Monday, June 11, 2012

Auf dem Weg nach Deutschland

Our castle is a bit quieter today--we are one less princess.  

Yesterday we dropped our baby and her 46.5 pound suitcase at the airport at 9am, bound for Stuttgart, Germany to reconnect with her German exchange Carmen (who we hosted for three weeks in April).  She was beside herself excited, heading out on a new adventure with some of her best friends in tow.

D was stoked to be using her passport for the first time and mark herself a genuine international traveler.  She was as giddy as a small child on Christmas morning.

What did my good friend say?...aaahh yes, traveling is not for the weak of heart.  An 11:30am flight to Newark, New Jersey didn't leave till 2:45pm.  Which meant they were most likely going to miss the connecting international flight and be stuck in Jersey till Tuesday.  LUCK or God just happened to be on their side yesterday--it was Sunday after all-- and United decided to hold the plane for them--all twenty-seven of them.  That deserves an Amen! 

2:35pm STL Time, 3:35pm Jersey Time
When D finally boarded the plane bound for Stuttgart she began to text, her stress evident
D: Here on the plane
Me: Sitting next to who?
D: I'm sitting next to two random people
Me: Well, make good conversation and share your Swedish fish. Love u xoxo
Me: Dad says to scare them and read the vomit bag. 
D: Ha ha. They put my carry-on bag some other place and I didn't any time to get out my stuff.
Me: Well maybe they can help you later.  Tell them you need your candies lol
D: I thought I would at least be sitting by someone from my group. :-(
Me: Are they old or people my age?  Hopefully they will be interesting and interested in your lively ability to chat and tell good stories.
Me: This whole trip is about new experiences.
D: Yes, both older but idk
Me: Older folks like to talk to the young.
D: Ugh this is stressing me out.
Me: Babe you can read and sleep. Remember the end result--Stuttgart and Carmen. All will be good. You are friendly. You are the perfect person to sit by randoms.
D: I guess, but they both have on their headphones and I'm in the middle. :-(
Me: Introduce yourself and ask business or pleasure for them.  That is an icebreaker.
Me: Well when the head phones come off strike up chat.  The headphones may be a flight take off distraction for them.
D: Am I allowed to get my bag down?
Me: Yes, ask the flight attendant later in the flight.
D: Ok I guess I should go now.
Me: Have a good flight love you xoxo Remember, time of your life!

2:34am STL Time, 9:34am Stuttgart Time 
The made-it-here call went something like this...  
Mom I'm here in Germany.  Waiting for my luggage. Boy I'm tired. Oh and you are going to kill me, I left my debit card at home, realized two hours before we landed. 

9:55am STL Time, 4:55pm Stuttgart Time 

 D wanted to Skype, telling me all about the flight that turned out to be full of good conversation with the randoms and little sleep...and no carry-on retrieved candies.  She told me how she has been awake for so long; calculating in the time zone change, for 36 hours.  She was tired but is staying awake till it is bedtime.  Whacking that jet lag like a warrior. She was excited to show me the stamp in her passport, her bus pass and all the necessary maps she got at the German school.  She talked of her first meal with her German host family and how she and Carmen got in trouble in school for looking at a magazine together and she wrote a paragraph for Carmen on multimedia in her English class.  She said she feels less stressed at the notion of speaking German all day long and she understood most of the conversation she had with her host family.  D said where there were voids she filled in just fine.  She talked of attending a BBQ this evening at one of the other German girl's home. She showed me the view of vineyards from her bedroom window and said the cool air of Germany was an inviting change from our already hot summer.  Then we discussed how we were rescuing her from her left-behind-debit-card debacle.  

So you can say her stress level has lowered and her advance supply of Euros should hold her for the time being.  

I suppose since it is past 10pm for D she is finally fast asleep preparing for another day of German schooling.

Remember baby girl--TIME OF A LIFE! 


Lin said...

Aw, what a GREAT adventure for her!! She is lucky that she already knew Carmen was waiting at the other end of the flight. I wish her a WONDERFUL trip and memories that she will cherish forever!

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