05.09.2014 - 05.09.2014
After both dinner and breakfast onboard the flight and some lame attempts to get some sleep the plane descended for landing. I must say time went by so fast… maybe because I was so homesick? At some point over the Atlantic Ocean the date switched from September 4th to September 5th so when I disembarked the plane in Madrid it was already September 5th and time was 1.25pm. Dizzy, tired in both body and mind I had to find the baggage claim but I just had to follow everyone else, taking the underground train from T4-S and back to T4, pass the passport control and then find the right baggage belt. It felt like forever until my bag came and the heat inside the airport was horrible. Now, dragging my bags along, I had to find the check-in desks for Berlin Airlines and that wasn’t easy. But I finally found them way back in a lonely corner.
The check-in opened up at 3pm and my flight took off at 5.45pm. After 2 hours and 55 minutes I landed in Berlin at 8.40pm for a short stop-over and a change of flight. My next flight to Stockholm took off at 9.25pm and even though it was the same company for both flights I had to run across the entire airport… I barely made it. But let me just be clear that I had over an hour to change flights when I originally booked these flights but for some reason they had changed the time schedule just a month before my trip. Ha, so next time (if I travel via Berlin) I’ll be sure to have more than an hour to change. It was fantastic that both my bags and I made it on the last flight back to Stockholm. So at 10.40pm I disembarked the last flight at Stockholm Arlanda Airport and could happily state that everything went well in the end. Checked in at Radisson Blu Sky City to rest and sleep for the car trip back home tomorrow… well needed since you definitely weren’t fit enough to drive home straight after 19 hours of flight.