We are soon back home in Stockholm!
It was on Sunday every team left the Santa Maria Island, arriving in Lisbon at around 21. We had decided to spend the night in Lisbon, enjoy the city and then leave for Stockholm during the afternoon. When we arrived at the airport, we got the information from KLM that our flight was going to be 40 minted late, making us miss our connecting flight. The nice lady at the check-in desk, rebooked us for another flight with TAP, that was going to take us to Frankfurt and then to Stockholm. We were even going to arrive one hour earlier than before! We thanked for the tickets and then proceeded to the new check-in desk. We checked in successfully, the staff was really nice and then we went through security to our gate. That's when we hot the information that our new flight was late as well... 50 minutes and we were barely going to make it in Frankfurt. There wasn't a lot to do, so we had to deal with the situation.
When the boarding was complete, 50 minutes late, the pilot told us that due to a strike in France, we were not allowed to leave the airport. We were going to be even later. We looked at each other and we all knew that it would take a miracle for us to make it to Frankfurt in time. Andrea started to look up later flights to Stockholm from Frankfurt and found one leaving at 21.25, we were hoping that this flight would not be fully booked! We landed 19.55, 5 minutes after the departure of our flight to Stockholm...
Leaving the aircraft, we get the information that all the flights to Stockholm, unfortunately, are fully booked. But that we're getting compensated with an overnight stay at a hotel, as well as new tickets for tomorrow (today). Of course, we get pretty bummed about it, but there's nothing to do. The staff tells us to proceed to Lufthansa's information desk for more information about our rebooking. We started walking towards the information desk, may I add that Frankfurt airport is pretty big (at least it feels like it is when you're super tired from traveling for two days). We arrive at the information desk, where a sign tells us that it is out of order and that we should go to the next one. We walk for another 10 minutes until we find the second desk, where we stand in line (we were not the only Swedes getting delayed that evening). A man asks us if we are from Sweden and when we say yes, he tells us to go to hall B.
After walking for another good 10 minutes, we arrive at hall B. The only problem was that we did not know where to go next, should we talk to someone at the gates? Should we get our bags? Should we leave the airport? Walking back and forth for a while, looking for someone to ask, we finally chose to talk to someone at one of the gates. They look at our boarding passes and then tell us to go outside, then to go back in and check in again. We say thank you, and start to leave the airport.
On our way out, we reach the baggage claim and realize that we probably should get our bags before leaving. The only problem was that we were in hall B, whereas our bags were in hall A. We find a luggage information desk in hall B and decide to talk to the staff there. After giving them our boarding passes, passports and telling them what had happened, they looked at us with a weirded out face. "You have been rebooked for a flight that leaves in 30 minutes, but unfortunately, you are not going to make it". I can tell you that we were not very happy at that point. The apologies for the inconvenience and then proceed to try to find our bags, without success. They needed to see our original boarding pass (the ones from KLM), but since we got rebooked before even checking in, we hadn't received any. A very nice lady tried to help us the best way possible (thank you) and after finally finding our bags and ordering them to the B-hall she tells Ylva and me (Andrea) to go outside to get our new bookings. We do so and after a lot of confused faces and keyboard tapping, we get the information that we are staying at a hotel over the night, as well as our new flight leaves at 7.25. We call the rest of the group and they tell us that one bad had arrived, but that other four were still missing. We go back to the boys and sit down together with them waiting for our bags. After an additional hour, if waiting, everyone got their bags, except for Adam... We wait even longer, but the bag doesn't arrive. After, what felt like ages, a lady working at Lufthansa comes up to us, telling us that Adam's bag, unfortunately, is missing. They tell us to go to the hotel and come back in the morning for new information about the situation. Said and done, we left for the hotel where we spent the night. We arrived at midnight and ate some pizza before we went to bed.
We are boarding our flight now and we really hope that we are getting home somewhat on time, wish us luck.