Last night my coat and bag were stolen while I was at an event in Copenhagen. In my bag were my laptop and iPhone, amongst many other things. I have no insurance and no money – and now no credit cards – so I don’t know if or when I will be able to replace these items. So the future of this blog is uncertain at the moment. I am writing this on a laptop belonging to my host family, squinting at the screen as my reading glasses were also in my bag.
Until I get this mess sorted out and figure out how I’m going to get home, I will be rather busy and preoccupied. Also really rather upset. So it may be some time before I blog again.
This is the last thing I needed. I was here in Copenhagen to do all I can to help the cause. But this personal disaster is rather a distraction. It is little consolation to know that several other people at the same event were also victims of theft.
Out of interest, and also to assist in the police report, I have started to compile a list of what went missing. So you always wondered what a woman carries in her bag….?!
Macbook Pro laptop – my only computer. Software, financial information, contact info, appointments, etc. Last backup about 2 weeks ago, and excludes my photos of BB2B, COP15, etc, as well as much new contact info and details of many appointments.
Sanyo Xacti video camera with footage from COP15
4 x SD memory cards (1 x 4GB, 3 x 2GB)
Quality headset for Skype calls and recording podcasts
SD card reader
SIM cards for US and UK phone numbers
Journal of personal thoughts – volume almost full
Book – The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, by Thom Hartmann
DaKine cables bag
Cash – krona, euros, pounds and dollars
Notebook of To Do lists
Coat, hat, gloves
Travelcards for Copenhagen and London
Access passes for Bella Center and Fresh Air Center
USB sticks (4)
Coffee mug (made by Sigg)
Nalgene water bottle (with logo of 350.org)
DVD of my intro video for use in presentations
Postcards I was going to send out to Kickstarter backers
Map of Copenhagen
Small food container full of nuts
Larabars x 2
I keep thinking of more things that are going to cause problems. I’d booked my Eurostar ticket yesterday to get back to the UK, but I can’t pick it up without the debit card I used to make the booking – which of course I’ve had to cancel. I have no cards that weren’t in the bag. No doubt as today goes on I’ll think of more things that will be very difficult to replace, especially with Christmas coming up fast so anything that takes “x working days” will be affected.
So I’m hoping and praying that the culprits might have just taken the cash, even the valuables, and just dumped everything else in a bin somewhere.
The things I will miss most, of course, are my laptop and iPhone. With no insurance I don’t know if/when I will be able to replace them. For a wandering nomad, these things are my lifeline – the main way that I interface with the world. I know that worse things happen, but at the moment this is a massive inconvenience, at a crucial point in time.
Everything happens for a reason, I keep telling myself. And this had better be a darned good one.