The Nightmare Package

My Christmas Present To Myself; What A Nightmare!

The Nightmare Package

The Nightmare Package

It seemed like a good idea.. I knew an address where I’d be in the future and I could have my parents send a package to me – a Christmas present if you will.

In reality, bad idea…

As mentioned before, I did a pretty good job of packing for my trip. The only thing I feel is a bit of dead weight is my 3lb tripod. I’ve not realy used it so far, but I have a strong feeling I will in the future. But there were a couple things I wish I would have brought on the trip.

  • Waterproof shoes – The rainy season has not been kind to me and a pair of waterproof shoes would keep me dry
  • Water bottle – I started the trip with one, but I accidentally left it in a taxi upon arriving in Leon, Mexico. Throughout my trip, I haven’t seen any water bottles marked BPA-free. So I jumped on an offer from REI when they had a coupon and free shipping
  • Head Lamp – When I’m in the middle of nowhere, this comes in handy big time. But even when I’m not, it comes in handy.
  • Headphones with inline microphone – My computer’s built-in microphone picks up way too much background noise so an inline microphone will improve the calls I make via Skype and Google Talk.

I got this package sent from home when I was in Bogota. There will be no more subsequent packages… 🙂

In the end, I had to pay $30 in customs taxes to Colombia to receive it because my parents declared $100 of value so they could get the $100 in insurance. Total value of the contents inside: $65.

The shipping cost $65, also because they opted for tracking and faster delivery. On top of this, my brother forgot to include two packages I ordered and my mom forgot my lactose pills that I then had to buy in Venezuela.

So, in the end, between the missing items inside, the $30 tax I paid on $65 of contents, and the hassle my Colombian friend had to go through to pay the customs and pick up the package, it was kind of a nightmare.

It’s the thought that counts though, right?


In all seriousness, though, the shoes were the most important item since my old shoes had truly reached their last mile. So I’m very thankful for the package!

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