Hello, US embassy? We have an emergency!

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The Cute overseeing the Athens international airport Eleftherios Venizelos, photo by TwoPlusCute

Me and The Cute, are back. Safe and sound, taller (her), thinner (both of us – mostly me) and very talkative (both of us). We arrived back in US of A juuuust in time for a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner, courtesy of The Cute’s great grandmother. Speaking of which, I have to get her squash recipe!

However, things didn’t look that promising one day before we were to fly. In fact they looked real bad and downright dangerous.

The Cute at the Athens airport, overlook area, photo by TwoPlusCute
The Cute at the Athens airport, while we wait to board.

You see, in late November, things were strange in Europe. France had just gotten the attacks. Threats were announced everyday, seemingly everywhere, from England to Italy. Russian passenger planes had been tragically hit, Germany almost got hit in an athletic event. And hours – just hours – before our flight (which included changing planes in Turkey), a very hot diplomatic episode happened between Turkey and Russia.

I feverishly checked all available flights so I book a different one. They all seemed to pass over or through a warzone. Didn’t I tell you how I am an overly afraid mom? Well, I had a baby and in my mind, she had to be saved and therefore she had to be evacuated. By the best means and at all costs.

So, I called the US embassy.

And I used all the important key-words like “emergency”, “evacuate”, “citizen” and “baby”.

The embassy employee didn’t sound impressed and told me to call next day between 9 and 5.

Took me four hours to realize that, I was in a country with no threats and no attacks. That I called the embassy to evacuate from a – relatively – safe and stable country because somewhere else in the world, bad things were happening.

And I started laughing thinking of how I must have sounded in my mommy-panic and how the employee must have felt when I called him to “evacuate a baby”. 😀

Ok…On retrospect…Perhaps, I was a tad overreacting…

Christmas treetop, ornaments, star, photo by TwoPlusCute


Oh well, all is good now. We got safely back, we had a great TG dinner the next day and we have even half-decorated the house. Which seems to be a pattern this year – judging by the houses in the area, a lot of us are late birds.

How about you? All ready by now?

(If you have a tip on how to persuade my husband to finish putting up the lights, let me know!)



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4 thoughts on “Hello, US embassy? We have an emergency!

  • December 15, 2015 at 3:55 am

    I haven’t got any decorations up at all – I put one garland up and it’s not up anymore because I had to relocate it to get a ladder through – maybe it’ll happen. I had to laugh at your embassy story. My mum was very similar, when I was 16 (before mobile phones) I was 2 hours late coming home one day – it was still daylight when I got home – there was no public phones to call her on and let her know there was a delay – she had phoned the police and all the hospitals!

    • December 16, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      Your poor mom, two whole hours late! I can sympathize with her calling everywhere. You probably got an earful when you got home, right? 🙂

  • December 11, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    It was an emergency to you. 🙂 we are making our way to complete decorations as well. Have you tried bribery to get the lights up?


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