To save some money, we purchased tickets that required several connections. Had the trip gone without a single glitch, our total traveling time would have been longer than ever before.Unfortunately, the trip had a glitch. So the trip was wayyyy longer than ever before.The glitch doesn’t even include the 14 or so Eagle Scouts on the long, transatlantic flight who stayed up and made loud, teenage-boy sounds all night long. I’m not even referring to the inconsolable infant one row behind us.The glitch had to do with transfers.We sat on the runway at Philadelphia for a very long time, and that delay threw off our connection in Europe. We changed flights, had to scramble to phone our ride who was driving two hours to pick us up. We ended up in Brussels, our city of choice, instead of Luxembourg; but our bags did not follow our transfer.Supposedly we’ll get them in the morning.I saw this sign on our last flight, a SwissAir plane.In the SwissAir plane, it appears that Christian smokers aren’t not allowed to light up on the flight. See the plume drawn (inadvertently) in the shape of an icthus? That little photo gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “Holy Smokes!”The Alps from the air. Switzerland was not our destination–only a stopover–but what a pretty sight!After 14 hours of travel, plane to plane to plane, with still a few more hours of waiting and driving ahead of him, The Boy had to turn to his friends for moral support and encouragement.Others depended upon the distraction of a good book.Check out this snack provided by the nice people of SwissAir:I was a little nervous about this “lye bread.” The only use for lye that I knew of prior to an Internet search was to make strong, old-fashioned pioneer soap. Somehow that didn’t sound too tasty as the base for a salami sandwich.Turns out “lye bread” is legit. And Swiss.And after eating it, my mouth felt cleaner than ever.I hope to have more interesting posts. Somehow uploading a picture of lye bread seems pretty lame.