In my last blog I left out a rather big part of my trip. I was/am very embarrassed about what I did, and I didn’t want to worry everyone. Last Sunday when I went to get off the train from Stockholm in Lund, I left my purse/Roo sitting under my seat on the train. We (Simon, the IFYE from Englandand I) where on the train and didn’t realise it was our stop so we rushed off. When I flew on the plane I had my Roo in my backpack so I didn’t even think about it until I stepped off the train and it was too late. (I’m sure Elna was thinking “What have we gotten our selves into” when she saw me pounding on the train trying to get in to get my bag.) The train only had one more stop that in Malmö which was 10 minutes away and then it was done for the day. So we called Malmö and found out that if they found my bag we could go get it on Monday (the next day). But we called and they said they didn’t find anything. So we had to make a police report and just assume it was stolen. We continued to call the train station everyday and give them my name and ask if they found anything but with no luck. So for this past 8 days I’ve been in Sweden with no money or passport and only my expired driver’s licence for ID. I also lost my wallet, with credit cards, my camera, USB drive and phone.
Today I went to Malmö with Simon, just so we could explore the city but I also wanted to check into finding my things. We first went to the police station, then the police lost and found about a mile away, then to the train station, then to the train lost and found (about 3 or 4 blocks away) where I asked if they found my bag and told them it had my passport in it. The lady barley turned her head to look at the rows and rows of shelves of lost things and said, “no it’s not here.” Then Simon said “well did you find an American passport” and the lady pulled it out from under the counter rubber-banded to my wallet. Then she started to look through this bin and let me look through it too, it was full of cell phones and cameras, but I couldn’t find mine (however I probably could have just taken any of them that I wanted, she didn’t even check my ID to make sure it was my wallet and passport). My wallet had all my cards and ID but all my cash was gone, a total of about $230 some of it was in Swedish dollars and they had even looked through my coins to find the Swedish ones. So my camera, sunglasses, cell phone, roo, chapstick, and USB drive are still gone. Another lady came up while I was looking through the stuff, she was a bit more helpful and told me that I could send them an e-mail with a description of my things so I guess there is still a very small chance that the other things might show up. I was a bit confused as to why they weren’t able to find it when we called them the past 8 days, I mean they had like 5 picture IDs of me, so whatever. I’m glad to have the most important things back and I’m just chalking this one up to another life experience. I’m having an even better time now that I’m no longer AWOL in Sweden with no passport or money and the Andersson’s, my host family, have been letting me borrow their camera until the one my parents sent me arrives in the mail!!:)