Sunday, March 3, 2013


Greetings from Crete! 

Back on the island, after an exhausting, anxiety-fueled  trip that originally consisted of three connecting flights (Toronto-Munich-Athens-Crete), but due to some snowy, ice covered  airplane wings and busy runways, was grounded for one and a half hours!
Thus, I knew I had missed my connecting flights even before we took off, which, in the end, forced me to scramble to find new flights upon my arrival in Munich. In actuality, we landed fifteen minutes too late, but enough time to cause a chaotic chase for new connections back to Crete. A race against the clock was on to avoid an overnight layover and further frenzy!
To make a long story (and even longer journey), short, Rome was added on to the agenda, an unplanned, but precious destination, since it was the only available and remaining route to Athens that day, and ultimately to Crete. And so, after setting foot, or rather, frantically fumbling about in four (!) airports in one day, (too many, even for the snazziest of jet-setters!), and lugging around a twenty-two pound carry-on bag, I finally set foot on Cretan soil - sans my suitcase-of course! Because my flight to Rome was leaving, literally, in twenty minutes after having flown in from Toronto, my suitcase didn't make it on board. Instead, it spent the night, stranded in Munich, but arrived early the next day, thanks to a very skilled and sweet claims officer, here on Crete.

And that, my friends, is my own Odyssean adventure of modern air travel; a mode of mobility, more safe, than sound, in my case!

Thanks for visiting and hope to catch up soon.


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  1. Welcome back filinatha!!! can't wait to be there in the land of beauty and tranquility..

  2. So glad you're home safely! What an adventure! It sounds like my husband's trip home from California - a canceled connection with arrival home a day later! Sorry you couldn't comment - I haven't heard that from anyone else - maybe a glitch?

    Thanks so much for joining in this week.


  3. Home is worth all the effort of getting there, I'm sure. You can rest surrounded by all your lovely things!

  4. Phew! What a journey and a lovely added bonus of visiting Rome (apart from a very heavy bag in tow!). Isn't it lovely though to finally get home and breathe that sigh of relief. Take care. Chel

  5. Sounds like more excitement than I'd want to sign on for!

  6. I have just found your blog and feel exhausted - what a nightmare of a journey you had but, how lucky everything worked out for you in the end. You need to spend the next few days relaxing.

  7. Oh goodness Fabby! I am claustrophobic and can't stand when this sort of thing happens as I do NOT like being in an airplane too long! You are a trooper and are not lacking in the THRILL department! Glad you are home:)


  8. Sounds like an absolute nightmare, but glad you're home safe and sound! When you recoup from your trip and the jet lag, it'll be good to see what you're up to around your home.

  9. That was a shocker of a trip!! You must be so relieved to be finally home! Safe and sound. May you have a good week.

  10. The way you describe your experience above is very mild in comparison to your description on the phone last night. It was a journey from hell. I would have had panic attacks, anxiety attacks and probably needed medical intervention. Then to arrive and face the last straw of no luggage would have finished me off. I take my hat off to you for being able to endure such a long flight in the first place. I find the 3 and a half hour trip from Gatwick to Crete bad enough. I'm never the type of person who will ever contemplate a trip to Australia!
    Glad you're safe and home. Now the challenge of adjusting to life in Crete - another hurdle to overcome! Good luck my lovely friend, and in the words of 'Leslie' above 'you are a trooper.'

    Maria xoxoxoxoxoxo

  11. Hello Poppy

    What a journey you had. Glad you are home safely with all your luggage.
    Enjoy the sunshine in Crete

    Helen xx

  12. Oh my Poppy!! what a nightmare!! I am glad you are now safe at home!! I hate being in a plane for more than 2 hours.. get some rest dear friend!!
    on another note I nominated your blog for the liebster award go check out my blog once you have rested!! XoXO Marissa.

  13. So glad you are home safe and sound, Poppy! Blessings! Bess

  14. Welcome back Poppy ! You need relaxing days after this trip !
    I beleive that you are so glad that you are back in your beautiful island !

  15. That is a long return trip. I don't even want to think about our trip to the States this summer and then all the traveling I will need to do to settle our son in at college. I find that no matter the weather, there's always some sort of incident with air travel these days -- nothing ever goes smoothly or without delay. Glad you are back home. Best wishes, Tammy

  16. Hi Poppy,
    Don`t know how people travel all the time for work. It find it exhausting, even without all the inconvenience and anxiety you went through. Of course,if we had to do it by boat, as our parents did before us (and I don`t mean in those luxury cruise liners that are more mainstream now), it would be much worse, not to mention longer!!! I`m sorry you had to go through all that, but I am very glad that you made it safe and relatively sound and that your luggage finally arrived. And while I`m happy you are on ground and in Crete, now blogging from the comfort of your home, I speak for everyone here when I say that we all miss you dearly. Don`t let this experience keep you from visiting us again soon!!

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