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China 2015

November 15th, 2015 No comments

Here are the links to a daily recount of our recent trip to China. Visit the links below for pictures and stories from the trip.

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Alaska 2014

July 11th, 2014 No comments

I’ve begun the process of posting a daily recount of our recent trip to Alaska. Visit the links below for pictures and stories from the trip.

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Eurotrip 2012 – Day 30

August 17th, 2012 Comments off

13-July-2012

The wake-up call is at 4am, and it is time to begin our trip home. Efficiently Vicky, Chris and I take our morning showers trying not to disturb Jason too much, but of course this is rather impossible. That is ok as we do get our departing hugs and farewells. We get down to the lobby in plenty of this to catch the shuttle to the airport and we are promptly at the KLM counter, so promptly in fact that there is no one behind the counter.

We wait in line behind this one other fellow, and we wait. Seeing the security line growing larger and larger, we wait. Finally someone comes, it is about 5:30 and our flight leaves at 7:05 with boarding 30 minutes before that. Now the trial begins. They do not seem to issue boarding passes in Europe until you check in so we had to get our seats for the KLM flight from Munich to Amsterdam, not too bad. Then we want to check our bags all the way to Orlando, but as we are connecting to a Delta flight in New York, her KLM computer cannot see our flight. We show her our printouts and speak a combination of broken English and German, and she keeps shaking her head “no”. The security line is even longer and the people behind us are as nervous as we are. Finally, she asks another counter assistant for help and they manage to get our bags checked to Orlando, at least we hope so. Quickly we make our way to the security line and get to our gate just in time.

It is a short flight, only about an hour and a half but I manage a catnap. They served a snack and the coffee smelled good, but I passed on the temptation in the hopes for more sleep.

Landing in Amsterdam, we now know the drill. Two hours between flights is a short time here. We get our carry-on luggage and down the hall through a control area. Next comes the many shops selling alcohols, chocolates, and souvenirs; the European chocolates look very tempting, but we scurry on. Then another control area looking at passports and boarding passes, the line is long but we are in good time so we relax a bit. Harried travelers can approach a shorter line where if there flight is with the hour window they can precede; several people attempt to cut into this line only to be denied by the attendant. We make it closer in and distinguish several lines. The red European Union passports to the right and us foreigners go to the left. Ok, check-point accomplished. There are more shops, but we decide to get closer to our gate before stopping. It is a good thing too as we find yet another security check-point, this time it appears to be US border enforcement as we are flying to JFK in New York. Questions about what we bought, where we have been, did anyone give us anything to carry for them, and finally why didn’t we come to visit in Holland? Next time we say, next time.

The Boeing 767 is a good size and has the individual computer touch screens in the back of every seat, so we settle in for a series of naps, snacks, and movies on the long flight home. At one point I had elected to nap through the Sherlock Holmes movie with my headphones on. With my head down on the table in front of me I was catching some zee’s until the bells in the movie starting ringing loudly, thinking it was my alarm I jerked my head up only to bang it on the seat in front of me… sigh.

Arriving in JFK we have about 3 hours before the final leg of our journey. Seeing a Chili’s restaurant we have a seat and relax. Vicky orders a hamburger. While there is plenty of pork on the menus in Germany there is not much beef and I have not had a hamburger in about a month, but this is Chili’s so I go for southwest chicken.

Then the last flight that brings us to Florida; thankfully our bags also made it. A short drive to Melbourne, and we arrive at home sweet home.

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