Tuesday, August 1, 2006

A robbery!

I was just getting comfortable here and starting to feel like, yeah, maybe it's not so unsafe after all, but I just found out a really nice lady from my office got robbed! In the middle of the day!

Apparently, she had to do some sort of errand, and she had just gotten her paycheck, so she was carrying around the equivalent $300 with her. $300 doesn't sound like a lot of money, but it is actually considered quite a bit here.

Anyway, she got dropped off at a public university close by and was walking back to the office when someone robbed her! I don't think it's a far walk at all, probably 10 minutes at the most? And this area is considered pretty safe, I think. It's basically just a neighborhood with lots of houses -- really residential -- and usually not that many people walk around outside.

I think they took her whole purse including her cell phone. Poor lady!! How scary!

Sigh, I think I should go back to being extra cautious. I was just starting to loosen up. For example, I walked from my hotel to the apartment of my friends the other evening around 8:30 pm (not alone, with my friend) and I walked a block last night with a group from a restaurant to the main road in order to find a cab. But, I guess every time it's like rolling some dice.. who knows what will happen?

Okay, no more walking!! It's just not safe here! I better find my "second" wallet again...

UPDATE: I found out that this lady has been robbed two times before! Geez. I guess it's just not affordable to take cabs for locals -- so what can you do?!

And on top of that, I found out another lady in the office ALSO got robbed today. Geez!! I guess I should be extra careful today!