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Old 06-02-2007, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Debary, Florida
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I appreciate that, and they are all fine and safe now. you know, I've sometimes thought about writing a book...
The people we knew fled Lebanon because of the problems, the husband was a doctor, that was about 30 years ago. They were very nice people but you could see the sadness in their eyes when they spoke of how beautiful their home had been before the bombing and how sad they were to leave it.
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Old 06-02-2007, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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The people we knew fled Lebanon because of the problems, the husband was a doctor, that was about 30 years ago. They were very nice people but you could see the sadness in their eyes when they spoke of how beautiful their home had been before the bombing and how sad they were to leave it.
yeah, 2/3 of my large family has fled and the rest stayed. Big reason why I'm in the states. I know the sadness you are talking about very well. It's a beautiful country with so much culture and things to do when its peaceful.
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Old 06-03-2007, 12:45 AM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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I went to Costa Rica in April 2005 as a part of a high school Spanish trip. It was my senior year. The first week we explored the country, visiting famous destinations. Our last day was spent at a beach in Manuel Antonio National Park. I applied a small amount of SPF 45 sun cream, more than what I apply at home (usually nothing). Most of the day was fine, but by the end I felt dehydrated. I fell asleep when everybody else was having dinner, and entered a semi-sleeping state in the middle of the night with a sharp pain in my back and shoulders. After fully waking, I walked into the bathroom, turned the light on to see my shoulders, part of my arm, and my upper back filled with horrifying, gigantic, greenish blisters which popped filled with water. The next day we would be going to meet our "homestay families", whom we would live with independent of our group for the next week!

So I did my best to stay hydrated the next day, and in addition to the nervousness one would usually experience meeting their homestay family I had that severe pain in my back and shoulders and fear of my problem being exposed from water stains on my shirt. A few days later it was exposed when my mom, aware of my suffering, had me show her the scars - this triggered something of an emergency situation, with my homestay father quickly running me up to the pharmacy to get the necessary creams, which because of the limited dexterity caused by the "problem" had to be applied by homestay brother. I felt so bad for him. All he could say in reply to my pity was "tranquilo".
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Old 06-03-2007, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Debary, Florida
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I went to Costa Rica in April 2005 as a part of a high school Spanish trip. It was my senior year. The first week we explored the country, visiting famous destinations. Our last day was spent at a beach in Manuel Antonio National Park. I applied a small amount of SPF 45 sun cream, more than what I apply at home (usually nothing). Most of the day was fine, but by the end I felt dehydrated. I fell asleep when everybody else was having dinner, and entered a semi-sleeping state in the middle of the night with a sharp pain in my back and shoulders. After fully waking, I walked into the bathroom, turned the light on to see my shoulders, part of my arm, and my upper back filled with horrifying, gigantic, greenish blisters which popped filled with water. The next day we would be going to meet our "homestay families", whom we would live with independent of our group for the next week!

So I did my best to stay hydrated the next day, and in addition to the nervousness one would usually experience meeting their homestay family I had that severe pain in my back and shoulders and fear of my problem being exposed from water stains on my shirt. A few days later it was exposed when my mom, aware of my suffering, had me show her the scars - this triggered something of an emergency situation, with my homestay father quickly running me up to the pharmacy to get the necessary creams, which because of the limited dexterity caused by the "problem" had to be applied by homestay brother. I felt so bad for him. All he could say in reply to my pity was "tranquilo".
You got those blisters from lack of sunscreen?? OH WOW, that must have been horrible.
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Old 06-03-2007, 11:21 AM
 
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Probably the time I went back to visit my folks in Kenya.

I arrived at London's Heathrow Airport only to be told to evacuate the British Airways terminal because the IRA had planted a bomb.

Our flight left 7 hours late.

Then when I arrived in Nairobi we had to sit in that airplane for almost 5 hours on the tarmack because there was a plane near the airport coming in from Ethiopia that had been hijacked and landed and they were surrounding the plane and shooting at each other.

Not a good trip. I was exhausted.


Dawn
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Old 06-04-2007, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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What was the worst thing that has ever happened to you while traveling? I'm curious
I was on a cruise ship that tipped over so far that people were thrown out of pools, slid to the bottom of the deck and there were many, many injured people (mostly the elderly and small kids who couldn't hold on). It was so scary, most people thought we were capsizing because this ship was huge; 18 stories and about 1,000 feet long with nearly 4,000 passengers.

We were on Crown Princess in July of 06. Yikes.
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Old 06-05-2007, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Debary, Florida
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I was on a cruise ship that tipped over so far that people were thrown out of pools, slid to the bottom of the deck and there were many, many injured people (mostly the elderly and small kids who couldn't hold on). It was so scary, most people thought we were capsizing because this ship was huge; 18 stories and about 1,000 feet long with nearly 4,000 passengers.

We were on Crown Princess in July of 06. Yikes.
I remember that...I saw it on the news...that must have been terrifying for you all. Yet another story where Xanax would have been useful.
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Old 06-06-2007, 11:50 AM
 
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Robbed in St. Louis. Police were so busy that night that they had to return our call for us to make a report, and they didn't call back until after midnight! Worst city in the world IMO!
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:18 PM
 
Location: TX
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many interesting things have happened...

like getting lost in Connemara Ireland...all road signs have the english translations blacked oso all the names are in Gaelic! (we had anenglish map) But after a few pints at alocalpub friendly locals spoke "American"(don't ask for"english speakes!) to us and we were on our way!

Falling asleep on a train in MUNICH (after October fest) and waking up at the AUSTRIAN boader. (not where we parked the car!!)

Having our car windows smashed out in HAARLEM, Netherlands.

bad..
in college we drove from Lubbock to Ruidoso NM to go skiing. at about 4am we were just outside of Rosswell NM and 2 guys (we are 2 females) started harrassing us on the road. you know riding the bumper then traveling right next to us and getting in front of us and braking etc... This is a deserted road andin th 80's (NO CELLs!) so we kept going untilwe reached town. We pulled into a 7-11 and they pulled in too, we ran into the store an had them call police. We gave the license plate etc.. to the police andhe calld it in. The guys were wanted for aggrivated assult! The police gave us an escort out of town about 40miles until the other cops located th guys!
...scary esp being a 22 college kid!!

worst...
last summer I drove with my 3 kids from VA to CO. We went out to eat in Denver before our return trip and I had a margarita mug (glass) shatter in my hand and sever the tendon in my wrist! Drove home One handed!
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Old 06-06-2007, 07:28 PM
 
Location: City of the damned, Wash
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We were traveling from MT to ID in our RV. Somewhere along the lonely (and I DO mean lonely) stretch between Missoula and Salmon, the transmission is having problems. Then the brakes decide to take a powder.

Then we get to the top of Lost Trail Pass, elevation 7014 feet. We stopped, we prayed, we cried, we made our will. But most importantly, we let the rig cool. As soon as we got to Salmon, we had the motor home serviced.
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