Tegel Airport in Berlin is old and inefficient. It has no space for the security procedures that are part of flying today. Ken was hauled away to another area to have his myriad electronics more thoroughly searched. His questioner spoke no English and I stood at the end of the security area for a long time wondering if I would ever see my husband again. The new airport is scheduled to open June 1 after many lengthy delays. Our cab driver estimated it could be two years before they work out all the bugs. He said, "if this was being built in Dubai, it wouldn't take so long."
The plane was full of young families with babies. They did their best to keep them happy, but we were glad that we could crank up our headphones. A wide array of inflight entertainment help pass the time.
Our plane was the only one at the International Terminal in Chicago and the passport check was fast. It felt good to be met by a cheery "welcome home." Eventually all the suitcases appeared, even the one we had checked through from Copenhagen and we were met by another cheery "welcome home" from friends who had come to pick us up.
The DVR recorded all the series we were in the middle of watching when we left. Ken was also able to add an HBO movie we read about last week via the web. Technology is making it easier and easier to get things done at home without actually being there.
But it won't really feel like we are home until we can stay up past 6pm!