Wednesday, January 20, 2010

One exhausting trip that ended with a Bang! Literally!!

It's funny... I HATE my job, and yet, all around me... people keep talking about how they'd like to have it!
Talk about grass being greener on the other side!

I'm back from Cairo, which was a drag, though business-wise I think it was pretty good. I didn't get to see the pyramids this time round either though! :o(

Our flight was delayed while arriving by a half hour. The crazy pilot overshot dubai and went to ajman and further north... not sure why! And then when the plane finally landed at 2am, we taxied for ages and finally came to a stop in the middle of nowhere and we had to get onto buses to take us to the airport instead of that thing that connects the plane directly to the airport. Emirates never behaved like this before!

I'd purchased a gift from swarovski during departure on the 17th, but I wasn't very comfortable carrying it around with me during my 3 day trip. I must say, the Dxb Duty Free guys have some exemplary customer service options! They offered to keep my gift with them, and when I got back, I could collect it at Arrivals!
I was told to collect it from the Information counter, but I didn't know that the Duty Free information counter was inside the shop itself. So I walked out, past customs (cos this other guy had pointed me in that direction) and finally, almost reached the gate to go out and checked with the airport security guys and they told me it was back inside.
There was this one really cute one, he asked for my passport, took it, and said he'd lead me to the place. We were walking side by side, but when we had to pass the doorway, I let him go first and pushed my trolley behind him... and hit him with the trolley on his ankle!

To his credit, he didn't say a word (although he was slightly limping the rest of the time!). I was like "ohmygawwwwd! I'm soooooo sorrryyyyy! Damndamndamn!! Sorriiiiieeee!" while this other passenger who saw what happened grinned and gave me a thumbs-up sign.

So yes, my trip included assaulting airport security personnel! A cute one at that!

Wonder what would have happened if this happened to me in India! I'd probably be bribing my way out of jail by now!


NoFaIrYtAlE said...

u seriously hit him?!
aww...wot luck!!

Sonia said...

yup! i also told him "I'm actually a very good driver" :P

Sid said...


I don't think the customs folks in India are all that bad. Mumbai is notorious so he might well have fleeced some money from you. But the newer airports at Blr and Hyd. are very professional. No troubles at all.

Must say the dude would certainly think twice before helping someone out the next time :)

Sonia said...

Sid: I actually had no problems in bombay, everyone was nice and courteous and no one even bothered to check what they could fleece off me. can't say the same about cairo airport though! i thought they'd take away all the give-aways i'd brought with me for my conference! :D