• Go to the baggage conveyor belt which bears your fight number. Pick up a cart for the bags. Sometimes they are free. Take your bags off the conveyor belt as they come out (suitable eye catching labels help here). If you don't get your baggage inform the airline’s baggage inquiry section.

  • Cart your baggage to nearby Customs. If asked, you can tell them that you are a student, giving details if asked for.

  • If asked to open the baggage, do so slowly and don’t get flustered.

  • If asked about the masalas (even those inside Maggi noodles packets) , tell them that they are "dried Indian spices" to make traditional Indian food like curry. Rarely, they might ask you to go to the agriculture dept. This could mean they will ask you to get rid of them. Don’t worry, you can get everything at the Desi stores here. If asked about"vibuthi" tell them that it is holy Hindu powder used for prayer. In most cases you will NOT be asked to open your boxes at all & will be simply waved through.

  • Now go & wait at the nearest exit for the people who are supposed to pick you up. If nobody turns up after some time (say 30 minutes) make a call. Other places/people you can call if you get stuck: your department, the International Students' Office, the admissions office, anyone from ISADelft. Another option is to go & ask for an announcement to be made over the PA system. You can also get a card, write your name & hold it up if there are too many desis around. Don’t go over to the limousine parking lot and enquire,the ISA is a non profit organization (tragic, isn’t it?). A last resort is to take the train or taxi. A taxi will probably cost you Euros 60 to Delft while the train about Euros 10. However, only do this if you know the address of a buddy and they are awaiting you or you plan to spend a night at a hotel. Another case where you might consider this is if you land during regular University hours and think you can get to your department. Remember you have a lot of stuff to carry.

  • Never leave your baggage unattended in any airport. Be paranoid about this. You can store your luggage at the cycle shop near the Delft Centraal station.

  • Once you reach your friend's house (or other destination) call home & inform your folks that you have reached safely. If you prefer email, tell the person who comes to pick you up and they will figure out how to get you to a computer terminal.