As I was saying, after traveling for many years I am a great believer that as well as being a great teacher it also brings gratitude and understanding of the many cultures and issues that are going on in the world.
Being a regular traveller has not made me inaccessible to some of the trials and tribulations that can happen whilst traveling. I would like to share some of my learning curves with you that I hope you will enjoy and help you on your journey.
The next story takes us to the Mediterranean, the home of great food including pizza and pasta. Yes, the lovely country of Italy.
In the main tourist stops of Rome and Naples pick pocketing is strife. The thieves have got it down to a fine art form. It’s so quick you do not feel a thing, completely painless until you discover your wallet or purse has gone. Do not leave your bag on the ground inside a restaurant. Even at your feet it is not safe! The back pocket of trousers, the inside of jacket pockets with no zips is another targeted area. Be aware of your surroundings on tubes, in stations and at airports.
I have been lucky to that extent that none of the above has happened to me. I have a very different story to tell.
As I travelled through Naples in my early teens, photography being very much a part of my life I came across a stall selling SLR digital cameras. The price was just too good to be true! The sales male and his assistant were very helpful in pointing out an atm. Upon return I held the camera, watched it being put in the camera box, then being wrapped in brown paper and into the plastic bag. I was ecstatic! Brand new camera to play with and take some brilliant shots while in Italy. I couldn’t wait to get back to the hotel and get it out of the box, load with film and getting it working for its money. I was gutted to discover what I thought to be a camera turned out to be an expensive box of soap powder!
To be continued…..