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The vicissitudes of international mail

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Whilst travelling through Australia in February, I found, as one does, that the total weight of my baggage kept increasing. As such, I stepped into the post offices in a number of places (Melbourne, Glebe, Narooma (NSW) and Bulimba (Brisbane)), packaged up my surplus belongings and mailed them back to the UK.

Today, the last of those packages arrived; it was the one I sent from Narooma, almost four months ago. The package I sent a few days later from Bulimba (also by sea mail) arrived some two months earlier.

No idea why. Did they end up on different ships? Was one of the ships held hostage by pirates on its way to the Suez Canal? Or did they, on a whim, send it the other way around the world?
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On June 20th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC), legumovitch commented:
When I was in London in July, 2006, I did the same thing - sent a box of surplus belongings back to Melbourne.

I got back to Melbourne in August. The box arrived not in August... or September... or October. It was late November. At the time I blamed the British postal service - in person (when I sent it) they seemed incredibly pompous and lazy. If it happens in both directions, then I'm not sure. Maybe they're held up at U.K. Border Control to be sniffed by Anti Terror Dogs.
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