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2004-11-05 19:25:00


I am Safe and Sound in a Hostel in Madrid...

I have all my money and debit cards, etc.

I have everything I need, except my passport.

Last night I had my passport stolen out of my side

pockets of my travel pants. Of course it also possible

that I place it down on something and forgot it, but I

suspect I got pickpocketed on the Metro, or Subway

here in Madrid. The reception or manager of the Cats

Hostel said it happens all the time and since I have

stayed in Barcelona for one month before I am about 85

percent sure I was pickpocketed.

The people in Barcelona always said, it is not who has

been robbed, it is

¨Who has not been robbed.

I feel really foolish as I try everything in the world

to minimize this happening and this the first time I

have had a passport stolen. I have though learned a

lot about what I should have done, and why maybe this

happened and how to stop it in the future.

My wallet was in the front secret pocket, but my

passport was in an around the neck pouch, and because

it is too large to put in a secret pocket it was not

in one of them. I needed to separate the recipts,

passport pictures, and etc from my passport and carry

my passport in a secret pocket. I do not do this

normally because I afraid of sweating and ruining the

passport and I never find a plastic bag the size of my

passport. Oh well, I will go to the embassy today I

hope and see about another.

I got on the internet now hoping that someone would

write and say they have my passport. Nobody wrote, but

then again, I realized now that I should have had my

email address, telephone and such taped onto the

passport and then I could maybe get it back. Right

now it would be a lot of work for someone to try to

return... So I have a lot of should haves...


I am using the

-Send from email option of blogger.com to send this. I

am hoping it works. I have logged into blogger, but I

cannot go to the page to write a blog. Who knows what

is wrong, just another glitch in life in a couple of

day full of glitches.

IT is very cold here and I was going to skip Mardrid

and go south to Malaga, and at the bus stop I realized

I had not passport. aaagh!


Note to my mother...

Hello Mom and Dad,

You said that Hotmail.com is down and you had to write

me from the Library, but you can read my blog.

This does not sound like a computer problem, it sounds

like a Hotmail problem, but then again the hackers are

always playing the rich against poor card and trying

to hack the big sites. I am pretty sure that Bill

Gates owns Hotmail.com so they think they are clever

or too smart when they do this.

But maybe try going to this link.


Or try typing in www.hotmail.com and not using the


I am fine, and the Hostel is very clean and nice. It

is supposed to be the number one Hostel in the world

by Hostelworld.com.


I suspect to translate that it means they send the

most commissions to Hostelworld.com but I am Jaded and

although extremely nice, it is by far not the best

place I have stayed in 8 years of travel.

Platypus Hostel Bogota Colombia BETTER

Grand Hotel Quito in old part of QUITO BETTER

La Espana in Lima Peru maybe the best all around

Hostel.. No kitchen.

It is even hard to get on my list when all it give me

is a dorm bed and no kitchen to use. The Barmy Badger

at the Earls Court tube stop in London is better.

This is very very clean and made to look culturally

nice, but it is still a flop house Hostel. Bar down

below and dorm beds up top. BUT it is very safe and

clean for a flop-house. Plus they have beds, and that

is alway good in Europe where I believe you should

ALWAYS get a reservation. Hostelworld.co has their

affiliate program on page, or my likely I have agreed



The man here in the Internet cafe has to put more time

on my computer and he says it has to run out before he

can do so. I am in extreme danger of losing this. I

have copied and pasted to the notepad on my USB, but I

am still wanting to type...

IT stopped and proceeded. It is alway a bad idea to

type a long email or blog because I can lose the whole

thing if the power goes off or other misc stupid

things. Like what just happened, but he was correct

and it did work, but NEVER trust them. Copy and paste

to notepad and save on the computer. I saved luckly on

my USB.

So the Cats Hostel is very nice, but I am stil amiss

to find the kitchen. Any Hostel without a kitchen tha

cost me 15 Euros is not my favorite. They are really

rating the best party Hostels. I have not came up with

a good way to get a good quality of life Hostel. A

very good hotel or hostel like the Barmy Badger in

London will have regular people that never leave.

Because all the services and the price work together.

But the University students come to Europe to party

and that is what they get.


I could talk all day about what is good and bad about

a Hostel. This place is ultra modern, and that annoys

me because I cannot find Madrid culture there. I like

the feel of a Old delapidate, but real building like

the La Espana in Peru. Still very good, but old. I

suppose they would say the Cats is old, which I was

laughing to myself. ... I am back in south America!

The is a sign in the toilet that says.

¨Do not put paper down the WC.¨

WC is for water closet, they mean in Amerian language

the stool. So as always, in my normal toilet civil

disobedience.. I flush the paper. I hope it clogs and

all the countries in the world put in adequate pipes

to handle the toilets. In Panama you can flush the

paper down the toilets and there are signs telling you

to do so.

My room is cold. Madrid is cold. I thought it would be

warmer and made a big mistake in not bringing a

jacket. I will hibernate and work on my computer until

I get new passport and go south.

The reason I keep going off on the Hostel is because

the idea of a Hostel was first thought of as place

where your son or daughter could send their children

and it would be safe and cheap in a expensive and big

city. This place is safe, but it is expensive at 15

Euros or about 20 USA dollars.

I just hate having a bar in my house.

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