Yesterday was the day.
The day I’ve been dreaming about since I was little, imagining what it would be like – what I would be like. And now that it’s finally here it’s hard to fathom.
Right now, I’m happily cosied up in my seat on my way by train to Oceanside.
Now to the journey of getting here… It was great! Honestly, flying business, especially on longer, trans-continental flights like mine, is the only way to go. The chairs, the leg space, the entertainment, the overall comfort and service – definitely worth the extra little amount!
I started off my trip in the Menzies Lounge at Arlanda, reading, having some light lunch and just relaxing a bit before the flight. Then the flight ended up being delayed by around an hour, which was an it annoying, but I was so pumped about finally being on my way that it didn’t really matter to me. Getting to the gate though you have go through quite the security check, and I was of course called for an extra thorough one…
But never mind that, once on the plane, everything went super smoothly. I proofread some of my sister’s book and watched two movies, Man of Steel and The Great Gatsby. LOVED the last one, so beautifully made! Food wise two meals were included, which was definitely enough for me. If anything, I would’ve preferred them to be a bit smaller in size and have 3 meals instead. But hey, I had the ability to choose a gluten-free menu, so I was happy! Then I also slept for a couple of hours and before I knew it we had already arrived at LAX!
The security to get into the U.S. took a loooong time. The actual checking and talking to the officials didn’t take that long at all. But the queueing, yeez!! And it was so warm, no conditioning at all, standing up all the time, being stressed about having all the right documents etc., that was not fun. Thank god this was all happening BEFORE picking up one’s luggage! But everything went smoothly and there were no questions. Then, right before leaving the last security point with all of my bags and everything, the customs dog reacted to my bag. Well ****! So I had to go through yet another security point, during which they found nothing in the bag. I think that the dog reacted to the banana smell that was lingering around in my bag, although I had finished it already on the plane. But either way, after about 2+ hours after landing, I finally got to leave the airport!
I had reserved a place in a shared shuttle in advance, and though there ended up being some problems with that (not on my half), I ended up arriving safely to my hotel in downtown LA. It was quite warm and the humidity definitely added a stuffed kind of feeling to the air. But I had the best company on my way there as well, everyone was so nice and helpful. I spent the night there before continuing my travels today (23rd) to San Marcos.
So now I’m just gonna relax, read a bit and enjoy the views of (at the moment not so sunny) California.