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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Our Summer Vacation - Week 1

Our Summer Vacation officially began last week... it started off with a bang, or maybe I should say a BREAK! Yes, as you saw in my last post Stephen Broke a few bones! We were supposed to leave for Italy the NEXT DAY!! Well, as God would have it.... WE did leave! Just not ThursDAY, we left Friday morning at 2 am to begin our LONG trek to Italy!
No we didnt Walk! If we had we might have gotten their faster! We flew Space-A aka Space Available a.k.a. A Hop aka A MAC flight. All of this to say.... We drove to Charleston, South Carolina to "hop" a "space-a" flight to Ramstein, Germany. We tried to catch one of Friday, and then we hung out in Charleston on Saturday and Sunday...



I love the stained glass windows in the churches!

This is Alyssa and Cassandra. We met her at the terminal on base and hung out with her while we were waiting on available flights.

Me and Stephen on the FREE TROLLY!!

We went to the Waterfront Park and watched to boats! It was VERY breezy!
All of Charleston was really pretty. I cant wait to come back and visit with Detto!

Then we went back to the terminal to wait... 
and wait...
then we got a flight!! YIPPY!!
We took a C-17 to....
Don't our seats look comfy??
Good thing we only had to sit in them for 30-45 mins during take off and landing!

Then we slept...
 

We slept next to the cargo!

We stopped in Gander, Newfoundland for fuel..

Thankfully, we were able to lay down on our sleeping bags and sleep the rest of the way to Germany!
It was VERY loud and there were NONE of the "regular" comforts. No drink cart, only one bathroom w/ no sink, only two windows on the plane (up towards the ceiling), etc.
But we made it safe and sound.

As soon as we went through customs we jumped on a flight to Aviano, Italy.


This flight was more "typical"... Except there were only aprox 20 civilians on the plane of 275 people. It was short and cramped. On the military flights we dont have to abide by the "regular" FAA rules. Uniformed personell have weapons on them and we are all allowed to bring food and drinks. Drinks are "discouraged", but Stephen had 2 16oz water bottles in his backpack and they said, "No big deal, he's a kid. He can keep his water."
So...
We are now in Italy and LOVING visiting with the Durrett family! My neices and nephew are so BIG! They are all so cute and the kids are loving spending time playing! 
 I can't wait to see Sam & Anaia! For now we are resting and trying to get over jet lag.
There is a 6 hour time difference so we are all messed up!

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