Safely home - and eventually with baggage !

Raobu in the Shot
School band's welcome at JN Petit.

SAFELY HOME - eventually and eventfully !

Thirty minutes late out of Mumbai - because the plane was late coming in - meant only 90 minutes to complete the transfer at Changi.    We had checked the bags through to Brisbane.   Unfortunately Singapore Airlines does not recognise / accept baggage tagged by Air India !   So it had to be given new tag numbers.   Although we cleared all the baggage details and caught the plane, only half our bags reached Brisbane with us !   Now we are all getting tired and suffering from airline food.


We reported the problem to the Singapore Airlines baggage staff - who appeared to know already !   We left them e-mail contacts and they assured us they would get the missing bags on the next available flights.   One day after I returned (i.e. Weds. 22/10) I received an e-mail from SQ Brisbane to expect the bags on the Thursday flight from Fiji.   The seven people with a baggage problem met the plane yesterday and all were happy again - including me.   (I don't like having to share a razor !)


So now we can look back and see what we gained from the trip.   Did we have time to get much impression of  India ?   My lasting picture is the depressing view from the inbound plane to Mumbai flying low over acres of continuous flat metal roofing, with no gaps !   I tried to visualise what it must be like to live under that, for thousands do.   Then we saw similar places from the bus on the road and began to realise a little of what REAL poverty is !   And then someone told us that some of those slum-dwellers are in fact quite rich !!    So how much can you judge by appearances.



To finish on a cheerful note, please see three more pictures of Raobu and our School visit.


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