Monday, June 9, 2008

Safe and sound, just not as planned

Allison and I made it to Berlin, just not quite as we expected to. Lets just say it was an interesting experience...

I was far too excited to sleep well on Tuesday night, so getting up and to the airport on time was no problem. The airport was the problem. Actually I guess it was air traffic control and the weather in the midwest or the east coast or somewhere between where I was and where I needed to be. My flight out of Salt Lake was delyed, twice, by air traffic control. Since mz flight was delayed, I missed my flight to Berlin Wednesday evening my minutes. Literally I'm pretty sure I saw my flight be Berlin leaving as my flight from Salt Lake was landing.

Continental only flies once per day to Berlin, so Allison and I received a nice hotel room in downtown Newark, New Jersey compliments of Continental airlines. On the bright side, we both got a good nights rest that night. Thats probably a good thing, since I haven't quite had once since. Allison only slept about 3 hours on our flight to Berlin (an overnight, 9 hour flight) and jet lag has been hard on her... she's been waking up at 10 pm from what she seems to think is supposed to be a nap, and wants to play until 1 am. Its been an interesting battle, but I think we're over the worst of it and I'm a few nights from total victory. Last night's prepared strike of a melatonin spiked bottle really helped on that front... both mom and Allison got at least 9 consecutive hours of sleep for the first time in days.

Germany is absolutely beautiful! Its very green, which reminds me of Seattle. Besides trying to get over jetlag, I've been learning how to get to and from the market (an important, almost daily tas), the metro, the internet cafe and playing with Allison. This weekend we plan to get out and do something fun...

Brian is learning a lot in his internship, even if its not necessarily what he was expecting to learn. I'll enlighten you all on that in another post. Sorry, but no photos yet. I'll be sure to get some downloaded and ready to post for next time.

3 comments:

emruth said...

Iam very glad to hear that you got safely to Berlin. I'm sorry that it turned into such a fiasco though. Have fun and enjoy Europe! Love ya!

Emily said...

Bummer about the flight. Doesn't that just seem to be the way flying goes? But, at least you avoided a VERY long journey by ship!

I'm so glad that you're finally there and together! I can't wait to see pictures and hear about your adventures.

Ben and Katie McKee said...

Yay!...you guys are in Europe!...that is awesome!!!...and we are glad you made it safely!
And from your comment on our blog, Emma has 8 teeth!...4 and 4. And she has an underbite which is hilarious when she does her big goofy grin.