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The Plane rides from USA to EUROPE!

Wow air travel is really a lot smoother when you have little ones with you. It seems that people are nicer, everyone is smiling at you, it is all a lot lighter! ( well besides the amount of snacks and clothes you have to carry). Anyway, I had been worrying and wondering about what I would have to being to get through immigration smoothly. I have had a few hiccups in my travels as a very seasoned traveller and I know that customs like to play a few games. Anyway, I never thought that I would get to the immigration officer and he wouldn't believe me that my kids were my kids... We do look alike... Anyway, We had to rush through the London Gatwick airport because out flight was super late and we didn't want to miss our connecting flight to Greece... Come on universe lets get to Greece already!!!! I've only been waiting 8 years to return!
Anyway, after running with 2 children and all our bags to customs we had to then wait about an hour before it was our turn... I had already coached the family a bit on what to say "nothing" and to let me talk to them...Anyway, after the officer had a bunch of small talk with us about us being from hawaii and how he had been there etc. etc. Finally after he examines all of our passports, he hands us a small business card that talks about trafficing children. Then he starts up about it seems wierd that the children don't have the same last name as us... OMG my palms start to sweat and I realize that I hadn't brought any photo copies of their birth certificates... I thought that all I needed was a valid passport. Anyway, after we talk a bit more he says "ok, I can see that these children feel very comfortable with you both, but I want to let you know that if any other officer were to be speaking with you that you would all be detained and we would have to confirm that you are both the parents..." He then stamps our passports and says move on...It was all good, but we were still in a rush to catch the next part of the huge journey... We finally board the plane to Greece and almost instantly you could feel the relaxed energy of Greece. We had the last flight we would be on for a while, which went super smooth everyone slept almost the whole ride... Then we got to Greece and had to go through customs again. This time was very different. Before we left on our trip I had called the Greek embassy to see what the requirements were to enter and they said we would have to have a return flight. So At some point in planning the trip I felt stressed because I was really hoping to just go on one way tickets and be open to leave from whenever when we were ready. Ironically enough we were waiting in line and a man pulls me and the family out of line in front of hundreds of people and lets us go first. Go figure children and women are really looked after in Greece. So we get to the officer he smiles and gets the kids attention and says nothing to us and stamps our passports and that was it... What no questions, no one caring about any return tickets... What a breeze! I love this country! After we get our bags we head outside in search of my dear old friend athina who I have't seen in 8 years... Aaron keeps asking me how will we find her? what is her car? I just keep saying, " no worries she will just appear" and that is exactly what happened we took a small walk down the arrivals area and she pops out of the car and we fill her tiny european car with our things and we are off... We have entered Greece and now ready to start our adventure! We were so blessed to have her pick us up with 2 car seats and no stress what so ever! It is always so flow with my family! thank you universe for guiding us so smoothly and gracefully with impeccable timing in all moments!

Posted by OhanaNomads 14:40 Archived in Greece Tagged a for plane last rides while!

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