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#31 Jan 10th, 2019, 11:40
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You want details of the robbery that happened in Amsterdam??

Just asking as I couldn't get the context. Is it because crime like this is supposed to be rare in Amsterdam or other popular European tourist destinations?
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Originally Posted by snotty View Post You want details of the robbery that happened in Amsterdam??

Just asking as I couldn't get the context. Is it because crime like this is supposed to be rare in Amsterdam or other popular European tourist destinations?
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Jituyadav, as it turned out the insurance company have booked him to stay for 3 nights in Agra and they plan to fly him from Agra. I have told them that most drive or use the train but they have said that I don't need to worry they will look after the flights. I'll let you all know the outcome. I am very, very impressed with the insurance company, they are very kind and express empathy regarding this situation. They have taken a lot of worry from me.
Today he has decided to hire a car and driver to go up to Mathura and see the Elephants. I'm yet to hear from him today but have given him everyone's ideas advice about cost of cars. The insurance company have given him permission to have a day out to go to Mathura today.

There are plenty of western Union offices available near to the hotel so we can get money to him today and he can then purchase new clothing, I'm sure he will feel much fresher with new clothing.
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Originally Posted by snotty View Post You want details of the robbery that happened in Amsterdam??

Just asking as I couldn't get the context. Is it because crime like this is supposed to be rare in Amsterdam or other popular European tourist destinations?
Unfortunately it is quite common as there are many backpackers travelling the world with very little money and some can be dishonest in all parts of the world. It's not just the people from the country you are visiting, it's so often those who are visiting and run out of money who will be dishonest. This also happens in Australia as I have many travellers stay with me through "couchsurfing" and I hear a lot of unfortunate stories.

He was staying in Sloterdijk at the train hotel, while he was out he had his luggage ransacked in his room. Unfortunately he had hidden his euro in his luggage so that he didn't have to take money out of his account and pay the extra fees each time. Usually he will carry it on him in a money belt or put it in a safe, but as he was going out to a club he thought it safer not to take it all. There were others also who had their luggage ransacked. The rooms have no safe, he and others probably should have put money in the hotel safe rather than leaving it in the luggage, but what is done is done. Both my son and I spoke to the hotel to see about calling the police. They said that the police will not do anything. They think they know who did this and will be watching but this won't help anyone who has been robbed. The were very kind and offered my son 2 nights to stay free of charge. What luggage he had left, he packed up after a couple of nights and flew via Moscow to Delhi only to have the airline lose his luggage, it's still lost as it is very difficult communicating with the airline, he flew Aeroflot and this appears to be a common problem.

I think the lesson here is be very careful with money when travelling and don't become complacent. When staying somewhere for a number of days it's very easy to become relaxed and trust all will be fine.
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My son did visit the SOS wildlife rescue, elephant sanctuary yesterday, pretty sure that it was 1,500 entry. The car he booked via the hotel was expensive, even more than I thought it would be at 3,500! But he said it was all very good driver in a suit and nice car. The poor driver tried to take him many tourist places, the driver found it hard to believe that he only wanted to go to the elephant sanctuary, but as he'd already seen all the tourist spots and still isn't feeling very well all he could think of was resting. He did enquire about volunteering at the sanctuary for a week, you pay $500, I'm assuming USD. But after the visit I'm not sure that he will want to do this now. He said he is very ill still and this trip to the sanctuary really made him very tired, he's not sure if it's the air or just overcoming illness. So he's planning on sleeping a lot until he boards his flight on the 13th. He is very comfortable at his hotel, food is really good as are staff. He has to see the doctor today for clearance to fly home, I'm very hopeful that all will go well.
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Sounds like bit of a scam on the part of the hotel. But - the focus needs to remain on his safe and comfortable return. Hope he is cleared by the doctor and is able to return safely and soon. All the best with that!

Look at this website - https://wildlifesos.org/ It has the info on volunteering and e-mail address. Should he wish to volunteer - write to the e-mail address therein and get clearer information. I am skeptical about $500 payment to volunteer. There are also pages for sponsoring individual elephants - https://wildlifesos.org/portfolio_category/elephant/ - so may be the $500 is for that.
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Help son's in hospital in Agra, lost luggage need to buy clothing online?

Hotel cars are always expensive, and not just a bit more but a lot more. But should be a smarter car with a smarter driver, etc.

Once, I was so shocked by what a posh hotel here quoted for a friend that I drove him to the airport myself!

The drivers have arrangements with the gift shops. They will get something just for getting a tourist in the door, more if they spend. I don't mind: I'm a shopoholic, and also often disappoint by just window shopping. Not happy, though, if a driver continues to nag when I'm not in the mood.
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I have had better experience with hotel acquired drivers. However, I travel with a sharp tongued local..
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post I have had better experience with hotel acquired drivers. However, I travel with a sharp tongued local..
Thank you for those wonderful links Kmalik! I will pass these on to him.

I do feel that in this case we were probably better to use the hotel car as he is so ill. He has begun to realise that it's so very, very easy to be ripped off as everyone is out for the tourist dollar or should I say rupee. This itself is probably a very good life lesson for him. He has found that drivers genuinely seem to look after his welfare so this is a great memory to have from his time in India.

His flights were booked to come home today, unfortunately he has developed an infection around the injection site. is very weak and struggling to walk. The insurance company has cancelled his flights and has him on pain killers and penicillin and are monitoring his health. Fortunately they are happy for him to stay in his hotel rather than in hospital until they deem him fit to fly. Altitude and jet lag can do terrible things to the body so his strength need to improve.
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What insurance company? How much premium? What is covered?
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Help son's in hospital in Agra, lost luggage need to buy clothing online?

I use a company called 1Cover and have been using them for about 10 years. They are underwritten by Lloydís of London. Their cover is equivalent to most good insurance companies but the price is about half.

But it wasnít till now that I realised just how good they are. Iíve never been in a position that I needed to claim.

I canít thank you all enough for your ideas, help and advice through this whole ordeal.

He has now left Agra and landed in Australia about 30 minutes ago. His departure from Agra was a bit dramatic, had a car ready to take him to Delhi but the hotel made paying the few things on his bill very difficult. They also told him as he was booked for one more day and it was past 10 am he couldnít check out. It was all more of a communication barrier. As he left Agra he said there were streets cordoned off, a huge police and army presence and a lot of people. He said it was a surreal moment. Iím not sure what was happening but I do feel that his time spent in Agra will be something heíll remember for the rest of his life.
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