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I love Germany

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

So, this morning I left my groovy, neoprene, imported-from-the-USA, BUILT lunch bag on the train. Funny, because I usually have so much to carry and I remember to gather all my things before I get off. But today, I only had my shoulder bag and the lunch bag and somehow left the latter at my seat. I didn't notice till I got to work because there was some kind of technical problem with the trains and I had to make a different connection, using the underground.

Losing the bag made me sad. I reeeaaaalllly love this lunch bag - it's really practical and I love the colors. They make me smile. My forgetfulness also frustrated me. Life is hectic enough these days without my creating more problems, even small ones.

HOWEVER, in Germany the train system has a pretty efficient lost-and-found system. (Ask me how I know!) So I called this morning, gave them a complete description of the bag and registered my loss. The woman gave me a "Verlustmeldungsnummer" (loss registration number).She also told me, without any humor at all in her voice, that I could not expect to get the turkey chili back that was packed in the bag for my lunch. She was pleasant enough, very efficient and what the Germans would call "sachlich."

A little while later, I got an email telling me that the bag hadn't been found yet, but that I would be notified when/if it was. After work, I decided to stop by the office at the train station on the way home, on the off chance that someone had turned it in there.

HA! They had it! I almost didn't get it back because the description the woman had entered said it was a "handbag" instead of a "shoulder-strap" bag. But the civil servant released it to me anyway because my description (blue neoprene with multi-colored dots and the brand name BUILT) SOMEHOW convinced him that it was indeed my bag. I even got back the plastic freezer container - without the chili but rinsed out!

Sometimes German bureaucracy can be frustrating but on days like this I'm grateful for it!

Here's a picture - and no, I don't work for BUILT, I'm just a fan of their lunch bags!

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    I do love the lunch bags, and the German train system. I can almost hear the tone of voice from the first person that assisted you. I might have spoke to her too. At least I think I did when you refused to let me get off the train at my stop. I had to ride to the next stop and double back.

    I am glad you were reconnect with your prize possession.
    1607 days ago
    I like this blog!!! Receiving the bag back builds faith. Happy bag, happy you!!! emoticon I think that is true about having a mental note of how many items you are carrying. If I walk out the door carrying three items which is my usual number than on the day I would take four items I walk out the door with out my purse because I have three items. emoticon
    1608 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/23/2013 2:34:19 AM
    I'm so glad that you got it back!
    1612 days ago
    Very nice bag and what a pleasant surprise it was returned. I won't ask how you knew they were very efficient at finding lost items lol!
    Once my son lost his Goofy Dog at a park ride in Disney. We went back to the ride and someone had turned it in. The day was saved as far as I was concerned.
    Yeah for the kind people all over the world.
    1613 days ago
    What you go thru to share your healthy lunch!!! Faith restored in humankind!!! CUTE Bag!
    1613 days ago
  • CAROLYN0107
    Nice bag! I'm glad you got it back.
    1613 days ago
  • DLG0505
    That's so awesome! I love that lunch bag - it's so cute. No wonder you wanted it back so bad. Glad it all worked out good for you.

    Have a happy Wednesday!
    1613 days ago
    Lovely bag! I lived in Baden-Baden for three years .I love Germany!
    1613 days ago
    That is so great! What a wonderful story.

    Thank you for sharing.

    What an amazing, honest, efficient way of being.
    1614 days ago
    That's one beautiful bag. So glad you got it back!
    1614 days ago
    I think it somehow restores our faith in mankind when we get something returned that was special to us...glad it was given in at the station so you the bag could continue to make you emoticon
    1614 days ago
  • RURAL3
    That is amazing. Wonder if the grumpy lady ate the chili? lol It is a very nice looking bag.
    1614 days ago
    My mom once left her wallet at a restaurant along the autobahn. There was a fair amount of money in it. She got it mailed to her a week later, with the money still there!
    1614 days ago
    emoticon completely GrOoVy shoulder bag! ....so glad you found it!

    I agree with you, Michelle: "Wie fantastisch dieser Tag ist!" emoticon
    1614 days ago
    So glad you got it back. I have a theory about carrying stuff hither and yon. I used to frequently forget my Thermos on Wednesdays. I finally figured out that I had a mental number of items to take home from work (purse, thermos and lunch bag). On Wednesdays, I was taking Pilates, so I also had my exercise bag (I'd change at work before leaving). I would leave w/ work clothes, purse and lunch bag - no Thermos. I never stopped to count, it was all muscle memory almost. I suspect you left your lunch for the very same reason - you knew you didn't have that much stuff, and you didn't automatically get everything as a result!
    1614 days ago
    So happy you got your lunch bag back. It's so frustrating to lose special items.

    It is a very cute little bag. I have never heard of Built before. I am going to google them now.
    1614 days ago
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