‘Aww you are just like family…you are beautiful and now cared for’ these were some of the lines that I was told whilst having a piece of string woven around my wrist without consent!
Even the most seasoned traveller will let their guard down at times and I was amongst them. I have dealt with hagglers in the Turkish markets and conmen with monkeys in the square of Marrakesh but I still fell for this one.
I was walking alongside the beautiful, towering castle in the city of Milan trying to put pen to paper when without a moments notice a man comes along and puts these pieces of string around my wrist all whilst talking about the city to me and then as soon as he finished he showed his true colours. He started asking for money, an extortionate amount of money. Luckily I had separated all of my money as I was told to do long ago and with a stern voice I was able to talk him down and get him to leave me alone but I walked away feeling played and a fool.
I am writing this post to make people aware that they need to be mindful around big attractions as may be people trying to sell you items that you don’t want or trick you into situations such as my experience. This is in no way intended to scare anyone as that’s the last thing I want to do. There is no reason to feel intimidated, say no firmly and walk away! On a cheerier note the castle was absolutely incredible and definitely worth the walk which was about 30 minutes from our hotel which was on Buenos Aires Street.
There shall be other posts that follow this one on my trip to Milan so keep an eye out for them and in the meantime have a look around my site and check out my Instagram for pictures.
Until next time