SAS usually does a good job on the transatlantic flights even if the service and the freebees is not what is once was, but that is what it is and we arrived in Chicago ahead of time. They now do automated passport control much like self check out at the grocery store and it was rather fast and without problem. After that we managed to find our luggage and get it through customs and rechecked with United. We usually go to the playground that they have at Terminal-2 at O’Hare and kill some time before our connection to our next destination in the US.
Next destination for us this time was the Santa Ana airport in Orange County south os LA. We choose this airport because we were staying in Long Beach with our friend Meg and thought that this would be a better alternative than flying into LAX and it turned out to be. After getting in to Santa Ana about an our late we got the rental Minivan and could head out on 405 North. I was confident I could fine Megs house without a GPS (our new GPS of Amazon was at her house) and I did live up to that expectation. To our surprise the girls where still awake even though we did not get the house until 9pm but pretty soon after they were sleeping beauties.
Next day we woke up on the early side but bot as early as I had anticipated and after talking to Meg for a little while we headed out in the nice warm weather to get breakfast and set up some phone services etc.
Nothing like starting your trip at the IHOP if you like pancakes.
Later that day we headed over to Seal Beach and the pier. The pier it self is kinda small and does not offer very much entertainment but for newly landed swedes it was nice to just take in the weather and the SoCal atmosphere.
After we left the pier we managed to find some lunch and after that we went back to the house and just hung out before going out to dinner with Meg at the Hof Hut.
Dessert is always popular!
The next day Jim came up from San Diego for a few days. Unfortunately Norah needed to go to the Doctor because she had come down with something and was having a fewer and coughing. We had to go back a few times to sort out everything. This meant that she missed the Long Beach Aquarium. Me and Jim took Hannah there while Sarah stayed home with her. More about that in the next post.