Day 4: LONG DAY OF TRAVEL
It was about 5am when we got up, and we had an early koltbord breakfast at 6am. We would eventually arrive at the Tromso airport at 7am when we returned the car. We’d ultimately catch an 8:40am flight to Oslo, but there was a little bit of a security incident when someone found a Swiss army knife buried deep in my day pack.
I didn’t even know it was there all this time, and no security person had found it until this regional flight in Tromso. Well, we ended up checking in that knife, which would get checked through to LAX.
We’d ultimately arrive in Oslo at about 10:30am, and we had plenty of time to kill for the 1:25pm flight to Copenhagen. That Copenhagen connection stressed us out because we had barely an hour to get through passport control then catch the connecting flight to Chicago.
Anyhow, we had one last go at a delicious softis in a waffle cone at the airport. We made the mistake of going through to the secured area too early though so we wouldn’t have another helping of the good soft serve ice cream anymore. Bummer.
We also exchanged money back to American dollars though we really didn’t have much cash left anyways given how easily we burned through our cash despite our best efforts at rationing it.
Anyways, our 1:25pm flight to Copenhagen occurred without incident, and then we arrived in Copenhagen at 2:30pm. We were then rushing through customs and passport control after it became apparent that many of the people on this flight (ourselves included) wouldn’t make the connection if they queued everyone up and did the usual process.
We’d ultimately fly out to Chicago at 3:35pm, and then we arrived in Chicago at 5:30pm (we went backwards in time since we were flying west so the overall flight was about 10 hours and not 2 hours as it would appear). Once in O’Hare, we killed some more time talking to my Mom who hadn’t heard from us for a while as Julie was talking to her mum.
By 8pm, we finally got on the last leg of the journey to LAX, and we’d ultimately arrive at around 10:25pm. And by 11pm, we finally regained our luggage and our car (including the loose Swiss army knife), and we eventually got home just before midnight.
Now, it was back to life, back to reality, but at least we could look forward to some semblance of normalcy…