Last post we provided you all with the results of hours and hours of wholesome fun drawing our recollections of the summer holiday, after having lost our camera. The response was overwhelming – people were so complimentary about our ‘artwork’ and so heartfelt in sharing our sadness at losing so many wonderful, irreplaceable pictures. We can’t thank you all enough for your comments and love.
While we thoroughly enjoyed creating the last blog, it was extremely time consuming so we made the decision to go to Busan on the weekend and investigate purchasing a new camera. The point-and-shoot had been fabulous to us and allowed us to capture thousands of beautiful images over the years but even before the loss we had been planning to celebrate Dan’s upcoming 30th birthday with the purchase of a new DSLR. H-J had been saving furiously and donations from parents were being thrown into the pot, all with the intention of getting Dan a fabulous game-changing camera.
The process, however, was sped along somewhat by the sudden circumstance of us having no camera at all. Having a fair idea of what we wanted in terms of a DSLR we attacked the city camera shops with vigour, initially on a pricing mission…but it turned into a buying mission. We are now the proud owners of a gorgeous new semi-pro Canon EOS 60D!
However, not every occasion calls for pulling out the big guns so we opted to grab a new point-and-shoot for those times when you just want something you can throw in your pocket and not muck around with. So we are also the proud owners of a groovy little Nikon Cool Pix.
And then, wouldn’t you know it, out of the blue this morning a random comment popped up on our blog from a guy called Ben, saying that he had our lost camera…At first, we were sceptical but a quick fire of emails led to a post that he had made on Waygook.org (a community for foreigners in Korea) where he was valiantly trying to track down the owners of a camera found in a taxi in Mokpo! A smiling photo of ourselves beamed back at us…and a phone call later, Ben had our address and is sending our camera back to us, where it belongs.
In case you’re wondering, Ben googled “lost camera in Mokpo” and stumbled across our blog. The power of the internet eh?!
It turns out the taxi driver couldn’t be bothered/didn’t want to deal with the hassle of taking the camera to the local Police Station or Information Centre so instead thrust it at the next foreigner that happened to get into his car. And we were lucky enough that it ended up in Ben’s hands. There are some insanely awesome people in this world and Ben, you know we’re buying a beer next time we’re in Mokpo. We can’t thank you enough.
Special thanks also must go to fellow blogger, and now firm friend, Cindy Kim (http://cindyhkim.wordpress.com/), who not only shared in our sadness and laughed at our antics but who also offered to send us her old Nikon camera!!! Cindy, if ever we’re in the same country, you will be presented with your body weight in bacon. We know the way to your heart…
Thanks also go to our parents who have showered us not only with love, shelter and housing over the years but who also contributed to our new purchases. Happy birthday to us and many thank you(s) to you(se), in our very best Kiwi accents.
And thanks to the guy who invented Google. Very helpful!
In the space of a week we have gone from having no camera to now owning three cameras, from grief at having lost our photos to joy at the prospect of reclaiming those lost memories and have added a new friend or two along the way.
And yes, we’ll still throw the occasional hand drawn picture in for good measure.