I just returned to Zagreb after what was supposed to be a week in the USA.
On 25 June:
- Zagreb > Toronto (non-stop!)
- Toronto > Nashville
But I was delayed getting out of Zagreb, because of mechanical problems with the plane. I was supposed to have a long layover in Toronto; I PLANNED to have a long layover. But I ended up getting to YYZ with only an hour before my flight to Nashville was scheduled. (That plane was also delayed, so I ended up having an extra hour in Toronto.)
And then: my luggage DID NOT ARRIVE in Nashville when I did. It arrived around noon the next day, but I had to go to a meeting on the morning of the 26th wearing the clothes I flew in the day before.
Then on 3 July:
- Lexington KY > Chicago O’Hare
- O’Hare > London
- London > Zagreb on the 4th
But my flight out of Lexington was delayed by big weather, which threw everything off. By the time United had me booked on a flight to London, all the flights to Europe had left and I was stuck in Chicago for the night. Luckily, United gave me a hotel, and I was able to buy clean underwear the next day.
My flight to London was LATE, 8 p.m. So I was in Chicago all day. But nothing to do except hang out in the terminal.
Then I had a long layover in Heathrow. Anyway.
Good travel things:
- Patricia, the United CSR at O’Hare, who got me a hotel room for the night and $30 for airport food (and a care kit with deodorant, toothpaste, etc.)
- The Premiere Plaza Lounge in Heathrow, where I got a shower and two hours of sleep in a tiny little private hotel room. It was expensive, but it was nice.
Things I should’ve done, and will do from now on:
- I need to get better at packing my carryons. (See my next post, “Carryon Lessons”.)
- We landed at O’Hare several hours late, but an hour before a Lufthansa flight to Frankfort. I should’ve called United customer service the minute we landed; they might have gotten me on the flight to Frankfort, which would’ve gotten me home at least 12 hours earlier.