(Making the most of no luggage when we landed in Norway. Just happy to be with the kids. In all honesty, had our luggage NEVER arrived, we would have been every bit as happy! Our granddaughter took this photo the second day.)
Back to my story about our vacation in Norway and the Czech Republic.
First, we flew Icelandair. Here we are flying over the North Atlantic at night.
I'm not a fan of Icelandair. Smart travelers take advantage of the 2 in 1 vacation they offer: fly Icelandair to Europe and you can stay for 7 days in Iceland--no extra cost.
So, we got all the 3rd world airport discomfort--lost luggage--confusion--bus rides on the tarmac to our planes--walks through rain and cold to board the planes or deboard to the buses--flight attendants that deliver you one drink and then you never see them again--sit with our garbage (because no flight attendants),
No surprise, after you've read the above list, my luggage DID NOT arrive at the same time I did. We were told this is a common complaint for Icelandair--not by Icelandair, of course--but by other travelers we've spoken to since then. The lost luggage didn't bother me as much as the fact they couldn't find mention of it in the computer system.
That was not reassuring!
Thinking it may NEVER come, I broke down and bought toiletries,
Not to shock you or anything, but approximately 5 hours after I purchased new supplies--they delivered my luggage to the home where we were staying. Funny how that works.
Anyway, the trip, and traveling with my baby, was all fun, and something pretty cool came of the lost luggage, after all-I found new curly hair products I love.
At this point, you may want to stop reading this
Curly Hair Rant Alert:
As most of you know, I recently stopped
Needless to say, all of the product and tools were in my luggage. To replace them, I went to a Norwegian mall in Asker and the associate there (who knew NOTHING about curly hair, but was quite intrigued) set me up with some OUT OF THIS WORLD WONDERFUL products. There were two that I loved, loved, loved. (And one roll on deodorant that was pretty cool, too, but that's another story.)
Here they are:
Sachajuan Styling Cream for straight or curly hair. This is a light weight gel that really holds the hair in place and keeps down the frizz. I found it on Amazon when I got home, and immediately ordered 2 tubes. It was only $17.99, which seems a bargain after purchasing the Balmain Curl Cream. I use this gel after the Leave-in conditioner. It is also what I use on Day 2, 3, and 4 before washing my hair again. (Another curly hair secret--wash your hair less.)
The Balmain Curl Cream was not available on Amazon, and was sold out on every US supplier except the Balmain website. I had to contact a lot of people to even find the online store for the US. I was in a dead-on panic thinking I wasn't going to be able to get it again. Here it is, in case you want to try it, too. Balmain USA. It's my ALL TIME FAVE for soft, well-defined, bouncy, natural curls. Balmain is a fashion line whose shirts can run upwards of $1,000 or more, so their curling cream seems a bargain at $40.00. It smells good, too. But, in truth, I don't like to pay $40--$48 with shipping and tax, for a hair product, and I'm doing research to TRY and find one of equal quality for less. If I do, I'll let you know. For now, it's like my hair crack. I use this on Day 1, but lightly, if at all, on Day 2, 3 or 4. (Which saves money, too, but that's not why I don't use it. For me, it seems to build-up on the hair with multiple usage.)
Here are some more curly hair suggestions that I've found from my own experience and the experience of others. In fact, even if you have straight hair, you may benefit from some of these suggestions.
The T-shirt towel!! A must! Regular towels damage your hair both by making it brittle and putting to much weight on it while it dries.
Deva Curl Devafuser--it's a diffuser in the shape of hand, that gets right down to your roots and leaves the outside edges alone.
Celestial Silk Pillow case with zipper. I've been sleeping on a silk pillowcase for years now. This is one of the best. It keeps your hair from getting as bed-heady, and it also helps control breakage. Not to mention, they just feel better against your skin. I was waking up with facial creases with the old cotton pillow cases--the silk solved that issue.
Before I found Balmain, my favorite soft curl gel was As I Am. I bought a ton of it because I never wanted to be without. Its Curling Jelly is pretty good on Day 1, 2 and 3. I still use it with the SachaJuan. It's 1/4th of the price of Balmain, and ALMOST as good. Some might even say better because it is scentless, whereas, the Balmain has a definite perfume. I first found it at Walmart--in a special section--but now I order it on Amazon. I don't like to shop and I have Amazon Prime--which just makes it so much easier.