I have been home from my trip for almost a week. The journey back went smoothly. I woke up on Sunday at 4 am and took a quick shower. My bag was already packed from the night before. I lugged my suitcase down all 77 steps of Lora's apartment (better than lugging it up!) and walked to the train station, where I hopped on the 4:51 leg to the airport. Once there, I checked in and had plenty of time, so I bought more chocolate. I had more euros, so I figure I might as well put it to good use, because I'll never get a great rate when exchanging them back.
The flight from Brussels to Istanbul was three hours and went quickly
The almost 12-hour flight to Chicago felt very long, and by the end I really wanted off that plane. I watched three movies and tried to stay awake so I could sleep once I got home. The time just dragged. The air felt stuffy. I was so happy when we were under our final hour of flight time. Customs in Chicago was fast, I got my bag and then took the shuttle to Milwaukee, where Emily picked me up. By the time we picked up Bailey, it was 11:30 pm, but I crashed right away. I was tired this week, but it went better than I expected. I'm usually always a bit tired when coming back.
Once again, I don't have any complaints about the trip. I never felt like I was in danger or had anything stolen. Flights and trains were on time. The worst part was probably not feeling the greatest, but I think that is minor. Belgium and it's awesomeness actually surprised me a bit. It's a beautiful country with some amazing cities. Romania did not surprise me at all. It was everything I thought it would be and more.
I wanted to share some pics of Peles Castle, as I was unable to upload photos from my camera when I visited. It was a truly amazing place. I have never seen anything like it. I also wanted to share some of my souvenirs.
In the meantime, it's back to work, to life, to Bailey the dog.
Thanks, as always, for reading and coming along with me!
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States