My 16-year-old teenage-daughter decided to attend a “summer school”-programme starting on Saturday (lunchtime) in Oxford during the Easter Break. We’d booked everything in advance:
- a train from home to Hanover Airport
- a flight from Hanover to Birmingham on Friday evening
- one night in an airport hotel in Birmingham
- a train from Birmingham Airport to Oxford on Saturday morning
- accommodation on the campus
Plus one week later:
- a bus from Oxford to London-Heathrow
- a flight from London to Hanover
The journey went well, until our daughter arrived in Birmingham. Near midnight, we received a call: our 16-year-old was stuck at immigration/customs. As a minor under British law, she was not allowed to stay alone in a hotel. And if no adult were to take care of her, she would be forced to stay overnight in a shelter for homeless teens.
Fortunately, an “emergency call” to Senator Kate Canty (#60311), who was kind enough to offer bed and breakfast, spared her from this fate. A big thank you to you for the prompt and unbureaucratic reaction!
Max P. Tuijtel