We made it home to Michigan! Just like last year, our itinerary didn’t go as originally planned. David and I laughed the only kind transportation we didn’t take this trip was a boat.
We flew out of Istanbul to Toronto. When we landed, there was freezing rain and several flights were canceled, including ours. The airline did pay for us to stay in a hotel for the night. Overall, we were not impressed with Canada Air’s customer service. Their representatives seemed very inexperienced. They told us to call and reschedule, even though they had already scheduled us for a Sunday flight. (The original flight was to have left Friday evening.) We told them that would not work. To make a long story short, we rescheduled a Saturday flight to Chicago, and my mom bought us Amtrak train tickets to Michigan.
We spent a lot of yesterday running. We landed a little late in Chicago, and sprinted through the airport to the tram station. We ran up to the ticket kiosk to purchase Metro cards. We must have looked a little frazzled and rushed as we asked about the correct stop and purchasing tickets. A young Metro worker answered a few questions, then ushered us to the gate and swiped us in with his card. I was really moved by the kindness from that stranger. We made it onto the blue line just barely in time. An hour later, we jumped off at our stop, shot up the stairs to the street, and ran to Union Station to catch our train. As we walked in, we heard the last boarding call for our train. We had just barely made it!
Mom picked us up at the train station and we had a nice evening catching up with her, my brother John, my sister Mary, and her fiancé Patrick.
I woke up at 3:00 am Michigan time (10:00 am Turkey time), and haven’t been able to go back to sleep. But a little jet lag is nothing now that we’re home!