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In October 2015, my friend and I were on a light rail train in Berlin and there was a man standing in front of me. He was about 40 and scruffily dressed. I saw that he was staring at us so I tried to avoid making eye contact with him. Suddenly, he started to touch my legs. I was frightened so I stood up and, with my friend, quickly walked away from him. However, the man did not give up - he followed us and grabbed my friend's bottom. When my friend tried to stop him, he shouted to her in a language we did not understand.
Fortunately, we were about to get off, so we rushed out immediately when the doors opened. Luckily the man didn't follow us. I really felt a little disappointed with the people around us, since no one came to help us. It was during the rush hour so there were many people standing around us. I was sure they saw what was happening but they chose to remain silent.
Moreover, when I was harassed and left my seat, someone immediately took the seat and pretended not to know what was happening.
There are more and more immigrants in Berlin now. Many of them do not have proper jobs and just wander the streets. I think Chinese students should avoid going to "problem" areas alone and they definitely shouldn't go out at night.
I live in an apartment building in the San Fermin district in Madrid. My attack happened in June 2012. I drove home at around 7 pm and parked my car near the building. I opened the door at the entrance of the building and while I was waiting for the elevator to come down, I heard someone trying to get into the building.
They didn't have keys so they were pressing the door bells for all the apartments, one by one. Someone opened the entrance door. I thought that they might be visiting my neighbors, so I didn't feel concerned.
Then suddenly two men stormed in. One grabbed me around the neck throttling me while the other grabbed my belongings. I passed out. It took me about five to 10 minutes to regain consciousness and by then they had left.
They took all my personal belongings including my watch, sunglasses and purse. They wore hats and dark glasses, so I couldn't see their faces. I called the police and they arrived within three minutes but the attackers had already fled.
I think it is important to be cautious and never walk alone. If one has to walk alone, he or she is better walking on main streets. Also, we should look around carefully before entering apartment buildings in case there is danger.
One day, I was alone on the subway going from downtown to the place I live. It was 11 pm and there were few people on the subway. I looked around and realized that the man sitting in the corner was staring at me continuously. I was scared by him so I decided to get off earlier and wait for the next subway. I thought I had managed to get rid of the man when I got on the next subway, but I was wrong. After two stops, I found the man was waiting at that station.
I was very frightened but fortunately there was another man who seemed to be a nice guy sitting nearby. So I told him that there was a man who was stalking me and asked for help. The man agreed and pretended to be my friend in front of the stalker. After seeing that, the stalker walked away.
The man was so nice that he accompanied with me until I got off the subway. I was lucky enough to find a nice guy - otherwise I can't think what might have happened to me that night.
I would like to suggest that students studying abroad never go out alone at nighttime and always stay vigilant.
然后有个人就拦下我问我要到哪里去。我告诉他我在找泰勒街，他就给我指了指方向。正当我为碰上个好心人而庆幸的时候，那人问我：“你是来这儿 ‘嗨’的吗？” 开始我没听懂他所说的 “嗨”是什么意思，然后我反应过来可能跟吸毒有关。于是我装作没听懂的样子快步走开了。
Last year, I traveled to San Francisco by myself. When I arrived at the youth hostel that I had booked online, I was told that I had to wait for two hours to check in. So I decided to walk around the streets nearby. The hostel was near Union Square, and there were a variety of shops nearby. I walked down the street aimlessly. After two blocks, I found there were fewer people on the streets. I kept walking and I saw more and more homeless guys sitting on the ground talking loudly. They all stared at me when I passed by, since I was the only one looking different. I started to feel strange and scared. But according to the map, I should have been able to get to my destination after crossing this block. As I kept walking, some of them started to talk to me. I replied politely since they were just greeting me.
Then, a man stopped me and asked where I was going. I told him that I was looking for Taylor Street, and he showed me the right way. I was glad to meet such a nice guy but he asked: "Are you coming here to get high?" At first, I was confused by the meaning of "high". Then I thought it might have something to do with drugs. So I pretended not to understand and walked away quickly.
After I got back to the hostel, one of the staff told me that the place that I went to was notoriously dangerous. Lots of homeless people hung around there for drugs and alcohols. Although nothing bad happened to me, I still felt very scared. Don't wander on streets by yourself, especially in places you are not familiar with.
I live in a university dormitory. I once forgot to lock the door when I left and then found all the money in my wallet had been taken. Since I know the other people who live on the same floor, we often leave doors open but several of us have been robbed. We weren't sure whether the thief was one of the students, but we learned to keep an eye on personal belongings.
Many people in China think that people in foreign countries are always nice and they are seldom bothered by thieves, which is not the truth. Even in the library on our campus, "Watch out for theft" signs can be seen everywhere.
Two of my friends left their library seats without taking their belongings only for a while, and found that their wallets, with their identity cards and bankcards, had been stolen. Though I haven't seen anything really dangerous around me, theft is very common.
International students really should pay close attention to their belongings. If you are alone and you need to leave your seat for a while, you had better take your belongings with you or ask the people beside you to watch your stuff.
然后一个流浪汉过来，挨个问人要钱，但没人愿意给他。当他来找我要钱的时候，我说我没钱，他说了句 “f**king Chinese”，然后一拳打到我鼻子上，我倒在地上，差点就晕过去了。他趁机从我口袋里拿走我的手机和钱包。
我非常害怕他有刀，或者惹急了他把我推到铁轨下面去，然后那些白人都走远了，中国大妈跑过来对着她说: “That's not nice! You can't do that! ”然后说了一堆要告他和报警抓他的话。
About three months ago, after having dinner in Chinatown in Chicago, I walked to the nearest subway station. It was about 9 o'clock in the evening. There were only a few people and a middle-aged Chinese woman at the station.
After a while, a homeless guy came and began begging for money from people but no one responded to him. When he came to me, I told him that I had no money. Then he cursed me - "F**king Chinese" - and punched me on my nose. I fell down and nearly passed out. The guy then grabbed my cell phone and wallet from my pocket.
I was frightened in case he had a knife or he might have pushed me onto the rails, so I didn't resist. The other people on the platform just walked away but the Chinese lady ran up to the guy and said: "That's not nice! You can't do that!" and threatened to call the police.
The guy threw my cell phone and wallet down and ran off. The Chinese lady didn't leave until she made sure that I was fine. We Chinese people should help each other in foreign countries so that foreigners won't dare to bully Chinese. Sometimes you need to fight back to let bad people know that you are not a pushover.