Now for the travel update! I never leave trips unplanned this long…we still aren’t sure what we’re doing in some places, and we only got the last two places to stay in Germany settled last Friday! I told you things had been busy, and it’s even worse when you’re planning the trip with someone in a drastically different time zone… 😉
I didn’t get home from work Monday until about 8pm since I was getting everything organized for being gone from work, then still had to do laundry & pack! I had most things done by 4ish, so I went to sleep around 4:45 & set my alarm for 8am, since Jeff was supposed to pick me up at 11:30 and I needed daylight to do some last errands. I did get my back lawn mowed, some cleanup yardwork done, plants moved to sprinkler range, 5 quince picked off the tree (see the garden update post) & put in the extra fridge for safekeeping, dishwasher emptied, litter box cleaned, and bought a new watch battery since all my watches were either dead or unusable for time changes!
We still got to SFO with plenty of time, the DIY checkin was smooth & quick again, and I was congratulated by security for having my questionables in a clear ziptop bag. When I did my online checkin I saw the row in front of me was empty so I switched in hopes of having the whole row to myself. That only lasted about an hour since the flight was empty enough just about everyone was changing seats, but I still ended up with my window seat plus the next one, so that was more comfortable to get some real sleep, which I sorely needed! The plane was so warm when we boarded that I promptly couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer, so it wasn’t until after a nice nap that I got out my laptop & caught up on about a month of Halloween email replies to strangers. I now have an “overseas until Oct 15th” vacation auto-reply on that adds “If you have a Halloween question I’m sorry but I can’t guarantee it’ll get answered this season.” I feel bad but at least they know this way. Since I was sleeping relatively well I didn’t even try to get my laptop out again on that flight.
What I still haven’t done yet is figured out what to see in Munich! The 24 hrs of wifi I already paid for in SFO doesn’t carry over to the UK, so I had to pay extra here in Heathrow so I’m going cheap with 5 GBP for 60 minutes total spread out over 24 hrs, so not much surfing time vs. my time waiting. When I get to my hotel this evening I’ll see what brochures & things they have. I was hoping to go with local suggestions, but when I asked Christian who lives there what he thinks everyone must see, he told me he’d take me to whatever I wanted to see…no help there! heh…
Here is the full itinerary, and there are some spots along the way I should have internet access, so I hope to update when I can!