We wish that we could say that the title of this piece was embellished for dramatic purposes or that it was not nearly as embarrassing as that one sentence may make it seem, but its not and we were.
Not even 24 hours in the country and we were the victims of thievery. The first thing we did was cry. A lot in fact, more than all The Hills episodes put together. When that was over survival instinct kicked in. We made a list of what needed to get done in priority sequence.
- Find Kat some pants: Important to note that this only happened after about an hour of Kat walking around the city dazed without any.
- Call the credit card and debit card companies: Cancelling them instantly made it so that the thieves couldn’t use them. Kat had photocopies of her cards so it was easy to cancel them on the spot. Multi-tasking we also arranged for a new credit card to be delivered to our hostel. All this was done at the police station.
- File a police report: Although the chances of being able to get your things back is well ZERO, it’s important to do this in order to claim insurance when you get back, as well as to expedite your passport.
- Become vigilantes and try to locate the thieves in an unknown city: This step was short lived, as you would imagine, but it involved us chasing a lead to a place that didn’t exist (not recommended).
- Borrow money from friends for food: Lucky we had not all been stolen from, so we could help each other out. If you are alone, call your credit card company, your mom, or your embassy. If worse comes to worse figure out what your good at and start busking.
- Go to the consulate: There they let us use the phone, made sure we had a place to stay, and with a couple easy steps gave Kat a temporary Canadian passport. Kat had a photocopy of her passport on her, we recommend you do the same.
After all that is done you go out and you drink lots of Sangria and laugh it all up, because at the end of the day it could have been a lot worse. Theft happens everywhere, and even the most seasoned traveler can have it happen to them. Just look at us, we had locks on all our bags, but they just took the whole bag instead.