Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Travel Gods Hate Me

I don't know what is wrong with me. I was up all night on Monday night, carefully packing my bags with everything I could possibly think of that I might need on my trip to Europe. My flight wasn't till 9PM on Tuesday, but I wanted to have everything all ready and enjoy my trip. Well Tuesday turned out to be one of the craziest days I've had at work, coupled with the weather and the interruption I had to take for a doctor's appointment. Then I finally got to the airport. After checking in, I headed to the SwissAir lounge intending to do some last minute work before my departure. I love Business Class lounges, and I thought I could finally relax. I opened my beloved new laptop backpack only to discover that I left my laptop at home! I think right then I would have taken a kick in the nuts if I could get my laptop. Worse yet, I'm in Europe and I can't even buy a laptop because all the specs are wrong. Argh. I need my laptop for computing needs, obviously, but also to charge my ipod and my phone and download my pics off my camera, because all I brought were cables, and not adapters.

This has really put a damper on my trip. I thought I was safe because I thought I could change my flight itinerary, but there was nothing available on the return date, and so that plan also went down the drain.

I have a long history of travel issues, and it aggravates me to no end where I literally just want to bang my head against the wall. One time I was on my way to Vancouver and stupidly forgot my passport. I devised this elaborate plan of getting my doorman to retrieve my passport. Then I called a car service to pick up my passport and bring it to me to the airport. The plan worked and I made it just in time. Then one time I accidently booked my flight back from San Francisco to New York on the wrong day. I went online to check in and I couldn't find my itinerary. I dug around some more on the Continental site and found an "old" itinerary for me. Holy crap! I booked my flight on the day before! I called Continental and begged and pleaded to get on that night's flight. After telling me that I was a "complete idiot," she finally changed my ticket. Whew!

Well this time, I couldn't save myself and I'm seriously bummed that I don't have my computer. I was gonna sit around in cafes and blog a little, and get other stuff done too. Also, I'm stressed about work since I left some things unfinished. This was all I could think about on the flight. By the way, SwissAir business class is not that great. The entertainment system sucks. Anyway, I guess I will make the best of it, but I'm just not a happy camper right now.

Adding to my overall arghness, typing on this Swiss keyboard here in my hotel in Zurich was a royal pain.

10 comments:

Cliff said...

Oh god, what a nightmare! What I would do without my trusty Mac, I don't know either. SwissAir Business Class is not impressive I agree with you there. I've done Korean Air and Singapore Air, and they're both excellent. Maybe if you ever come to Asia. Hope your trip gets better!

Jon said...

I went to Zurich for work a few years ago- I was there as a kid also- pretty, practical and slightly cold people- just remember to buy me a watch ;-)

g8s said...

Umm... I'll trade you a computerless Europe for a rainsoaked, albeit techno-savvy, NYC any day...

Tom said...

There was an article in the WSJ today about what bloggers should when they go on vacation -- blog, or go on vacation. I blogged on vacation and it was silly. Andrew Sullivan went on vacation. Smart guy.

Maybe you can get by with an extra memory card for your camera? That's the thing I'd want most, the pictures.

Otherwise, enjoy being unplugged.

Anonymous said...

I hate to travel anymore...

If I can't walk, then, I don't want to go!

Although... Zurich sounds tempting...

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teahouse said...

Yeah, I like to be in fun places, but I hate the getting there part.

Sorry you left your laptop. That's the kind of thing that I do all of the time. But try to enjoy your trip anyway!

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