Friday, 21 December 2012

A very unlucky day

At my work I start really early.  I start work at 7:30am and then I finish at 4:00pm.  Then I have an hour train journey back to home.  But yesterday my friend who works with me offered to take me half the way to Porirua where there is a Spotlight (a big store with lots of craft and sewing supplies and so on).  I thought this would be a great opportunity to get my mum something for Christmas.

So I waited around until 5pm when she (my friend at work that is...not my mum) finished and in that time I quickly finished up one of the somethings I am making for Paul for Christmas (but shhh...don't tell him I said that).

At 5pm we left and we went to Spotlight and I found something that I thought would be cool for my mum.  My friend then dropped me off at the station.  I texted Paul that I was almost on the train and not too long after that the train stopped, people got off, I got on and I sat there texting and waiting for the train to go.  The doors then closed and the train started moving.

Except it was going in the wrong direction.  Suddenly I realised I was all alone in the train carriage with not a single person in sight, no way of getting the train to stop.  Finally one of the staff came through and much to my disappointment and frustration I was told that I would have to go all the way back to the Wellington station as that train was not one that went to where I wanted to go and probably a few minutes before the one I was supposed to get on. 

It was one of the most frustrating journeys all the way back to Wellington just so I could get on another train for a 1 hour train journey back home.

Got back to Wellington Station and then managed to get on the 6:44pm train.  People got on, doors closed, off we went.  This time in the right direction.

All went well until we got to Pukerua Bay station.  We stopped.  People got off, people got on and then the announcement that there was a freight train somewhere ahead of us stuck and we would be delayed for at least 30 minutes.

By now Paul and the kids were waiting for me at our station.  And we waited.  And waited.  And waited.

Eventually they arranged for a bus to take us to the station before my station and then from there we caught another train.

What a day!  Left the office at 5 and arrived at my station about 8:20pm.

So I think that was my fair share of bad luck now and I should only have good luck from now on.


  1. How frustrating for you Lea!Youy would have been tired out after that long day. One good thing got something nice for your mum :-)

  2. Many years ago I had a similar incident so I know how you felt. Never get on an empty train again, Lea. Happy Christmas to you and Paul.

  3. You deserve to have good luck after enduring that nightmarish train ride!

  4. Very similar to the British rail network Lea.
    Yes be lucky from now onwards. Lots of love to you all and have a fantastic Christmas.

  5. OH NO! How awful - I'm glad you FINALLY got home. I hate when a series of events plays out like that. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all!

  6. goodness...some days you just have to chuckle at thought when nothing is going your way...quite the adventure you took that least in the end you made it eh?

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