Question: You live in SOUTH AMERICA. Is it really dangerous?
Short Answer: I feel totally safe, although I half expect to get robbed while we live here. 🙂
Long Answer: We live in a big city, and just like in any big city, you have to be careful. Although I never feel like I’m in danger of getting assaulted or hurt, robberies are definitely the most common crime where I am. That being said, I follow a few simple rules that I think will serve me well while I’m here.
A.) Don’t make myself a target. This means I don’t go into bad areas. I don’t walk alone at night. I carry a small purse. I don’t wear flashy jewelry or use my iPhone in public. (In fact, Michael and I left my engagement ring and some other valuable, potentially flashy items with our families back in the states.)
B.) Stay Alert. I am always on alert when I am walking around outside. I am always looking to be sure that no one is following me or getting too close. I always know where I am going and I walk with a purpose. If I get turned around, I PRETEND I know what I’m doing until I feel like I’m in a safe place to ask someone or check my phone.
C.) Stay Calm. Even with all of these safety precautions, I realize that I still might get robbed. Robberies are fairly common, and the key is to not freak out and just hand over my stuff. Once they see a phone and a little cash, I will be free to go. I hear of plenty of robberies but almost no “horror stories” because the idea is really not to hurt anyone. So, if I can stay calm, I think all will be well.
All that being said, I really do feel ABOUT as safe as I did living in San Francisco or DC. You just have to be smart.