Monday, 24 March 2014

Welcome to Cordoba - we have lost your bags.

It is not that I have anything against the back row of aeroplanes. We have spent a lot of time in them.  Up the back, on bumpy flights, I tend to get airsick. I've only actually thrown-up a couple of times - usually over David - but I can get pretty distressed and that tends to make the people around me nervous.  I accept that everyone should take their turn in the cheap seats. The problem is; David and I have had far too many turns. We have done our time and paid our dues. Let somebody else sit in the crappy seats for a while.


We checked-in for our LAN flight a full five hours before it left Santiago - see yesterday's blog post. Nobody can tell me we were among the last to check-in. How is it then that we were given seats in the absolute back row - again? What are we doing wrong!

Being in the back row we are close to last off the plane when it lands in Cordoba. Last in the extraordinarily long, slow queue through immigration and last to collect our bags. Except, of course, our bags are not there.

"Are you Mr Lindfield ?" asks the young woman from LAN ,"Your bags were not on the flight". 

She speaks reassuringly excellent English and tells us that our bags will be on the first flight tomorrow morning and will be sent to our hotel. We want to believe her but we have trusted a long line of airline staff to get to this luggage-less point and so far our trust has not been re-paid.

The quarantine officers are searching everyone's bags. Their suspicions are aroused by our lack of luggage.

"How long are you staying in Argentina?" They say.

"Two weeks." - we reply

"You have two laptops and one small backpack?"

"Our bags are lost."

They smile and sympathise. Their suspicions disappear.

It is getting late when we finally leave the airport. The man from the car rental company is waiting for us. We explain why we are so late. He laughs and tells us the bags will turn up because we flew LAN. If it was Aerolineas Argentinas (the Argentine National Airline) we would not see them again.

The paperwork to rent our car takes forever. I am nervous. Cordoba is the second largest city in Argentina and our hotel is in the centre.  I do not want to have to find it in the dark.  This is not our first visit to Cordoba. I know that driving here is difficult and chaotic.  David was stung by a bee the night before we left Sydney. One eye is swollen and his vision is limited. Wisely, he doesn't tell me how limited until we are safely cocooned in our hotel room. We make it with 10 minutes of daylight to spare.

We are tired, stressed and strung-out. We will deal with the problem of our lost luggage tomorrow. For now we are ecstatic to have a hot shower and order room service. I go to bed wishing I had never left home.

For my Hotel Review of the Sheraton at Cordoba - click here

Room service at the Sheraton

4 comments:

  1. Wendy Holdenson24 March 2014 at 10:54

    I am on tenterhooks. Tell me more, please!

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  2. Nope! You'll have to wait until tomorrow.
    Suffice it to say that life is pretty good right now.

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  3. the back of the plane incident is another of life's littles mysteries...how is this so.????..i think sometimes the airlines just have not booked you in...we too have experienced this .....so glad you finally arrived at the hotel...another day tomorrow...i ams sure your luggage will reappear and you will begin your adventure!!

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  4. Hi Fiona,


    Thanks for the comment. I think you are right about how we end up at the back of the plane so often when taking connecting flights. I can't really complain. We flew from Sydney Premium Economy which was pretty nice. Even when we fly economy though the ability to pre-book our seats for a few extra dollars keeps us very loyal to QANTAS. If there is a way to get decent seats without paying a fortune David will usually find it..


    Our bags turned up the next day - I just haven't yet had a chance to blog about it. Argentina can be very hectic but we are off to an Estancia today and hopefully things will slow down a bit - otherwise I have warned D that I intend to burn our passports when we get home and never apply for another one - lol.


    cheers


    Lyn

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