A Surprise Souvenir

by Jessica on November 11, 2011

In the packing and preparation that happens for the next big trip, it seems that there are always remnants left behind from the previous trip. As you shove your hand deep into the many pockets of your suitcase you can find stowaway ticket stubs, or foreign change, or even a leftover pair of socks

Today, I reached into my suitcase pocket and pulled out this unusual little package.  Any guesses?   This is a package of fuses that we bought In Amsterdam when our non compatible American GPS blew out the instrument panel on our non American car.   Not a major crisis in the grand scheme of traveling abroad unless you consider that we were counting on that GPS to get us back to our hotel that night.  What ensued was a hilarious escapade suitable for an episode of I love Lucy that involved finding our way around a foreign city to a foreign auto parts store, then reading car manual written in a foreign language on a completely foreign car. 

Finding this little package quickly took me back to this memory and I couldn't help but laugh to myself as I remembered our comedy of errors.  It reminded me that if you are prone to misadventures, they are going to happen to you anywhere you go.  Murphy, it seems, has a well used frequent flyer card.  It also reminded me that not only are these little inconveniences survivable, they are often the best memories that we carry home with us.    

~This post is a part of Photo Friday at Delcious Baby~


Lisa November 11, 2011 at 7:18 am

Now that's the kind of thing that would happen to me! :)

Becca@R We There Yet Mom? November 11, 2011 at 9:32 am

I once found 2 $100 travelers checks in a pocket of a suitcase form a trip 2 years previous!!!  What luck!!
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Steve November 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm

That pouch is my storage spot for the last day's newspaper that I never get to read. I always throw it in the suitcase, and then my wife always takes it out when it's time to pack for the next trip. I don't think I've ever read it, but I always insist on throwing it in there.
I'm impressed you guys managed to get the fuse changed at all. Foreign language manuals would be high on my list of travel nightmares.

Tortoise Mum November 11, 2011 at 6:10 pm

That sort of thing happening would be a nightmare for me.  I am so non-technical.  It would never even occur to me to try to replace fuses in that situation.  I'd just get out the paper map.  I'm much better at maps than technology.
Deep in the pockets of my suitcases I usually find tampons, some coins, a hair tie, a roll-on deoderant, and yes, old ticket stubs.

Tracy November 11, 2011 at 6:49 pm

That always happens to me too! I usually end up finding things that I've been looking for for months. We're packing for the UK and Europe tonight … I'm a little scared and excited at what I might find lurking in those hidden pockets of our packs!

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