In my years of travel I have had many detours, delays and changes of schedule. However, my two biggest detours have involved trips to one country. Today was the 17th anniversary of one of those detours and the other happened earlier this year.
The trip in 2001 to South Africa was my first trip there and I hadn’t been back until this year. I started my trip this year by flying to Zurich and then spent all day in the airport waiting for my flight.
As the flight time approached I made my way to the gate and found out that due to a passport issue I was unable to continue on to South Africa.
I retrieved my bag and waited until morning when I could get a flight back home to get a new passport. See my post In the Wrong Place for more details.
Fortunately the flight home (See: JNB to SFO) was uneventful.
It was definitely a coincidence that my two biggest detours have been on trips to South Africa. I am sure that if I visit there a third time that I will have a trip without detours.
If not, then something is definitely going on 🙂
Now for some sleep after an emotionally draining day. September 11 always brings back a lot of memories.