Have you ever felt like you were running out of time? Several months ago I was traveling back home from Europe and as I landed in Paris found that I only had an hour and 15 minutes to deplane, clear security, and make it to my gate. As I stood in the long security line, the minutes ticked away and I thought I would miss my flight home. Thankfully, I caught myself and instead of sliding into a slow panic I began to ask God to help me make my flight. Soon my line cleared and I was through security and running toward my gate, bag in tow. I ran up to my gate just as they announced my group boarding. I made my flight! You may feel like you are running out of time, but dont give in to panic. Ask God to help you with your situation, and be ready to get moving when the opportunity comes. He is faithful.
Amsterdam was Amazing. 🇳🇱🤘🏼🍻 I’m glad we saved this stop for last on our trip, because we barely made it out alive 😅😂. Got to see the historic Moco Museum while Banksy had an exhibit, and it gave you chills the whole time, he has such powerful artwork. Also got to go on a dope canal tour during sunset. Ended up getting paired up with the best roommates at our hostel, and then may or may not have ended up at the Red Light District 🚨🚨🚨. Oh yeah, the Amsterdam Dance Event just so happened to be going on while we were there too. Trip of a life time.
I would have worn this hat all break if I hadn’t left it in my car when I flew to DC because I was running late after driving several hours on slick snow covered roads and almost missed my flight. I actually considered going back for it when I realized I had left it but then I really would have missed my flight so I didn’t. I made up for it by wearing it all weekend when I got back though. If anyone is interested in entering to win some free hats from this company, @gigipip is doing a YEAR OF HATS giveaway on their page.
You know that guy who has been sprinting through the whole airport, desperately running with the grace of a wild buffalo carrying luggage...praying with every drop of sweat....and then they make it to their gate to find the flight delayed...and everyone is grumpy and disappointed, and that guy breaks out the biggest smile and starts singing praises!!!
I am that guy. I made my flight. I'm coming home to my babies
Well, what would a trip to Dublin be without giving a little love to the good stuff? So here it is.
If you've ever traveled through the Dublin airport, you are probably painfully aware of its vast, labyrinthine gates network. Well.
We arrive early to ensure we could enjoy one more proper pint before departing the Emerald Isle (as well as a sound in-flight snooze). Upon arrival, we are informed that our flight has been cancelled and spend a good chunk of time being pulled in different directions. One hour down.
We are put on a flight departing at the same time, and run through the airport, longingly catching glimpses of fellow travelers casually chatting over a pint. Another hour down.
We see a "very limited food options past this point" sign and acknowledge our fate as we quickly run by.
But then! We get to our gate, on the brink of boarding, and turn around to see this exceedingly long line. Peering past some folks, a mirage of pint-consumers emerge among the crowd. I run over to the line, keeping my eyes on the gate whilst queueing.
It's tense -- no one could possibly predict how this would all shake out. But then, in this mad rush to get on to the next place, I'm handed a Guinness. You better believe it was the best damn beer of the trip.
I finish the last drop as the last passenger boards. The attendant stressed how close I was cutting it. Understatement.
*Part 2 of 2
Finally with the encouragement from friends I just showed up at the office to see if by some magical chance, someone last minutely cancelled and they could take me as a walk in. Unfortunately that was a no. I needed the physical proof of an appointment. The golden ticket. I walked out feeling disappointed and confused. I thought this whole moving to Europe thing was starting to feel meant to be. I was picking up on all the signs. And it felt more than a coincidence that my dear friend Anne had plans to travel to Quebec for a year around the same time as me. We were in this together. She came over every week to tutor me in French.
Like I said I contacted every email I could find. I contacted the Siri lanka department and they sent me a link that actually worked???? Through their link I was able to finally secure an appointment. This was still no guarantee that I would receive an approved visa. Which was challenging because I couldn’t give anyone a for sure answer if I was leaving or not. I’m thankful for everyone’s patience!
I was super nervous about my appointment because the site wasn’t super specific about what documents to bring. Thanks to a blog I found, @americanfille
I came more than prepared!
I had my appointment and even though I wasn’t 💯 % sure if I would get approved or not I went ahead and purchased my plane ticket for exactly a week after. Guess what I received my visa a day after I expected and now it’s Saturday and now I’m in Paris taking my first train and what is life??????
Moral of the story. Don’t let a couple closed doors stop you from finally finding an open door!! 🇫🇷 .