Until today I have always felt we were living in a relatively low crime area. In our village we routinely leave the key in the front door, even when taking the dog out for a walk. I have repeatedly forgotten to lock the car, even leaving the windows open for a few days on the village car park. But today we found that you shouldn't let your guard down, because there's always some opportunist out there. We were on this occasion not the victims ourselves though, but one of our helpXers, which makes us feel particularly bad.
We are currently having two young girls staying in our caravan on our land helping us with some work in exchange for some free lodging. While we were all working a few terraces lower, not having locked the caravan, one of the girls, Diane from France, had all her belongings stolen in broad daylight yesterday morning. Her rucksack with everything. The Carabinieri aren't interested. They're just saying come back Monday morning!
This is Diane a few days ago lifting some potatoes:
Diane was at the beginning of a trip of a lifetime. She had planned to stay 2 weeks with us followed by another 2 weeks in Italy and a few months in India. She luckily had her passport and cards on her, but lost a considerable amount of cash as well as all her clothing and various other personal things.
Those of you who know us and/or have been following this blog for a while, know we don't have any money. Neither are we or Diane insured. However we feel responsible for this, as she was staying as our guest. I'm asking any of you please (!!!), to give this young woman back her confidence in humanity. If it is at all within your means donate something for her, so she can continue her travels. Every little would help. Please be in touch, send us an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can help in any way.