Re: [93attendees] what currency is widely used in Czech?

Carsten Bormann <cabo@tzi.org> Thu, 09 July 2015 20:24 UTC

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Toerless Eckert wrote:
> Oh, and try to have the phone numbers to cancel/re-issue all your
> cards handy but separate from your wallet. Well trained pickpocketing
> in Prague. Family member had that experience last Prague IETF.

If course, since it happened to them in Prague, Prague is now the most
dangerous city for you.  That's how people perceive risk.

Actually, you are much more likely to lose things in Barcelona or other
touristy parts of Spain.  And don't get me started about Paris (or ask
the poor attendees of IETF 63.)

Nice article about how Europe is different from the US here*):
https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2011/03/pickpockets_are.html
(slightly higher idiot coefficient in the comments than normal on
Schneier's blog.)

In summary: You are not in Kansas anymore.  Normal street smarts in
European capital cities includes paying attention, and not exposing your
valuables.  If somebody in your vicinity does something that doesn't
make sense, they are probably trying to steal (and that may include the
stunning lady asking you out for a drink).  But there is no need for
special paranoia in Prague; it's just a European capital.

Grüße, Carsten

*) But he probably didn't get the reason right.  But that's off-topic
(and for some people probably also "political" :-)