Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Snag with the Bag

For the next few weeks, Jack Sh*t is chronicling his adventures on his recent trip to Italy as well as including tips to help you plan your own international travel. It is his special way of saying "Nanna nanna boo boo, I went to Italy!" to all his loyal readers.

Sometimes my wife Anita says the silliest things: “Are you sure that's your bag?”

We’re hustling down the walkway from the plane in Milan, Italy, and I refrain from calling her a “dumbass” long enough to more closely examine my luggage.

“See,” I tell her, unzipping the top pocket of the bag. “Here’s my iPad that’s… ummm… not my iPad.”

I can’t completely feel sorry for him, the dude who’s suitcase I left the country with, because I'm convinced that he’s the one who grabbed the wrong bag first and that I simply took the bag that was left.

We decide to leave the bag with “lost and found”, partly because it’s the right thing to do and partly because I don't want to have to explain to a customs agents why I have all that plastic explosive in my bag and spend the rest of my days rotting in an Italian prison.

Here's the thing: I'm in Italy with my beautiful wife. I've survived an endless flight and am on terra firma again. I hate losing my new bag, and I'm a little miffed about possibly never seeing my “ChattaVegas” t-shirt, but this doesn't bother me much.

We breeze through customs... actually “customs” seems to be three Italian guys yakking
at each other who simply nod as we pass, and we’re on our way.

Who wants to lug around a heavy bag anyway?


  1. The customs guys nodded at you!!! Man, they were working extra hard that day. I've never seen them acknowledge anyone's presence - ever.

    Except for really pretty girls, of course, who get a whistle or a hiss in the south.

  2. You picked up the wrong bag on purpose. I would. Now you're going to have to buy lots of lovely Italian made clothes. Damn it ;)

  3. I am just loving these Italy trip posts and eagerly await the next one! Thank you for sharing your trip with us.

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  5. I was a little freaked out by the "customs" in Rome when we landed...I kept looking over my shoulder, waiting for some rabid customs agent to ninja attack me for walking straight through the gate that said "customs" and right on out of the airport.

    They must have been on a coffee break or something, because I never saw one. Even when digging through the lost and found looking for my lost luggage.



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