Apart from the occasional pickpocket or bag-snatcher, safety is not necessarily a prime concern when visiting other developed countries with similar values to our own here in Australia.
However, in the light of the events in various parts of Europe and the UK in recent years, and particularly in the past few weeks and months, it would be remiss of us not to seriously consider our safety while travelling.
We are not about ditch our plans and realise that there are risks whenever you step outside the front door no matter where you are.
Nevertheless, I did say to GMan yesterday that I do not think I will be walking across any bridges while we are in London. Pedestrians on bridges have been targeted twice in a matter of months in the UK capital. I can only assume that the ‘reasoning’ of the perpetrators is that there is nowhere for the pedestrians to escape. What an awful thought process!
Even though I would love to attend a Remembrance Day service in November that may be off the agenda as I feel that being anywhere there is a large gathering may be too great a risk.
We will continue to monitor the situation over the coming months but at this stage I do not envisage making any other adjustments to our plans.