The good news: I’m in Aswan, Egypt and it is beautiful. The bad news: I got pickpocketed last night, on my second night here.
I’m fine but $250 USD poorer. *facepalm*
The full story later but here is my lengthy, disjointed Facebook status from yesterday evening after the hubbub:
“I was pickpocketed in Egypt! Two guys in the street in Aswan created a diversion and nicked my wallet which contained $250 USD and my credit cards. I ran after them when I realized what happened but they were way too fast and I couldn’t catch up.
I made three huge rookie mistakes:
1) I allowed myself to get WAY too comfortable and had my wallet in the big, front pocket of my backpack
2) I wore my backpack ON MY BACK (so dumb, I usually wear it on my front so I can keep my eyes and hands on the zipped compartments!! and
3) I didn’t leave my money and valuables in the hotel — there is NEVER, as a tourist or otherwise, any reason to walk around with that much cash on you.
To add insult to injury, I got the major run-around at the police station and they refused to file a report saying my goods were stolen — they preferred to write that they were “lost” and wouldn’t issue a statement until we agreed to put that word in the document. Then “miraculously” my wallet turned up at the station, with no money in it of course! Credit cards were untouched though.
I learned a VERY expensive lesson today but in retrospect things could be way worse. This is just a reminder to be vigilant when travelling (no matter what country)!”
UGH. I’m off to drown my sorrows by dipping my feet in the Nile and stuff (you know, as you do when in Egypt).
Have you ever been pickpocketed at home or abroad?