Saturday, June 18, 2016

Berlin, Germany - Day 1

Day 1 - All photos were taken with my Canon G7X (unless otherwise noted). 

     On the way to the airport, I thought it would be a good time to set up my Skyroam wi-fi device. Please make a note to yourself that if you happen to purchase the same device, you should definitely set this up at home before you start your travels.  That being said, I can't say enough good things about this device.  You can have up to 5 devices connected to it, and although service was choppy at times, it got the job done. I was able to go on Facebook and Instagram for the majority of this trip, and also Facetime when I needed to. I got mine from Amazon for $99 and it included 5 free days of service (1 day = 24 hours).  I'll create a separate post for this later when I review some of the items I'm glad came along with me on this trip. 

     Tom Bradley terminal at LAX... I was always curious about this place, and finally was inside it.  This trip got off to a bumpy start when I was told by Norwegian Airlines employees that I would not be able to board my flight because I needed a visa for Sweden.  I politely argued my way through this, noting that I did not need a visa to have a layover in Sweden, nor did I need a visa for Germany with the travel document I had.  Again, a separate post for this particular situation to come soon!

     Had myself a little food before the flight. After I had this food (a salad and some pineapple), I had myself a little stomach ache on the airplane for the first 30 minutes hehe :) 

     One of these is not like the others....

     Finally feeling better, I was able to peruse my magazines on my iPad mini and engage in some flaming hot Cheetos.  Yup, I don't learn my lesson.

          I've always wondered what they serve on international flights.  Now I know. :-/  My friends assured me that other airlines have much more appetizing food. :)

     Look! It's cake in a plastic jar!

     Out of sheer boredom,  my friend Erik told me to dump out the contents of my little travel kit.  Well, here it is.  Judge for yourselves. :)

     Meal #2.  It was slightly better, but did not erase the memory of meal #1.

     Almost there!

     Inside Stockholm-Arlanda Airport.

     One of my favorite things about traveling is being able to try different foods.  The offerings of sweets in Europe were extensive and did not disappoint.

     Back on the plane for our flight to Berlin!

     So happy to finally be at our destination!  Someone tell me why Jon keeps making that face with his lips???

     They pretty much use the honor system in Berlin to use the U-Bahn and S-Bahn.  We only had our tickets checked once, and it was on another rail system.

     So one of the things I realized about traveling internationally is how long the day of travel can take.  We pretty much spent this first day trying to get to Berlin, and I felt like it wasted one of our days.  I made a mental note to add on two days to my travel time in order to not lose any days at the actual destination.

    On the S-Bahn towards our Airbnb in the Wedding neighborhood.  Tired, but excited to explore the city in the next couple of days.

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