January 1, 2017 – Zurich to Frankfurt…to Calgary?
The day started out as planned! When we woke up it was 7:30 our time, which meant it was still 2016 in Calgary! Because we never make it to midnight, I thought it was pretty fun to be able to call Kendra at 11:45 and wish her a happy new year! So, as it turns out we did make it to Midnight….in our home timezone! Lol.
We headed off to the train station and had no issues getting our ticket and getting on the train to take us to the airport. We got there nice and early, so there was no stress when the silly digital check in machines didn’t work and we had to wait in line in order to check in. Fortunately, the check in lady for Luftansa was in a good mood and let us combine our luggage weights so that even though mine was overweight it was okay because Shawn’s was underweight. They don’t always let you do that, so we were really grateful.
Getting to the gate was easy…until we found out our flight was delayed by 15 minutes. And then 15 minutes more. And then another 15 minutes. So by the time we boarded we knew we would not be able to make our connecting flight from Frankfurt to Calgary. I was not impressed.
What made me the most unimpressed was not listening to myself when I said “okay, no matter what happens, when we land we are going to go to the gate to see if we can get on the plane”. Nope, instead we listened to the stupid guys when we landed, who pretended to be helpful…and lead us to an area to rebook our flights for tomorrow. There was one guy who was on our same flight who never followed the ground crew’s instructions and I am pretty sure he is above Greenland right now. I know better than that. I think that even though we were late we would have made our flight if we just ran to the next gate. I was pretty peeved off that we now have an extra day to get home and an extra stop in Amsterdam. So much for our holiday Monday. Uggg.
There are worse things that can happen, however. Like the girl next to me at the rebooking counter; her European Visa expires at midnight tonight and because there were no flights out of the country today, she will have to spend the night in the “in transit” area behind security as she is no longer allowed to be in the country. So, at least we are allowed to be comfortable in a hotel tonight.
Despite the snow and fog here today, hopefully we get home tomorrow so we can start 2017 off on the right foot!
Until next time!