If we are in Barcelona, then it is time for us to do our wash at a Laundromat. I woke thinking about Wyona and Greg, the washer man and woman, wondering if they would be pickpocketed, for if past history is a predictor of the present, one or both of them will be targets today. She was first pick-pocketed in Manilla in the 1970’s when she had all of the money for their paycheck for the month in her purse. She had split it into two parts: money for their bills and money for their groceries. When she went to pay for her groceries at the till, the one side of her purse had been emptied.
Wyona had her purse stolen in the USA when she was with Geraldine and they were having an ice cream cone. That time they got her passport as well.
Then she had her money stolen in Paris when she and I were travelling on that beautiful new subway there. Greg had his wallet targeted twice in Barcelona. Wyona hears him yelling and he is surrounded by people who are looking at him as though he is crazy, but at least he still has his wallet when they leave. That is the way the pickpockets went after Doral in the China in the ‘70’s. Wyona claims the method is to surround the victim, get them separated from their friends, make it so they can’t move and then go for the money.
Remember the time when the pickpockets were after Wyona at Oxford Square. I called out to her they kicked me. The black and blue bruise on my shins reminded me of that for several months afterward. In Las Palmas, the lace and fabric merchant Wyona was visiting reminded them several times – take care with your wallet on the streets. Hard on the merchants when the thieves get to your money before you can pull it out to make purchases with them.
I had acute bronchitis when I got to London. A trip to the clinic got me some medication and I had to make the call – stay there or keep travelling. I thought I could get well as quickly on a boat as in a bed. I have pretty well quarantined myself to the room until the last two days. What is unlike me is ... no morning walks on the deck, no early bird exercise, and I am right off of my food. This is a major disaster, given here are only 8 more days of cruising with unlimited everything. For example,