This week I’m “liveblogging” my trip to Ukraine. Unlike traditional reports, these posts will be shorter and more frequent.
Ah yes, my first mistake of the trip (I know some still insist the trip itself was a mistake…). I left my Apple Watch onboard the overnight train from Warsaw to Kyiv. #idiot
Each month your Apple Watch provides you with a workout challenge. The February challenge is to walk or run 81.1 miles. I spent the afternoon walking through Kyiv and after finishing my second cup of coffee, stopped to check on my progress. How much had I walked thus far?
There was no watch on my wrist.
My heart skipped a beat. Was the watch charging in the hotel room? I must have taken it off when I showered…maybe I just never put it back on? But I could not recall taking it off or setting it on the charger.
I hopped in an Uber and returned to the hotel, hoping I had simply inadvertently taken it off and it would be sitting next to the bathroom sink.
It was not.
Yes, I’m the guy who left all the passports on the Lufthansa flight…so perhaps this should not come as a surprise.
You see, I had never intended to take it off. Once we had passed over the Ukrainian border, I tried to get some sleep. But being 10 hours earlier in California, I continued to receive a flurry of messages and emails. Each time I receive a message, email, phone call, or even a comment on this blog my watch buzzes. The buzzing was driving me crazy. Rather than (wisely) turning off the watch, I just took it off and laid it next to me in bed.
Only apparently when I woke up as we approached Kyiv, I never put it back on.
Now I do recall carefully checking the sheet and blankets when getting ready to depart, so perhaps it fell down somewhere while I was sleeping.
In any case, I presumed it was a lost cause. Even so, I decided…just in case…to return to the railway station and see if it had been turned in.
I summoned an Uber and was soon on my way back to where I had started in Kyiv earlier in the day.
I’m not looking for sympathy here – another stupid and unforced error. Still, it’s never fun to lose a watch.