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Hi, I wanted to add a caveat to everyone travelling...My daughter was on the overnight train from Barcelona to Nice and had her backpack broken into (lock was broken off) and valuables stolen...money, credit card, atm card, passport, camera, walkman, travellers checks. She was quite shaken up by this...she and here friends are 17 and 18, travelling after graduating from high school. A royal pain to deal with, but we had insurance which should cover all the valuables (travellers checks have already been refunded). A couple of phone calls averted any fraudulent use of the cc and atm cards. Despite plans to have someone stay awake, she and her 5 travelling companions all fell asleep, and she was victimized by a fellow train passenger who got off before the Nice stop. Future train travel will involve sleeping ON the luggage.

I was with a friend in Florence a week before this happened, and she had her bag unzipped (but nothing was actually stolen) while we were walking down the street, by a slovenly woman. We noticed immediately and yelled at her. We were already alert, but this made us even more so.

It seems like paranoia, but it is, after all, just common sense, to be aware of your surroundings and not let yourself be vulnerable. Those atm scams on the board are amazing...things I never would have thought to be looking out for.

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