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Old 08-05-2010, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I think I'd have to give the award to a British girl I met in Jordan. Her father was a diplomat or maybe an NGO, and when she was finished ineffectually occupying space in school, he used his influence to find her a desk in a library or something, that she could sit behind and pretend she had a job. She once told me "Arabic is such a stupid language. The words don't even sound like what they mean, the way they do in English".
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:22 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Well I'd Say she not a traveler, She's a dependent Ex-Pat, who lives there,
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:49 AM
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Location: Eureka CA
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You've won your own award. What a ridiculous, hateful, unhelpful thread!
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Old 08-05-2010, 03:26 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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You've won your own award. What a ridiculous, hateful, unhelpful thread!
I totally agree! This forum used to be about travel, now it's only about posting articles complaining about travel!
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:18 PM
 
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You've won your own award. What a ridiculous, hateful, unhelpful thread!
Are you surprised? Jtur88 lives for getting holier-than-thou on other travelers, his specialty being those silly Americans who aren't as cool as him.

I'll take a twist and post the coolest traveler I've ever met:

French guy who we met in Panama City way out on that one piece of land that juts out into the ocean I forget what it's called, we walked out there in the morning. Anyway, he's out there drinking beer at a closed bar with the owner (Panamanians love to have **** closed on Monday I don't know why) and is one of those cats who cannot stop with the "we are brothers" and "I'm not French, I'm a citizen of the world" etc. coolest guy ever. God did we get smashed that morning, what a great time. That dude had been everywhere and loved everything, with the perfect accent to tell stories.

We have lots of pictures of French-world-traveler-drinking-10:00-am-guy, woot.
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:22 PM
 
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way out on that one piece of land that juts out into the ocean I forget what it's called,
Found it, Amador Causeway.

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Old 08-06-2010, 06:14 AM
 
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The stupidest traveler I ever met was a French guy who was seated next to me on a UA flight from San Francisco to NYC : when the attendant asked him if he wanted orange juice (that was in the late 80's , these kind of "perks" still existed in tourist class), he answered in French : "what are you saying? I don't understand? you don't speak French?" ...and the guy was wearing a Stetson! Utterly ridiculous!
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Old 08-06-2010, 02:48 PM
 
Location: on an island
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The stupidest traveler I ever met was a French guy who was seated next to me on a UA flight from San Francisco to NYC : when the attendant asked him if he wanted orange juice (that was in the late 80's , these kind of "perks" still existed in tourist class), he answered in French : "what are you saying? I don't understand? you don't speak French?" ...and the guy was wearing a Stetson! Utterly ridiculous!
LOL!
Good description, Pigeon.
Slackjaw, I love yours as well.
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Old 08-06-2010, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Are you surprised? Jtur88 lives for getting holier-than-thou on other travelers, his specialty being those silly Americans who aren't as cool as him.
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There are still quite a few forums in which you have not yet personally and generally attacked me by name. You can find them by clicking on my name, and then clicking "read all posts by jtur88". You can then create a general diatribe about me, and copy and paste it to all of the forums that I participate in.
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Old 08-08-2010, 12:53 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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I worked at the tourist information in Oxford for a couple of months so we used to get some pretty good ones and had started a "journal" of visitors' pearls.

The two which stick in my mind :

A fairly elderly couple who wanted to know how to get to Stratford Upon Avon ( not far from Oxford and usually the next stop on the fly-by visit of Britain) . I gave them directions and a few leaflets and told them about the Shakespearean houses as well as the RSC theatre ( telling them to get tickets if they had the chance) and the gentleman exclaimed to his wife " Betsy , did you know this Shakespeare guy was a writer ?". I was stunned and to this day still think they were having me on but considering some of the things I have heard people say in earnest I do reserve judgement.


The other one was about Stonehenge, another couple having been told they could not miss Stonhenge and had to visit were asking once again the best way to get there. So I did my job, directions again a little map and a leaflet of the site " Honey , look at this, these are rocks and I'm not paying to see some rocks , we've got rocks back home" .

But my all time favourite was from a middle aged Lady in Maine on a Whale Watch who when told which Whales we were likely to see asked " what do you feed the Whales ?". The Naturalist on board bit his lip and quite sarcastically said something to the effect of "peanut butter and jelly sandwiches" dragged on a line behind the boat. And she seemed to believe him !

He later told us some of their customers say the most hilarious things.


But to be fair I am sure all of us have had our "blonde" moments as travellers and at least those people are getting out and about even if they are not always the best informed !

I saw some people once drink the little "rince doigts" ( not sure what the English word is "finger bowls" ? ) bowls of water with the lemon slice at seafood restaurants before. A lot of it is simply due to being unfamiliar with certain local habits.


I am quite certain I have offended and amused people in equal measures all over the world despite my best efforts not to !
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