i have travelled a lot, for years, & rarely have i left even a toothbrush behind me. but recently i seem to be losing something more important than a toothbrush on every trip. is the senile dementia setting in already, or can i blame it on over-active borrowers?
last year, after travelling for 6 months in europe without losing anything (nothing that i missed, anyway), i left behind the data projector adaptor for my computer at the last lecture i gave in the UK. as any mac owner knows, this is a vital piece of equipment, so it was annoying to lose it; but i knew that i had an older spare back in wellington so it wasn't too disastrous.
this year, unpacking after my trip to brussels for the libre graphics meeting, i couldn't find my favourite pen, which i've had for 10 years. a favourite pen, as any writer knows, is more than just a tool. i remember writing with it during the last day of the meeting, but after that i don't know what happened. & now back from madrid, i seem to have lost the very unique wristband that philippa brought back from the shetland islands (our ancestral home) for me. i was wearing it on saturday when we went to the madrid gay pride parade, & i remember taking it off to show it to the others, but more than that i can't remember (& no, i wasn't drunk!); all i know is now it's gone : (
the moral of the story is, the lighter i travel, the less i have to lose!