Robbed in Brazil!!
Trip Start Jan 01, 2010
51Trip End Dec 31, 2010
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I lost my laptop, passport, digital camera, back-up hard drive, and more...
I´ve spent the last few days trying to resort out my passport and visas. Luckily the US consulate was able to issue me a same day emergency passport (though it´s only good for 3 months) and then yesterday and today were spent getting my new RNE number. Unfortunately, I had to fly back to Tres Lagoas to visit the Federal Police here, because this is where I had registered the first time. And because something was screwed up in the Federal Police system and they had no record of my registering back in 2009. Even though this is my 3rd trip into Brazil since registering in August of last year... But now all of that is sorted out and I will be able to re-enter Brazil in Feb using my new RNE and my emergency passport, and the letter that the Federal Police here issued me should be enough to convince Delta that I´ve got permission to enter Brazil so they will let me on the plane.
And thankfully I´ve got a smart, resourceful, capable, (and beautiful) wife back home who can help me get through this. Jacqui´s taking care of switching the password on all the important websites and buying me replacement items to have ready for when I come home at the end of next week...since I´ll only be home for about a day before I need to leave again for Russia!
So since I´m without a computerand camera, I´m not going to be updating the blog for a week or so. And learn from me...NEVER let your guard down, even for a little while. I mean, who gets their stuff stolen while they´re changing a tire?!?!?