Day 01 (1-1) – Monday, October 28, 2019 - Flight from Denver, Colorado to Munich, Germany
Brief Exploration of Delhi, India
Tour Director BalBir Singhb
“Leaving on a jet plane”…. Here we go again on another of Garcia’s Great Adventures! We had been watching the weather forecasts for days and worrying about our chances of getting to Denver and then flying to on to Munich, Germany on the first leg of our trip.
Last night we got another 6 inches of snow and went out early this morning to shovel and plow. At 11:20 after clearing the driveway one last time and we said goodbye to Buddha. We dodged the snowflakes as we squirted through the I-25 Gap on our way north to DIA, Denver International Airport.
The roads were not that bad, slow and steady wins the race, and in 90 minutes we made it to the Mount Elbert Shuttle Lot. The skies were bright blue and the sun was out, even though it was only 20 degrees.
Our shuttle driver took us to the east side of the terminal and we walked through the construction clutter to the Lufthansa Counter. The gate agents were just opening for business and we were able to check our bags and then found our way to the United Lounge in the B Concourse.
Our flight was called at 4:20 and we went back to the A Concourse to our Gate 45/47. Our flights with Lufthansa have always been pleasant. It is nice to know that we were able to find our seats, settle in, and try to relax for the next 8 hours.
The flight crew was very accommodating and served us a welcome beverage before taking off. Instead of eating dinner on the flight, we opted for a snack and then read until we could push back and sleep for a few hours.
The 5,233-mile flight to Munich was very smooth, flying over Hudson Bay, the southern tip of Greenland, and then over the North Atlantic. We tried to walk around a bit to stretch our legs during the transatlantic crossing.
Two hours before arrival, we were served a light breakfast and then at 10:00 we landed in Germany. Going through Immigration and Customs entering the European Union was relatively easy. Our layover was about two hours so we had time to walk to our connecting gate and prepare for the last flight to New Delhi, India.
We had time to post Day 1 of our newest adventure and freshen up before the next 7.5-hour flight. Traveling to the other side of the globe is always a challenge. We will continue our coverage of Day 2 in the next issue of GarciaTrips.
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I love the photos of your backyard animals! Which OAT trip are you doing? I did Heart of India in 2008 and we did Bhutan and Nepal in 2013.
The most worrisome part of a trip from Monument is often the weather, roads and now the Gap. Glad you "squirted" through okay! The rest of your adventure will be a snap to such worldly travelers. Still snowing here
Our last trip was on Lufthansa and we enjoyed it. It is snowing again today. Glad you made it safely to DIA. Enjoy!
You world travelers, make it sound so easy to travel. Eager to hear about each day's adventure.
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I am glad your trip is off to a great start and the snow didn't delay you very much. Hope you have a wonderful adventure. Stay safe. Blessings, Carolyn
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