I interrupted my lovely month in Germany with a brief trip home. How brief? Less than 12 hours in LA. Consider this a trip report within a trip report, a brief journey home to retrieve a delayed passport because I did not trust leaving it to anyone else…
13,000 Miles. 48-Hours. A Trip From Germany To LA To Pick Up A Delayed Passport
Ever since we dealt with the whole police clearance certificate fiasco in South Africa nearly eight years ago, I’ve been reluctant to entrust important documents to others. While the postal strike in that case may have represented exceptional circumstances, I see FedEx and UPS packages delayed all the time. Just last week a friend sent me a parcel via overnight and FedEx ultimately delivered it three days later.
Some backstory. Shortly after my daughter was born, we obtained German passports for both of my children from the German Consulate in Los Angeles. Shortly thereafter, we submitted the application for my daughter’s U.S. passport, paying the expedite fee so we’d have the passport in time for our summer in Germany.
While the German passport only took a week to arrive, four weeks later the U.S. passport still had not arrived. We had to depart without it. Three weeks later, it finally arrived (yes, the expedite fee got me the passport in seven weeks…though I understand that processing times have since improved).
We had about 10 days before a planned trip to Spain and from Spain we would travel directly back to the United States. Even though my daughter is a U.S. citizens and has traveled to the USA before without a passport (that merits a separate post), that is a complicated process. Dual citizens must use their U.S. passports to enter the USA, so using her German passport was not an option.
Thus, I decided to fly home and get it. But I wanted to make the most of the trip home and review a new product. A friend of mine was in Vienna so we decided to meet there and then I’d fly Austrian Airlines home, grab the passport, and fly back on United Airlines to London then connect on SWISS to Zurich (I would have flown into Basel on British Airways, but flights were not operating at that time).
So this week I will work my way through the trip report within a trip report, covering the following segments, hopefully at a rate of two per day:
- Haunting: Police Chase In Frankfurt Leads To Horrific Crash
- Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt
- Lufthansa Business Lounge Frankfurt
- Flaunting Woman Struts Up and Down The Aisle On My Austrian Flight
- Review: Andaz Vienna (Suite)
- Austrian Business Lounge Review (Schengen)
- Austrian 777-200 Business Class Vienna – Chicago
- The Delightful Coffee Of Austrian Airlines
- Yankee Pier SFO Update
- Great Coffee SFO Update
- How I Returned To Germany Lickety Split
From the Basel area, I took a train up to Frankfurt and spent the night at the Hyatt Regency Mainz. Deutsche Bahn ICE service now reliably offers wi-fi onboard, which makes the three-hour journey highly productive.
I had dinner with former colleagues in Frankfurt; it is always a joy to catch up with old friends.
The following day, it was onward to Vienna.
This is part of my summer in Germany trip report.