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!