Targeted By Pickpockets


Bermuda Rover

This afternoon, we went to the Black Market in Ulaanbaatar – a large open marketplace. Based on what we’d read, it sounded like an interesting place to visit with unusual Mongolian items for sale. We had been advised that pickpockets operate in the market, so we took precautions to ensure that any cash or valuables that we had on us were well secured.

Entrance to the Black Market, Ulaanbaatar Entrance to the Black Market, Ulaanbaatar

Within minutes of entering the market, I saw three men watch us and then fall in behind us. We pulled to one side so that they had to pass and kept an eye on them. We were the only Europeans in the whole market and were obvious targets for pickpockets. A little while later, another 2-3 men closed in on Klaus and began to bump into him but he was able to move away and thwart their efforts. Then a woman tried…

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