Two adults, one lg cabin bag, one checked bag each
EJU8456 2022-08-15 13:15 (16:15)
|Couch Surf||Stay with Dietmar and Brigitte||$0.00|
Our flights are on two separate itineraries: WestJet to London then EasyJet to Berlin, so a little more complicated if something goes wrong.
Our first flight, out of Edmonton, was late arriving and then had a mechanical issue. I had visions of our whole journey going bad.
They decided that the plane was ok to go so they boarded us, only a little late.
On the tarmac, the plane was making some kind of ungodly howling sound as we herky jerkied our way to the runway. I thought for sure they were going to bail and make us switch planes, which would have made us miss Calgary to London, which would have made us miss London to Berlin.
To my utter amazement, they proceeded with the flight, pretending there was no ungodly howling or herky-jerky-ing at all. We learned later that their ground steering was the problem so they had to improvise how they steered on the ground only.
The connection in Calgary was seamless, but we had less than two hours in London to go through customs, collect our bags, te-check-in and get on the flight to Berlin. My bad. I should have planned a longer layover in London.
We landed on time in London, with no wiggle room for error, and thankfully we didn’t need any. Got our bags, found the EasyJet counters, dropped our bags, zoomed through security, had a quick bathroom break, bought some Galaxy chocolate and headed straight to our departure gate. Whew!
Annnnd… then we got delayed on the tarmac in London. Traffic congestion, thunderstorms and military activity. Oh my.
Brigitte and Dietmar were waiting for us at the airport and it was very easy to find them and get underway.
We drove to Spremberg, including a couple of really enthusiastic rain showers, which was nice given the horribly dry year.
They had a special ‘Rhonda and Brent’ Canadian flag, and ‘Family Meeting 2022´ t-shirts prepared for our arrival - how sweet!
As I had feared, my German skills leave a lot to be desired. Good thing they’re patient!
In London Gatwick’s ‘Plus 150’
Family Meeting at Dietmar and Brigitte’s
Dietmar and Brigitte at the Airport