I have been deeply moved by the Rozling response to the crisis of the stolen backpack. Within hours of the theft, Nikki had launched an online fundraiser at GiveForward.org. I’ve never even met Nikki – she is a fan of the podcast who felt moved to help. The subject line of her email, letting me know what she had done, was “You are not alone”, and that absolutely sums up how I have felt, thanks to the outpouring of sympathy and generosity that has engulfed me since Sunday night.
Others have rallied around. Misty Weeks organized a whip-round in the restaurant. Yves Mathieu, a Climate Project presenter who is here in Copenhagen, has loaned me some cash. Mike Korchinsky of Wildlife Works bought me dinner last night. My host family, arranged through New Life Copenhagen, have loaned me their son’s mobile phone (ever tried using an unfamiliar phone – in Danish?!) and allowed me to use the family laptop (although I do have to fit in around the children’s homework). DaKine have been in touch to ask if they can replace my backpack and wallet.
So gradually I am getting things sorted out. My main problem at the moment is that I had hoped to rent a car for the 10 days I am in the UK, as I won’t be back there again until October next year and it would be the biggest Christmas present I could give myself to whizz around catching up with friends between Christmas and New Year. My itinerary would be just too complicated and too expensive to do by train. But I can’t rent a car without my driver’s licence and credit card, so my plans are on hold unless I can find someone to lend me a car. Any suggestions or offers welcome! And, err, I promise I’ll get my glasses replaced too before I try to drive anybody’s car anywhere!
Luckily I already had my train tickets from Copenhagen to Brussels, and Brussels to London, so at least I can get home in time for my birthday next Wednesday. 42 years old. Blimey! 21 years past 21. I probably own less, and hopefully know more, than 21 years ago.
So hopefully soon I will be getting back to normal and can refocus on what I came here for – doing my bit to help seal the deal here at COP15.
A top techie tip if your iPhone goes astray – if you use MobileMe you can use it to locate your iPhone (provided your data roaming is turned on, which unfortunately mine wasn’t).
Apologies for lack of COP15 reporting. Also apologies for no photos, but with no laptop, iPhone or camera I have no way of taking pics. But here is a short video message recorded in less impoverished times, for Planet Positive’s Vision 2020.