Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Snow White Fantasy

So my last minute hara-kiri before I leave for Switzerland has reinforced my belief in Murphy’s laws once again. Whatever could have gone wrong, HAS indeed gone wrong. What with all the planning and shopping and anxiously watching out for the volatile weather, I somehow forgot to account for the basic stuff: like checking my ticket or getting my pin for the corporate credit card. It is bad enough that I lost my personal credit card over the weekend, but then I realized that I also don’t have any means of withdrawing cash once I reach there. So after panicking for half the day, I somehow sorted that out, and went out for celebrating what I thought was my special Swiss send-off.

And there we were, getting really drunk, really happy about the really long happy hours, soaking it up till well past midnight until they politely threw us out. High and happy, I collapsed on my bed only to be woken up after fifteen minutes by some distressed airport staff asking me where the hell I was (in politer terms) since the flight was ready for departure! I wouldn’t have been more shocked if someone told me that Salman Khan was getting married!

Shaking and incoherent, I kept repeating, “What? But how? Is this a joke? It’s a business class ticket for over a lakh and it’s my first office trip! You can’t be serious!” They firmly informed me that they were leaving and since I wasn’t there, they were leaving without me. I stumbled across to the hall and pulled out my ticket and yes, there it was, in black and white: April 2, 2013! I had officially become a no-show for my first overseas company trip. What was worse is the fact that they couldn’t reach me all this while apparently since I was too busy getting drunk in a bad network zone. The rest of the night I spent alternating between making ranting phone calls to the travel desk and checking ticket prices for the next day, i.e. today. Even the cheap whisky wasn’t enough to drowse me off to sleep.

I almost ran to office as soon as it was dawn, making phone calls and writing threatening emails even though I knew that it was mostly my fault. But finally, they agreed to reissue my ticket for TONIGHT for a charge of five grand. So now that I AM going, I am all freaked out, scared of every step, afraid that I shall screw things up even more. After all, this IS my first solo trip anywhere. After all, this IS the first time I shall experience freezing weather. And after all, this IS my first chance to meet the who’s who of the company.

But more than anything, this IS my first chance to really let go in a new country and discover a new side to me.

This IS my snow white fantasy

8 comments:

Heathcliffs Girl said...

Have fun and safe travels, you crazy girl!

Soul said...

this is crazy. i am sure u would share this with your kids and their kids too.

Bhuvi said...

haha. I commisserate. I seem to be doing stuff like this ALL the time too. despite all my efforts be more organised. you focus on 1 thing and lose focus on the other stuff.

best of luck for Switzerland. I hope u have jungfrau, crans montana in your weekend travel itinerary. (ofcrse if you have the Schengen which i think a 1-month visa will give you, tho not sure all of Europe is your playground)

Akshat said...

LOL on the no show...
Have fun in Swiss. eat lot of cheese and chocolates

Nefertiti said...

@HG
long time... hope u r doing good. n yes,thanks...

@soul
isn,t it the heights of stupidity. totally blackmail material...

@bhuvi
dude no jungfrau... it,s like -10 degrees now. not my cup of tea. but i would try to make the most of my time here...

@akshat
it,s so not funny... and yes, chocolates and cheese definitely on the cards :)

Neil said...

You should be fine as long as you dont get held by the immigration authorities and you dont lose your passport or get mugged or leave your belongings in the airport or walk into unsafe neighborhoods or try to act cocky with the locals or try to fool customs officials or ...

Nefertiti said...

@neil

you should be hanged.

Neil said...

Finally we agree. Im looking for the right picture of mine to frame and hang up ...