30 Dec 2017
Went to Madrid, Spain and Andalucia region, as well as Lisbon, Portugal. First night in Madrid the lobby of the hostel which was extremely hard to find in Sol was a haven for a trench coated pick up artist. He stashed all the stuff he stole inside of a plastic bin . I had to block him from entering because it was dark with no lighting in the lobby.
My next experience was nearly getting pick-pocketed several times in the streets, airport and inside of the subway. The subway experience was the worst – a nigerian girl talked loudly in a bunch of nonsense with her guy standing behind her.
Right before the distracting noises she put her hands into my pockets quickly and nothing. Stayed behind me in a lineup for getting subway tickets and wouldn’t let up. So I started yelling at them. They got startled and kept at it. I moved to another empty subway ticket booth and they left.
The airport was horrendous. I stayed awake all night to protect my luggage. I saw a trench coat guy (from Cyprus? from somewhere middle eastern or eastern european is my guess with very fine bone structure and narrow faces light skinned and black straight fine hair). ONe had a slash across his face.
Approached by one of them outside who asked for a smoke adn then asked where my accent was from – irssh? NOPE, big mistake beacuse he later approached me at the terminal booth with the airline lady looking on and tried to steal my passport in front of me. My reflexes were faster.
One guy simultaneously (american or canadian white) was screaming and runnig after the other pickpocket. I screamed and yelled. The police were literally 25 steps away. They laughed. Pretending to walk around and look for the thieves and got back to donuts and coffee literally.
I asked why they are so calm and don’t care. They said that the thief will be out of jail in the morning and back at the madrid airport doing the same thing over again – lost cause. I was so exhausted and angry. I literally stayed awake all night thinking my stuff would get stolen but no, my passport was also risky.
When I got to Lisbon I breathed a sigh of relief! I only got approached by some young guys who somehow knew I was a tourist (no camera or backpack just a coat) and offered to sell me some weed I think? I got a bit scared.
In another part (Seville) Spain I was surrounded by young guys trying to rush me because I walked with a blonde german from the hostel who was showing me around. They did that to her every other night.