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Paradise not yet found.....(or unpacking is easy when your luggage is lost)!

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                                           (The last time I saw my luggage-3.5 days ago)

As with all things in life, sometimes there are bumps in the road or the sky. Despite perfecting the packing list and careful planning (as in my previous post) the unexpected often happens.  

It's a funny thing, I woke up Saturday morning of our departure to the Caribbean with a feeling of discomfort, almost dread. I usually feel elated and excited on a travel day so this was weird.  I knew we had 3 flights ahead of us and I was uneasy. I even mentioned it to my husband, Scott, casually. Not serious enough to cancel the trip....but....not good. I flipped on the TV around 2 pm and was shocked to see images of a fiery plane crash at San Francisco International Airport. I knew that was exactly where we were scheduled to touch down for the first leg of our journey later that afternoon. Intuition? Maybe? That still small voice....?  I was seeing my fear in full color on a flat screen. 

As the day progressed we were finally able to fly into SFO. We passed directly over the tangled, twisted wreckage and felt somber realizing the loss of life that had occurred earlier. We felt fortunate to get into SFO until we realized there was almost no getting out. All but a handful of flights were cancelled, including ours to DC. Customer service was a long snaking line with travelers camped on the ground. We waited in line, and were on hold with the busy signal, but as I watched the board with the final flights ticking off, I knew I needed to try something different. Rumor had it that the rebooked flights were scheduled for two to three days later.  I figured if there were flights leaving, that weren't full, we should try to get on one. To almost anywhere...get out and figure it out. 

The NYC flight was leaving at 12:50 a.m. so I ran to two different gates to ask about getting on a standby flight. My best tip-lead with a smile, or concern, but not a bitchy attitude. Bitchy doesn't usually get it done (at least until later).  The lovely off duty agent was willing to give it a try and we raced to the gate to standby to the NYC flight (our luggage was headed to D.C.). It was nip and tuck but we were thrown on the flight with a 'we'll figure it out later' goodbye. We sat for 2 hours on the runway at SFO and watched our window to connect with a flight to the Dominican Republic disappear. The turbulence on the fight was so bad that my husband, Scott, seated a row in front of me reached across the seat to hold my hand (for his sake I think). When we finally arrived in Newark we discovered we were not booked until the next day to our destination. We were tired and dirty, with no luggage, in Newark with a day to kill. What better idea than get a room, clean up and head to Manhattan for dinner? #don't care if you are tired let's adventure. 



The NYC flight was leaving at 12:50 a.m. so I ran to two different gates to ask about getting on a standby flight. My best tip-lead with a smile, or concern, but not a bitchy attitude. Bitchy doesn't usually get it done (at least until later).  The lovely off duty agent was willing to give it a try and we raced to the gate to standby to the NYC flight (our luggage was headed to D.C.TT). It was nip and tuck but we were thrown on the flight with a 'we'll figure it out later' goodbye. We sat for 2 hours on the runway at SFO and watched our window to connect with a flight to the Dominican Republic disappear. The turbulence on the fight was so bad that my husband, Scott, seated a row in front of me reached across the seat to hold my hand (for his sake I think). When we finally arrived in Newark we discovered we were not booked until the next day to our destination. We were tired and dirty, with no luggage, in Newark with a day to kill. What better idea than get a room, clean up and head to Manhattan for dinner? #don't care if you are tired let's adventure. 

Quick shower, same clothes back on, and it was back on the shuttle, back to the tram and onto the train to the fabulous Manhattan. Hot and muggy-they were having a heat wave (and frankly, without luggage and my supplies, I was having a heatwave of my own#I'm 51) but never mind-we love NYC!
We delighted in the unplanned afternoon in Noho and Soho, and landed at Picolla Cucina, on Prince Street. A little slice of Italian heaven to our exhausted, hungry, sweaty selves. Drip...drip.... 
My new best friends in Soho, Marco, Filippo (and Fabulous). They spoiled us with gourmet delights, water, wine, warmth and charm. 


Kisses on both cheeks and we were off. Back on the train, back on the tram, back on the shuttle. Sleep like there's no tomorrow, but up at 5:00 am (which feels like 2 am to us).  Shuttle to the airport to realize we've been booked to the Dominican Republic on 2 separate flights. I felt a bit choked up on that one...#@$^ really? After paying for a night in Newark just as we lost a paid night in Punta Cana, now this? Don't want to be bitchy but I will definitely play the concerned card. Finally booked, on the later flight, together. Seats together and we are on our way. 

Day 3, no luggage,  same dress, shoes, don't ask.....at least you can  wash and dry the skivvies in the sink overnight. What I learned- always pack your necessities in the carry on. More on that later.

Check back for the next stage of our travel odyssey.  

Thank you for stopping by-Stylemindchic is not feeling so 'chic'  in the third day of travel with no luggage, but it's always an adventure. We are certainly grateful to be safe and sound.

Bon Voyage (and pack your essentials in your carry on bags loves!).
                                                  
                                                     xx, Heather 

Note: This post was written on day 3 of our travels. Due to wifi issues it was not posted until now. 

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