Could it be? Could the Christmas train finally be here?! Why yes, yes indeed!! Every year the CTA decorates one line of train cars with lights and pictures and the workers dress up as elves and santa clause giving out free candy canes to all the riders. Some of my friends had never seen the train before so we made an event of it! Happy Christmas everyone!!
I currently have racked up enough miles in my airline account for either 2 flights (round trip) within the US and Canada or 1 flight internationally. Any suggestions on where I should explore next?
Current Ideas include:
New Orleans, USA during Mardi Gras
Montreal, Canada during the winter
Edinburgh, Scotland during the summer
Brussels, Belgium during the flower carpet in August
I’m open to your opinions! Where would you like me to go??
My experience coming home from Europe wasn’t exactly smooth sailing. My flight from Brussels to London was cancelled so I had to wait 3.5 hrs in a line at Zaventam to reschedule my flight for a later one that day, which should have allowed me to make my layover. However that flight was delayed so much that by the time I arrived in London, my flight to Chicago had already left. Luckily since it was the fault of British Airs, they rescheduled my flight to Chicago for me and put me up in a hotel for the night. Stressed, tired, and a little bit in a sore mood for having to spend the night at the airport, I walked slowly to terminal 5. On my way I crossed a piano with the words “play me” in a couple different languages on it. I felt it was a sign. I dropped all my bags, took out my music and started to play my favorites and practice the new pieces I have. I played a bit of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and Mozart. Random people clapped, asked if I worked here, and some little girls even danced along. By the end of the short 30 him I spent just running through pieces, I felt so much better. Happy even. Music will do that to ya. It calms the soul and set’s you free :]
The Sofitel is right off of terminal 5 and is something I could never afford in my wildest dreams as a student. The fates deemed that I was not to arrive in Chicago on the 1st, but that i needed one more night in London to solidify my European experience. My canceled flight from Brussels to London resulted in a missed flight from London to Chicago, so British Airs put me up in their 5-star hotel. This place was fantastic! Zen gardens on both sides of the hallways and no joke, music played when I entered my room for the first time. Not too shabby London, eh?
I wish I had more time for breakfast at the Sofitel because there were just so many options! But alas with a 7:45am flight i was in a bit of a hurry. I scarfed down a small english breakfast, pain au chocolate, yogurt, and stuffed bread and preserves in my bag. Next time a flight gets cancelled on me and I’m put up in a fancy establishment, I’m going to ask for a noon flight!
Coming home from Brussels to Chicago is a long enough journey as it is, but because of cancelations and short layovers, I was stranded in London Heathrow Airport for a night. British Airs was so amazing that they put me up in a 5 star hotel for the night with dinner and an amazing breakfast. The Sofitel is right off of terminal 5 and is something I could never afford in my wildest dreams as a student!