Friday, September 29, 2006 - Augsburg, Germany to Knoxville, Tennessee

We got up at 4:50 a.m., caught the 5:45 a.m. bus to the Munich airport, and arrived there at 7:00 a.m. Brian got off the bus at the wrong terminal and had to walk at least a kilometer over to where he caught his KLM flight. Tom and I waited outside for an hour and a half before we went inside and checked in three hours early for our Lufthansa flight.

Ready for the flight

I'll skip the wretched details and just summarize the rest of our journey. Air travel is miserable, security to travel into the United States is overwrought, Tom hates to fly, and surliness is not a characteristic limited to American sky waitresses. Our plane into Charlotte, North Carolina, was late because Lufthansa decided to delay leaving Munich in order to wait on some passengers arriving from Athens. Therefore, Tom and I and who knows how many other people missed our connecting flight. We were scheduled to arrive in Knoxville at 9:02 p.m. Instead, Tom's parents picked us up when we FINALLY got back to the Knoxville airport at 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 30. We'd been up for 27 hours.

Carlos the cat was happy to see us get home, and when I picked up Spike-dog from camp around 10:00 Saturday morning, the whole family was reunited, and we were all back where we should be after another great vacation!

Carlos the goofy cat

Spike, in his natural habitat


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