Well here is my adventure of getting pick-pocketed – it started off with a free tour that i attended in florence. this “free” tour ( you have to give the tour guide a tip afterwards) gave me a really good overview of all the must-see spots in Florence. Towards the end of the tour – i remember being really immersed in what the tour guy was saying about the Domo, and snapping away a gazillion pictures. I then felt a guy “bump” me while getting through our tour group – it always starts with a bump doesn’t it? Well, i thought nothing much of it until after the tour – probably 15-20 mins after – and i wanted to use my phone as a map. I tried feeling for it my bag and then a sudden panic started when i wouldn’t feel it anymore and was hoping it as just buried underneath all my other stuff. I turned my bag inside out and that relief of feeling for a plastic case still didn’t happen. Then i realized…my phone was gone. At that point i tried to back track and i having been to more than one place since then, meant it would be impossible to find it through the heavy summer traffic in florence.
I then proceeded to get my friend to call my number and nobody picked up so i went to the mobile courier for my sim card to get that sim deactivated since my passport information was connected to it.
To be honest..that whole day was a blur for me…and it was only day 2 of my trip. Felt pretty bummed out that i won’t have a handy gps with me during this trip.
Fast forward a few days when i was in venice, i decided to get a really bottom line smart phone. To my surprise, it was pretty affordable to get a new phone there and their data plan eventually saved us that night when we had to navigate out of the labyrinth that was venice.
Moral of the story – be alert in crowded places. it might have been the free tour, or even any tour, but there might always be “planted” people in tours that target distracted tourists!