So Deb and I prepared to go to Jan-Kees again. This time for a longer period. Luckily we were allowed each two suitcases. So we packed our usual carry case and each of us packed also the new blue Jan-Kees duffelbag. Mine was filled with spare parts, a nail gun, the usual dark chocolate M&M’s, pumps, electric and electronic parts. And so we arrived at CVG as two pack mules loaded up in the high sierra’s. A short wait and the passports and green card and boarding passed were handed to the Delta agent. Some typing, some looking to the passports, and then ” May I see your Visa” . A though like “is she NEW ? crossed my mind” , but I replied nicely…BUT I have handed you my green card! Sir it is not for you it is Miss Richardson. You are going to Europe for longer than 90 days so you need a long stay visa. I nearly bursted out with laughing. The reason the airline has to ask this, is because if entry would be denied to Deb, Delta would have to provide her a free return trip. Now the Dutch immigration ( Koninklijke Marechaussee…Royal Military Police) do not use the same interrogation techniques as the INS uses when you return to the US. They smile, they wish you a happy stay, make jokes. Luckily I had enough papers with me to show the agent a dutch official letter and explained that Deb’s Visa was waiting for her in Amsterdam. That was enough for the agent and all 4 suitcases vanished on the belt into the belly of the beast on tis way to the Planes. The trip was uneventful, except when we arrived in Detroit and got calmed by the underground music and visuals we did felt it needed to grab a cocktail next to the departure gate.
So make sure you have your long term visa 🙂
Oh and just to share this …it is 10 pm and it is still light outside 🙂 . Love this long evenings.