By Wendy Chan
Today our journey begins. Six journalism students, with Ms Amy Wu, took the longest flight of our lives to the US capital, Washington DC. To get there from Hong Kong, we had to stop over in San Francisco; that flight took over 12 hours. On the plane, we all took naps and did some preparation work for our reporting assignments in the next few days. When we arrived in San Francisco, it was midnight in Hong Kong. We then waited at the San Francisco airport for five hours, where we went through America’s high security check and took our luggage through another security scan. We finally got to the gate and waited for the next plane to Washington DC. At that moment, we were all very tired as the jet lag hit us. Then, at around 2pm (San Francisco time), our flight to Washington DC took off. It took us more than five hours to arrive at our destination. Interestingly, at the DC airport, we found many souvenirs of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The excitement that came from seeing the souvenirs washed away our weariness from the 24-hr flight.
We then took a shuttle to go to the hotel where we will spend our next 13 days. We were very honored to have Austin, friend of Ms Wu, to come welcome us and be our tour guide in Washinton DC tomorrow. It will be Sunday tomorrow in the US, so we may have some time to tour the city and get familiar with the locations. We promise we will try our best to do reporting, and I hope all the parties that get involved will be rewarding. I wish every success for our trip.
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