A Simple Reminder
I bought this ring in Barcelona the day after being robbed en route to Northern Spain. You can imagine how low I felt after having my driver’s license, passport, credit cards, and cell phone stolen from the car. Being from a big American East Coast city, I kicked myself wondering how I let my guard down for even a second. After hours in the police station, an officer escorted me to a nearby hostel later that evening. The proprietor was gracious and provided a simple breakfast. When he offered free accommodation, I insisted that he accept some of the cash that was left in my pocket. His daughter was the young lady one who tended to me in the café. Before I left, he gently held my shoulders and said, “Por favor cuidate.” I never forgot the endearing fatherly look he gave me.
With heaviness in my heart, I drove back to Barcelona, reluctantly unpacked everything, and accepted that it would take a few days for all my paperwork to be settled with the consulate. Walking around later that day, I meandered onto a tiny street where a small jewelry shop caught my eye. It was below street level and I could see a woman assisting one customer. So, I waited until half of the room was cleared to enter. The ring that is shown on the photo is what I ultimately bought. It has overlapping pentagrams. The word “pentacle” originally meant ‘any symbol that protects against evil’. Since then, I have rarely taken it off.
Later that same day, I received a call from the police informing me that my stolen bag was found on the side of the highway with all my identification intact sans cash, phone, and other items that were eventually replaced. Had it not been for the turn of events, I would have never had the chance to experience more of Barcelona (3 weeks total); befriend a lovely couple from UK who checked into my flat the day after I came back from the police station (we have kept in touch since then); and gain a better understanding for preparedness in times of unforeseen incidences like this. Three weeks after my original arrival date in Barcelona, I was on my way to another three eventful weeks traveling throughout Spain.
In a later post, I will provide some insight on how to safeguard yourself and to remain vigilant on the road.
– Dianne “Yahnny” San Luis