So we're in Liberia...still. I can't believe the time we've had. My stomach is sick and if this weren't so maddening, I'd probably cry.
When our travel agency (the preferred agency of our adoption agency) booked the tickets, they booked flights for Abegail and Emmanuel Richardson. But A&E's passports say Abegail and Emmanuel Davis.
You guessed it...there's no way in hell the airlines (or immigration) will accept passengers with different last names on their passports and tickets. We tried everything. We asked if they could just re-issue the tickets with "Davis" as the last name. No...because our tickets were issues in the US. So the Manager of the airline used his cell phone to call MTS Travel...as we stood at the ticket counter...to see if THEY could re-issue the tickets. No. There were no seats from Brussels to Chicago and without ticket confirmed to the US, Brussels would have just turned us around and sent us back to Monrovia on the next flight. What do you mean there weren't seats??? "A&E Richardson" weren't going to be on that flight...so there would HAVE to be 2 seats available. Just cancel those 2 and rebook 2 new ones. "Sorry sir, the airlines don 't work that way. After all, why should they? That would mean they'd have to use common sense!
So we could not board. No way, no how. We used that same man's cell phone to call the US and talk to the adoption agency. They called MTS and we are re-booked on new flights.
HERE IS OUR NEW ITINERARY....
SUNDAY, July 8
Dep Monrovia at 6:55pm
Arr Brussels at 5:35am on Monday
STAY OVERNIGHT IN BRUSSELS
Dep Brussels at 12:40pm
Arr Philadelphia at 3:25pm
Dep Philadelphia at 8:45pm
Arr Minneapolis at 10:53pm
Ummm...yeah....less than ideal. We had planned a welcome home party for the kids on Sunday that will obviously not take place. As it turned out, it was also going to be a Birthday Party for Emmanuel. His b-day is 7/8.
We're still trying to figure out how this happened...but as we add up the additional expenses this will cost us ($1,000 MINIMUM), we're second-guessing our decision to travel here.
I think once we are home and this is behind us, we'll be glad we were here. But we just miss Annie SOOOO much!!!!! AMBER...PLEASE SEND US AN UPDATE!!!! HOW IS SHE?????
We just keep asking how can this happen? Has this travel agency ever done this before? We were told that they did all the travel arrangements for the adoption agency. I'm certain that once we figure out who is responsible, we'll be writing stern letters. Or at least blogging about it!! :-)
Thanks to all of you who have been praying for us. If you would, just hang on a few more days.
Mom & Dad Richardson...we're sooo sorry that we won't be there to see you until LATE Tuesday night. Can you pick us up at the airport? We'll have a few hours with you Wednesday, at least. Help yourself to anything in the house...our computer upstairs will be available for you to keep up on our travel "highlights"!!
Love to you all...
S, S, A, & E