When we left Glasgow Monday morning, we were filled with excitement at the prospect of being home in around 16 hours. However, after making it through security and finding the gate for our flight, the day’s nightmares began. As we waited to start boarding, an announcement informed us that due to bad weather in Amsterdam, our flight would be delayed by nearly 3 hours, which was not good news for us. We had only 55 minutes to transfer flights in Amsterdam, so with the delays we would probably miss our flight to Chicago. And so that came to be.
We ended up leaving Glasgow a bit earlier than they had expected and arrived in Amsterdam around 1 pm. From there, we were told to go to the transfer desk to see about getting put on another flight to Chicago. This was the beginning of the worst part of the day. My estimate is that around 300 people were already in line by the time we got to the line. We ended up waiting in that line for almost three hours. The airport did give us some water and some candy to sustain us, but standing in that line still sucked. After nearly three hours, we had only made it halfway to the desk. It was then that we were informed that there would be no more flights to the U.S. Monday night.
We were then directed to proceed to the KLM hotel desk, where they would then be placing us in a hotel for the night. We were also told to call KLM to see about getting another flight. So we proceeded to pass through the passport check and found ourselves in another long line, which we would end up waiting in for over three hours. Unfortunately, my phone did not work in Europe, so I could not call for a new flight. I was freaking out because people around me were saying that some people flying to the U.S. couldn’t get flights until Wednesday!! So I called my amazing mother and asked her to call KLM to get us another flight. This wonderful person that is my mother was then able to get us on a flight for Wednesday into Chicago. With that taken care of, we waited patiently (ok not so patiently) in line to get our hotel.
While waiting, I checked my KLM account and found that they had somehow put me on a flight on Tuesday to Chicago with a connecting flight to Paris. However, they had not put Nettie on that flight. So I called my mother once again and had her get on the phone with KLM again. By that time we had reached the hotel desk and the lovely lady there also called the ticketing desk asking about my flight. With both people in contact with the airline, we were able to fix the error and get me back onto the Wednesday flight.
Our wonderful airline then put us up in the Sheraton hotel for the night. We were provided with a late dinner and breakfast, and an amazing room. Unfortunately, we had to go back to the desk in the morning to get put into another hotel for Tuesday night. Luckily, the line for that was really short, so we were soon put in a new hotel. We checked out of the Sheraton and hopped on the shuttle for our new hotel. This place was equally as nice and we were provided with lunch, dinner, and breakfast. It was all pretty amazing. What could have been an even worse situation turned out to not be that bad because our wonderful airline took care of everything at no charge to us. I am very impressed with KLM and will definitely use them again.
We probably could have gone into Amsterdam on Tuesday, but we decided to just stay in and relax. I was desperately needing a nap, so we just chilled in our hotel room for the day. It was then that we encountered another problem. I was supposed to start a wonderful job at the public library on Tuesday, but that obviously wasn’t going to happen. My family was also going to go to my cousin’s graduation in Indiana and we had planned on just going up to Milwaukee for the night then heading to Indianapolis a bit early. However, my work desperately needed me to be there this week because the summer reading programme started on Monday and they needed me to prepare for that. So, we searched for a way to get me back to Marshfield without my mom having to drive the almost five hours back north to get me home. We ended up getting me on a greyhound bus on Thursday morning from Milwaukee to Abbotsford, where my dad would be picking me up. I will then be going in to work at 4 on Thursday, but that’s ok. I am looking forward to getting back to work.
So, while these have been, and still will be, some pretty crazy days, they ended up not being too bad. We were completely taken care of by our airline. Currently we are sitting in the airport awaiting our flight home to Chicago in an hour. Soon I will put this nightmare behind me and get to see my friends and family. I look forward to seeing everybody. I will probably write a few more posts this week to tell y’all about some more travels and getting home, so stayed tuned dear readers! Cheers!