I have just returned from a two-week European vacation, and I am wiser for it. Not only did I spend some time at Oxford University, and learn how to make a towering soufflé in the home of Julia Child herself, but I also learned that overalls are the key to preventing pickpocketing.
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As you may or may not know, I am a big fan of bib overalls, and wear them almost constantly. However, on my flight from Portland to Paris, I thought I would be more comfortable in track pants, so decided to carry my wallet in a cross body bag, which I wear in front of my body, kind of like a necklace.
This was stupid. In my I've-been-travelling-many-hours trance, the bag swung slightly behind my person and, within minutes, I was short a wad of cash.
Luckily, whoever took the cash dropped my wallet, but all of this could have been prevented if I had been wearing my bib, and stashed my stuff in the chest pocket. Though I am rarely aware of what's going on behind me, I will always notice someone making moves towards my chest, especially if they are unzipping something. Learn from my mistake, is what I'm saying, and stash the important stuff in a bib.