Sweden at last: Pigeons and Slut Soup

We made it to our destination yesterday after two ‘days’ travel (since there’s a time difference of six hours), lengthened by a pigeon incident at Newark airport. 

Apparently, while the good folks at Continental were getting our plane ready for boarding, two pigeons flew through an open door at the back of the plane. The captain was trying to be helpful and opened the front door, but without first punching in the code to de-alarm it.  So when he opened the door, the emergency inflatable ramp flew out and quickly filled with air!  That poor guy will never live this down, I’m afraid.

Unfortunately, the incident also delayed our flight for over two hours.  The airline was very gracious about it, I thought.  After all, they TOLD us what happened, so that was a good laugh right there.  And then they gave us a free dinner voucher to use at the airport, and they gave us a 10% off your next flight coupon. I was fine with just the story….

When we boarded, I asked the flight attendant if the pigeons were okay.  She laughed and winked at me, ‘No pigeons were harmed in the making of this flight…’

Upon arrival, we caught a train straight from the airport to Göteborg, Sweden.  The ticket lady said, oh, about two hours, when I aksed how long the trip takes.  Hmmm.  Try four.  Unfortunately everything closes so early here that we couldn’t get to go to the emigrant house museum, the archives, or the Göteborg museum.  But we did walk around town maybe two or three miles worth in search of just the right place to eat supper (fun to see the town, actually).  FInally got a recommendation for a place that has real Swedish food that you can take out.  Swedish Meatball take out brought back to our lovely Eggers (pronounced egg-ish) Hotel, where we ate on our balcony.  Ah.

What we did NOT order was soupa somethingerother slut. Turns out that is actually some kind of Greek soup, but honestly slut soup??  We stuck with meatballs and mashed potatoes.

On to meet the relatives this morning.  More later…

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4 Responses

  1. Sounds like an interesting start to a great journey…. The flight attendant sure had some wit.

  2. I’m glad you made it safely. You’re right. That guy will never live that down 🙂

  3. Glad you made it safe and sound. This story is hilarious!

  4. HI, all! Thanks for the good wishes. Those pigeons provided a pretty hilarious start to our adventure!

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