Top of the list – most people’s list – we’re packing for the Galapagos – How lucky are we!
But I’m distracted…
With an early flight out of Dublin, we’ve the luxury of a whole Tuesday in Amsterdam en route to Quito. It’s been years since we visited the city – the Galapagos can wait! I spend hours with the plan – I’ve a great walking route sorted (all outdoor – we’ll omit galleries etc.), I’ve downloaded the maps, picked a place for lunch, marked a few options for coffee and beer stops (no – I’m not overplanning !) and finally book an Indonesian restaurant for 6.30pm for the mandatory rijsttafel.
Monday is going well – the packing is pretty much done, fridge emptied, neighbours reminded, our pride and joy has been issued with the usual list of must dos…
Email from KLM
We regret to inform you that your Dublin -Amsterdam flight has been cancelled.. blah blah blah….. we’ll update you with alternative options…
Two hours later we’ve a new flight – 1.20pm… It’s still ok – we can manage most of the walk if we move along and cut down on the coffee and beer – I change the restaurant booking to 7.30pm…. It’ll be grand.
Tuesday – of course the flight is delayed – we lose 90 minutes and eventually check in to the airport hotel at 6.00pm…
Come on says himself – it’s still bright and we’re just 15 minutes from the city. He’s right – I stop sulking and move.
The train link from Schiphol is so easy – we’re walking around the city centre before 7.00pm. By 7.30 we’re at the restaurant.
The place is buzzing – a newcomer passing our table knocks over our water carafe – it’s already shattering as it hits the corner of the table. Of course I make a grab for it! Two cut fingers – bloodbath for a while. Staff tender First Aid and mop up the mess. They present me with extra finger plasters (I’d have preferred a free pint!). Anyway, the food is great, we’ve a lovely walk around town and back to the airport.
Wednesday – Schiphol Airport is one busy place! We’ve each a small overnight bag and a backpack. Our Gate is crowded – it’s going to be a full flight….
Our zone is called and we gather our bags –
We’ve only THREE bags!!
There is literally no time – we tell the flight attendant at the desk and she tells us to board and email Lost and Found immediately. We manage that and then assess the situation and damage.
We both know that we didn’t drop the bag. But as the flight was being called and passengers were beginning to move, a girl/woman came through the seating area ‘looking’ for something she’d lost under the seats. All eyes were on her of course – that had to have been the moment –
We were scammed.
I’m gutted! The backpack wasn’t full – It had the bits intended for for day out in Amsterdam – you know.. hairbrush, cap ….
My Nikon and camera accessories! Gone..
I’m off to the Galapagos without my camera!
Well what can I say about the Galapagos – just wonderful – and busy! 7 full days of walking, snorkelling, kayaking, dinghy rides, great food and great company …..we’re having a ball.. For every activity, we leave the boat by dinghy…..
Day 5 I’m getting into the dinghy and ‘misstep’ – I hear a lovely crack….. Yep .. I’m f—ed!!!
To cut an extremely long story short, I’m back in Dublin with 2 fractures – foot and ankle – we had to cancel a 5 day trip down through Ecuador after the islands. I’m in a cast for 6 weeks. We’re cancelling our 3 weeks in Turkey in July…
And YES — the POINT of all this is …
With so many people inspecting my foot in Galapagos, Quito and Dublin – THANK HEAVENS I’D A PEDICURE BEFORE I WENT AWAY!!!! You never, never know!!!!
Galapagos Airport, June 17th
Holed up in Quito, after first hospital visit
Post script – I’m trying to keep this short – BUT – back in Amsterdam airport the other day, Tom dropped in to the Lost and Found office and would you believe – they have my backpack! Intact!! We reckon the thief was looking for money and just dropped the bag when there was none to be found. Of course the bag wasn’t actually in the office – it had been moved to the storeroom. So I get an email the following day that it was ready for delivery – at a charge of €190!!!!
The joys of travel!