The 21 hour journey

By the time we reach our destination, we will have been travelling for 21 hours – with a 4 year old and a 7 year old.  Germany is six hours ahead of us.  How does it take 21 hours to get to Germany from where I live you ask?  Here is a timeline of our travels:

  • 7:45 AM – Depart our house for Amtrak station
  • 9:25 AM – Train departs Amtrak for Newark (tickets were half the price than other airports to fly out of Newark…hence why we leave from there)
  • 4:30 PM – Depart Newark
  • 6:00 AM – Arrive in Dusseldorf (12:00 midnight our time)
  • 8:40 AM – Depart Dusseldorf (2:40 AM our time)
  • 9:55 AM – Arrive Berlin (3:55 AM our time)
  • 11:00 AM – Arrive at lodging (5:00 AM our time)

It should be interesting.  Will the substantial savings we obtained by flying out of Newark and connecting through Dusseldorf be worth the inconvenience?  On the plane the kids will have their own entertainment devices.  And on the train we can at least use ourentertainment devices and be plugged in at the same time.  The boy is also starting to come around to wanting to sleep on the plane because I’m reminding him that if he gets no sleep then once we arrive he will need to sleep.  He wants to arrive and see something.

So – I will probably make updates when we are stateside, but once we check into our lodging I am hitting the sack.  I think our lodging in Berlin has wi-fi though so I should eventually be able to post.

Oh – did I mention when we land it is supposed to be 95 degrees in Berlin?  They rarely have temperatures that high.  Just our luck the day we arrive they have a heat spell.   The other days in Berlin temperatures are supposed to be around 77 so that should be nice.

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One thought on “The 21 hour journey

  1. Patrick S. O'Donnell

    Ugh! 95 degrees. It’s already off to a bad start for David. Safe travels!

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