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Day 1, hopefully nothing like the rest

I guess it's best to get all the bad luck out of the way right of the bat?

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A big part of why anyone does a trip like this is the adventure part of it. I was looking forward to some unexpected situations and obstacles, and it is that we got on our first day.

The day started innocently enough waking up at 3:45am and heading to the airport for 5:20am to be there 2 hrs prior to the 7:20am flight time. My sister dropped us off and we checked in our luggage and were just about to head to customs when the security guard stopped me and asked me to fill in the US customs form before heading further. It was a lucky break, since as I was doing that Kristine realized we completely forgot to take our Dukarol (drinkable vaccine against Montezuemas revenge) and we wouldn't be able to take it through security. We backtracked and I went to Tim Hortons to get buy water to take the vaccine, and it is then I realized I didn't have my wallet!

My stomach sank and I panicked, called my sister and asked her to go home and get the wallet and bring to the airport, knowing full well that she was not likely to get back in time. As I was trying to figure out in my head how it could be possible to ship my wallet safely to Mexico, it hit me, friends of mine were going to be flying to the Myan Riviera in a couple of days so I could ask them to take it since we were going to meet up anyway. Problem solved! Called my sister off from her impossible errand, all is good with the world again.

Got through customs, checked baggage, got to the gate. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. It's now 30 minutes AFTER scheduled boarding time. I go to ask the girl at the counter, but she beats me to the punch and announces that they had towed the wrong plane to the gate, and the they are now looking for the right one to tow here, so we will be a "little" delayed. Looking for it? How do you exactly misplace an entire plane? Sigh. Long story short, the plane left at 9am instead of the scheduled 7:20am. My sister could have easily gotten my wallet.

The connecting flight from Atlanta was at 11am and boarding started at 10am. We landed at 10:30. The mad rush from the domestic gate we arrived at to an entirely different terminal to catch the connection was actually kind of fun and the most exercise I've had in months. We made it but as we were about to take off Kristine said "Hmmm, I didn't hear the luggage door close after we sat down". Sure enough as we got to Cancun the luggage did not. It seems they found it somewhere in Atlanta and are now sending it here, but it might be a day before we see it, and we did not pack much in our carry-ons. OK, now really, nothing else could go wrong.

I thought, I should make the best of this, so let's capture some of the frustration we're feeling on Video. I look into my carry-on for my camera, and to my total shock and disbelief the camera isn't there. I ask Kristine if she has it but she says No. I distinctly remember taking a couple of pictures at the Toronto Airport and then putting the camera into my carry-on. I start frantically searching for the camera but nothing. However, I find the cord that goes from the charger to the camera, a standard HDMI to USB cable. Curiously though I cannot find the proprietary Sony adapter that this plugs into. The only things missing from my bag are the camera and the proprietary adapter for it.

Normally I would say I probably lost it and it was my first reaction. However, while I may have taken the camera out, I had no reason to take the adapter out, or unplug the cable that was plugged into it. I really think the camera was somehow stolen while the bag was in the overhead compartments on the Toronto to Atlanta flight.

So there you have it. I left my wallet at home, I was 2 hrs delayed because Pearson airport misplaced my plane, my luggage did not make the connection I barely made, and my camera was most likely stolen. All in one day.

On the positive side hopefully I am getting all the bad luck out of the way in one shot!

Posted by dariusz 18:02 Archived in Mexico

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That sucks about your camera. The good thing is that you probably don't have a lot of photos on there, so you didn't lose a lot of priceless things. However, you should always carry a spare set of clothing (the most universal pair you have) in your hand carry for moments like this. Or at a minimum your toiletries. In case you're stuck at the airport and can't get a hold of your check in baggage.

I hope everything works out!

by Rich

OMG you guys! We feel for you! Hope you take this with a bit of humor... Sending wishes of better luck your way. Looking forward to future posts!

by Yuliya B.

They say bad things happen in 3's - hopefully it's all smooth sailing from here on out!

by Diane

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