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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I was chatting to someone today and I remembered something that happened to me and some friends when we were in America a few years ago. I had forgotten about it, and it had me in knots laughing today just thinking about it.

We had hired a van in San Fran and drove up to Yosemite. We arrived pretty late the first evening and picked a spot to camp in. We left our car at the spot and went off to do a bit of exploring before dark. When we got back to the spot, some German travellers had set up camp there and had settled in.

We explained to them that we had picked this spot and that we even had left some stuff in the metal bunker. They argued a bit but eventually gave in and moved somewhere else. We settled down for the night, happy that we had stood our ground.

The following morning we got up and were greeted with the following sight - the word "DICK" had been scratched into the side of the van in massive letters. YIKES!!! We could only assume it was the Germans from the night before....

That was early in the road trip. We had to drive around California for the next week with DICK on the side of the car.

When we got back to SF all the girls stood in front of that side of the van so the guy at the car hire place wouldnt notice! LOL!!
We never heard anymore about it!

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Hee hee! At least if they'd have pluralized "Dick", it would have made more sense... Maybe they just didn't ike the van...

I don't have a particularly funny travel story, but my boyfriend regularly talks in his sleep, and on Sunday morning he sat up (alseep) in bed, put the covers over his head, and said "Yi-yi-yi-yi-yi!".

I thought that was pretty funny.

3. Posted by maddave (Budding Member 23 posts) 11y

Last year myself and couple of mates went to america for a friends wedding. The wedding was in a very small local town with only one shop, one bar and a load of antique shops!! All us lads on the night before the wedding went to the bar to have a few bevvies to toast the groom. We stayed there quite late and got chatting to our waitress who suggested she would get a crate of beer from behind the bar and we could all go back to her place when the bar closes!! We thought this was great so demanded san miguel beer and four limes! No idea why it just seemed the thing to do.

So at about 2 am there is five blokes and a big fat american waitress stumblimg through this small town singing and screaming, with a crate of san miguel and four limes. We get to this girls house where it turns out that her mother is in bed upstairs. She then proceeds to show us her collection of anal porn movies on her computer! It was at that point that we all suddenly sobered up and thought "what the hell are we doing here!?". At that same moment, her brother walks in with 5 of his rather large scary mates, who look at us 5 english blokes, drunk, with a crate of beer, four limes, and their sister with a load of anal porn movies playing on her computer. You could have cut the tension with a knife.

We quickly made a hasty retreat and have never stopped laughing!

4. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

[quote=samsara2]When we got back to the spot, some German travellers had set up camp there and had settled in.

The following morning we got up and were greeted with the following sight - the word "DICK" had been scratched into the side of the van in massive letters. YIKES!!! We could only assume it was the Germans from the night before....

I've noticed people at TP have had some sort of funny/scary incidents with my fellow countrymen;)
E, your story sounds a bit like the stereotype Germans who always want to stick to their place and pathetically fight for it
Some would even get up at 6 am in the morning to put their towel on a chair by the pool at a hotel in Mallorca...
Hope exceptions prove the rule and you have also met nice and friendly ones

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hey Steff!

It may not even have been the Germans.

It could have been a bunch of Irish fellas who thought it would be hilarious!

Well, whoever did it, I'd love to have got my hands on them - but it was pretty funny in retrospect.

6. Posted by alextravel (Full Member 75 posts) 11y

Last year, while camping at Glastonbury festival in England, me and four mates were all packed in a tiny 3 man tent smoking a few joints. We were all packed in like sardines and had no room to move. One of my mates made a comment like,'jez you cant move in this tent without getting into a overtly sexual position with someone else.' We all had a laugh, the I made the comment, 'maybe thats why they call it camp.' Being as stoned as we were, we all burst out laughing till there were tears in our eyes. The tent was unusable after those four days of camping because of all the hot embers from the joint that melted through its floor.

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I once met a girl in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA at a bar. She was cute and I was drunk and recently dumped, so I was open to companionship (if you know what I mean)

Anyway, the following facts soon emerged about this girl:

  • She was 38 years old, and had 3 kids, including a 19 year old that had recently had a child, making her a grandmother
  • The children did not live with her, having been removed by the state because she was a stripper and heroin-addict
  • She was now recovering from her heroin addiction, but did get me to drive her to her dealer's place so she could score some weed
  • She was still a stripper
  • She was living with a man
  • She was bisexual
  • She was a racist
  • She hated the government (see above children removal point) and wanted to have Timothy McVay's baby (the Oklahoma City bomber) so that his "hatred of the American government" could live on.

So, not the best person in the world. However, I was already quite drunk and feeling pretty low from my recent relationship troubles, so we sat on the beach at night and made out.

I invited her back to my room. "She doesn't know anything about me," I thought, "not even my last name. If she comes to my hotel, I can have sex with her, drop her off tomorrow and never see her again." It seemed a perfect plan to my somewhat hormone and alcohol addled mind.

She turned me down. "What?" I thought, "this 38 year old grandmother, bisexual stripper who would be willing to have sex with TIMOTHY MCVAY is not willing to have sex with me?" I was shocked. If I had been more of a real man, I would have abandoned her by the statue of Selina and gone back to my hotel. Instead, I drove her to her cousin's place.

"I am going to be up in San Antonio in a couple weeks to take the kids to the zoo," she said as she was getting out of the car. "Here's my number, why don't you call me and maybe you can join us." Great, I thought, even ex-crack heads think of me as the nice guy, the kind of guy who you take to the zoo with your kids. "Sure," I said, and put the number in my pocket.

The next day I woke up, my head clear of alcohol and testosterone, and threw out the number. A month of so later I was in Orlando airport watching CNN covering the news of Timothy McVay's execution. They didn't mention any last minute conjugal visits with a stripper from Corpus Christi, so I have to assume that she never got her wish.

It's actually really a sad and pathetic story, isn't it? But it gets the biggest laughs at cocktail parties...

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Call me crazy, but that's kind of a sweet story...

9. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

So, Greg, not much of a zoo man then!!!

10. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

The concept of caged animals clashes with my moral principles that all animals should be free...

...or something like that.