"One of our past home exchanges was to a Caribbean island which had a total population of 12000 people. Before we left to go our exchangers informed us that the local burglar had recently been released from prison, he was well known and the police were in the process of trying to 'catch him in the act'!
Off we went to our Caribbean dream island which was amazing and we did all the touristy things that one does. One day we had gone off to the mainland to do some shopping and as luck would have it I took my laptop as due to a recent hurricane there was no wifi in the house we were staying in. On our return many hours later as we walked up the hill to the house we saw a car in the driveway and quite a bit of activity between neighbours, which up to this point we had not seen anyone. The lady who looks after the house and her family were waiting on us as the house had been broken into via a very high window reached by a ladder which came from a neighbour's house that was being painted! The police arrived next and asked us to look around to see if anything was missing. My mobile phone had gone, the TV and not really much else.
A couple of nights later we were going out for dinner and as we had never been out of sandals and shorts, had failed to notice that my husband's Reebok trainers had disappeared, leaving him only a pair of sandals to wear! The trainers were in fact brand new so the thief must have decided they were his size and taken them! My poor hubby had to wear sandals until we could get to a large store to buy a new pair to travel home!
On the day we left, the TV was recovered and returned to the house, the culprit had been arrested, processed and on his way to the mainland prison, unfortunately wearing my husband's trainers!" - Glynis McCauley (HE19456)
The McCauley home is a charming Victorian terraced house, circa 1863, in the Newington area of Edinburgh. View this home exchange offer.