Thursday, April 16, 2015

I got my bag!

Over 8000 bags reported missing at Tegel after (MDE->BOG)(BOG->FRA).  
Once over Europe and after 9 hours in the air, the pilot announces: "Just an update about ze weather meine Damen und Herren.  Ze weather in Frankfurt is bad. But anyway, we're going to try and land ze plane."
Some significant bumps created some nervous energy amongst my fellow passengers from Colombia. "Please don't worry, it's only a little wind".

Hundreds of flights AND TRAINS were cancelled due to wind and lightning upon arrival in Frankfurt.  After waiting in various lines for a few hours I was eventually re-scheduled on a flight at 10pm to Tegel.

Arriving safely in Tegel but rather exhausted, you can imagine the delight of all the passengers when we were notified that none of our bags had arrived and we had to all go to the lost and found to fill out forms one at a time (only available in German of course).
Tegel is usually closed by this time and it was clear the Lufthansa staff at the office didn't want to be there, brushing everyone off as quickly as possible telling them there was nothing that could be done and that their bags would eventually be shipped to the address they provide.  

I made it home and for the next 2 weeks called Lufthansa, Tegel and visited the on-line baggage tracking website which continuously read 'tracing continues - please check back later' daily.

2 more trips to the airport - first to get a reference number which was supposed to be given upon our arrival. - second due to 'confirmation' by a Lufthansa agent by phone that my bag was in fact at Tegel and I should go pick it up because there's no telling how long it could take to deliver it due to the thousands that are sitting there.  Of course I was unable to get it...

So, anyway, on the last day of my pal Steve's visit from Toronto, my bag arrived like magic to my door, the same morning I shipped the 'High Road' 2xLP to distro by UPS.  It was a good morning!

Over the same two weeks I had an operation on my neck and a terrible cold.

Much better now.

Things are looking up!

Although it's going to be tough to minimize, I might be a carry-oner from now on.

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