Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Back from Bali

Hi everyone! I am now back from Bali, finally normalized after a week or so of spacey jet lag.
The trip was fantastic, I had the best time ever! The 5 week journey started out with a bang with Anahata Katkin, her wonderful mom Gina, fab brother Eli, 17 of the coolest students ever + Ms.
Ruth Ann and our one husband; the most wonderful Shanal, Andreas guy whom we all adored!
I would so love to post my photos and I took at least 1000 or so, however I had a little misplaced computer incident on the way home. I brought my laptop and was continuously downloading photos the whole trip. So on my way back via Korean Air (best airlines on the planet)
I stopped in Seoul, Korea to change planes.
I was drifting in and out of various duty free shops, allready in a zone since it was about 9am our time but I had been up over 24 hours en route.
At some point i looked at the little wheely shopping cart i had put my carry on suitcase on the bottom , purse and shopping bag on the top part. i thought: well, there's not much on this cart , ill just carry the purse the shopping bag around...leaving the carry on with the computer etc sitting on the cart in who knows which duty free shop.......
i realized my error about 1/2 hours before boarding for the states , ran all over the airport like a maniac searching for the bag, to no avail.. i filed
a report with Korean Air info desk...hoped for the best and boarded...
And btw , I forgot to mention, I have been uploading photos on my mac laptop for 5 years never backing them up once. So, you can imagine my extreme distress at losing that computer. All the kids pictures, life , all of it!!
well a darling Korean Air official was waiting for me when i got off the plane in LA and informed me they found the bag and it will be sent via Seattle later in the week.
There is a god for sure, maybe who lives at Korean Air!
I tell you, I was so impressed with this airline even before this happened. The food is great, the service outstanding, lots of leg room, I wanted to just fly around for days going nowhere in particular just so i could be pampered. and the little meat savory buns they pass out in the middle of the night for snacks! no pretzels here! Heaven!!!! Maybe I could be a stewardess for them?
Sure enough, my bag arrived safely in Seattle, the Korean Air official in charge of my carry on bag, took the trouble to wrap my computer and camera in bubble wrap so it wouldnt get damaged, then hand carried my bag to the cabin part of that Seattle flight , so that it wouldnt have to stand the rough handling in the cargo part of the plane. Then I received a phone call from Mr. Jun, who runs the Seattle office virtually by himself, and he informed me the bag was here and in perfect shape! Thank you Korean Air!
So in any event that was a long winded way to tell you, i cant post any photos quite yet, since my bag is in Seattle and I will be picking it up in a few.
More on Bali later...much more.......


Jane Rosemont said...

Glad you're back! And I'm sold on Korean Airlines. Next year when I go to Bali to teach Beyond the Snapshot, that's how I'm going!

grrl+dog said...

Hey welcome back Staci, what a mammoth trip you had. And a lovely story about how good things do still happen.

Leslie said...

Wow, what an adventure. It's so nice to hear that wonderful story about Korean Airlines.

I can't wait to see you photos, and girlfriend, you've GOT to back up those photos! Get an external hard drive and load up. I've had Mac's crash. Five years of photographs would be a terrible loss.

Cheryl said... are a lucky girl! Can't wait to hear about all of your adventures and see the pictures. Nice to have you home safe & sound!

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