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Post 'em here! What experiences make you want to stay home? My worst one was a trip to Europe 2 summers ago. I was supposed to go with a friend, but due to complications ended up going w/ my French speaking grandma. I spent the two weeks visiting old french relatives and listening to french conversations for about 4 hours. Other highlights include a tour of the Paris sewers and being served live uncleaned shrimp the size of squirrels. The last few nights were spent in a hotel occupied by a . . .
Well, I hate traveling, because we always go by car. We actually went all the way to Galveston, Texas once, by car. I wanted to vomit.
And the spider?! YIKES! How did you sleep!?
Travel to Rio de Janeiro with my parents. Everything was going fine. But when I get to the bathroom, there's a little monkey dead in the private, I was so like! :yik::yik: - I just get out of there as faster as I can. Never heard of the monkey anymore. :D
This is my worst experience, thanks god! :mad:
To name one:
For starters, I was on my own. While I was in Greece, I had a trip planned to the Greek island of Evia and the Sporades, and it ended up going totally wrong.
First off, I woke up at 12pm. Bit late, I figured, but I decided to go nonetheless. Anyway, I purchased my ferry ticket from the port, and headed off to the island of Evia. For the first time, I felt a bit seasick. I wanted to get off. Fortunately the trip was only one hour, and the sea had settled down a bit anyway.
When I docked, I wanted to go to the town of Karystos, which was 10km away, and a transport hub to the capital of the island, Halkida, which was over 100km away. Big island. (Second largest Greek island, btw) So, I didn't know how to get to Karystos. There was a bus there, but it had no destination written on the front, and I didn't know whether to get on it or not. By the time I came to conclusion, the bus took off, and I missed it. It was the last one for the day.
So, I ended up paying 10 Euros for a ****ing taxi. :)
When I arrived in Karystos, there were no more buses to Halkida until next morning. Great, just great, so I have to stay the night now.
I found no accommodation here, and I actually wanted to go back to Athens. So, I caught the taxi back to the port, another 10 Euros. As I arrived, the last boat was heading back to Athens. I missed it by literally MINUTES!!! It was also the last boat for today. I became so ****ed. I was FORCED to book a hotel room.
I found a relatively cheap one. 35 Euros. I stayed the night. I set my alarm in time for the first boat back to Athens, 6am. More drama the next morning.
So then, I woke up at 6. I checked out of the hotel. I headed for the dock. It was FREEZING. I had no jumper with me either, as the day before was a warm day, and my jumper was in the wash at home. I rushed to the ticket office, hoping to get on the ferry quickly, and just as you might have guessed, THE DAMN FERRY WAS DELAYED! I was forced to wait outside in the freezing cold without a jumper until the next ferry at 9am. And to get away from the cold, I actually had to act like a bum for the first time in my life.
I would name another bad travel experience, but it's really personal. I'll just say that I got stuck in one particular country with no credit card, therefor had to live on the cash in my pocket and live on $3 a day for food. Bread and water was what I had for most of the 7 days I was without a credit card.
I'd say , when I cam from a trip to Athens back to the city we were staying.. I got out of the buss, starved, dead tired ( 'cause I didn't eat for 1 day and didn't sleep the night before ) and it was like steeping into an oven. It must of been 47 Celsius the least O_O.
Going to England to meet a friend.. things didn't go quite as I hoped.. hehe. Basically was begging for help and had to return a week early from my two week vacation. Wasted about 1500 - 2000€ for nothing. Fun. :)
Before that my second week in Egypt started quite well. Had 40c fever and my hotel room was right on top of an Irish pub. Lovely music all night long.
A trip to Michigan that was meant to take 13 hours (drive) and ended up taking 21 hours due to icy conditions. I didn't get any breaks so I was falling asleep by the end.
Hmm, I've had a share of uncomfortable transports (12 hours by bus to Rome, 24 hours by plane to New Zealand, 48 hours from here to a remote little village in Norway), but I'm usually not complaining - it's all worth it. Once they did forget to load our baggage though, so we had to wait 2 hours for the next plane. Still no biggie.
Probably Florence last year. We were there just one day and I just had to get sick after lunch. Then I spent the entire afternoon sitting on the cathedral steps while everyone from the group enjoyed the city.
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