So we had been staying in this great spot in Pucon called Romance del Lago – which was excellent up until Wednesday when the ugly side of the world reared its head and sort of slapped us back into reality. We left our house around 4:30, came back at 8:30 to find a window wide open. Yup, we got robbed. At first you don’t believe it, then you realize what you lost and get really upset. The kids were devistated as they also lost things. Please note that we think this place is very safe and the owners are making improvements so that this never happens again.
What did we lose? Our laptops, iPhones (except Cindy’s), Gavin’s kindle, my Nikon camera, an entire suitcase of clothes, some of our trekking gear, and a bunch of traveling cash- which I mistakingly had left in our camera bag.
Good news- we think our home owners insurance will cover a lot of it, bad news- trying to do documentation for all this stuff 1/2 a world away.
We have replaced things with a couple of iPad minis so we can communicate and keep up with school, etc. we can read on kindle app, etc.
The police in chile- because I needed a report for insurance- could have cared less- so unless someone walks in with our stuff, it has our name on it, and the robber says “these are the owners call them”- it’s gone. Unfortunately you are a foreigner in a foreign land and I could tell that they don’t care at all.
Emotionally we we were all very upset. Cindy and I couldn’t sleep in the house we had rented so it’s good that our visit was up there. We transited the pass and went thru customs to Argentina yesterday. I can already tell not being there is helping all move it on emotionally.
In the end it was just stuff- we are fine– it’s a life lesson for the boys- and we got lax in our attitude. We had a gate with no lock, a house with an alarm that we didn’t know and we left a window opened. The owners afterwards told us that we should have always locked the windows… Thanks for the heads up. Now my head is on a protection swivel- we lock everything up and everything is hidden- so we have definitely learned our lesson.
The good news is that this has triggered a very good business idea in my head- which I get time to ponder on now. No it is not a replacement “snuggie” for Pucon police.
we are now in a great safe condo in barriloche Argentina – the views here are amazing. I have to figure out how to get photos from new phone to iPad to WordPress so that will be my technical challenge.