Cincinnati to Dallas, Dallas to Frankfurt, Germany; longest day of my life. My aunt and her family had temporarily moved over to Germany and my mom worked for American Airlines, so we had the opportunity to visit. Since my mother worked for the airline we got some special benefits, like flying first class, but we also had disadvantages, we had to fly standby.
If you don’t already know flying standby really stinks. You’re not guaranteed a seat on the plane, and that’s exactly what happened to us on the way to Dallas. We couldn’t get on the first flight out of Cincinnati so we had to wait 3 more hours to fly out, delaying our whole day.
When we finally got to Dallas, we had missed the flight we were originally going to take because of the delay in Cincinnati. So we had to wait around at the airport for a couple hours before boarding the ten hour flight to Frankfurt, Germany.
The plane was huge, I had been on a lot of planes and none of them have been this big. First class was pretty snazzy too. The seats were gigantic and comfy, and they leaned all the way back like a bed. It was awesome. We got our own T.V. and our own D.V.D. player with all the works. We were going to be served lunch, dinner, a snack, and breakfast. I felt sorry for the people in coach, with their boring seats and crowded aisle.
I am so glad we got to fly first class. I would not have been able to fly coach. Call me spoiled, but I was so bored I could hardly stand it, ten hours trapped on a plane. I listened to as many songs as I could, I drew as many pointless doodles as I could, I watched as many movies as I possibly could and I was still bored. I tried to sleep, but the plane was too loud, and I couldn’t get comfortable. That’s probably why it seemed to take forever.
We stayed at my aunt and uncle’s house while we were there. We saw all kinds of things, breath taking churches and castles, restaurants older than me, houses, stores, everything. It’s so much prettier over there; they have brick roads with little shops lining them and everything seems so much more peaceful compared to our concrete jungles and loud cities. We saw some historic sites from WWII, places where Hitler addressed the people, places that were bombed and rebuilt, and places that have been around so long even Shakespeare visited.
The trip was amazing, but it quickly went from amazing, to horrible. We didn’t get on the first two flights out of Germany, so after spending the whole day in an airport we had to go to a hotel and stay another night. The next morning we flew back to the United States to Dallas, and because of weather problems it took almost twelve hours to get back. I was exhausted and I still had another two and a half hour flight back to Cincinnati, well I thought I did. It snowed that day in Dallas, like the only time it ever snowed in Texas, so the flight back to Cincinnati was then cancelled. We waited around in the airport for almost seven hours trying to find a flight home. We ended up having to fly back to Columbus, Ohio and rent a car to drive all the way home, and to top it all off, I had to go to school bright and early the next morning!
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