Thursday, 9 April 2009


Soon we were landing in Ethiopia. I was finally in the same country as our future child, wow what a feeling :-) We collected our luggage, although a porter insisted on loading our trolley for us, after such a long flight the assistance was very much appreciated. We then went off to join the queue to get our entry Visa (or we could have got the visa then our luggage - I can't remember!!). We were near to the front of the queue, so it didn't take too long, but I'm not looking forward to this when we've got Little Prince causing chaos with us!!!

On our way out of the Arrivals Lounge we were stopped by security who wanted to check the receipts for our checked baggage and make sure we only had our own bags. Luckily I knew that this was a requirement and had the receipts ready for inspection. Our Guest House had said they would be at the Airport to meet us, so we were disappointed not to see them holding a sign outside the Arrivals! We hung around, tried (unsuccessfully!) to send text messages home to let people know we'd arrived safe and sound, but no matter what we tried they wouldn't send!! VERY frustrating as we'd had no problem while sat in Khartoum Airport!! We waited and waited for the Guest House driver to appear, and kept having to put off other taxi drivers who were touting for business. Luckily our mobile phones did work to make calls, and after calling the Guest House our lift finally turned up. It turns out that there was a road closed and he'd been on his way :-)

He seemed awfully young, I later found out he is similar age to LMS, but extremely competent. Although he did blanche when he saw the amount of our luggage, and when we saw his tiny car we realised why!! He must be an expert at playing "Tetris" as he managed to fit us and all our luggage in :-) The Guest House was only a few minutes from the Airport, and we went straight to bed when we arrived.


Anonymous said...

It was visa, then luggage so you won't have to drag all your bags and a tired and grumpy LP!!! You'll just have to remember to rush when you get off the plane to make sure you're near the front of the queue again

Baby Sis

Janet said...

Thank you :-) Glad one of us remembered lol. Trouble is when you are trying to herd cats (well teens and grumpy child!!) there is no "rushing"!!


25th May 2009 - See New Child again & Court Date

23rd May 2009 - Fly back to Ethiopia

26th March 2009 - Fly to Ethiopia :-)

3rd March 2009 - Dossier Arrived at Orphanage

26th February 2009 - Dossier sent to Ethiopia

22nd December 2008 - Dossier back at DCSF

28th November 2008 - Certificate of Eligibility ISSUED

6th October 2008 - PASSED Approval Panel

7th July 2008 - Homestudy Update Started

28th Feb 2008 - Told LA we wished to change country


Formally withdrew from the China Adoption Programme 17th July 2008

LID (Logged in Date) with CCAA 16th August 2007

Documents to China 10th August 2007

Passed Approval Panel 5th March 2007

Homestudy started 6th June 2006

First Contact with our LA 1st Jan 2006