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Roller coaster of a day.

Posted on March 27th, 2012 by Jonathan Moore

Originally I thought this post would be written on the beach in beautiful Malta, but that is not how my day ended up. I arrived a bit later to the airport than I originally planned and was in quite the rush. I made it through security no problem and found my gate. While in line for my flight I noticed in the top left corner of my boarding pass it said something about non European Union citizens checking at the baggage claim to receive a stamp. By this time it was too late as I was not allowed to go back through security twice. I began to panic and called my mom, the airline offered me a chance to get the next flight the following day, but it was twice what my original flight would have been. It was like a nightmare I had no chance of waking up from. What I thought would be an excellent adventure turned into a bogus six and half hour bus ride back to Liverpool, the entire time thinking, “Just one little mistake cost you the chance to go to Malta and see Shawn, you should be on a plane right now to a beach instead you are sitting on a coach bus with you head in your hands.” After getting to Liverpool, I still had a sinking feeling about me boarding the train to Ormskirk to get back to Edge Hill, which has basically became a ghost town with everyone traveling or going home for Easter. A few of my fellow dorm mates who haven’t left on their European adventures saw me and knew how upset I was and wanted to help me back to Malta where I belonged over break. After informing I’d really only need a one-way ticket to Malta I found the cheapest flight I could and booked it with what little money I have left. They then all proceeded to lend me five pounds each. That money went for a Megabus that will take me back to London from Liverpool. And another will pay for my coach fare to Luton Airport. With past mistakes fresh in my head, I now know the process which I have to go through, and am so thankful for the all the help my fellow American international students are giving me. I can never say thank you enough to Sigrid Wald, Brianna Fitzsimons, Becky Tesch, Dan Pavlak, and Jenell Brossia you guys seriously rule.

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