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Oops!…Embarrassing Travel Moments
August 8th, 2011

With all of the breathtakingly beautiful, terrifically exciting and utterly relaxing travel moments comes another type of less sough-after moment… disney world custodia iphone x tyui1520 embarrassing. We’ve all done it – getting to the airport and realizing you forgot your passport, walking into the opposite sex bathroom because you can’t read the sign in a foreign language, opening your luggage to realize you forgot to pack any pants, that kind of thing. Ok, I truly hope you’ve never forgotten to pack your pants, but it could happen (I’ve forgotten socks). To put people at ease that even the most well-traveled people embarrass themselves occasionally in foreign lands, I thought I’d share a few of mine. Runaway Train: It wasn’t really the train that ran away, but in fact its passengers. After heading to the train station in Prague and giving our remaining cash to the drivers as tip (they were not on the Euro at this point, so we had no use for the rest of our currency there) we realized we were at the wrong station, on the complete opposite side of the city. fjallraven kanken big backpack brown We flagged down new taxis and as our drivers drove like maniacs in cabs so small that our luggage was falling out the back and we had to lean over the back seat to hold onto our bags for fear of losing them, we anxiously looked at our watches. Upon arriving at the right train station, we were on the wrong side of the tracks and our drivers jumped down onto the tracks to throw our luggage (and us) into the train, while everyone else watched from the platform and inside the train. Sadly, we didn’t even have the cash to pay them their full fare because we’d given it all to our previous drivers – we gave them the few American dollars we still had on us. London immigration: Every time I go through immigration entering a country I get nervous. There’s never been a reason for this, it’s just one of those unexplained feelings. fjallraven kanken classic backpack leaf green burnt orange That was, until I headed to London last year. I was visiting someone who had already checked into the hotel so had no need for the hotel confirmation, and I had somehow misplaced the sheet detailing my return flight. Despite the fact that I clearly had a bag that could fit no more than three changes of underwear, I must have looked like I secretly planned to “miss” my flight home and move to London, because they would not let me through without proof of my return flight. For some reason, the immigration officer was convinced I was going to try to stay in the country. He wouldn’t let me turn on my phone to show them the email confirmation, so I finally got through by laying out every credit card I had to prove that I could support myself if I got stuck there. forest green and ox red fjallraven kanken backpack classic Probably the most embarrassing part of this was everyone seeing it and asking me if I was ok once I finally got through. Lesson learned: it’s way easier to get into Zimbabwe, South Korea, Argentina and basically anywhere else I have travelled than it is to get into London. Next time, I’ll be bringing 10 copies of my flight reservations. custodia caricatore iphone x 803ump Bathroom squatting: Did you know that many of the toilets in much of Southeast Asia are holes in the floor? I did. Did you know that there’s a proper and improper way to squat (for women) to use these bathrooms? I did not. Of course, my first go at these “toilets” was in the US Consulate in Singapore, dressed in a business suit – not the most ideal circumstances in which to learn how to us a squat-over-the- hole-in-the-floor toilet by trial and error. Did you further know that they do not have toilet paper in the stalls themselves and you have to grab it from a general source in the sink area and bring it in with you. Again, that was another “no”. Thank goodness for travel tissues! As a tip, I highly suggest bringing travel toilet paper to Southeast Asia. I also recommend wearing skirts and working on your quad muscles before you travel there. For the record, the correct way is to squat all the way down, as low as you can – not as if you were sitting in a chair. Live and learn! (Please note, the image below is an example of one of the much nicer versions, they did not all look this way). The un-flushable toilet – Clearly, I have trouble with bathrooms. I’m not quite sure why. I realize that toilets around the world have different flushing mechanisms – the chain hanging from the ceiling, the foot petal, the button (one of many) on the toilets in South Korea and Japan. But there should, in theory, be some way to flush the toilet, right? Dining at a restaurant in Lyon, I found a bathroom in which there was no perceivable way to flush the toilet. I looked up, down, sideways inside out, nothing. My traveling companion (who will remain un-named for embarrassment factor) didn’t believe me so took her bathroom break to try to figure out the toilet mystery, sure that it was something obvious I missed. By the look on her face as she came up I could tell it still remained a mystery. We spent the a good portion of the rest of dinner talking about the toilet flushing possibility. raikou custodia iphone x tyui9934 Other people came and went from the bathroom, so clearly, there was a way. We to this day have no idea how we were supposed to flush it. fjallraven kanken classic backpack un blue Luckily, we found a bathroom when we stopped for ice cream on the way back. One that actually flushed. If anyone knows what we may have missed, I’m still curious so please share! Currency conversions: I was traveling in Geneva as part of a multi-country trip, and the changing currency conversions must have been confusing me a bit. I know Switzerland is relatively expensive and was already a nervous about emptying my pockets on this portion of the trip. cover custodia case iphone 11 Q6290 vinland saga wallpaper 69aN3 When I got my bill at dinner the first night (I was dining with just one other person) I did the quick conversion in my head and realized that our check came to…. Custodia Cover iphone 11 pro max Dragon Ball Super Goku X00233 Case $700 in USD! We almost passed out on the spot. Panicking, I scanned to see what we’d gotten and how this was possible while we fumbled with our Swiss Francs. Finally I whipped out my smartphone to double check the exact conversion and realized, to my relief and embarrassment, that the currency conversion was just over 1:1, not the 4:1 which I’d for some reason was stuck in my head and with which I’d mentally calculated the cost of dinner. It was still highly expensive for what we’d eaten, but at least it wasn’t $700. I’m really glad I kept my panic (relatively) to myself and didn’t bring it to the attention of my server or anyone else at the restaurant. Custodia Cover iphone 11 pro max 5 Seconds of Summer 5SOS Cross L1082 Case Even seasoned travelers make mistakes once in a while! Compass anyone?: If you’ve been to Venice, you know that the winding streets often look similar to one another and it’s relatively easy to wander off track. cover iphone 11 goku ssj3 If you’ve never been to Venice, take note of this and invest in a good street-by-street map. The first time I went to Venice I was were traveling with 8 people and to save money stayed near the train station, rather than near the square. After dinner our first night, we split up as each several of us wanted to wander in different directions. Lesson number 1: this was a bad idea. Myself and one travel companion headed back in the direction of the hotel – I think; I’m still not entirely sure. mac custodia iphone x mavericks tyui9734 We must have passed the same woman hanging her laundry, the same gondolier, the same seafood restaurant that by the smell of it no doubt was offering the fresh catch of the day at least 5 times – no exaggeration. We wandered, and wandered, and got frustrated and wandered some more. Finally, after an hour and a half, we arrived at our hotel. If you know the size of Venice, you know that it shouldn’t take you an hour and a half to get anywhere on the island. Embarrassed, we knocked on the rooms of the rest of our family to see how they’d faired. We were the only ones back! It took some of our group almost 3 hours to get back to the hotel from St. Mark’s Square. cover iphone 11 rasta Now when I go to Venice, I stay by the square. cover iphone 6s apple 816eat I want to see the ins and outs of the city, but on my own terms. Massage mishaps: This truly deserved its own blog post, so that’s exactly what I did. A few weeks ago I posted a blog all about my massage embarrassments. If you’ve not read it, I highly suggest it for two reasons: 1. fjallraven totepack no 1 dark garnet You might learn something about what to do, and not do, when you get a massage in various countries. 2. To see how my love of massages never fails to embarrass me over, and over, and over again and to get a good chuckle out of this. Check it out here. Custodia Cover iphone 11 pro max Gundam Wing L3252 Case I promise, you’l get a good laugh at my expense. fjallraven kanken no 2 backpack green I’ve now shared some of my ridiculous travel moments.

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