After a 2.5 year hiatus of travel as a result of the pandemic, I took an international flight, finally. I couldn’t wait for the 10 days of travel to Milan, Florence, and Rome as I felt like I was meeting an old friend again. The beauty, the food, the shopping, and the unexpected discoveries, feelings, and emotions are all so intoxicating when experiencing travel. What I didn’t expect, however, was the loss of my wallet on the second day of my trip. Well, I didn’t actually lose it. Instead, it was stolen from my backpack in the subway of Milan. This happened so quickly that I still can’t believe it happened to me. You read about all the pickpockets and such but you never expect it to happen to you. And it’s not like I’m a novice at traveling. My backpack was zipped tightly so I can’t figure out how these thieves (I believe there were at least 2 thieves working together) got into my backpack with such quick precision. In case you’re wondering I had $700 in Euros, $500 USD, all my credit cards, my REAL ID, and all things important except for my passport!
As I’m back from my trip and reflecting on all the wonders of travel I am so grateful for the experience. Traveling is such a luxurious privilege! Although the loss of my wallet is probably the worst experience I’ve ever had while abroad, I won’t let it spoil my passion for travel. Instead, I will continue to honor my heart by seeing more of the world. In fact, I just reserved a hotel in Copenhagen for August. 😍 We’ll see if it happens. But for now I can still dream.