Fast Forward flying

flightThe checklist I prepared and followed worked out perfect.  I’m also giving “Delta Airlines” a shout out for their polite service, good food, and on time flights.

I arrived earlier than scheduled to get my connecting flight to Munich at Atlanta Hartsfield airport.  My arrival gate was “A” and the distance to the international terminal “E” is one mile.  Thinking ahead of the 9 hour flight I decided against the plane train and people mover and decided to walk.

Arriving early gave me extra time for a quick lunch. I  then moved on to Travelex to pick up the Euro’s I ordered online. By ordering online you save  money and also can designate the date and airport location for pick up. There are several in Atlanta that make it very convenient.  I showed my ID and they had them ready in an envelope waiting for me.

I really lucked out with my seat selection.  I chose a window seat and just by chance the seat next to me was not booked.  I purchased a neck pillow for $10 at TJ Maxx and that was so comfortable, I’ll never fly again without one.

We left Atlanta at 6pm and shortly after dinner was served.  I watched a movie and turned my light off about 10Pm.  I’m not sure if I slept or not, but I covered up with two blankets and tried to rest.  Just a few hours went by  when the sun started to peak through.  That was more confusing for me than losing  six hours flying forward.

We arrived in Munich about 9am local time, so that was 3 am my time and I felt reasonably good.  The line for customs was lengthy and I would say to be prepared for any questions or searches.  My passport was all I needed but I can’t say if this is procedure for all.

At the airport itself I found my way around without any problems, most of the signs were in German and English, and directions were clear. Restrooms were not difficult to use and they were free, so don’t panic if you decide to exchange your money when you arrive.

So….there you have it, the trip was enjoyable and easy,  but the preparation took thought and effort to get it all  done.  Happy travels  🙂