Wednesday, November 18, 2009

locked out

The people here are a little crazy about the security of their houses.  There is a fence with bars across the front of our property with barbed wire above it.  I have 3 keys to get into the house: 1 to open the lock on the front gate, 1 to open the barred door (like our screen doors, minus the screen, plus the bars) which you have to turn 2 times to open, and 1 for the front door which you have to turn 3 times to open.

So at about 9:15am, I am home, by myself, and stepped outside to check how warm it is and the wind blew the front door shut behind me.  There is no doorknob, you have to have a key to open it.  If this happened in the states, I would just find an open window and climb in; not possible here.  All the windows have bars on them.  So I thought that I would just have to wait several hours until someone came home or possibly walk to school for my class at 1:00 (I didn't have any money in my pockets for the bus).  Then I realized that my family had put the lock on the gate when they left this morning and, therefore, I couldn't get out.  So there I was, stuck between the gate and the house with no way in and no way out.

I was standing there thinking that I was going to be stuck there for a good 4 hours until someone came home.  I started to get a little panicky because I had a lot of homework to do and I would miss class.  I started looking around their garage area to try and find any tool that I might use to try to unlock the door.  As I was moving some stuff around, a key fell to the ground.  Lo and behold it opened the front door!

Now I am safely back inside, my heartbeat has returned to its normal pace, and I thought I would share my mini-adventure with everyone.

front gate and barbed wire

barred windows and front door


  1. "like our screen doors, minus the screen, plus the bars." hahaha

    funny post! I'm glad you made in inside. See you in a few weeks!!!

  2. So a key just dropped to the ground! Someone probably hid it there in years past so they wouldn't have the same experience you had.

    Or did an angel drop it? H-m-m.

    As usual, an interesting post.

  3. Haha, o man! Quite a pickle. Is crime a big deal? Seems like being a criminal would be quite difficult with so many hurtles to cross to just get into a house (I can't imagine what banks and government buildings are like).