Check out time was 10am. Peace had prepared party jollof rice for breakfast; yeah, it was delicious. I ensured our bags got downstairs a few minutes before 10am. Yesterday afternoon after paying 7,200 forints for our transfer car to the airport, I was asked to pay an additional 3,300 forints (to change from a car to a bus) because we had six bags, and two strollers. They wiped out the money I kept for airport expenses; I had just a 1200 forint left. I wasn’t bothered, I had my debit card.

Our bus arrived on time and we took a ride to the airport. Picture this, there were two adults, two toddlers, two strollers, five big bags, one travelling bag, one big knapsack and my laptop bag. How do we transport everything inside the departure terminal without leaving anything behind? This should be a logic question, right?

I put Nimmy and Pemmy in their respective strollers. I hung my knapsack and laptop bag on Pemmy’s stroller. I kept the remaining six bags on the trolley. I asked Peace to push Nimmy and Pemmy one after the other. She pushed Nimmy a short while, she came back for Pemmy and pushed her to where Nimmy was waiting. I stayed behind the kids to ensure I kept an eye on everyone. Eventually we all got into the hall.

The whole place was jammed packed. I was literally confused. I wanted to measure our bags before wrapping two of them. I left my crew at the entrance of the hall and started moving around the hall asking questions. I found out that it would cost 2500 forint to wrap one bag and the guy wrapping didn’t have a POS; he was collecting only cash.

That was a catastrophe, (in Pemmy’s words, ‘let’s call the paw patrol’) The zip handle of one of my boxes had come off so I couldn’t padlock it; I was banking on wrapping it.

Now that I couldn’t wrap the two boxes, I decided to measure all the other bags so I could empty the content of the box (without a zip handle) into other boxes. I was told I could use any of the empty luggage checking points to measure my luggage. I had a lot of spaces in other boxes so I shared the items in my zipless box into other boxes. I strongly believe that whenever you find yourself in a fix, always take a few minutes to calm down and relax, there would always be a way out.

Finally, our boxes were collected and we sat at the departure lounge waiting to board. While waiting at the lobby, I decided to buy a bottle of water (1.5 liters of bottled water in supermarkets in town cost between 59 forints to 250 forints depending on the brand). The very first shop, 500 ml of bottled water sold for 1000 forints. Ok, I looked at the guy and asked why it was so expensive, he said it was a label shop. I thanked him and dropped the bottle of water. I decided to look around for ordinary water without an expensive label. I bought 1 liter of bottled water for a 1000 forint, still expensive in my opinion but better than the label shop.

We got to Dubai 11pm (Dubai time). As the plane touched down, I was glad the sitting was over and we were about to enter into the city of sun, sand and fun.

When planning this trip, the best option was to fly with Lufthansa with a short stop over at Germany but that was really expensive, flying Emirate was a cheaper option. However, going back home, we would be required to stay twelve hours before our next flight to Lagos. Instead of sitting at the airport for that long, we decided to pop into the city for two days before continuing the journey.

After landing and collecting our luggage, I knew we couldn’t afford to push two baby strollers one after the other. It was a long walk to the taxi section. Peace strapped Nimmy on her back and pushed Pemmy on her stroller. I pushed all the bags (which I couldn’t even see above them to enable me see my way). I had to keep looking sideward to ensure I was going the right way and I didn’t bump into anybody.

We got into our taxi eventually and we were driven to our hotel. By this time, it was the dawn of another day.

30 days in Hungary13.08.17 (Sunday)Check out time was 10am. Peace had prepared party jollof rice for breakfast; yeah, it was delicious. I ensured our bags got downstairs a few minutes before 10am. Yesterday afternoon after paying 7,200 forints for our transfer car to the airport, I was asked to pay an additional 3,300 forints (to change from a car to a bus) because we had six bags, and two strollers. They wiped out the money I kept for airport expenses; I had just a 1200 forint left. I wasn’t bothered, I had my debit card.Our bus arrived on time and we took a ride to the airport. Picture this, there were two adults, two toddlers, two strollers, five big bags, one travelling bag, one big knapsack and my laptop bag. How do we transport everything inside the departure terminal without leaving anything behind? This should be a logic question, right?I put Nimmy and Pemmy in their respective strollers. I hung my knapsack and laptop bag on Pemmy’s stroller. I kept the remaining six bags on the trolley. I asked Peace to push Nimmy and Pemmy one after the other. She pushed Nimmy a short while, she came back for Pemmy and pushed her to where Nimmy was waiting. I stayed behind the kids to ensure I kept an eye on everyone. Eventually we all got into the hall.The whole place was jammed packed. I was literally confused. I wanted to measure our bags before wrapping two of them. I left my crew at the entrance of the hall and started moving around the hall asking questions. I found out that it would cost 2500 forint to wrap one bag and the guy wrapping didn’t have a POS; he was collecting only cash.That was a catastrophe, (in Pemmy’s words, ‘let’s call the paw patrol’) The zip handle of one of my boxes had come off so I couldn’t padlock it; I was banking on wrapping it.Now that I couldn’t wrap the two boxes, I decided to measure all the other bags so I could empty the content of the box (without a zip handle) into other boxes. I was told I could use any of the empty luggage checking points to measure my luggage. I had a lot of spaces in other boxes so I shared the items in my zipless box into other boxes. I strongly believe that whenever you find yourself in a fix, always take a few minutes to calm down and relax, there would always be a way out.Finally, our boxes were collected and we sat at the departure lounge waiting to board. While waiting at the lobby, I decided to buy a bottle of water (1.5 liters of bottled water in supermarkets in town cost between 59 forints to 250 forints depending on the brand). The very first shop, 500 ml of bottled water sold for 1000 forints. Ok, I looked at the guy and asked why it was so expensive, he said it was a label shop. I thanked him and dropped the bottle of water. I decided to look around for ordinary water without an expensive label. I bought 1 liter of bottled water for a 1000 forint, still expensive in my opinion but better than the label shop.We got to Dubai 11pm (Dubai time). As the plane touched down, I was glad the sitting was over and we were about to enter into the city of sun, sand and fun.When planning this trip, the best option was to fly with Lufthansa with a short stop over at Germany but that was really expensive, flying Emirate was a cheaper option. However, going back home, we would be required to stay twelve hours before our next flight to Lagos. Instead of sitting at the airport for that long, we decided to pop into the city for two days before continuing the journey.After landing and collecting our luggage, I knew we couldn’t afford to push two baby strollers one after the other. It was a long walk to the taxi section. Peace strapped Nimmy on her back and pushed Pemmy on her stroller. I pushed all the bags (which I couldn’t even see above them to enable me see my way). I had to keep looking sideward to ensure I was going the right way and I didn’t bump into anybody.We got into our taxi eventually and we were driven to our hotel. By this time, it was the dawn of another day.

Posted by Diary of a Special Needs Mum Initiative on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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