ROUGH START TO DREAM TRIP

14 Comments40th Anniversary Trip, Life, Memoir, Travel

August 30th had finally arrived and we were bubbling over with excitement. This was the beginning of our dream trip; a month in Europe!  

What could possibly go wrong?  

Well, let me tell you……. 

After checking our bags and going through security, we had some time to kill and headed for the nearest bar.  I was wearing my garnet birthstone ring; a real family heirloom.  (It had been fashioned from a 19th century necklace.)  Imagine my horror, when I looked down and saw a gaping hole where the centre stone used to be!  We searched all over the floor and tried to retrace some of our steps, but soon realized this was a useless exercise.  It could be anywhere!  Sadly I removed the ring and tucked it into my purse.

garnet ring 200px

Someone more superstitious might consider this a bad omen!

I forced it out of my mind and thought about all the great places we would be visiting over the next month.  So exciting!

We had saved some money by using a well-known charter airline, but of course, there were restrictions and extra charges for our third checked bag.  This left a bad taste when it didn’t show up in Rome with the other two.  More about that, later!

The seats were incredibly uncomfortable; built for anorexics.  We were stuffed in there like sausage fillings and relieved when the long flight, (approx. 9 hours), was over.  Even thinner people were complaining!

airline passengers
Photo by Daquella Manera, Flickr

As mentioned earlier, the third suitcase did not materialize in Rome and we had to go through a lot of red tape to report it.  Major inconvenience, as it contained all of our underwear, among other things.  We were staying with family in Ardea,  a little beach town with few amenities, about  40 minutes away.  Persistent phone calls finally revealed that the suitcase was still in Toronto and would be sent out on the next flight, (Sunday).  This was a relief, because we were scheduled to go to Germany on Tuesday for four days.

Sunday evening came and went – no suitcase!  More frantic phone calls revealed it hadn’t arrived after all, but would be there by Monday afternoon.  It finally came, around 6pm, looking very beat up.

Relief turned to shock when I opened it.  Yes, the underwear was all there, but two bags of toiletries were missing, along with some articles of clothing. Instead, we found one man’s running shoe, one woman’s black boot, a plastic bag with assorted post cards and a brand new purse with the price tag still on it.

What the hell??!

stressed out!

No time to think, because we had to get the bag repacked for the next  day’s flight to Düsseldorf.  

When we loaded it into the car, the zipper broke.  Now I was starting to believe in curses!   Hurried back into the house and emptied one of the other suitcases to use instead, reloaded the car, then headed out.  Whew!

At the airport, we turned in the strange items and there were more forms to fill out.  Didn’t hold out any hope of getting our things back, but, at least we’d been smart enough to purchase baggage insurance.

Fortunately, the flight to Germany was pleasant and incident-free.  Excitement started to return.

This would be my first visit back home since 1972!

Our adventure was just beginning…

Have you ever lost luggage or had  other bad travel experiences?  

Were they resolved to your satisfaction?  

Would love to hear your stories, below:




check footer down arrow

Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

14 thoughts on “ROUGH START TO DREAM TRIP

  1. Hi Debbie,

    Wow, your blog looks much better than the last time I was here. much better, indeed, with a white background and such a story very cool to read.

    I’m sorry, if I laughed almost the whole time, but it sounded so funny. I am a visual person, so I could see a movie in my head as I read, and it really looked like a comic movie, except that I know it wasn’t fun for you 🙁 at the time. And I hope you can have another stone put in your ring.

    I hope you enjoyed that trip. Lucky you!

    Thanks for sharing.
    Sylviane Nuccio recently posted…Ultimate Written Content Creation GuideMy Profile
    Twitter:

    1. Glad you like the change, Sylviane. 🙂 The white background makes it easier to read for some.
      I guess this does read a bit like slapstick comedy and I can laugh about it now, but at the time……Pretty serious when you lose your underwear! 😉 As for the ring, there are some spare stones leftover from the necklace, (belonged to my great grandmother), so hopefully, one of them will fit. If you have time, you might enjoy the following post, too. Great photos of my hometown in Germany. Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment, as well.
      Debbie recently posted…HOME AGAIN AFTER 41 YEARS!My Profile
      Twitter:

  2. Oh Debbie! Can I ever relate. I love traveling, but the tales I could tell would take forever. I never did find one suitcase I lost on my trip to London in 1979, nor did they repay me for everything that was in it. I had to stay for almost a month (very expensive) in London while they sent me one of my suitcases… The one they didn’t had my fake left hand which was very realistic, so I hoped they would find a nasty surprise when they opened my suitcase… My velvet concert dresses were also there–about $500.00 worth of dresses, plus all my music. Aurgh! So much fun…

    1. Hi Lorinda; I wouldn’t let a few isolated incidents like that stop me from travelling. This was only the second time that bags were lost in 50+ years and the first time items were missing. Sorry about your mother’s ring, too. 🙁 It’s sort of a “needle in a haystack” situation. Luckily, I have a few spare stones left over from the necklace and plan on getting it repaired. Thanks for visiting today! 🙂
      Debbie recently posted…THIS IS IT! WE’RE OFF TO EUROPE!! My Profile
      Twitter:

  3. Hi Debbie

    How awful about your ring and baggage. I hope other than those things, you had a great time. Does kind of make you sick. Probably making you wonder if you could have lived out of just carry-on luggage.

    When I was 18 going from Vancouver to Kansas City, Missouri on a Greyhound bus. My 2 bags took the long route up north and arrived 5 hours later and ended up in Kansas City, Kansas. Fortunately I was able to get a taxi cab to pick it up for $5 and bring it to where I was staying (okay so that was along time ago…1965).
    One time we flew from Oakland, CA to Reno, Nevada. Our bag made it there just fine, but the return was a different story. We told the guy putting on the bag ID that we were going to Oakland, he repeated that, but put on Burbank, CA. I had this feeling to look at what he put on, but since he repeated what we said I thought I was being a little paranoid! Anyways, when we got to Oakland our bag did not get off, it was still heading south on the same plane. We immediately put in a missing bag request and so they rescued the bag upon arrival and sent it back to Oakland. We retrieved it the next day in good condition. But after that incident we decided if we can’t pack it on the plane it ain’t going.

    Nice to see you back and I had been wondering about your dream trip.

    Mary
    Mary Stephenson recently posted…To Those Who Have Influenced MeMy Profile
    Twitter:

    1. Hi Mary; I think most travellers have at least one lost baggage story to tell. No way could we manage with just hand luggage for a month though! It’s a real mystery what happened to our missing items – guess we’ll never know. 🙁 As for the ring, I do plan on getting it fixed, because it’s a favourite piece. More posts will be forthcoming in the following weeks. Thanks for visiting and sharing your story today.
      Debbie recently posted…THIS IS IT! WE’RE OFF TO EUROPE!! My Profile
      Twitter:

    1. Yeah; we were more than a little upset, Linda! 🙁
      It was so completely bizarre and just imagine those poor folks who discovered one of their shoes missing. There were over 100 postcards in that bag too; no doubt collected by someone on their travels. That would be really sad to lose!
      Debbie recently posted…ROUGH START TO DREAM TRIPMy Profile
      Twitter: