It is Wednesday night 11 p.m. in
Vienna (4 p.m. in Kansas City), and I'm sitting at my friend's Irmi's
computer in her apartment where I'm staying while in Vienna.
I had a good journey, yet not
uneventful. The two layovers were very short and proved to be a challenge. Thanks
to the plane arriving in Chicago early, I had a full hour to get to the
connecting flight. I had to walk across the airport to a different terminal
and found a huge crowd of people waiting to get on the plane. They had
overbooked the plane, and every single seat was taken. They scanned my
passport into the computer, like everybody else's, and collected the white
card that's showing how long I've been in the States. Therefore, I'll only
find out when returning in July whether I'm in trouble or not.
Because of the totally full plane, we took off one hour late, with the wind
having shifted which cost more time. As a result, I had half an hour (!) in
Frankfurt to catch my connecting flight to Vienna. Of course, my gate was at
the very opposite end of the airport, and I had to nearly run for 20 min. to
get there on time. The result was that my luggage didn't make it to Vienna,
and I had to leave the airport without it. Tonight, I went to a restaurant
with my family (in my travel clothes) to celebrate my birthday, and I had a
good time with them, not having seen them for one and a half years.
Back home, my luggage had arrived, and after a good night's rest tonight,
I'll start running my errands tomorrow.
I tell you, it's quite
"strange" to be back in Vienna, and the thought of culture shock
didn't occur to me until this morning (and I'm not saying I'll have to deal
with that). It's like being in a totally different world here; a world that
once was very familiar and that I'm supposed to fit back into. Kansas City
and everything else there seems so far away... even all my friends there,
which is scary. I do miss them already, though. Thanks again to all who came
either to the party Sunday morning and/or to the restaurant Monday night. It
was the most awesome birthday I've ever had!
Well, I'd better find my bed now. Tomorrow
I'm hoping to get my laptop only to download all my e-mails and send off some
I've even already written.
People of Vienna, call me!!! I'd like
to meet with as many as possible! (0676) 517 4008
People of Kansas City, write me :-))
Also, if you have msn messenger, you
talk to me directly - my e-mail log in is firstname.lastname@example.org
Just wanted to send you a short note
to let you know I arrived safely. Thanks so much for your prayers! May the
Lord bless you abundantly!
Ask of Me, and I will make the nations your inheritance. (Ps 2:8)
Phone Number in Vienna May 14-June 1
and June 13-July 1
(+43) (0) 676 / 517 4008
Mag. Claudia R. Wintoch
10808 Fremont Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64134
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Your support - whether by prayer or giving - is
Bank name: BA/CA
Bank number: 12000
Account number: 509.101.468.00
Online (it will say Glory