The Rapid Traveler was in Mexico City yesterday for a last minute business trip, the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. As he went from meeting to meeting he savored the sights of pilgrims carrying large Guadalupe portraits and the cacophony of firecrackers.
At a meeting with a service provider, The Rapid Traveler was given the kind of gift that travelers dread. Beautifully presented, it consisted of a bottle of Spanish wine, a large cheese, a machete-like cheese knife, and a huge rectangular glass board. It ticked all the boxes of being security unfriendly, customs unfriendly and baggage unfriendly. The board alone was too fragile and too large for The Rapid Traveler’s rollerboard. Well, not everyone does their Christmas shopping thinking of the fussy needs of road warriors. This was a generous gift and the intent is not to mock the givers, but it was almost comical how travel unfriendly it was.
The impracticality of transporting the gift reminded The Rapid Traveler of the Christmas spirit and it became a happy afternoon pleasure for his local colleagues. A gift to one became a pleasure to several. And no shattered glass or wine-soaked laundry upon arrival!
Readers, what logistically-challenged or unusual gifts have you received on your travels?