Thursday, September 8, 2011
First 48 hours...
Everything was perfectly fine until....the flight from Boston to Rome, and then the finale Rome to Rimini. The flight from Boston to Rome made the word turbulence seem as an understatement, BUT thankfully my onflight dinner included wine and lasagna for no cost. However, the fun began of course once I realized my flight from Rome to Rimini would be an aircraft sized as a private jet propellar plane with steps to climb up to get to it.(View image)
BUT that was not the best part.....Best part was once arrived at rimini, a short little cute italian older lady decides to help me look for my baggages, since it was a tiny airport and it was only 14 of us in the tiny plane. Then as we are all waiting for the baggages to come out on the belt, only 5 came out....AND THE KICKER: NONE OF THEM WERE MINE!!!!!!! So as I mention this to her, she proceeds to keep looking with me on another belt, then casually looks at me and says casually "beh, it didn't come. So just follow me and we'll file a report." I found it fitting to say this since it was the perfect moment in the perfect place: MAMMA MIA NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! As she gives me the report I ask her if this is common? and she states: yes yes often rome flights dont always bring baggages on time. To say the least, I now knew what it felt to be a vagabond with no other clothes than the one on your back.
THEN-the atm that I needed to use to withdraw euros stated MY CARD WAS NOT VALID FOR INTERNATIONAL WITHDRAWALS. Of course! why would anything work right in the moment that you just found out you won't have luggages any time soon? Meanwhile I'm still without a luggage, I quickly learn in the supermarket is where I can get my essentials which of course was based on my delirium and little sleep for the past 36 hrs..View the items in the picture.....and of course add on brush ups and colgate wisps. LOLOL
However, the friends here have been EXTREMELY HELPFUL. One of the sisters literally gave me a full luggage of her clothes, including meeting outfits, a purse, pjs, cute tanktops and etc. It is truly wonderful to see the kind of international brotherhood that we have! today (09/08/2011) Jenny and I managed to wander about our area and learn different avenues and get our bus passes and etc. It somehow feels as an italian south beach here, we've already ran across many africans in the area, and middle easterns. Also, we've already been given 5 different territory cards in our area (of course as soon as we arrived we received this hahahha they want to get us working) We managed to meet russian sisters doing street work as we were touring the area!!!
a little after 26 hrs later, (it is now 12:40am) I received a call from the airport that my bags finally came over!!!!! I'm extremely relieved and feel like myself again. and better yet: I CAN SLEEP PEACEFULLY KNOWING MY BAGS ARE NOT ANYWHERE IN THE OCEAN OR IN AFRICA OR SWITZERLAND, AND I HAVE CLOTHES FOR MEETINGS AND SERVICE!!!!
ANYWHO we are very excited to go to the meeting tomorrow to say the least to finally get to meet everyone!!!
I will keep you posted on the following days' adventures...hopefully not as adventurous as the first 48 hrs here....