What a mess that was.
I had my Passport when I went through Aruba Customs/Immigration. Joe needed to wait for his luggage and I just had to go outside to smoke. Hunny thinks that when I went outside-- i had my passport in my hand and laid it down while I rummaged through my stuff for a smoke and a lighter.
I noticed when I checked in at the Occidental-- and got to the room I wanted to put the passports in the safe-- and saw it was missing.
Sending emails to ArubaLisa and other family friends-- what do I do??
Lisa finds the nearest US Consulate is in Curaco.
Occidental people made numerous calls to the airport lost and found. Aruba immigrations told me I needed to go to the Police station and file a report on the loss. So we took a taxi there on Monday afternoon. The police were very helpful and it took almost 2 hours for Mr Wing to fill out the paper work. (he was not a good typist--lol)
I was to take this report when I was flying home. and use this report instead of a passport. So I went back to the Occidental and put it out of my head so I can enjoy the rest of our Aruba vacation. (sigh-- it was bliss-- )
Ok- Saturday comes--flight is at 1:30- Bully picks us up at 10:15. Wow so many people are already there. (shoulda known that it was gonna be crowded when 3 DePalm buses pulled out before Bully arrived and they were packed to the gills)
I got through Aruba Customs/immigrations using my report with no problems. They wrote the information on the report on back of Hunnys immigration page.
It took me almost 1 1/2 to get from check in to the US Immigration- to where I ran into the problem. I needed to take a seat while they did a search in the data base for my passport-- which took another 1/2 hour.
They did find my information-- which I needed to answer security questions on my passport before they would release me. They gave me the information and the telephone number to report it missing.
We got to the gate as they were boarding--- no time to pee.
My most valuable lesson learned--- Quit smoking-- and keep your hands on your passport at all times