Day 13 and departure from Berlin

MK had already been dozing off when at 10:00 PM, I turned in myself. I held off until then. I set the alarm for 5:45 AM and got up at 5:30. We were all packed and ready to go. We were down well before the 6:15 time we all agreed upon.

We had a different bus to shuttle us to the Berlin Tegel Airport. Sylvia had departed after dropping us off at the Hotel Leonardo the day before (Sunday). The hotel had prepared a box breakfast for us, but the idea of eating a meat sandwich was beyond my abilities. We arrived at the airport, stood in a long line to check in, then went into their ‘TSA’ line which doesn’t even normally demand shoe removal. In a short period of time, we were in the area for our gate. There, we purchased a breakfast of a delicious croissant, a pat of butter, a container of cherry preserves, and a cappuccino. We (about twenty of the group – others had other plans to either stay on or leave on another airline) waited for our plane to board for our trip around 9:05 to Amsterdam. Once in Amsterdam, we had to walk about a mile (no joke) to another wing of the airport (from C to F). There, we waited and ended up boarding later than planned for the close to 1:00 PM flight to Chicago.

We had a good flight. My only complaint are the seats, which I found very uncomfortable (as I did on the trip there). I found though that the little pillow that they gave us for our heads was great for behind my lower back and alleviated some of the seat pain (in the derrière). I found KLM to be amazing, the food wasn’t even bad. I watched a Dutch movie and the recent movie with Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood.

There were a few strange incidents with our group members; one of them was pulled aside and rechecked and questioned before the trip from Amsterdam to Chicago. We couldn’t figure it out and we think that perhaps this was a routine taking aside of a person or two for a more thorough check. They ended up allowing her to board early as reparation for the trouble. Another of our members lost a passport and didn’t know it until boarding the plane. He was allowed to board the plane, because he was with our group and on the list, but we don’t know what happened once at O’Hare.

Overall, we cannot believe the wonderful people that we met while on the trip. It was a choral trip from a Lutheran church and they were truly some of the most non-judgmental people we have ever met. We had every age group imaginable and truly enjoyed touring with them in Germany. We spent the most enjoyable moments with them no matter where we were. We cannot wait to see them again.

Our trip to Germany was the trip of a lifetime.

Here are the cities we visited:
Frankfurt (we landed there)
Schwäbisch Hall
Halle (We didn’t go there)

About Richard Koerner

Sixty something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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