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Share your pickpocketing stories!

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So it happened--I was robbed on our recent trip to Spain. This was my fifth trip to Europe and I live in a big city (Chicago), so I consider myself pretty aware! But no one's immune, I suppose.

My husband and I were in Barcelona, walking back to our hotel after dinner on Sunday night. It was around 10:30 p.m. We were a block from our hotel in a nice residential neighborhood just east of the Placa de Catalunya. I was carrying a small purse under my arm, containing our camera, my driver's license, my credit card, my debit card, and around 80 euro. I carelessly took the purse from under my shoulder and began carrying it in my hand, holding onto the straps. A few minutes later, we heard the roar of a moped, and a guy drove onto the sidewalk and snatched it away. It all happened in an instant--one second I had my purse, the next I didn't, and the guy was gone.

The whole thing was witnessed by a guy walking his dog, who seemed shocked that this had happened in his neighborhood, but I know that Barcelona has a big problem with this sort of thing. If I'd been wearing a moneybelt, my cards and cash would've been safe, but the biggest, most upsetting and costly loss was our camera.

I'm just grateful that (1) my passport was in the hotel safe, (2) it was only the second day of our trip, so we didn't lose many photos, and (3) we were in a big city and easily bought a new camera at El Corte Ingles the next day.

Misery loves company, so if you want to share your stories, I'm all ears! And maybe they'll help other people avoid the same fate. It's a really traumatic thing to have happen during a vacation, that's for sure.

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