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Robbed in Capetown!

December 18th, 2009

The Osprey Brand Team, a group of ambassadors reporting from the field at consumer outdoor events across the country as well as reporting on adventures in their own neck of the woods, delivers the latest from new team member Aimee Cebulski who is on a 6-month world travel adventure. She’s taking an Osprey Sojourn 28 with her (from our new Travel Collection). Trouble struck in Capetown, as Aimee and her partner were robbed…

For the first time in both our lives, Jeff & I were robbed.  Last night, we came back from dinner to find our room door was unlocked.  Jeff opened the door and we found our stuff scattered all over the floor.  After all the hundreds of places the two of us have stayed in over the years, it’s the first time either one of us have been robbed. It sucks.

What really sucks is our guest lodge is in a very nice, quiet part of Cape Town and is super secured with outside gates and two double-locked front doors.  This was an inside job.  No forced entry.  Our door had been unlocked and then they opened up the back door and the back security gate and slipped out.

It’s ironic:  We have stayed in so many places with many more opportunities for theft – tents with nothing but a zipper, old doors, etc….However; this place had outstanding security features.  Go figure.

Let me make this very clear:  We were SO lucky.  Our room had a safe where we had our passports, credit cards, extra cash and the netbook.   We had gone out to dinner for a few hours so I didn’t bring my camera (too bulky).  So now that’s gone, including my brand-new Tamron super zoom lens I bought for this trip.  Oh well, at least I got to use it on safari which was its number one purpose.

They also took Jeff’s entire backpack.  Most of his clothes were left behind but they took his whole pack.  Mine was spared and all my clothes were still there minus my windbreaker and hiking shoes (who wants my smelly old Merrells????)

For me, the saddest part is the loss of Passport Duck.  I can get another camera, another iPod and reload it when I get home…  Passport Duck was in my backpack, tucked away in his regular spot.  He’s gone.  Also gone is my little bag of jewelry I brought from home – Nothing of any real value – But sentimental pieces from previous travels that are irreplaceable.

Also a bit of a bummer is the fact that I had several souvenirs that I was actually just getting ready to mail home for Christmas that I had picked up for loved ones here in Africa.   Sorry everyone!

Jeff’s also now out a Dive Computer, we both lost all our chargers/cables and Jeff’s cool travel sleeping bag was in his backpack too.  On the bright side, they somehow missed Jeff’s camera tucked in his small backpack so at least we still have one camera!

We’re not going to dwell on this.  It’s not a reflection on Cape Town or Africa.  This could have happened anywhere.  Someone had a key and it happened fast.

We’re totally fine, no harm done, just a few things to be replaced.  If we had to get some new stuff, at least we are in one of the best places for some shopping.

Since the robbers took the extra key we had left in the room during dinner, we’ve bailed out of Ashanti Gardens and moved to its sister property a few miles away called Ashanti Green Point.   We’re still planning on enjoying Cape Town and meeting up with Jeff’s friends on Sunday.  Hey, any excuse for some more wine, right???

It’s been a crazy day and we wanted to share our latest development.  I’ll have to find something new to replace Passport Duck – More to come!

Editor’s note: Aimee’s Osprey Sojourn (see below) was not stolen! Here’s what she had to say –
‘They didn’t take my Sojourn, probably because it was open and on the floor, not easy to stuff things in and run…However, they did get Jeff’s Osprey Ather 70 which he bought for the trip!

Sojourn 28

Features of the Sojourn 28 wheeled convertible pack: Our StraightJacket™ compression system has always been well-suited to the rigors of travel. Add the High Road™ Chassis to the mix and you’ve got the Sojourn. For those who want to reduce the hoist component of their haul time it can’t be beat. When you do need to carry the Sojourn our superb zip-away suspension is on the ready. You’ll also find foam sidewalls for keeping the load secure, while handy mesh pockets, clothing straps and front panel daisy chains maintain your organization. Colors available: Earth, Charcoal, Pepper. Click here for more information – Sojourn Series.

For more information about Aimee, check out her bio page here.

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