Meanwhile, five thousand miles away, another adventurer is starting her journey. Jonica, a 45-year-old mother of three from Portland, Oregon, has arrived at PDX, where she checks in for a nonstop Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt, Germany.
At the same time, on the East Coast, a young Russian couple — Ed and Irina — are making a last-minute camcorder purchase at a Best Buy in Charlotte, North Carolina. In just a couple of hours they are due to board US Airways flight 192, destination Germany.
If all goes well, these five strangers will rendezvous tomorrow at Frankfurt Airport, Gate A27. And then, continue south ... to the Mediterranean!