Travelers Say the Darndest Things, Part 1

Location: Various

Type of Idiocy: Lack of Education, SFB (Shit for brains), Failure to filter oration of Shit for brains

Consequences: Possible continued spread of the disease “SFB”, potential addition to the as of yet unwritten “do not associate” list,


Case #1

Relayed to us by our friend Katrin from Germany, who had this revelatory conversation with a man from New Zealand.

Kiwi: So where are you from?

Katrin: I’m from Germany.

Kiwi: Oh, so you’re from the capital. Read more “Travelers Say the Darndest Things, Part 1”

An Idiot Abroad: The Bat Out of Hell

Location: Chengdu, China

Type of Idiocy: Ignorance, One track mentality, Powers of observation of a drunk panda

Consequences: Angry dorm mates, Heightened potential of unfortunate future confrontations, Addition to the as of yet unwritten “Do not House” list.

Description: Staying in a four bed dorm room with only three filled beds, Arienne and I decided to head to bed at the ripe old hour of 11pm. Sometime shortly before midnight, the door thunders open and our dorm mate storms into the room like a bat out hell. Whoosh! On goes every single light in the room. Clack clack clack! Her high-heels smack their way into the bathroom. A moment or two later, clack clack clack… slam! Our dorm mate has announced her exit from the room with a healthy slam of the door leaving on every single light in the room… including the bathroom light! Read more “An Idiot Abroad: The Bat Out of Hell”

An Idiot Abroad: “Please Take My Money…And My Identity Too!”

Location: Pai, Thailand

Type of Idiocy: Naivety, Imprudence, “Mommy and Daddy always take care of this for me”

Consequences: Potential identity theft, credit card fraud, unknowingly indebted to her neighbour

Description: While staying in Pai, Thailand, Arienne and I were residing in a two-room bungalow that had very thin walls. At 8:30 in the evening, the ladies staying next door returned to their room on the other side of the wall and continued on with their conversation using their outdoor voices. Without even straining our ears one iota, Arienne and I could hear every single word exchanged between these two “charming” ladies. It would appear that the one girl had recently had her iPod stolen, and so after purchasing another she decided it would be very necessary to immediately go on a shopping spree using her credit card and her iTunes account. Unfortunately, something just didn’t work out and the purchases never went through. For this, she wanted answers! Her first call went to Apple. Read more “An Idiot Abroad: “Please Take My Money…And My Identity Too!””

An Idiot Abroad: Too Many Whiskey Buckets for These Bucket Heads

Periodically we come across some people who behave idiotically or are simply just plain idiots. Taking some inspiration from the television show “An Idiot Abroad” we thought we would highlight these people we meet during our travels and point out how you can avoid falling victim to their same stupidity.

Location: Vang Vieng, Laos

Type of Idiocy: Drunken, Failed Prank, took fun way over the line. Read more “An Idiot Abroad: Too Many Whiskey Buckets for These Bucket Heads”