by Kristina of Le fabuleux destin
Kristina is a German-born traveller who has lived in the US, Singapore, Switzerland and now, Melbourne, Australia! She has a professional background in the sports retail industry, but her true passion shines through in her amazing photographs.
So you all know that I love to travel. And I know it always looks like sunshine, fun and endless good times! That is because most people tend to forget about the bad stuff and only remember the good parts! You're one of them? No worries, I am totally with you!!
I used to be a really careless happy traveller, always believing that bad things would never happen to me, so I guess I had to learn a lesson - and Rome taught me that lesson! :)
Being about 10 years younger than I am now and already having travelled around Europe by myself in addition to living one year in Los Angeles, I thought I was prepared and on-top-of-it-all. When my friends and I boarded the night train to Rome, my Mom's words of caution were going through my head: "Rome is well known for the pickpockets. Be careful!" And I was like "Yeah, mom, its going to be alright (whatever!!)".
Well, it took exactly 5 minutes after arriving at Roma Termini for me to get completely robbed! (I had put all my vacation money in an envelope which was placed in the upper part of my backpack - smart, wasn't I?)! That must be a record! Fortunately, while stepping on to the metro, I had a strange feeling and jumped out of the train again (dragging one of my friends behind) to see some odd people running away with an envelope in their hand.
To make a long story short, I ran after them, screaming at the top of my lungs for the police in every language I know until finally, my personal Italian angel stopped one of the kids and held him until the others came back with the money. Do I have to explain HOW relieved I was?
Despite all of this, I love Rome as it made me learn two things: 1. Always, always take care of your stuff and don't let your guard down and 2. Listen to your mother!
Thanks for the wise words, Kristina! And thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs!