – HAV, Cuba, 27 August 2015

After the debacle at LAX, I still had quite a few obstacles ahead of me today – well, mostly locating all the different counters to print my various boarding passes for my onward travel, and getting a Cuban Tourist Card.

Challenge #1: Boarding pass from SJO to PTY

My award ticket was booked with Delta, and the kind agent at LAX booked me into a flight from LAX to SJO on Delta. But, the next segment of my flight is on Copa, a non-Delta partner, so I had to find a counter to print my Copa Airlines boarding pass to Panama City. I spotted the Copa Club at the SJO airport (near gate 4, beside the food court), and decided to try my luck, given that none of the information counters were open at this point (I arrived before 7 am). The kind ladies at the reception at Copa Club were both somewhat amused by my predicament, but at the same time, also very helpful. After a couple of minutes, I had my boarding pass, with a bulkhead seat to boot!

VIP Lounge Costa Rica/Copa Club SJO

After getting my boarding pass, my next mission was to try and find a Priority Pass lounge to relax, grab some food, the works. I used the Priority Pass app, and there is only one lounge at SJO – VIP Lounge Costa Rica. I walked around a bit trying to locate it, and that was when I realized what a doofus I am – the Copa Club and the VIP Lounge Costa Rica share the same premises. I am going to blame this on the red-eye!

Despite reviews of the premises being small, I thought that the size of the VIP Lounge Costa Rica was somewhat proportionate to the size of SJO airport. There were probably about five group sofas, a bunch of couple seating areas, and a dozen tables with four chairs. It should easily accommodate over fifty people.

The free breakfast spread was continental. So, there were two choices of cereal, bread, and some pastries. There was drip coffee, a selection of tea, and three juices. I thought it was ok. If you want a more substantial breakfast (e.g. eggs cooked to order), and premium drinks, they have a paid option. I didn’t ask for the menu, so I have no idea how much that costs.

The wifi speed was also quite ok, and slightly faster than the free wifi in the main terminal. I stuck around until 45 minutes before my flight’s departure time.

On the way to my boarding gate, I also checked out the Santamaria VIP lounge. I didn’t get to go in as I do not have access to it, but for those who hold AMEX platinum, you can access it with your platinum card. It seems to have tarmac views.

VIP Lounge San Jose Costa Rica SJOBreakfast at VIP Lounge San Jose Costa Rica SJO

Copa Airlines

I have had some serious luck with Copa Airlines – I am 3-for-3 on bulkhead seats so far, so count me biased towards Copa Airlines. In all seriousness, Copa Airlines tends to get very under-rated in those fantasy air travel blogs, because they do not have fancy premium classes. However, it is a very solid option for economy class. There is decent legroom, and in the short one hour flight from San Jose to Panama City, they served a complementary roast beef and cheese croissant, and complementary drinks as well. Very efficient operation.

In my flight from Panama City to Havana, I had a similar experience. We flew a newer B737-800, with in-flight entertainment system installed. I did not use it (except for flight info), but they had a fairly decent selection of recent movies and TV shows. In any case, the offering would definitely suffice for many of the short-haul flights, which Panama operates. Food was once again awesome. In the short 2.5 hour flight, they served dinner, which started almost immediately after the seatbelt signs were off after take-off. The whole affair took less than half an hour, and I finished every last bit of my chicken and rice dish (the other option was pasta).

Challenge #2: Boarding pass from PTY to HAV

After arriving in Panama City, I really did not want to go through immigration and security and all that fun stuff, to check-in and get my boarding pass for Havana. A very kind security guy directed me to the information counter that is near gate 21. There is also another one between gates 24 and 25. So if you are connecting at Tocumen International Airport, and need some boarding passes printed, head over there. The agents are pretty helpful.

Tocumen International Airport

Getting around:

Tocumen International Airport is a pretty compact airport with a simple layout. So there should be little reason for anxiety when trying to figure out transit logistics. The information counter is wedged between gate 20 and gate 21, which is located right smack in the middle of the airport.

One point to note: if you are departing for a United States destination, give yourself extra time, as they have heightened security procedures.

Lounges:

The Tocumen International Airport has a Priority Pass lounge, but it is landside. I figured it is really not worth my effort to exit the airport and go through the whole immigration/security hoopla, so I just wandered around the airport. They do have a Club Copa Lounge near gate 20, and an American Airlines lounge near the high number gates (~30). I didn’t visit either of them.

Work:

I had a 7 hour layover at Tocumen International Airport. This is my third time here. I previously transited here twice, going to and from Lima. Since my last visit some four years ago, they now provide 2 hours of free wifi a day. Thankfully, I have a number of devices, so I just went from device to device to tap the free wifi. Signal strength varies greatly, so if you are getting zilch, consider moving to another part of the airport.

I wouldn’t say that the airport is swimming in power plugs, but they are usually located at the pillars, so power availability is decent. The default plug is the US three-pin plug.

Food & Drinks:

There are plenty of little stands selling food like sandwiches, or international fast food like Domino’s, Quizno’s, Cinnabon. They also have a food court that is on the upper level. Based on my short survey, it appears that the food court has the cheapest food, even though some of the little mobile stands sell the exact same food, e.g. a 2-piece meal at a mobile Chester’s Chicken stand is $12, while a 2-piece meal at the food court’s Chester’s Chicken is $8.50.

Challenge #3: Getting a Cuban Tourist Card at the Departure Gate

Initially, I asked about this at the information desk. I was informed that I could get this at the departure gate. I didn’t hear any announcements or offerings for it. In any case, about 15 minutes before boarding, I decided to ask the gate agent about it. He took out a little folder, and asked me for $20. I handed 20 USD over, and had a Cuban tourist card in my possession.

Arriving in Havana

Total time for runway taxi, immigration, currency exchange: 20 minutes

This is some serious efficiency. I got into the airport at around 2230, and was out, with CUC in hand. Granted, I only had carry-on baggage. Despite the Business Insider article about the interns having problems arriving in Havana, my arrival and immigration clearance was a breeze. I was third person in line at the immigration counter, there were no questions asked, passport was stamped pronto, and I was done.

As I was arriving this late in the evening, I asked my Airbnb guesthouse to arrange for an airport pick up (25CUC). I was met the moment I exited, and the nice ladies of Cubanacan travel told me I could exchange some currency at the counters outside the airport. They also gave me some maps of Cuba and Havana. I returned the map of Cuba as I was just staying in Havana for this trip.

Currency exchange

There are two currency exchange counters outside the airport. They are located on both the left and the right side of the arrivals exit. As I was just here on a short trip, I decided against trying to figure out the best exchange rates, and just rolled with cards that I was dealt with.

According to the exchange rates, the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) is tied to the USD. However, there is a tax on USD exchanges (10%). The exchange rate I got for my USD was around 1 USD to 0.86 CUC. I had to pay the taxi driver at the guesthouse, and it was close to midnight at this point, so …

Travel tip: Unless you are planning on spending like Richie Rich, try to ask for smaller denominations. I was given a bunch of 20 CUCs, and was given lots of dirty looks in the city, when I tried to break the 20 CUC. Even the tourist establishments operating in the CUC economy might give you dirty looks when you pay with a 20 CUC bill for a 5 CUC meal.

Travel into Havana from the Airport

I took a taxi (25CUC), which seems to be the standard rate. The Jose Marti International Airport has a site, and on the site, it states that they do not have buses. However, a cheaper option is to take the bus to a terminal near the airport, and then, take a taxi to the airport. I won’t be taking this option, so I am not sure how much you can save. I guess you can always try to taxi pool or something.

Convertible PesosJose Marti International Airport

Costs:

Lunch and Dinner at Tocumen: 20 USD

Taxi: 25 CUC

Accommodations: 40 USD

Total: 85 USD

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Taipei, Taiwan: Taoyuan International Airport Free Showers!!!, 07 May 2015

For me, one of the worst things about these epic trans-Pacific, 24hr-long flights with long transits thrown in, is not being able to take a shower. Thankfully, the Seoul International Airport offers that. But today, I discovered that the Taiyuan International Airport offers it, too. I’m not quite sure when they started this. Judging from the excellent condition of the facilities, I am guessing it’s pretty new.

Where to find it?

After clearing transit security, head towards the food area on the upper concourse. You should see a Burger King and Starbucks. Do not stop there. Look across from there, and you should be able to see a Mosburger yonder. Walk behind the narrow path located beside the fancy Eva Air lounge meant for those privileged ones towards the Mosburger.

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You’ll see this (sorry, blurry pic)

At the bathroom from where this picture is taken, you’ll find two shower stalls:

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The awesome thing?

1. They are free

2. They come with those wall units of shower foam and shampoo.

3. There’s also a hair dryer attached.

4. It involves a rain shower, a shower head, and a tap.

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How it works

After you get in, lock the door. Once you are ready to take a shower, push the red button. It’ll give you 15 mins of hot water. That should be plenty.

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The lowdown?

1. If you didn’t bring a towel, you can buy one from the massage/spa place that you’ll pass by, on your walk from Burger King to here. I just used my shirt to towel off.

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