Wednesday, June 04, 2008

We've arrived!

Here we are, in Dublin Ireland. I still can't believe I am here! Our flights went well, for the mots part. Unfortunately, when we got to Manila to get on our international flight, we found out that we were only allowed to have 20 kilos per person of baggage (this is usually the rule with domestic flights, but international flights usually allow us more. Well, we found out that this airline did not!) Needless to say we had well above 2o kilosper person, considering the fact that we are moving back to America after living in the Philippines for the past 10 months. We ended up having to pay 37 USD per kilo over the weight we were allowed. I almost passed out when I saw that she was charging us 1130 USD for our overweight bagage! I am not lying! We really did not have any other option, we were in Manila and our flight was leaving 2 hours from then. We talked her, down a little bit, but still had to pay 1000 USD. I still feel sick to my stomach when I think about it. She did inform us that if we had bought business class tickets, we would have been allowed to check that much bagage. We asked if we could tranfer our tickets, but there were no available seats. The thing that makes me feel a lot better is that all the other plane tickets to Dublin from Manila were $700 more expensive than this particular airline. I thought it was too good to be true! That's where they get you, with the bagage. We still paid less paying all that extra money for the excess bagage than we would have had to pay for the same tickets with another airline, so when I think about it that way, I'm not quite as mad. I still think it is a rip off though... To some degree, it is my fault that I did not look into how much bagage this particular airline allows. If I would have known, I would have mailed a lot of our stuff home instead of taking it as bagage... Oh well, you live and learn. Ok, moving on, enough about the bagage. I think I just needed to vent...
It took us 32 hours of traveling to get here, but we made it in one peice! And the airline we did take was really nice. Both planes we took were very new, with all the latest technology, everyone with their own personal TV, the seats were a little bigger than normal, etc. It was actually a pretty plesant traveling experience. We arrived here in Ireland at 7:30 am, so we have planned to stay up all day. We rented a car. Rob has had fun trying to drive on the other side of the road. We ran into a slight problem trying to find the hotel we are staying at. Um, we printed out the directions, but Ireland does not beleive in having street signs, not sure why, but very rarely have we seen street signs on any street here. So, what was suppose to be a 20 min drive turned into a 1 1/2 hour drive! Not to mention, we were both tired. We finally found it! Crazy. The rest of our day we went to the National Museum of Ireland and just drove around downtown Ireland. It was nice, although I am not so sure a museum was a good choice to go to too when we are so jetlagged. Speaking of jetlag, I am exhausted. Sorry there are no pictures. I will try to post some soon. We have internet access at our hotel! I am just too tired to post any now, it's 7:30 pm here and we are going to bed! Good night all!


Anonymous said...

Sarah is having trouble just getting a flight to Denver.I can't even imagine her trip to Southeast Asia.She is having to take loads of stuff.

See ya in a few days,

The Wofford's

Renee said...

Yeah! I'm glad you made it! I can't wait to see all of the pictures...

Anonymous said...

Hey, I put my comment on the blog just before this so I thought I better put it here too just in case. Could you email me a physical address for you and Rob? I need to send you something.
Love ya,
Dawn Teeters