KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
As per our usual modus operandi, we arrived in Christchurch the evening before we were booked to fly out on to Melbourne. We like to arrive at least a day ahead of time when we have an international flight, in order to avoid getting ourselves into a situation where we miss our flight and things go south from there onwards.
After collecting our luggage from an outdoor conveyor-belt at the stunning new train station in Christchurch, we managed to find a great shuttle bus that would take us directly to our hotel out near the airport.
We’d noticed these little shuttle buses when we’d first arrived in Christchurch, each one pulling a little trailer for the passenger’s luggage. The buses are really twelve passenger vans, without additional space for luggage. The little trailers are a brilliant idea, giving flexibility and economy to an otherwise expensive mode of transport.
We were dropped off at the Airport Palms Motel and couldn’t have been more thrilled with our choice for the night. We essentially had a great one-bedroom apartment at our disposal, with a simple Thai restaurant within walking distance. We enjoyed a stroll through a leafy residential neighbourhood to get there and back, but by mistake entered the wrong apartment building when we returned.
I don’t know who was more startled – the people asleep in the apartment or Anil when he realized there were people inside when he opened the door. That will teach those guests to lock the door when they retire for the night, and us too, to be more careful when returning to an unfamiliar building.
The motel offered a free shuttle to the airport, just two kilometers away, and when they called us in the morning to see if we were ready to leave, we rushed to accommodate their schedule for the shuttle. Big mistake. We didn’t have that extra time for our usual sweep of the room(s) and left a couple of items behind.
We had a few hours to wait at the airport before our flight, and when I discovered our mistake, I called to see if there was another shuttle run scheduled. I was dismayed to learn that the owner was out on errands and might not be able to bring me the items to me. I even contemplated walking to the motel, but wouldn’t you know it, it began to rain rather heavily.
Christchurch has been complaining about a serious lack of rain, and now it was raining when I wanted to return to pick up the two things I’d left behind. Anil told me to forget about it, but I was frustrated – we have so few belongings to be responsible for – I was annoyed that we’d slipped up. Luckily for us, we got a call from the manager that he was coming to pick up some incoming guests, and that he would deliver the things to us. Not a big problem – but it was solved and I was happy.