I was almost mugged, but by a combination of stupidity, drunkenness and luck I somehow managed to evade my would-be muggers.
My almost-mugging occurred on my first trip to Paris roughly thirteen years ago. I have returned to Paris several times since and have had plenty of incident-free sojourns, usually to film skateboarding and go skateboarding - and that seems to be the difference between confrontation on the streets and not.
Here’s how the incident went down in the summer of 2001.
Myself and three friends from my small Irish town of Bray had planned to go ‘Inter-railing’ for the first time around Europe. We had all just completed our first year of college and seeing as we were students we were eligible for cheap train tickets to take us across the continent. So we bought some multi-zone tickets and very loosely (and drunkenly) planned a retarded journey of haphazard stops across a few countries.