My first trip to South Africa was a two-week trip, over spring break, with the university. I traveled with a large group and the professor in charge of the trip drilled into our heads “things will go wrong.” Or another way to put it? Expect the unexpected. And yes, we got an unexpected stay in Chicago, bags were delayed, and people’s credit cards didn’t work.
In the past 24 hours I’ve learned this lesson again. “Things will go wrong!” But its ok.
Yesterday morning, I picked up a couple of last minute items as Target, but when I tried to use my debit card it was declined. Puzzling. I called my bank when I got home and my account was frozen because of mysterious charges from the night before. I was up at 1a.m. (my time) reserving transportation and accommodation for my time in Namibia. The charges looked odd to the bank and hence my account was frozen. The issue was resolved with no problems, as things always are with my awesome credit union. The incident had an upside-the credit union now has my South African mobile number on file in case anything unusual happens while I’m on that side.
The second, little hiccup, came when KLM sent me an email that might flight was cancelled. I immediately called Delta, the US partner to KLM, so I could get rescheduled. Even though the email said, “our representatives are working to get you re-booked” I didn’t want to wait. My flight was still showing up in Delta’s system and so, the customer service representative had to investigate that first. Once she confirmed that, yes, indeed the flight was cancelled, she could work on re-booking me. She was able to get me on a flight out of National to Atlanta and then a direct flight from ATL to JNB. Easy peasy.
I’m sure there will be more bumps in the road over the next month, but its part of the adventure.