Thursday, July 10, 2008

Dublin: the only airport with a longer wait to clear customs than Seattle

We made it to Dublin a mere 30 minutes late. I guess they had a radar issue yesterday that still isn't resolved. The kids did OK on the train and planes, but there were a few moments that caused a few looks.

We got to Dublin to discover that our "gate checked" stroller would be delivered at baggage claim. This is somewhat annoying, but not too big a deal. At least they handled it correctly at Frankfurt.

I guess Ireland is not part of the passport free zone, as we did have to clear immigration and customs here. There were 3 or 4 people to handle the EU citizens. I don't understand why they needed that many people, because I didn't even see anyone slow down as they walked through. When we first arrived at immigration there were only two people for the non EU citizens. It took about 25 minutes to clear customs and there were only about 15 people in front of us. All they did for us is ask if we were on vacation, ask how long we were staying, and stamp the passports.

The amazing thing is that all three bags plus the stroller were waiting for us when we got to baggage claim. That never happens in Switzerland.

It was raining our our walk to the hotel, but it has more or less stopped. If we are lucky there won't be too much tomorrow.

No Irish cheese yet, but there will be some tomorrow!

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