Because of a call for a general strike in Greece on May 20, Pam and I make the decision to return home 1 day early.
But in order to do this we had to leave Paros two days earlier - the reason being that we were suppose to fly from Paros to Athens and then the same day onto Dubai and home. Checking the flight schedules to Athens we found that there were no seats available from the 17th to the 27th on Olympic airlines the only carrier to fly that route.
So the only thing to do was catch a ferry but that would not get us into Athens with enough time to connect to our Emirates flight.
So the decision was to catch the ferry to Athens on the 18th to fly out on the 19th.
We phoned Emirates to see if we could change our flights and told them about the strike - that cost us $300
We booked a room in Athens for the night that was 90 euro
I was pick pocketed when we arrived in Athens - I should have been more careful.
I lost my wallet with credit cards, cash, drivers license etc
We went to the hotel we booked for the night and tried to use the computer to make some phone calls but I could not connect to work so we ended up using the hotel phone to call and cancel the credit cards. This cost 80 euro for 3 phone calls totalling about 20 minutes.
I got bitten by mozzies in the hotel room which made my single night there horrible even though the room was nice.
At breakfast a hotel lady asked how our stay was and I told her about the mozzies and said she would get me some cream.
She did that and it was a good gel product. On checkout they wanted it back - I refused to give it back and said I would not be paying for the gel either - I won that problem.
Next we go to the airport and while waiting to checkin we get a call from Olympic airlines to ask if we knew our flight from Paros to Athens tomorrow was cancelled? We did not but had assumed this would happen.
So good thinking by us to leave a day early!
The food on the Emirates flight to Dubai was pretty bad!
Upon landing in Dubai we wanted to do two things;
1) Get our hotel in Dubai updated for the day change.
2) Try to use our air points to upgrade the flight to Sydney.
We looked around for someone to help and found someone who said we had to go back upstairs. We did that and got told to go up to skywards up again. We were told to go back in the direction that we had come from but there was no way to go up.
So we went down again and I made a stand to get someone to help us who were trying to tell us to go back from where we had just been.
I managed to get someone to escort us back and we ended up going back to the same man as previously who this time amended the hotel booking form.
Next try to upgrade, while in Athens I tried to upgrade online but it required that I use my points for all passengers but I did not have enough points for both of us it was wanting 90,000 points and Pam and I have 46,000 each.
In Athens we asked at the check in counter but they said it had to be done in Dubai.
So back to Dubai - no one seems to know much and we had to walk what felt like miles from one terminal to another.
In order to do that we had to go through security - no problem except they do not like my bag and flag me over to have it checked.
I had no idea what was wrong, the checker had no idea what was wrong and asked the screening person and in the end looked all through it and passed it to another person and in the end said "go" all ok
During this the checking person who was a snarly bitch told Pam to go and get checked in a separate room even though she triggered nothing.
I was getting quite pissed off about all this.
So we walk for ages and get to what we assume is the correct place and it was shut.
So we head back now towards the original terminal which is where you need to go for transfers to the hotel and notice a business class lounge and go there to ask about the upgrade.
They were a pack of pricks saying that we had to upgrade 24 hours before our flight and tough luck. If I was a silver member they could do it now but not since I am a blue member. When we get home we will be silver!
So I get pissed off and tell them I hate the country and airline (they did not take it very well) and storm off.
We walk for ages to get to a place to leave the hotel going back past the snarly security checking woman and another security check, finally we get outside to our transfer van.
It was 32 Celsius when we arrived at 10pm but now it was 11:45pm
We get to the hotel in about 6 minutes and check in and get given our room key which is another long walk.
Guess what? It didn't work!
So back to reception and I request a new room.
I am lying in bed and it is 5:30am writing this on my blackberry.
we go back to the airport in 2 hours.