My absent minded self which often emerges during my travels have led to a few funny and more than a dozen tensed situations. These incidents have occurred at regular intervals in different cities in India and overseas so much so that I earned “Bhulakkad” or “Absent Minded” as my middle name. At the same time, I have been extremely lucky to recover my lost items every time albeit after a few tensed moments and a good lecture 🙂 from varied folks.
Lost and Found:
My stories range from leaving behind my wallet in Los Angeles Airport; my mobile in a Swiss train, my back pack in a resto pub in Krakow and recently my wallet in a busy Mcleodganj Monastery to name a few. Perhaps it is my Karma or Karmic connection that I have always got back what I lost after a few tensed moments and a lesson on how to be alert and take care of my belongings. Some of these incidents came with their dose of fun too when a store staff was trying to return my credit card that I had left behind and I happily assumed that he was just stalking me and raced ahead until he screamed and caught up with me 🙂
That Embarassing Moment:
By now you have guessed that every time I travel, apart from the currency notes and cards I have several copies of my passport tucked away in different pockets of my bags lest I land up at the doorstep of an Indian Embassy. During a very recent trip I had kept my passport very carefully within the folds of my notebook that I carry around to scribble tit bits. I had chosen to be extra careful that day so placed it in the note book instead of the usual zip pocket of my hand bag. I had to produce it at the border crossing between Croatia and Hungary a few hours later by which time I had forgotten all about it. I confidently proceeded to the Immigration only to fumble around my bag to find it. A good 15 minutes later when the officials were nearing their end of patience and I was breaking into a sweat at the prospect of being deported and a million images of the passport being pick pocketed or lost racing through my mind, I found it neatly kept within the notebook. I heaved a sigh of relief, forcing a smile and blurting out Sorry’s at a speed that would put Bullet Trains to shame. The officials were kind enough to allow me to pass through not before a lecture; thankfully in a language that I did not understand.
Urby to my Rescue:
During the rest of the journey to Budapest, I was busy trying to fathom a strategy to avoid further embarrassment which could lead to unwanted situations. I decided to return home and pin all my 4 passports together so that I could move around with the jumbo pack which would not be easily missed. Just as I was returning to India, I had a message from Monica of Urby who wanted me to experience their custom labeled passport holder. Oops; it seemed like telepathy as if the divine was freeing me from the ordeal of pinning and carrying all my passports and sending me a passport holder. Frankly, I never thought about it.
I loved the dusty brown (at times I can be color blind) passport holder with my name embossed on it which was sent by Urby. It came in a neat cloth bag tucked into a paper box. My passport snugly fitted into it and it gave it the necessary thickness as well as the protection from possible damage due to anything spilling over accidentally or otherwise. It is very good quality leather from the feel and the slightly wrinkled look. The stitches at the edge is uniform and neat giving it a classy finish.
The best part is the slant pocket at the back which is good to slip in a card, a currency bill or a few coins for emergency. It is of great help for someone like me who by now you know is famous for leaving her wallet around.
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