I’ve come to realize that I have A LOT of adventures planned on check off my bucket list for this trip….but being robbed is NOT one of them. While talking with people about their experiences over in Europe, a common theme seemed to be reoccurring between stories. Everyone seemed to get robbed.
The other night Cody and I attended an engagement party for his childhood babysitter, who is not even 30 yet and has been to at least 30 different countries! She studied abroad 5 times while in college alone and is engaged to a New Zealander. Currently she is working at Villa Nova in the study abroad office advising college kids, like us, who want to and are studying abroad. Needless to say she has been an amazing person to get advice from! She is also the only person we’ve talked to so far who hasn’t gotten robbed while traveling! So we asked her what her secret was… she responded “basically, don’t be an American…”
Ok great…how do we do that? She went on to say that American’s tend to talk really loud and over everyone else in the room. So don’t do that. If you go to an “American travelers bar”, you’re an easy target. Don’t do that. Purses, bags, and even back pockets are easy target for pick-picketers to either slip their hand in to or cut the bottom of, soooo none of that. And if you see a large group of people coming your way (apparently we will know they are gypsies), one hand on wherever you end up carrying our valuables. So don’t run into gypsies…
Great, so now that I’m going to be constantly paranoid about people pick-pocketing me and gypsies. But she did sound positive when she said that it’s good to be a little paranoid but to not let it ruin your trip (that is also why we want to get a concealable camera like I mentioned in the last post!) and it’s not so hard to blend in if you use your street smarts.
If anyone has any more advice on how NOT to get robbed while over there, that would be greatly appreciated!