Here's what happened;
I had a big suitcase to drop off before going through security check yesterday morning. My flight was due to leave at 6.30 am, boarding was closing at 6 and I arrived at the airport around 5 am. Plenty of time to drop the bag off, get through security, buy a cup of coffee and find my gate. At least it should have been plenty of time, but when I dropped off the bag it was about 2,5 kg overweight. So, I had to move things over to my hand luggage, which had plenty of weight left to use, but not much room in it. Not thinking straight I didn't think of the fact that I actually had a proper cabin bag packed in my big suitcase as I will need it to bring things back home with me. Anyway, I had finally squeezed as much as I possibly could into my hand luggage, and the weight on the big suitcase was fine. So, I dropped the bag off, and I saw the girl at the check-in desk put the bag ticket on it. Everything was cool and I walked my way through the terminal, and almost all the way through the next terminal and I was almost at the security check when some people caught my attention. These strangers told me that there was something wrong with my bag. Obviously I had no idea what they were talking about, but they went on to explaining that my bag had been taken off the belt after I had left, they described it and told me that I'd better go back there to check on it. So I did, and they were right! My bag was standing on the side of the belt and the girl asked me were the ticket for the bag was, I told her that she had put it on the bag, and she started to discuss something with a couple of other staff members. They printed out a new ticket for the bag, put it back up on the belt and all was good. When walking back to the security check the strangers that had been so kind to actually go look for me to let me know about my bag found me again, and they told me that when I had seen the girl put the ticket on my bag the first time it had actually been one their bag's ticket, and they had spotted the mistake. I thanked them and rushed on. It was now about 20 minutes til boarding and I still wasn't through security. And with a hand luggage that was filled with electronic things that I had to take out of the bag, and the bag now being even more stuffed due to the overweight, it took some time. But, I did make it, but didn't have time to get my coffee. But, wow, that was a bit more exciting than I expected. Or wished for! Now, I could only hope that my bag would actually arrive as it should too.
The flight itself was completely uneventful, I watched a few episodes of One Tree Hill, and some Home Free Videos (I am one of those people that get to try out YouTube's new features of add-free videos and downloading videos for a trial period, and it's great), and we landed 20 minutes ahead of time. My bag was one of the first arriving on the belt. Phew! We made it!!
My sister and our mum were waiting for me and we drove straight home to one of my aunts and her husband. Surprising us by being there was my cousin A, his daughter and her boyfriend. My cousin A and I were very close growing up and we had no idea he was going to be there. It had been almost 10 years since I'd seen my aunt and uncle, and about 5,5 years since I'd seen my cousin. A while later my other aunt, her husband and their eldest and youngest sons showed up. The eldest one is also my godson, and I had not seen him in 25 years, he was only 2 the last time we met. The youngest of the two I had never met before and he is almost 21. It was almost 10 years since I'd seen this aunt too, and her husband probably almost 18 years. But, you know, it's funny, because it was almost like we meet on a regular bases. We had so much fun and we laughed a lot, and I am so happy for my family and the fact that we have so much love for each other even after years and years without contact. Thank you to all of you for making my life better!
Next stop was going to the town where my sister, my mum and my youngest brother live, the town I grew up in. I went to see my brother and his two elder sons very briefly. His wife and their new born son weren't at home. And then I went to my sister's and got to see her sons and husband too. It is always very nice to be here with them.
The rest of the day was quiet, and I had an early night after a very long, but very amazing day.
That was yesterday, today was a day of no real plans, one of two on my trip. I slept in a bit, and then had a nice lazy morning with my sister chatting before we went to meet up with our mum again. We took a walk to my mum's husband's grave and then we went for a coffee and a chat in the centre.
In the afternoon I went to my brother's again and I got to meet my newest nephew for the first time! Such an adorable little boy. I got sit with him in my arms for hours, and I fed him and he fell asleep and slept comfortably there. And I am in love! This was one of the reasons for making my trip now, to see him when he was still a newborn. He's just over a month old. So precious. All my nephews and my niece are, of course! I've now got 6 nephews and 1 niece.
The evening was spent watching telly and chatting with my sister and her family.
And now it's time to sleep, it's 1.30 am and I've got another long day ahead of me tomorrow with more family and also friends to meet. Different town, different people. And I'm loving it! I will tell you all about it on Sunday in my next post.
Oh, and I want to share a video with you. This is Home Free's latest video, and it feels like it fits perfectly into my life on this trip. This video is made with Lego, and it is brilliant. There are even tiny little Lego Home Free Guys, and a cute story line, and you can actually read the emotions of the Lego couple in the video. Weird, I know, but it's really cute. Also, cousin A had a huge Lego collection when we were kids that later became my brothers', so it fits.
Here's Crazy Life, the title track from Home Free's debut album.
Enjoy and I'll see you soon!