10) Scheduled flights and assigned seating are merely suggestions for the airline industry and are not requirements. All three of our flights were delayed and airlines do not feel that it is necessary to seat an 18 month old near his parents.
9) Per Alatalia policy, children under two "are not allowed" to have their own seats and must be lap children. Car seats are deemed to be unsafe but sitting on their parent's lap for 8 hours is.
8) Sidney is like his mamma and does not sleep during transatlantic, overnight flights.
|Waiting out the first flight delay|
6) Mamma's big black purse is actually a diaper bag, important document holder, leftover food storage container, and generally the most important piece of baggage we have.
5) As a whole, Albanians and Italians are patient, children loving people. The only dirty looks we got during our travels were from single Italian men. On both the flight from Boston to Rome and Rome to Tirana, numerous people, both men and women, offered their assistance in holding Sidney or carrying our bags.
|View from main terrace|
3) Based on our drive from the airport, all those years of riding the bumper cars is going to pay off. Driving in Tirana puts a whole new meaning on the term defensive driving. I'm going to recommend that JMAS adds a one-day bumper car driving program to their curriculum.
2) From what we can see from our oversized terrace, Tirana is as colorful, eclectic and chaotic as everyone has said. We are so excited to be here.
1) I am married to the most patient man on earth. If an explanation is needed, see numbers 2-10 above.