The Beginning of A New Adventure
On Thursday, January 6, 2022, at 6.45, we started a new adventure when we closed and locked our apartment door and walked to the bus station for the bus to arrive at 6.48. It felt cold, -2C. Within one hour, we arrived at Schiphol, and about 1.5 hours later, we were sitting at the gate waiting to board our flight. I walked the long isles to stretch my legs. When I returned, we could immediately board in group 1. Always lovely because then we know we will still have space to put our hand luggage away.
Flying from Amsterdam, NL, to Chicago, IL
Flying from Chicago, IL to Mineapolis, MN
We saw a spectacular sunset flying from Chicago to Minneapolis. After collecting our suitcases, we were picked up by a shuttle in Minneapolis to Hyatt Place Minneapolis, where we would stay the night. Thankfully, we had booked a room because of the expected jet lag – for us, it was already 2 am in the morning.
Driving from Minneapolis, MN to Watertown, SD
Around 2 pm, we arrived at the Best Western Sure Stay in Watertown and checked in with Hemmes. I texted our son our room number, and 20 minutes later, he knocked on our door. It felt good to hug him again. After chitchatting for about one hour, he had to leave for work. Around 6 pm, we drove to our son and wife’s apartment. Now, the hugs were for my daughter-in-law and the pets! After our son returned from work, we went out for a cozy dinner downtown Watertown, catching up with all the stories and enjoying the great food.
Driving from Watertown, SD to Sioux Falls, SD
After a good night’s sleep, we picked up our car. Hemmes had an ominous deja vu seeing our son and daughter-in-law’s pets, so I quickly put him in the study and closed the door. After we were ready packing our car, we all went for lunch before we drove off to Sioux Falls to drop off the rental. Hubby drove with Hemmes in the rental, and I drove behind him.
At around 5 pm, we dropped off the car at Sioux Falls airport and drove to the first Airbnb. As we entered the cozy, newly refurbished and well-maintained cottage, we finally felt like we could relax after three days of intense traveling.