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The tasteful tourist

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Bob and I looked at each other in disbelief. Only we knew the incredible odds we’d just beaten. To stroll into Rome’s Termini, the…

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Anatomy of a victim

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What is a perfect pickpocket victim? Let’s look at the anatomy of a pickpocket victim. I’m thinking of a couple I saw in Barcelona…

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Good pickpocket victim is a know-it-all

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Over-confidence is the enemy of travelers in unfamiliar lands. The know-it-all risks loss and embarrassment. Henry started his story with the wistful remark we’ve…

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The cozy-up steal

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Sandy and Frances thought little of the gaggle of girls who flopped onto the bench they were resting on. There were more girls than…

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Russian Rip-off: pickpockets and thugs

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St. Petersburg— The beefiest of the five Mongolian thugs shoved his fist in front of Bob’s face, thrust forward his chin, and stared. Bob…

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Swift swiper strikes

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Barcelona, Spain—We’re walking along Carrer de Ferran, a block off La Rambla. Instead of paying attention to the street scene, I’m looking for a…

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Pickpocket in Barcelona, Spain. The pigeon poop pickpocket ploy.

Pigeon poop pickpocket

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Barcelona, Spain—The Pigeon Poop Pickpocket got me with a double-blob on my back. I felt it ever-so-lightly and knew instantly we’d been accosted by…

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Holiday headspace

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I remember when I used to hunt for wild mushrooms in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I’d find nothing the first hour or so. But…

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