How I won an electric guitar but nearly lost it if it weren’t for my wife needing a new passport – A Short Story

So the happy ending is that I finally got my new guitar, but not without a little luck. Just let me rewind a bit…

It alI started when back in December a renown Costa Rica music store posted a Facebook giveaway for a beautiful electric guitar. I commented and shared the post to participate, as did thousands of other eager musicians. The winner was to be announced on December 24th so anticipation grew by the day.

In the mean time, my wife and I were preparing for a trip to Colombia to visit her family for the holidays. When we got there on the 24th, the bad news were that she had to change her passport for a new one because of a new law. She wouldn’t be able to leave the country if she didn’t get a new passport! Our plan was to go on a family trip around a beautiful zone and then to a secluded farm up north Bogota. We decided to return on Monday to take on the two-day bureaucratic nightmare as it was the holidays so all government offices were closed anyway.

So off we went but we didn’t have internet access except for a few spots with free Wi-Fi in which we shared photos and check emails. The funny thing is that I completely forgot about the giveaway from all the stress from the trip. On the 28th we returned to Bogota and after a dreadful day of long lines and waiting times, we returned to my wife’s parents house. I took a moment to check emails and share more photos and when I was about to go offline I got a Messenger notification from a friend. I was so tired that I nearly left it for later, but something pushed me to check. He was telling me I have won the guitar and they were about to find another winner as I had not contacted them! There was a deadline! I called the store, sent an email and weeks later I got it.

I felt so lucky, but also curious about why they didn’t contacted me directly, in the middle of the 21st century! Anyway… My wife got her passport, we returned to the farm and had a wonderful time.

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