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Kovaks Street Scam Forums • View topic - Another Choker by The Cathedral
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Another Choker by The Cathedral

PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:22 pm
by KOVAKS
Contributed by Ann Gillan:

I was interested to read the experiences on your page - if only I'd read it before going to Barcelona last week! Although to be honest, I did behave a little stupidly and left myself open to crime. My rules when travelling are: don't carry much money, stay where there are plenty of people, don't advertise the fact that you're a tourist - but I guess after a while it's easy to become complacent and think it will never happen to you. So on a busy Saturday afternoon I was walking around the Barri Gotic, close to the Cathedral and wandered off alone into an empty side street clutching my camera. Two young men were sitting on a doorstep, I noticed them look at me and then speak to each other - warning bells went off then but I continued in their direction. Walked past them, suddenly an arm came around my neck from behind and started tightening slowly. I blacked out, when I opened my eyes the two men were helping me to my feet and talking to me in Spanish (which I could not understand) and acting in a very concerned manner. I speak a little French and asked them why they had attacked me. They also spoke some French and told me that a tall man had tried to steal from me but had run away down the alley. But I remember quite clearly because I'd been looking around, that the narrow street was empty and they were the only people there. My camera (a cheap one!) was lying on the ground and they'd obviously searched me because some postcards and my purse containing a small amount of cash, which were in my left jacket pocket, were now in the right one. I tried to act as though I believed their story about the other attacker but I'm sure they knew that I was aware of what had really happened. And... in the strangest and most bizarre twist to this story..... they had returned what little I had been carrying, both men then politely apologised to me, kissed my cheek, shook hands with me and went on their way.

I was extremely lucky in this situation and it certainly taught me a lesson I will not forget. Hasn't put me off travelling and I would certainly return to Barcelona but next time I'll be more on my guard.