Camera Lost and Found

Less than a week ago I boarded a midnight train from Yogyakarta to Bandung, two cities about eight hours apart on the island of Java, Indonesia.  Only moments after sitting down, I realized to my horror, that I had left my camera behind at the guesthouse I’d been staying at!  Of course I realized at the beginning of my eight hour ride, so it bothered me all night!

While waiting for my late night train I had been sitting and chatting with the guesthouse owner and other guests.  When I got up to leave, I simply neglected to do my customary “one last look around,” so I left my camera sitting in plain sight on the bench in the courtyard.


Thanks to an incredibly generous guesthouse owner, I am now once again in possession of my camera. Super responsive to my pleas for help, she had the camera expertly packed and Fed Ex shipped to me at my next destination, Singapore.   Today I’ll hop over to Western Union and send her the money to cover shipping and something for her efforts, and all will be well again, thanks to Fed Ex and Western Union, but mainly thanks to Rani over at the Dewi Homestay in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. I highly recommend this place to any traveler. I’d have recommended it before this camera incident, but now I can say without a doubt that the welcoming and kind nature of the owners goes well beyond just keeping guests happy. Clearly they are just good people!

At about $35 and six days with no pictures, I estimate it as a relatively low cost for losing my camera. I’m so happy to have it back though!

NOTE: To obtain the picture for this post, I had to take a picture of my camera, which presents some obstacles. I though about  using a mirror, but decided to just use my laptop’s webcam. In order to give due credit to the laptop however, if you look closely at the picture above you will see that the camera is displaying a picture of the laptop.  Now you photography lovers out there know what I’ve been using to shoot the pictures I’ve been posting on my photos page.


  1. conalldempsey says:

    Thanks for the comment Liam! I am glad to hear about your recovered bag and software. That was much more costly than the camera. In fact, I consider the lost week of pictures as a bigger loss, but I am happy to have my camera back and have been posting more pics!

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