Today is supposed to be a day of bad luck, but things have gone pretty well for me so far. The biggest event of the day shouldn’t ever have been necessary: I got all my luggage.
My American Airlines flight from JFK to London-Heathrow left about 45 minutes late on Wednesday. I didn’t think it’d be a problem. After all, that still left me over an hour to change planes.
I forgot to take into account Heathrow.
That airport is huge and insane (and and I saw that they’re adding another large terminal to increase the insanity). I had to walk about a mile in one terminal, take a bus to another terminal go through a security checkpoint, walk another half-mile, and then go through another security checkpoint to get to my departure gate. I barely managed to get to my plane in time. Unfortunately, my suitcase didn’t make it.
I typically don’t check a bag for this exact reason, but I decided to risk checked bagged based on the needs of 6-12 months of life in another country. Additionally, I’m going to do some software development work here, and we’re using Vonage to have a U.S.-based phone number that reaches us in Germany, so I relented this time to have room for some technical books and some electronics.
I thought I had balanced my packing well so that it wouldn’t matter if the suitcase were lost (and in general, it worked – even the Vonage adapter could be lost for a while because we don’t have our DSL set up yet), but I somehow managed to pack only one pair of underwear in my carry-on luggage. So, I was very happy when my suitcase arrived this afternoon, full of clothing, hangers, books, and electronics.
Not an unlucky day at all.
In other news, I plan to start German-as-a-foreign-language classes next week. There’s a cultural center across the street from Jenny’s work that has inexpensive intensive language courses, so I’m going to sign up to start Tuesday (Monday is Pentecost – a big holiday here). If I stick out the classes, I’ll have 3 hours of German a day, 5 days a week, for four months. I expect to know German pretty well by the time this trip is over. Also, I got lucky in timing, because the courses start every 10 or 20 weeks, but I have to wait only a long weekend.