Assalamu'alaikum. It was the 1st day in Rome in our 3rd day of Europe tour. It had been raining from morning when we left the apartment and boarded the Hop On Hop Off bus. I didn't particularly like Rome per se but never knew I was about to have scarred memories there. I'm not gonna throw the hundreds of pictures taken but here are a few worth sharing.
Lessons learned, never ever bring any handbag without zippers while roaming in Rome (or Europe, for that matter). I didn't even know when my purse was taken and only realized it at the Hard Rock Cafe, at the cashier counter, to be exact when I wanted to pay for the merchandise that I picked. That had left me speechless. Spellbounded. Apalled. Confused. Lost. All at once.
Couldn't be here. This time I could still see my black travel purse inside the bag.
Or here at the Vatican City.
Oblivious to the world around me, I was content and focusing on the tourist guide narrating the stories of the smallest country on earth.
With the place that Pope gives surmons every Sunday at the back, this picture is vintage.
It was getting darker in the evening and the rain was about to pour in very heavily. Still we made a point of snapping some pictures at the Colleseum.
I think this was the place I lost the purse. It must have been when I was boarding the tourist bus here. The rain was so heavy and everybody was literally pushing themselves into the bus. It was so crowded that I almost fell down. Can't think of anywhere else.
The 3rd day of a fortnight travel I was left penniless. Back in the apartment I immediately called the hotlines for Maybank and CIMB Bank to cancel off my debit cards. Gone were the Euros and Ringgits inside together with my Identity Card, Junior's Mykid, debit cards, medical cards and some other member cards. Thank God I didn't have any credit card and that my passport was with my other half. But then it was hard not to feel down anyways. Just that I chose not to spoil the mood of everyone else. So I wore the bravest smiles all throughout the remaining days.
Well, that's it for now. Thanks for dropping by. Do take care and see you when I see you, if I ever see you. Farewell and Assalamu'alaikum.
- Nai at Tak Pe Je.