Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Dissapointment

The best laid plans slipped right through our hands... obviously because they were not the best laid plans at all. First I'm going to start with a big SHOUT OUT to "mi chica", whom I was reminded has not been mentioned lately on my blog. Baby you know I love you.

So to all my friends that wished me well on my trip to Mexico City, thank you for the nice wishes, too bad that due to some miscalculations on our part and the fact that we didn't double checked some vital information about leaving the country and passports, we were forced to cancel our trip to Mexico for now. Yes, this is the part were you all can go "Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww!".

Turns out that in lieu of a passport we were required to have proof that we had applied for it, well we hadn't applied for it therefore we don't have proof. Well, no problem let's cancel Sunday's flight and let's go apply for passports on Monday, then we will book a new flight for Tuesday since we will be able to prove that we have applied for our passports.

"Mi chica" being the helpful person that she is gets on the phone and goes through the process of changing flights, (let me mention she had already spent a long time on the phone verifying with the airlines and the travel agency about the passports). Several minutes later she finally hangs up the phone and tells me that we are now booked to depart on Tuesday morning, but then she also delivered the bad news. Because we are making changes to our itinerary withing 24 hours of departure there will be a penalty added of $650.00 give or take. That's a good $170.00 per person. We can't complain because it was our fault for not checking in depth about the requirements.

All my mom knew and still keep telling us is that "the news" keep saying no passport required until September 30Th, but she never caught the "proof that you filed for passport required" part.

Well let's not cry about it and let's take fast action. Monday morning at 7:00 am we were at City Hall, the parking lot is empty so I start thinking we are there too early. We walked towards the main entrance and the schedule clearly states that business hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Darn, we were there too early, I asked this lady approaching the building "So they open at eight right?", she said "I think they do but the building is already open go inside where you can wait sitting down". Son of a gun, I pull the door and it is open even though everything indicates the place is closed.

There are two receptionist sitting there, I approached them and asked where to go for passports. "Oh, that'll be me" she said. She took us inside this office and then asked us, "When are you planning to travel?" "Errr. Hopefully tomorrow" I said. Well then you are going to have a problem, the proof that you have applied for a passport won't post on the Internet for a week and a half, once your application goes into the system they will post it and you can then go ahead and print it.

And so, with those word we knew that our trip for now is a bust. "Mi chica" cancelled the travel tickets again and now we have a credit with the airline so we can fly at a later date, the thing is that for the four of us to be able to coordinate another date together is going to take a miracle, airlines don't accept substitutions, if one of us can't make it then the fare is lost, but since I believe in miracles...

7 comments:

Mel said...

well that sucks joe!!! sorry. But at least we bloggers wont miss you :)

EC said...

Damn man, that stinks!!! I'm so sorry... or should I say awwwwwwwwwwwwww :( Total bummer!

Mushy said...

Well, dang!

I was all ready for the upcoming posts! I suppose I can wait a while longer!

MrManuel said...

Bummer man, that sucks! Hope you can make it up soon. Glad I got my passport.

amy said...

I hate disappointment!!! and no we havent forgotten about you...

Webmiztris said...

oh, that sucks so bad. I know it takes forever to get a passport...ugh. they make it a total pain in the ass too. I hope you guys are able to go on your trip soon enough...

Tina said...

i was wondering why you made a comment, now i know it. What a bother! I hope you make the miracle come true. ;-) Is there no chance to get a provisional passport?

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