Yesterday was a day I will never forget. I took the a long journey to travel to my love. All the way from Salt Lake City, Utah to Iasi, Romania. Now I did not want it to be quite as long as it was. A few days prior to leaving I had noticed that I had a randomly unnecessary 9 hour layover in Bucharest, the capital of Romania. I worked to find a different flight so I could get to Jaleel sooner.
I called Expedia to let them know that I would be changing the final leg of my departure flight to make my 9 hour layover only two!! So excited I had no idea what news was to come. Two phone calls and two hours o being on hold later they let me know that if I did not get on that final flight after the 9 hour layover my return flight would be canceled. I felt so scared, angry and annoyed. I even texted people I knew from Delta cause I was in shock that over one small 45 minute flight they would cancel my entire return trip. I then called Delta. After an hour they told me they could gladly help me by changing my return flight to having Bucharest as the final destination. I felt a sigh of relief. Then I would not spend 9 hours on Christmas alone in the Bucharest airport. But, Delta told me it would cost about $1000 additional…. on top of what Jaleel & I already spent on my flight.
I honestly cried. My anxiety was through the roof. I was already so nervous to travel cross country alone and to top it off I felt like the airlines did not want to help me whatsoever. I just realized I would have to toughen up and calm down. The flight would be long, the layover would feel longer but it would all be worth it to reach my final destination — my sweet boyfriend’s arms.
So, I was going about my travel day. It was a breeze at first. I got to SLC International airport extra early so that I would be calm when boarding my flight to Amsterdam. I did not realize my luggage would be free with my international flight (total bonus), there was no line through security & I had time to squeeze in two mimosas.
I got on my huge flight. Found my seat.. which was great. Then I looked up… I looked around… I was frantically looking everywhere to figure out where I could put my carry on. I could find nothing. I could not even find a flight attendant to help me. Then finally because I was the last passenger standing a flight attendant helped me find a spot for my carry on. It was nowhere near my seat. It was practically in the front of the plane on the other side of the plane. But, hey I found a place.
I made my way back to my seat and bam the rest was great. I slept, ate good and watched movies. Then I made it to Amsterdam where they had no boards saying which flight was in which gate. I found a nice man that spoke English and led me to the correct gate. About 20 minutes later we boarded. I had an exit row but it was in the back of the plane.. haha right by the bathroom.
I was so tired I slept through the entire 3 hour plane ride. I woke up and went through customs. The second I could I connected to wifi to let Jaleel and my family know I had made it to Bucharest safely. I looked up at the perfect time waiting for my bags the door opened and there he was my sweet boyfriend smiling and waving at me.. I then read the cute text I had received from Jaleel saying that he was flying to Bucharest to spend the day with me because he did not want his girl spending Christmas alone. He was there with a flower. Like what? Like how cute is he???
The second I saw him my heart skipped a beat. I can’t put into words how happy I was when I could run up and give him a hug.
It was truly the best Christmas gift I could have ever dreamed of.
It was so fun to have him with me on my flight to Iasi.
I am looking forward to exploring the city with Jaleel.
I hope all of you had a very, Merry Christmas!!!