We have much of the day free in Budapest before our 5:55 PM flight to Warsaw. The morning is beautiful,
Bev and I walked back to the hotel and to the airport. We checked in in plenty of time. We were told that there was a baggage handlers strike and that there may be some delays. We checked in but were told that we'd have to walk over to another terminal, go through transit and back to first terminal. Easy enough. But, when we were about to board we were told that one of our pieces of baggage was "suspicious" and needed to be examined by the police. What in the world did we do? Bev and I were taken to a room where another passenger on his way to Vienna was also detained.
OK, it was our suit bag. It took a while for the police to arrive. The flight is to leave in ten minutes. The baggage person is taking his time. The policeman couldn't care less. What is so suspicious in our suit bag? They look through it. I did have a few books on the outside and a box with 5000 labels for our mailings of the Good News and other literature from Estonia next week. They take their sweet old time looking at this contraband. We're cleared. We realize that this is part of the baggage handler's strike strategy. Detain random passengers and hold up flights. We are then slowly led back to our flight and Bev and I the last to board the Hungarian plane for Warsaw, Poland.
On the other end Karen Lee is waiting for us. It's so good to see her. This is my first time in Warsaw...a city with so much history. Karen drives us to their home where we will stay until Friday morning. We meet their children Maddie and Steven. Andy Lee comes to the house after we were here an hour and we spend an enjoyable dinner and discussion at their home. I have known the Lee family since 1966 and have the highest respect for them. Who would have thunk that we would meet in Warsaw, Poland. Andy works for Ernst and Young and had just returned from a business trip in Munich, Germany.
We are grateful to have good Internet connectivity here in Poland. In fact, for much of the rest of the trip we should be able to communicate easily.
To Andy and Karen Lee's in Warsaw, Poland!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009