Heathrow...

   Well, my summer plans came to an early end.  My flight got re-routed through Heathrow airport in London, and they decided to detain me, lock me up in a windowless room over night, and put me on the first flight back to Boston without giving any notice to Ireland at all, despite the fact that I gave them all of the contact information for the family who was supposed to be hosting me.  My hosts had even gotten in touch with the Minister of Foreign Affairs to explain what had happened, and apparently he decided to allow me into Ireland himself, but my information was never passed on from London.  Since I was in English custody, not Irish, there wasn't anything that could be done.  Officials at Heathrow told me that the Irish government had decided to deny me access to the country, and I had no right to make an appeal.  When I spoke with my host family upon my return home, they said that according to their contacts, Ireland was never called at all.  They were waiting to take me into custody upon my arrival in Dublin, but Heathrow never allowed me through.  All of that, over a simple misunderstanding of visa requirements due to the very misleading information on the Irish immigration website.  Dublin had actually cleared me and I was to be issued an au pair visa when I arrived, but London never bothered to check.  I cannot even begin to describe how angry I am over this.  I wasn't even reimbursed for my airfare.