Merry Christmas! Frohe Weihnachten! This year we decided that since we couldn’t celebrate the holidays back in the US with our families, we would get away to somewhere new and different, and what better place than the country best known for their Christmas markets? Not to mention that being away on holiday in a new place made it seem less like we were missing our families on a major holiday.

It seems like every holiday we go on, something goes wrong. Meeting in Dublin last New Years, Joe’s fight was cancelled and he was put on another flight several hours later, but with no phone or internet, I had no way to know what was going on. Then Prague over Easter time, we got stuck in traffic to the airport and should have missed the flight had it not been delayed for an hour and a half (lucky us!). So it was just a matter of time until something went wrong on this trip too. And sure enough, as we arrive at Stansted airport, we see a massive line for security. And when I say massive, I mean doubled out and back multiple times over the length of the entire airport.

Long story short, it turns out that Stansted security had a power failure for 2+ hours, and it was still out when we arrived. Thankfully, since everyone was delayed, they also had to delay the flights or else they all would have been empty. So as we ran to the gate, we caught the tail of the line being checked through to the plane and made the flight. Phew!

So here we are in Berlin, one taxi ride and several hours late and just getting to the hotel at nearly 1:30am. But the hotel is luscious and inviting, and the bed looks so inviting right now. And on that note, I think it’s time to catch some zZzz’s. Gute nacht!