Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Ah yes, many a traveller has been caught in this nightmarish scenario – the sneaky tendency for luggage to casually evaporate into thin air. The scientific theory behind this random behaviour is so far amongst the “yet to be solved phenomenon” folder. I urge all you chronic travellers to endeavour to challenge the scientific world to come up with a solution.
So here we are, all happy and chirpy that we landed with all appendages intact (note to self: never ever travel with Monarch Airways – lest you want your body alignment reshuffled into the shape of an oak tree). We’re waiting at baggage collection in the surprisingly clean and blissfully warm airport, and we’re waiting at baggage collection in the surprisingly clean and blissfully warm airport and er……well……we’re still waiting at bagga..... im sure you get the picture! While the ever observant Gurcharan ‘Eagle Eye’ Singh is on a sharp lookout for the bright pink ribbon on a black suitcase (hats (pugs / chunnis?!) off to mom for her ingenious pink ribbon idea), the ever docile Preetkamal Kaur sits nonchalantly caressing her aching neck, cooing from her corner at Eagle Eye “have you got em yet?” referring to the evaporated luggage. A solemn look from Eagle Eye is all it takes to set the alarm bells ringing! As the group of tourists around the conveyer belt is reduced to a sliver, lurid images of spending a whole week without the luxuries of clean garments and toiletries taunt my conscious. Has the bag landed in some Siberian airport? Did it daringly jump off the plane and is currently floating somewhere in the med sea? Then, alas! The notorious pink ribbon comes into view! Yes! It is our luggage! Thank the heavens!
Off we go, arm in arm, wearing big happy smiles, dragging a fully laden suitcase, to enjoy a full week of holidaying!
Ahhhaa, little did the naïve couple know, the notorious luggage had other tricks up his sleeve!
To be cont...