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kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Thu, 29th May '08 8:20 AM

POST YOUR TRAVEL HORROR OR COMEDY STORIES HERE!

My best is probably the May, 2000 trip to Florida. Read all about it at http://www.mli.gmu.edu/kaufman/FL00.html

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.5 - Posts: 2770)
Thu, 29th May '08 11:11 AM

Oh wow! - I have so many!
However, we've just returned from Venice, having honeymooned there in 1967, for our 'Ruby Return'.
Foremost in our mind, therefore, was an early travelling faux pas.
In 1967, with my new young bride beside me, we naively sat in the seats of the most romantic-looking cafe in St. Mark's Square, supping our drinks while the violins played around us.
Perfect?
Well, yes, until the bill came. In retrospect we learned that this was probably just about the most expensive coffee table in the world, and I didn't have enough cash to even cover a couple of drinks!!
A deal was done. I had to leave my wife, wallet and house keys as hostage with the waiter while I scurried around St. Mark's Square, luckily found a travelling companion, borrowed some cash, went back and rescued her, so that we could carry on with honeymoon matters as normal .........
We were determined to sit in that same xxxxxxx seat this time round and did so, having carefully checked my wallet.
For information, that coffee table is still expensive - £40 ($80) for a coffee and cake each!!!!!

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.5 - Posts: 2770)
Sat, 7th Jun '08 6:17 AM

We were in the Nile Valley at Karnak just a year or two after some 50 tourists had been massacred just over the river in the Valley of the Kings, so we were understandably 'edgy'.
Suddenly, gunfire broke out and we dived into the sand behind the nearest ancient pillar cover!
When the firing stopped we gingerly arose, only to see some locals laughing at us ...
We then discovered that we were right next door to a police practice firing range!
Doh!

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.5 - Posts: 2770)
Sat, 7th Jun '08 6:22 AM

On the same trip, still edgy, we rounded a bend in the Nile on a ferry, only to find that our landing stage was occupied by several thousand screaming and shouting protestors, complete with banners et al.
We'd already seen newspaper reports of anti-tourist demonstrations and of extremist religious rallies etc.
Egyptian police boats came out, and advised that we retreat.
But the ferry captain insisted on landing, so the police formed a cordon and ushered us ashore under protection, through the yelling crowds. Not interesting.
... To later find that the crowds were simply there to celebrate opening a new local concrete factory!
Doh!

brunosexy77
Brunosexy77  (Level: 68.3 - Posts: 215)
Sun, 8th Jun '08 6:37 AM

One I remember was Between 1999 going to the 2000 I went with my uncles to Paris and on the 30th Decem,ber we had to travel from Paris to Lyon between Geneva and France. We were going for a new years party in a Chateau in Lyon. So we had to take our costumes with us because we had to wear a costume.Before we went my uncle kept telling me dont' forget your costume. The morning arrived and we travelled for 8 hours from paris to lyon and as soon as we were 1 hour away from the chateau all of a sudden one of my uncles started panicking and shouting , we thought that we hit someone but then he told us stop I need to go and check the luggage and when we went outside to check the luggage he was going to die he forgot to put my other uncle's costume.It was really a frightening story , I thought that if I wasn't there he would have proprably choked him. So on New Years Eve my other uncle had to wear a pair of jeans for the party. It was a shame because he had bought an indian costume which was very very expensive.

achad
Achad  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 661)
Tue, 1st Jul '08 4:02 PM

OK!
On my last night in the USA, back in 1980, I visited an Irish bar in DC, and after a few drinks and a few games of darts was told that I was going to visit Jimmy's place. I foolishly thought this was another drinking establishment until we pulled up at the gates of the White House! I then found out that I'd been drinking with one of the security staff who opened the place up so that I could wander round the Oval Office at around 2.00 am!
I guess that made up for being chased through the streets of Oklahoma City by a gun wielding drug gang.
Oh, and I managed to turn down the job of getaway driver for a contract killing in Santa Barbara!
Cruising across Death Valley with rock and roll blasting out of the speakers in the hired Mustang was amazing as was seeing the Grand Canyon and Mount St. Helens just after it had erupted.
More recently. in 2005, the bio-diversity research group I was with in the Sept-Lacs region of south-west Madagascar was hit by a devastating flash flood that destroyed our camp. Most of us lost everything including money, plane tickets and passports. Luckily we all made it out alive: there were over 100000 made homeless.
Well, that's all for now!
Cheers, Andy.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Fri, 1st Aug '08 12:00 AM

You didn't mention Embarassing Moments....but I'll go ahead anyway.

I spent a month in HongKong in 1996 - a year before the Hand Over
back to the Chinese. My son and I were doing research of all the
Government Archives - for details of HK under Japanese occupation
during WW11.
One day we had a very LONG, HOT, MUGGY trip to a Government
Office on the Chinese border. I was exhausted, thirsty and slightly
giddy by the time we got there. A young chinese lady welcomed us
into the office and asked what she could do for us....I said, very loudly,
" YES....I NEED A BATHROOM, A CUP OF COFEE, AND SOME
FOOD - IN THAT ORDER." The sweet lady showed me where the
bathroom was, and I rushed in....
When I came out of the bathroom, the same young lady was waiting
for me - almost in tears. I asked if everything was OK and she said
- in very broken English - " So so sorry, we have not coffee...not food"
Then she started to bow as she backed away.
I had forgotten the relationship between the Chinese and the English in
the East - which was compounded by cultural and language differences.
The poor lady was terrified because I was so demanding, loud and
(to me) flamboyant....



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