Sunday, July 20, 2014
Up at 3:00 a.m. to head for Frankfurt to catch the plane. I am so not a morning person. The drive was gorgeous. Light enough to see, but too dark to take pictures from a moving vehicle. For the first time ever after a trip, I was not ready to go home.
Our flight was delayed leaving by about an hour. At least this time, my feet reached the floor, and we had more leg room. I had originally planned to sleep the entire flight, and had my melatonin all ready to help with that. However, after thinking it out, it occurred to me that we should be home around 11:00 p.m., and it would be better to just stay awake so that I could just go to bed and get back on a regular sleep schedule. Great in theory, not so good in practice. Between meals and snacks, I had time to watch 4 movies, and listen to music for about 45 minutes.
We were supposed to have about a 3 hour lay-over in Atlanta. It was extremely aggravating. We were still trying to keep track of our group of kids, and about every 30-45 minutes, they would come over the intercom and change the terminal we were supposed to depart from. We moved from one end to the airport to the other and back again, multiple times. Very annoying. On the upside, we decided to get something to eat, and tried Panda Express, which we had never had before. It was delicious, and amazingly reasonably priced. They have recently opened several locations in a town that we often visit.
After several more delays, and 5 hours in the airport, we finally boarded our plane. This did not turn out to be a good thing. It was quite warm on the plane. After we were all seated, we were told there would be a delay, probably about 20 minutes, for mechanical difficulties. A little more than an hour later, they finally got the air conditioning fixed. We thought that would be it, and then they came back on and said that the problem was in one of the reverse thrusters, and they were looking for a part, but it would probably only be about another 20 minutes. Seriously??? Meanwhile, the plane scheduled to leave for our home airport AFTER ours, was already in the air and on the way. We were still stuck, sitting and waiting. We were not allowed to leave the plane unless we took all of our belongings with us, and they would not guarantee we would be let back on. We sat in the hot plane on the ground for over 2 hours before taking off. As a result, we didnít get home until after 3:00 a.m. I donít think there is any way my hubby would ever voluntarily fly on Delta airlines again, ever. Canít say they in any way impressed me either.
Definitely went straight to bed when I got home. Still donít feel like Iím caught up with everything. This was most definitely the trip of a lifetime, and I donít regret a moment of it.
Thank you to all who have taken the time to read my travelogues. It has been great fun reliving and remembering our trip. It helped me to organize both my thoughts and my photos, over 2000 of them, in a fun way. I tackled the task one day/piece at a time rather than being daunted by the size of the whole. Now I just need to apply those same principles to my journey to better health.
I also want to offer my sincere apologies to anyone who may have been offended by my relaying of impressions and events. I know that we only skimmed the surface of the cultures and locations we visited. I also know that I will be forever changed in a positive way because of this experience.