Oh The Places You Go

5 Jan
After 54 hours of traveling, which was only supposed to be 24 hours, I am finally here!  I wrote the previous post during one of my many layovers.  My original itinerary had me arriving in Kuwait at 6:00pm on January 3rd.  The new and not so improved flights got me here at 11:50pm on January 4th.I first flew from O’Hare to Indianapolis.  While I was in O’Hare I ran into one of my Kappa Alpha Theta sisters whom I have not seen in about a year.  So far so good…  My flight from Indianapolis to Dulles was delayed so I missed my connecting flight to Kuwait.  However, when I asked the United woman when I was still in Indianapolis she told me I would be able to make it because my gates were close together.  I’m not so sure she has been to the Dulles airport because the gates were not the 3 minutes walk they were supposed to be.  They were more like 10 minutes apart.  By the time I got to the gate they had closed the doors.

It was then 10:15pm on January 2nd.  They gave me two options.  I could fly out on the 3rd at 9:50pm which would take me to Frankfurt and then from there to Kuwait getting me here at 11:50pm on the 4th or I could fly straight to Kuwait and the flight left at 9:50pm on January 4th.  I chose the one that would get me here as quick as possible.  United put me up in a hotel for the night and gave me 3 meal vouchers for $10 each.  This was great except the hotel only let me stay there until 2pm the next day, so I spent the next day sitting in the airport.

I was more than excited to board my flight to Frankfurt.  Once we were on the plane we then had to get off because they were having door problems.  They had to replace the door.  If it sounds like that would take a long time you are right!  We didn’t take off until 1:30am on the 4th.

If you haven’t been on a United international flight here are some things you should know…
1.  There is no free alcohol.
2.  There is no leg room.
3.  You are pretty much sitting on each other.
4.  It is horrible!

Because of these 4 things I slept all of about 2 hours.  After landing in Frankfurt I had just enough time to make it from gate Z all the way across the airport to gate C.  Talk about a work out.  From there the trip was smooth flying.  Lufthansa was amazing!  They were so nice, the seats were comfortable, and there was free alcohol.  My last drink before entering Kuwait was red wine and it was delicious!

So after 54 hours of traveling and only 11 hours of sleep I hit the hay pretty hard.  Lissa and Jeff left 6 hours after I did and arrived here 18 hours before me and they had an 8 hour layover.  Even with all of the road blocks I am so happy to finally be here and start school with my little 3 year olds tomorrow 🙂

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