The travel gods must be crazy
WEMBLEY DOWNS, WA I WONDERED if the travel gods were ready to exact payment for the lucky breaks I had received on my past adventures — I had extricated my car from a wheelclamping incident in Rome with a minimum of fuss; secured a new passport in Paris in less than two hours after the previous one was stolen in a tiny village outside Carcassonne; and been upgraded to a sleeping cabin on a Mediterranean ferry crossing as a thank you for tending to the medical needs of a crew member.
Now, as I headed to Spain, it seemed it was time to even the score. The holiday started with a two-night stay in Montreal with my sister and her family during which burglars relieved meof mycamera and jewellery. Admittedly this was far less than my sister lost in the robbery, but a shock nonetheless.
As I stopped to buy a new camera on the way to the airport, I wondered what the rest of the trip would bring. With all the changes in airlines mycomplicated itinerary entailed, I shouldn’t have been surprised when my lug- gage failed to appear at Seville airport. The lost-baggage claim process was typically convoluted and, given the language barrier, I held little hope of seeing my bag again. Fortunately, I had put a change of clothes in my carry-on bag. But they were far from weather-friendly for the summer heat of Seville.
My mood improved dramatically as I entered the cool, traditionally tiled courtyard of my hotel and I couldn’t help but remain buoyant as I sampled the delights of the Andalusian capital. Days spent exploring the Alcazar and the cathedral and nights at flamenco shows on tiny stages in flowered courtyards can make you forget about wearing the same clothes for 48 hours.
But the heat prevailed and I bought cooler gear before joining in the festivities of the Feria de Abril, the biggest flamenco festival in Spain. After a wondrous day experiencing the sights, sounds and colours of the Feria, I was ecstatic my missing bag had arrived in my hotel room.
What a treat to be reunited with mybelongings, just in time for the trip to Granada the next day.
So, were the travel gods finally appeased? Judging by the spectacular views of the glorious Alhambra from my apartment in Granada — absolutely. Send your 400-word contribution to our Follow the Reader column: travel@ theaustralian.com.au. Published columnists receive an Everyday Cashmere Universal Rib Scarf ($85). The unisex scarves are 140cm long and 25cm wide and available in a wide range of colours. More: everydaycashmere.com.