One of the many 757 jets on display :)
Our flight left promptly, yet we did have to hold at the gate for a period of time for the deicing equipment to work it's magic as there was a decent amount of snow falling at departure time. Adam and myself lucked out and we had 4 seats to ourselves in the center section towards the rear of the plane. We took off on a northeast pattern right over the frozen tundra of Canada and over Iceland to Sweden. Watching the inflight map is probably something I will never tire of! We were served an initial drink and I decided to get the party started with a crrisp Viognier wine. It was interesting to have the crew speak to me in Swedish. Perhaps that slight trace of Swedish blood I have in me was shining through?! Dinner followed which included another round of complimentary wine. Coffee or tea were served following the meal and shortly thereafter a steward came by with a basket of delicious chocolates. After this sleep was the plan. I did sleep for perhaps a couple hours. I've never been great at the ability to completely crash out on airplanes. An hour prior to arrival we were served a breakfast which included a sandwich, some yogurt and juice.
The underground tunnel that connects the United terminals at Chicago O'Hare
We arrived a few minutes early at Chicago
from Sacramento and I knew that I had a several hours to make the connection on Scandinavian Airlines to Stockholm. I text messaged my traveling companion Adam to make sure that he was on his way to O'Hare. I knew that he was also traveling space available out of New Orleans so I was a bit worried he might not make it in time. He let me know that he was on his way. I wandered into the corridor connecting the two large United Airlines terminals to see the lights and holiday music that was playing. The pictures posted should give a good idea of what that experience was like. I asked around where the SAS flights departed from and turns out I had to take an inter-terminal train to get out to Terminal 5 which is the International terminal. I waited at the ticket counter for Adam and finally found out that he had already checked in. I checked i myself and was relieved to get a boarding pass right at the ticket counter. In most cases you oftentimes will have to wait to be cleared at the gate when you are traveling on a space available basis. I noticed a food court in the terminal but decided to clear security to meet up with Adam. It turns out that there was no food for sale past security so I had missed my only opportunity! It was alright we would soon be eating onboard!