…But we are back in Iceland with VISAs.
Here’s a recap of what we had to go through in the last 3 days:
1. 1. Three hour train ride from Jyvaskyla to Helsinki, Finland. Colby’s backpack broke. Had to shop for another one in the Helsinki mall and transfer everything into it.
2. 2. Got to the airport. Got into the slowest line at Czech Airlines. Finally it is our turn at the check-in counter. We find out we are only allowed to check 80 kilos and we are required to check our strollers (which we have never had to do). We open up all the suitcases and try to carry on as many pounds as possible. We are charged for the extra weight. We are NOT happy.
3. 3. We trudge through the airport—Colby carrying a heavy backpack and dragging two garbage bags full of clothes, me -- a backpack stuffed with 20 pounds plus my other carry-ons, and Haley carrying the camera bag. We all have our winter coats on (we had to bring them in case).
4. 4. Arrive in Prague. Only have 45 minutes between flights. Run to next gate. We look like a scene out of Home Alone.
5. 5. Get to Heathrow Airport in London. At Border control, Haley is nearly in tears, frantically grabbing herself because she is about to wet her pants (we had just gone to the bathroom on the plane). Hold on Haley, we just have to answer 20 questions first.
6. 6. Go to Baggage Claim. They have lost our double stroller (the double stroller we had paid 80 dollars to check). Colby goes to try to locate it, leaves me with all the luggage, and Darcy wets her pants (she had JUST gone to the bathroom on the plane).
7. 7. We emerge from Baggage Claim to meet someone from our company…Darcy dripping with urine, Haley upset because she had just lost her new Hello Kitty bracelet, and Colby and I with bags under our eyes.
8. 8. One-hour drive to our hotel in Gatwick. We arrive, take everything to our room, and then realize that we are so hungry we won’t be able to fall asleep. Colby goes to find food. It takes almost another hour.
9. 9. Next morning, Colby gets up early to get directions to the Embassy. The wireless internet isn’t working. He figures something out, we chug breakfast, and catch the Gatwick Express to downtown London.
10. 10. Walk for an hour. Arrive at the Embassy 45 minutes early. The woman at the counter looks confused, and says, “I’m sorry. You don’t have an appointment for today. I have you down for Monday morning. And today we’re packed full.”
11. 11. Colby looks like he is about to hurt someone. He gets assertive. “I’m sorry, there must have been a miscommunication. We agreed on Friday and we have flights to Iceland tomorrow morning.”
12. 12. Clerk responds (with a perfect British accent), “Ah, sh*#... (head in hands). Okay, out of the goodness of my heart, I’ll try to squeeze you in today.”
13. 13. Find out we need passport photos. We get a map and run for 15 minutes until we find “Snappy Photos” where we have a quick photo shoot. Run back and get in line.
14. 14. They call our name. Find out our credit card will not work and we need 112 pounds CASH. This time Colby goes alone and sprints to the nearest “hole in the wall.”
15. 15. Get what we need. Go to Kensington Gardens where I lay on the grass for an hour trying to recover.