All roads lead home..but sometimes not as easily as you would like

I get to the check-in counter and the woman behind the counter tells me my bag is 9 kilos too heavy.

Okay, I’ll just pay the surcharge.
There is no surcharge maam you must take 9 kilos out of your suitcase and come back in line to reweigh it.
What?!
Yes, maam go over there.

Over where?
Over there in the back of the line.
What!?
Yes, over there.
I have to wait in this line again?!
No, No, just come back to me.

I proceed to take my overstuffed suitcase to the side and empty it onto the floor taking out books and other souvenirs that added weight to my suitcase. I stuff as much as I can into a small plastic bag, my backpack and my computer bag and return to the front of the line. A passenger yells at me not to cut, but I have a ‘very annoyed’ look on my face and he closes his mouth.

I put the suitcase on the scale again and she tells me to go back and take four more kilos out.
No, I say, I am doing it right here.
No maam you can’t.
I ignore her, open the suitcase and proceed to throw any article of clothing I think I won’t need ever again onto the floor.
Maam you can’t do this.
How many more kilos? I say.
Two.
I throw more clothes onto the floor.
Maam you can’t leave those clothes there.
I’m not, I am throwing them away.
What?
I have too many kilos and something has to go.
How many more?
You’re fine now.
Thank you. Did my waitlist for Business Class come through?
No maam.

I proceed to the immigration area…lovely…it’s a one hour and forty-five minute wait to get through the line. Thank goodness my flight has been delayed for three hours.

I get through immigration and proceed to the next line – Security. This line is short, only about 30 minutes. The woman security guard spent an additional ten minutes making sure I wasn’t an Irish terrorist.

It is now 1:30AM my flight doesn’t leave until 3:10AM, I’m tired, but the road is leading home.

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About EssentialYoga Studio

Roberta has been practicing yoga since 1988 and has been teaching yoga since 1994. She has trained under master yoga teachers Swami Padmananda, Patricia Walden, Manouso Manos, Father Joe Pereira, Zoë Stewart, Karin Stephan, Liz Owen and others. She continues to study with her Iyengar teachers, Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble. Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014 and attended Abhijata's intensive in Pune, India December 2016. Roberta is currently enrolled in Peentz Dubble's two year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program. Additionally, Roberta completed training and certification with Elise Browning Miller as 'Yoga for Scoliosis' instructor. She completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga Certification program with AURA Wellness Center and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She has been a Certified Meditation Teacher since June 2007 and has been an Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1989. Roberta's Personal Practice Philosophy: Health issues have changed and deepened my practice. You will see many photos of me using a variety of props. On days I don't feel well, instead of saying, "I can't practice today", Iyengar Yoga has taught me to say, "How can I practice today".
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4 Responses to All roads lead home..but sometimes not as easily as you would like

  1. susanne says:

    oh bert, i feel for you… they make no sense and one is forced to obey–the feeling of powerlessness is terrible. hope you are having a splendid flight!! love to you :))

  2. Roxane says:

    I’m SO glad you’re home safe and sound. It must feel GREAT. I can’t wait to see you, I’ve been following you every step of the way and I’m so proud of the way you handled yourself. With much love.
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxox
    Roxane

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