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My Orange Bag Disappeared On The Way To The Arctic

The kindness of strangers...

I was desperate. At the first 'all ship' meeting, I stood up and declared, 'My name is Evelyn, the missing orange bag is mine. If anybody has any spare clothes my size, would you please share with me.'

That was the smartest thing I could have done. For the next three days there was an outpouring of good will and empathy. Passengers came laden with socks, underwear, pants, a warm jacket and assorted T-shirts.

Kindness of strangers

A constant stream of travellers stopped at my table in the dining room to inquire if the bag had been located. They offered even more 'stuff' if I needed it.

A cozy gray pullover ...

Cozy gray sweater

A lovely family from Mexico City lent me a hat and their dad's gray, cozy sweater. I really hated to give it back.

Mosquito netting

Someone even lent me their mosquito net that was much too large but still did the job.

I was fully equipped...

Fully equipped

Together with what I carried on board I had everything I needed (even though nothing matched and not everything fit properly). Who cared? I was having so much fun and I and the missing orange bag had become shipboard lore.

The tide turned on day four...

On day four we were lazing in port and, lo and behold, I noticed a young man carrying my orange bag up the gangplank.

Bag on the gangplank

'Stop,' I shouted. And reached for my camera.


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