Well yesterday was the day that we packed up and headed for the airport. I had a great time on the trip but I was so happy to finally come home. What a day to come home too – July 4th
I just wanted to provide a quick update on how we ended the evening on Day 15. Post dinner we had a meeting with the group upstairs on the patio with Dr. Hoopes who gave out superlatives. I got “Worked Hardest” which I guess is fair since I was Dr. Hoopes GA and had to do data stuff each day. Anyways it was nice to get the group together before we left, take some pictures, and give hugs all around. After drinks on the patio, most of us went to the famous Tivoli Gardens. It is a very nice amusement park right smack in the middle of Copenhagen. We walked through the park and then Allison, Mark, Alex, and I rode the Vertigo ride which is a thrill ride that goes over 60 mph. It was a rotating ride that rotated in 2 ways at the same time. It was AWESOME. After Tivoli Laura and I walked back to the hotel and packed up for the trip.
Yesterday morning I worked out one last time in Europe Then we got on the bus one last time and went to the airport for a long trek home (flight time was a little over 8 hrs). I sat next to Liz and watched 3 movies on the plane including the new Avengers, Focus with Will Smith and Margo Robbie, and Cinderella. I also started a new book – The Martian. When we finally got to the airport I couldn’t be more excited to see my husband. I unfortunately still had to get through customs and go talk to SAS about my bag. It seemed to take forever! I also failed to find a SAS Customer Service Desk. After numerous questions to Security Officers and Information Desk people I ended up at the Check in Counter for SAS and the lady there literally told me no one at the airport could help and that I had call Customer Service. She at least gave me an American phone number which I will call today. I don’t know if I will ever get reimbursed for my bag but oh well. My husband then picked me up form Departures (I was already upstairs so I didn’t want to go all the way back down). He brought Mason my Shih-Tsu and he brought an American Flag I can’t explain how happy I was to see him. We drove back to Alexandria through a downpour but when we got home I immediately tarted laundry and then Alex took me out for my first date night back in the States to Rustico. I had a gluten free pizza and it was phenomenal! We got back to the house around 8PM and I passed out hard by 8:30 which was fair since my body felt like it was 2:30 AM.
Well, the adventure is over. I saw 13 companies, went to 3 countries, and used 3 currencies in 2 weeks. I drank cocktails at an ice bar, rode roller coasters at LegoLand, and took a journey on my first cruise ship. And most of all, I met new friends, had new experiences, and have stories that will last a lifetime. Many thanks to Dr. Hoopes for planning such an amazing trip. I can check Scandinavia off the books now and even better…that MBA.