Part II of Series (of Unfortunate Events)
We finally arrived in Malaga on Palm Sunday. After almost 20 hours of traveling, I was ready for a warm shower. Sobrang lamig sa Paris at sa Spain… nun lumabas ako para magyosi sa CDG, parang tumulo lang yun sipon ko and nag-freeze sa mukha ko.
But of course, hindi pa talaga tapos ang kalbaryo… hindi dumating bag namin sa Malaga. Malamang nawala dahil nga hindi kami nakasakay sa actual connecting naming from CDG to Malaga because China Southern is just infuriating that way. Wala kaming nagawa except i-report ang lost luggage namin. Ok naman ang customer service assistance ng Air Europa (our carrier for the CDG-Malaga leg). They told us at the airport that as soon as ma-locate they will call us and will deliver our luggage anywhere we were staying. Sobrang notorious daw talaga ang Charles de Gaulle about losing baggage ng mga may connecting flights. My advice, if you have to go somewhere in Europe try not to go through Paris. Land in CDG only if Paris is your actual destination. The whole entire airport layout is not intuitive, the French maintenance and immigration people are rude (you know that saying about Paris being perfect if only there weren’t Parisians in it?), and they lose your bags.
Kala mo ang ganda ganda ng CDG noh?
Pero pag andun ka na parang hindi ka na magtataka kung bakit may nawawalan ng maleta.
It was a good thing that I insisted on bringing extra-clothes in our carry-on luggage. I’ve been in long haul flights before, and was even stuck in an airport for 11 hours one time. A travelling companion then taught me to always have clothes on your hand-carry, and always have your documents in them too. I went a little further and packed all my underwear in my hand-carry too.
Ang masaklap lang was I didn’t have our toiletries in either of our hand-carries, kasi nga may limitations sa amount ng liquids that you can bring on a plane, etc. And dahil nga siguro sobrang sanay na ang mga airlines sa mga kapalpakan ng CDG, meron silang kumpletong care-packages sa mga nawawalan ng luggage. You get a white shirt, a small vanity pack which includes: deodorant, face moisturizer, toothbrush, toothpaste, a hair brush, and cotton buds. Pwede na!!!
We got our luggage after 2 days from arriving in Malaga. Another tip: when traveling with friends, especially girlfriends, make sure at least one of them is your size — just in case. Hehehe… although I did have extra clothes, I was not ready for the cold spring air in the mountains. Medyo OA sa lamig. Buti na lang one of my girls was able to lend me a couple of warm things.
But, despite the lamig, the lost baggage, the hours of travel… I still enjoy Europe… more so because wine is usually cheaper than water.
NEXT in this Series… Morocco Madness