Friday, December 26, 2008

Traveling Home

After leaving Munich at 9am on Tuesday the 23rd, we finally arrived in Ohio at 7:30pm on the 24th. We were the unfortunate people that waited at the airport for hours and hope not to get stranded. We boarded our plane twice, deplaned twice, and finally got stranded at Dulles airport when our flight was cancelled.

Our options quickly dwindled when we learned that all of the standby flights were booked and the waitlists were 15 people deep. We were offered one flight to Cleveland on the 24th and every flight in the midwest was booked full until Christmas day, which was referred to as 'Thursday'. As opposed to wasting more time, we went to stay with my aunt and uncle in Northern Virginia after 7 hours of waiting. We were told we could pick up our bags on the carousel at the baggage claim, however once we arrived we were told it could take up to 3 hours! This is not happy news for two jet lagged people traveling internationally.

Getting home in time for Christmas meant spending $300 on a rental car and a 7 hour drive on Christmas Eve (German Christmas). We listened to way too many variations of the same songs as we drove through about 6 hours of serious down pour.

The end of the drive was beautiful. I had fun playing with the lights on the highway and once the fog and rain lifted the sunset made the clouds appear black. It was so interesting. When it was all said and done we went from Munich to London to Washington DC and then drove through Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and finally Ohio.

The worst part is that we have to fly through Dulles 4 times during our trips! Here's to hoping the rest of our travel is less eventful.

6 comments:

Caitlin said...

Dulles is my airport and I know what a drag it can be! I'm glad you made it home in time for Christmas. I have made that drive from NoVa to Ohio so many times. Merry Christmas!

Bluefish said...

I hope you'll have a pleasant trip even though the weather was mean this year. It's never funny to travel during bad weather, that's why I always leave early for Europe.

Cathy60 said...

I wish you a merry Christmas.
We've stay in München with my parents and we'll be visiting museum. My sons will go on the ice at Karplatz Stachus. Lot's of shopping and too much food and chocolates eating.... Xmas !
Take care and have fun
Cathy

Melaina25 said...

Ugh that sucks! We are flying into Dulles in 2 weeks, but decided early on to drive to Ohio rather than fly. It's a drive I've done A LOT and was a way cheaper option for us.

Glad you made it there eventually!

Emily said...

Caitlin...
I hope you have a safe trip - it's so nice you get to fly direct and be done there!

Bluefish...
Outside of this mishap the weather has been great! Yesterday it was 67˚! Hope you're enjoying your holiday in Denmark.

Catherine...
I'm so glad that your parents came to enjoy Christmas with you. Hopefully they restocked your French cheeses!

Melania...
Smart move! I wish we were prepared for a drive, but it wasn't so horrible in hindsight of course.

MBQ said...

As someone who's had to bus it home in time for Christmas, I feel for you guys! I'm glad you made it though, can't wait to see you tomorrow!