Most Insane Moments I Have Experienced in my Travels
I think every traveler have had his/her moments. Those moments when things don’t happen as expected. Moments where you want to cry, scream or pull your hair. And pull it really hard.
No matter how experienced of a traveler I claim to be, insane and crazy moments are always take place. I bet they have happened to you and I bet you were angry, sad, confused or shocked at those instants. But we have made it thru and here we are. What
is left? We have learned from those experiences and now is the moment to laugh about them (hopefully, we can laugh
So, hear they are. The most insane and outrageous moments I have experienced during my travels.
Riding with stoned people in Belize
From Ambergris Cay, we wanted to take a bus to San Ignacio (close to the Guatemala border, we had to cross the entire length of the country). I had the brilliant idea of taking public transportation. When I arrived to the dilapidated bus station, a guy ripped my suitcase from my hand. I stood there thinking I was robbed. My husband followed the guy. I learned some people offered their “luggage carrying services” at the station. They take your suitcases and carry them to the bus you intent to take. Then, they charge you money for that. The thing is that they don’t even offer their services; they just ripped the bags from your hands. I gave they guy a few bucks (with a very angry face) and recuperated my bag. Let me just say, he scared me to death and I sweat a river at that moment.
But that is not it. The story does not end there. Taking that bus was probably one of the most stressing situations I have been involved. I had to share my ride with people selling stolen goods and guys jumping around because they were high on something. Plus, people were getting in and out of the bus every five minutes. Ok, they bus wasn’t even stopping for them to do that. I felt like something bad was going to happen at any moment. But not everything was bad. There was a curious case of a couple carrying a cake thru the entire country. During my ordeal, I invented stories about who was going to eat the cake. The best story had me in my car rental cruising thru the country while eating that delicious cake. Why I didn’t think about renting a car before. Arrrggggg!!!
No place to stay in Guatemala
I guess it is advisable to have at least a remote, tiny, minimal idea of where to stay in a big city. Well, I think I wasn’t in my five senses when I decided to take a bus from San Salvador to Guatemala City without a hotel reservation at all. I thought we
were going to have enough daylight to find a place upon arrival. I was dead wrong!!!! The trip took double the amount of time because of a heavy rain we experienced once we crossed into Guatemala. I am not exaggerating when I say it was raining cats and dogs. Result? We arrived really late to a dangerous city without any idea of what to do. So, what else? I asked for hotel information at the bus station (at least it was located in the nice part of town). Somebody in the station called a nearby hotel and a worker picked us up. As you may imagine, the price was exorbitant but we didn’t feel like we had a lot of options. A little bit latter, we were hungry and went out to eat. We were followed by all the gazes of security guards with long, semi-automatic rifles. We ended up in Mc Donalds eating weird tasting Big Macs.
Vomit eating dogs in Guatemala
Do you think what I described in the previous paragraph was the end of my Guatemala City adventures? Of course not. Next morning, we were waiting for a friend at the hotel lobby. There were two Chihuahuas running around. They got close to us and one ended licking my husband toes (he had sandals). My husband, who dislikes dogs, got kind of pissed off. I told him it wasn’t the end of the world. Well, when I finished that sentence we noticed the dogs were eating their own vomit in one of the living
room corners. My husband almost passed out.
A different kind of toilet paper in El Salvador
I have more restroom stories than fingers in my hands. One time my husband and I were visiting friends in the Western part of the country. I asked for permission to use the restroom and the house owner gave me instructions. I started to worry when
she asked me to go outside the house. The restroom ended up being a latrine. I entered it in total disbelieve. I stayed there for a few minutes pretending I was doing something. The worst part is that they had pieces of newspaper stuck in the door. Somebody made newspaper balls to soften them before passing them thru you know where. After that, I had to wait more than 2 hours to use a real restroom.
Get out of my bus in Costa Rica
In Costa Rica, I took an express bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio National Park. The ride went really smooth until the moment we were about 5 or 6 miles from our final destination. At that moment, the bus driver commanded everybody to get out of the bus. A lot of people started to complain. “I am going back to San Jose, so get out now”. The thing is that he didn’t want to take the risk to cross a bridge that was in a deplorable state. I had to cross the bridge on foot. I must admit that that thing was about to fall at any moment. Thanks God another bus stopped and picked up the stranded passengers.
Crying in Brazil
I experienced my latest insane moment this year while visiting Brazil. I am not going to get in much detail because it was so bad that I don’t want to remember it. Let just say it involves a shortage of reales (money) to return to Rio de Janeiro from Petropolis, a woman kicking us out of a change house, and me crying in public. Lesson: make sure you have enough local currency before going outside a main city.
This is it for now. I realized I will need a second part to finish telling you about my insane stories. But now it is your time!!! What are some of the most insane moments you have experienced?