I took my mom for her first european holiday to paris last week.....and was enjoying taking her around to places I have travelled solo in before. When we were at Stalingrad metro, we noticed 3 young girls waiting to get on to the train. As soon as we all had got on, one of them asked me for directions to Chatelet. She spoke a language I didn't comprehend and pointed at a map saying "chatelet".....when I tried to tell her I only spoke English, she persisted in asking for help. That's when I realized that the second girl seemed to have physically blocked my movement ahead (i was standing right at the door) while the third was doing something just behind me. I swirled around just in time to find the third girl's hand in my bag, on my wallet.....I managed to grab my wallet back from her........but before I could register all that had happened or figure out what I should do next, all three got off at the next metro.
The whole experience left me shaken for a while.....and has taught me important lessons.
1. Be alert and careful at all times.
2. Never carry all my money and cards in one place.
Am sharing this experience to make others realize that it's not only a novice traveller who needs to be on guard.