Friday, October 3, 2008


On the morning of October 1st, we were broken into. The thief(s) ripped off the the screen to one of the windows, and probably using a broom handle, managed to take a reusable grocery bag. The bag contained the personal items and wallets of our guest from Mexico (Deni) and her friend. The thief(s) must have seen the items on the couch or had been watching the house. Besides the difficulty of the credit cards, Deni's U.S. visa was in the wallet. We actually found the personal items and bag a few houses down, but the wallets are gone. Deni only has a 3 hour layover in Los Angeles on her way to Mexico, and the U.S. Immigration require her to have a visa for this time. This wasn't a problem because her visa was actually a 10 year travel visa. She contacted the U.S. consulate in Australia, and was informed they could not replace it and she needed to completely reapply for a new visa. This is all pretty ridiculous, so she is scrambling trying to get a visa for 3 hours. We've been to LAX, they should be paying her to spend three hours in that airport. Needless to say, there are some people who are helpful and sympathetic, others are bureaucratic and authoritarian. We hope it all works out for her, and are pretty upset with our government.


Anonymous said...

Very sorry to hear about this trouble. Darwin seemed pretty safe to me, but I guess there are thieves everywhere.

Anyway, I am glad to see you back and blogging more regularly. Since I found your blog I return to it every few days to follow your experiences. As I said in a previous comment, I am an envious Floridian who has wanted to live in Australia for years. My six trips there just keep my appetite whetted. So thanks for letting me live vicariously through your blog.

I hope things work out for your friend regarding the theft of the visa and other belongings. So sad to put that memory on her trip to Australia, which otherwise has been wonderful, I'm sure.

Keep blogging. You have a fan out here other than your friends and family.


David S. Lamb said...

Thanks for the comments Lyn. Glad you enjoy the blog. Darwin is mostly safe, some violent crimes but mostly just petty theft and graffiti.

Hope you get a chance to come back to Oz.

Anonymous said...

Hi David,
Glad to hear that things are moving for your friend. I guess this will be a good traveler story for her someday. Sometimes the worst experiences make the best stories once the initial drag wears off.

I, too, hope to get back to Oz. I have very dear friends in Cairns but have never been to the west coast so hope next time I can tour that side.

Keep blogging and best regards,