I thought I´m so fucking awesome, nobody can steal from me. Well, I just waved my Eee PC and cell phone goodbye.
How: 3h bus ride from Montanita to Guayaquil (Ecuador). Modern, clean bus. Two of us, a bit of a hangover, but mostly awake (13:00). Keeping our bags in the overhead storage space. Nobody was walking around, as far as I remember. A man tried to help me with putting the bag into the storage space, but I stopped him and did that myself. After the ride, one of the passengers passed me the bag, when I was standing up.
Outside of the bus, I noticed the bag is too light and too soft — the netbook is gone. I thought I left it in Montanita, have excluded the possibility of theft on the bus, seemed too difficult… but then I noticed the loss of the cell phone, and everything clicked together… the man with the guinea pig (distraction), the helpful passenger…
Fuck, fuck, fuck. I´m lucky they left the passport.
Before I figured things out and notified the police (a helpful lady from the tourist information office was kind enough to translate), the bus was gone to another destination… I bet the driver knew what´s going on, but the friendly cops couldn´t do anything more.
I mark this Technical, for it´s a good lesson about backups. The last one I (probably) can recover is from 2006, and that´s just the most critical stuff (my SSH and PGP keys, etc).
The phrase ¨epic fail¨ somehow doesn´t seem appropriate.