We finally took off and arrived in Beijing at 3.00am. However, none of the passengers on our flight had their luggage, including me. I had travelled in jeans, t-shirt and flip flops – not the attire for business meetings! I thought that my bag would make it the next day, but no such luck. I was in Beijing for a large customer conference and many of our very Senior Executives had travelled to China to attend this. I had met some colleagues in the convention hotel bar and to my dismay, most of these Execs were in the same bar. I am now at the end of Day 2 wearing the same outfit (and flip flops) and not exactly dressed for Executive interaction. However, after explaining my predicament, no-one held it against me!
Still no sign of my bag and Cathay Pacific were so unhelpful with no opinion on where my bag was, never mind when it would be delivered. So, off to the mall for some shopping for me. Everything was so expensive and I needed so much for just a few days – make up, toiletries, underwear, shoes and a couple of outfits. The worst thing was not being able to find any shoes that fit me and I do not have big feet!! I ended up spending 3 times more than I have ever spent on a pair of shoes. Even worse…… they are so uncomfortable and I am not sure I will wear them very much!!!!
Finally, on Day 4 (at 2.00am, so just about Day 4) there is a knock on my hotel door to let me know that my bag has been delivered. Thank goodness, my feet would have some relief with my favourite comfy shoes.
Perhaps this is a lesson to not check a bag when travelling. 🙂