One of my hostel roommates got arrested for importing machetes.

Made you look, didn’t I?

Seriously: One of the six people in my “pod bed shared room” brought some machetes back from the Congo. The situation is too convoluted to explain because I’m on free wifi at McDonalds and I’m getting glared at for sitting here so long.

Short form: He spent several hours in a jail cell when his souvenirs were discovered.

“They took my pocketknife, too,” he said, sounding dispirited. “They told me any blade that locks is illegal, and any blade longer than three inches is illegal.”

“Most machete blades are longer than three inches,” I agreed.

He’s Canadian, which is not a nationality commonly associated with illicit weaponry. Not that I wish to generalize.

Even better: He was on a Seventh Day Adventist mission trip when he bought the super-sharp hardware.

Can’t wait to meet the other four roomies. They probably light their cigarettes with flamethrowers.

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  1. Just stumbled upon your blog -that is crazy about your roommate – hopefully he gets out without too much consequence – just a thud on the forehead for getting himself in trouble on a missions trip.

  2. Hi Donna: found your blog through Laura’s No More Spending blog and am enjoying your sense of humour! No, we Canadians are usually not associated with such items like machetes…unless your partner is from Jamaica (like my guy) who does almost everything (from cutting up a pineapple or coconut to whacking weeds to roasting jumbo shrimp over an open fire) with his machete! To him it’s a simple everyday tool that he couldn’t get through one day without!

  3. Will love to hear what your favorite sites are as we will be in London in August.

  4. Oh My Geez! The adventures you will have! Hope it’s a non-smoking room. LOL

  5. Mollymouser

    Gosh, when I went on a mission trip a few years ago, it never occurred to me to corner the machete market! (grin) Hope you are having fun. Remember … walk softly and DON’T carry a big stick! (grin)

  6. Ro in San Diego

    I never thought frugality could yield such interesting adventures. I thought I was living on the edge tonight purchasing $103 of good stuff from OD for $1.38 (after OD Rebate gift cards and coupon codes). You’re setting the bar pretty high for the rest of us, Donna!

  7. bobbysgirl

    I guess you started out with a bang. It can only get more interesting from here. Have fun and stay safe.

    Can you bring us back one of those flamethrowers??

  8. Okay, people think I live dangerously by eating food from dumpsters and dating men from the internet. However, I always believe I am safe. I might put my hand into a mushy apple in the dark, or I might meet someone 5’6″ who says he is 5’9″, but I never get so close to the edge as you have. Whew! Sleep with your shoes under your pillow. So, this is coeducational housing? Be careful in case you have to sleep with a passel of missionaries.

    • Donna Freedman

      @Practical Parsimony: I could make a comment about the missionary position. But I won’t.
      I’m in a mixed room. I draw the line, however, at the unisex bathroom and head for the “female toilets.”

      • Why did this popup so much later than when I read it and commented? You are so much braver than I. You have everything needed for “mssionary position,” even the missionary.

  9. Why do I always feel the need to either pray for you or laugh?

  10. lostAnnfound

    Sounds like you’re off to a very exciting holiday!

  11. haha…. best post of the month. or even year 😉

  12. Adventure!!

    My brother used to open his mail with a machete. He probably still does, for all I know, I’m just not around to witness it.

  13. That was funny and embarrassing at the same time, being Canadian and all. We are usually the peacemakers, not the put turners. I wonder what he thought he was going to do with those weapons. People are weird.

  14. On the bright side, he got out. I’m still sort of traumatized from watching Brokedown Palace back in the day and vaguely suspicious that something really strange will happen on this trip we’re taking to Thailand such that I’ll never have a good bye post on my blog, because we’ve all been thrown in jail for the next 30+ years.

    …. speaking of generalizations ……



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