Yeah, so I lost my camera in Bangkok. I was pretty upset when I discovered it wasn’t in the pocket of my bag where I’d been keeping it, the morning I had to head to the airport to catch my flight to Chiang Mai. But thinking about it later, I realized there were a bunch of ways the situation could have been worse. I’m glad this happened at the beginning of my trip to help me take these things in stride.
- There were only two days worth of photos on the camera.
- These were photos of a place (Bangkok) I already have photos of from previous trips.
- I was headed to one of the few other places on our trip (Chiang Mai) where a cheaper replacement could be easily purchased.
- I lost the camera after the last stop of the night with friends, at a small bar where one of them knows the owner. This makes it likely to be found.
- If the camera isn’t found, my parents can bring me the older (but nicer) one I just sent home since they’re meeting us in Vietnam.
It’s important to realize that these things will usually happen at some point, and being prepared to deal with them is one thing, but it’s nice if you’re lucky enough to have good timing. My sister has dealt with a broken laptop and a lost ATM card (ATMs here don’t remind you to take your card after a transaction). But she also somehow managed to lose these at the right times and places, allowing her to get them fixed/replaced with minimal hassle aside from staying sticking around an extra few days in a city.
In any case, getting a camera in Chiang Mai at the Thai equivalent of Best Buy was a “cultural experience…”