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My Orange Bag Disappeared On The Way To The Arctic

Too good not to record...

I handed my camera to a friend to record the airport messenger getting down on one knee and presenting me with my bag.

Too good not to record

And I presented the cute messenger with a kiss of gratitude and whispered my thanks into his ear. Hmmm... who was this handsome stranger?

Mysterious stranger

The mysterious stranger...

That evening I was invited to 'the special table' in the dining room. Looking for my place card I found myself sitting between, Matthew Swan, CEO of Adventure Canada and ... Matthew James Swan, the CEO's son, an expedition leader in his own right and that cute messenger I had kissed earlier that afternoon.

What happened to my bag

So, what had happened to my orange bag? Nothing spectacular. It seems that it never left Toronto with the rest of the baggage. I guess it was a reluctant Economy Class traveler. However, it was tracked down quickly, and along with Matthew J. it followed our ship via Priority Class with Icelandic Air.

Time for a confession ...

Good lesson learned!

Of course I was grateful that my scoundrel orange bag was found but I have a confession to make. For me, those four days were really a gift and a blessing in disguise. So what if I didn't have a nightgown, my lipstick, or my favorite scarves. I was reminded once again how little we really need when we travel near or far. Instead, I found I was the lucky recipient of lovely generosity from just about everybody on that expedition ship, staff included. How can any traveller ever complain about a situation like that?

There was only one embarrassing moment...

So embarrassing

You know that Journeywoman rule where you wear your tattered underwear to travel in and then throw it out at your destination? Well, I was following that rule and had chosen my most threadbare undies for the trip. If I hadn't had a roommate and if my bag hadn't been lost, that would have been absolutely fine. However, this was the first time I was meeting the woman and I had only one pair of torn, ragged underwear to wash and hang in our shared washroom. So embarrassing! You can be sure that the first thing I did when I unpacked my bag was to reveal to her all my other pristine and pretty lingerie. I sensed she really thought better of me after that.


Two broken hearts

P.S. Many of my fellow passengers felt that a bag that was lost twice was unlucky and should be discarded. Yet I believe it was rather like an errant boyfriend who goes off on his own wild adventure and then comes back begging you to forgive him. Well, let it be known and mark my words; I told 'him' that this was the very last time he was going to wander off. If it happens again, he is OUT!

EDITOR'S NOTE: You might like to read: The Nightmare of Losing Your Bag and How to Avoid It


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