So I made it to Scotland!
Besides the jet lag and the scurrying around to get registered for class and stuff, I have been slowly adjusting to life here at the University of Strathclyde. Still, getting here wasn’t so easy.
Thus, today, I will extol the importance of one thing while traveling: the sturdy suitcase.
Not just one but both my carry-on and checked bag destroyed themselves during the journey. How?
When I made it to Memphis International Airport for the first leg of my approximately 16-hour journey, I was happily carrying a small blue rolling suitcase and a big green duffle on wheels.
Before I even got through security, my blue suitcase handle suddenly got stuck and refused to move up, no matter who was pulling at it, me, Mom, or Dad.
And so, I was forced to buy a new suitcase at the airport shop. At least it was cute and red and built out of solid plastic.
The rest of my journey was surprisingly stress-free, or so I thought. All my flights were on-time; once, we even arrived a few minutes early. Since I was traveling to an English-speaking country, I could understand all the signs in each airport (Dallas-Ft. Worth, London Heathrow, and Glasgow International). No one on my flights was unduly annoying
except that I was on the aisle, so I had to get up frequently to allow a woman to go to the bathroom. My trip through British immigration took all of ten minutes and a single stamp in my passport for student visitor; I even had enough time between flights to get fast food and
coffee, which isn’t always possible.
However, when I made it to Glasgow, I was incredibly excited to be there after such a long trip. After bundling myself up in a proper scarf, I tramped over to the baggage claim, eager to claim my bag and meet my fellow international students. . .
. . .And then I saw my suitcase.
And so, the first thing I ever said to people at Strathclyde was, “Does anyone have any tape?”
I was lucky enough that nothing valuable (or anything, really) seems to have been lost. Still, who expects their suitcase to split mid-flight?
Thus, keep in mind, one and all: Always have a sturdy suitcase!