Long story, but they have paid for a hotel room for us, dinner (which I just finished, it was salmon and truly lovely), breakfast tomorrow, and we will take our original flights home, just one day later than planned.
The shock of having no warning at 5:30 am of what we had to face today, and its successful conclusion, allows me a little room for rumination. Interesting to me how many people smoke in this part of the world. I sort of expected it in Macedonia, but here in Zurich I went out to the garden outside the restaurant for a beer and had to leave because people arrived with their conversations and cigarettes. It reminds me of the way it used to be in the States but is no longer.
Tomorrow we will finish our journey home, and I can starting thinking more philosophical thoughts, not the all-consuming travel issues.