Travel Timehop #20: Prague 2009
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Prague was fantastic. We saw the changing of the guard at Prague Castle, the ‘Fred and Ginger’ dancing house, Charles Bridge with its street artists and elaborate decorations, and the Astronomical Clock and Old Town Square. Getting around the city was so easy by tram or the Metro.
In the evenings we hung out at bars until the very small hours. I don’t remember many of them. This was a girls holiday after all!
My bag never did make it to Prague and when we returned we found it in lost luggage at Luton Airport. It never left the country because the airline label had fallen off. I got a bit of a telling off from the lost luggage handler as I also didn’t put a personal name tag on my bag.
Lesson one: always label your hold luggage.
Once home I filled out the paperwork to claim back my expenses from Sky Europe and sent off my receipts.
Then, nothing. A few weeks later I heard that the airline had gone bust – a lot did in 2009. Even though I had made all my purchases on my credit card my bank was unable to refund me without seeing the receipts, which I couldn’t get back from the defunct airline.
Lesson 2: if you have to make a claim for lost luggage expenses do it through your credit card company and let them chase the airline.
So, not only was Prague a great holiday, it was also a valuable learning experience for this traveller.