I’ve been thinking a lot lately about our mega holiday, and before the blog (possibly) gets deathly quiet for the semester *tumbleweed*, I thought it would be funny to share one of my holiday adventures. Now, there are lots of do’s and don’t's for travel, I’m sure we all know the deal. But for me there is really only one golden rule: don’t be a silly tourist.
How does one become a silly tourist, you ask? There’s many, many, ways to enter the club of The Vacationally Challenged. Climbing into wild animal enclosures or accepting money in exchange for ‘that extra kidney you don’t really need’, is probably at the top of the list. I haven’t done either of those things (as far as I know, there’s two kidneys in here!), but I did manage to land myself in hospital in the middle of my vacay once.
I thought I was so cool taking as many photos as I could, of myself jumping into the air. ‘Cause jumping is so cool. And then on one fine day in San Francisco we arrived at the Golden Gate Bridge lookout and I saw The Wall. It was THE perfect place to do it, and I’d look… you know… so cool. You can imagine how excited I was. Oh boy. I did the finger pyramid of evil. “Hellooo wall…”.
I climbed. I jumped. It was very high…
…and it turns out I don’t have the grace and elegance of a cat. I landed like a sack of potatoes. A silly sack of tourist potatoes and almost shattered my leg… aaaand of course my husband snapped a photo. The look on my face was absolutely ridiculous and I just can’t show it. Frankly I look like I’m taking a crap mid-air (that’s the top photo BTW, very cleverly disguised – no poop face here!). I spent the entire night in hospital crying like a baby. A big fat sooky-la-la baby!
The Jump is now infamous in our family and I will never, ever, live it down. And rightly so. It’s a very valuable lesson learnt. (just watch, I bet there will be plenty of ‘jump shots’ for my next holiday… some people never learn). And now it’s your turn. I’d love to hear your vacation stories! Share them and let us all laugh at our silliness. Are you a silly tourist too?
Photos: San Francisco – Sydney Opera House – Disneyland – San Francisco