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1. Posted by kellyb78 (Budding Member, 58 posts) 29 Mar '06 12:05

Not trying to put anyone off in the slightest!
Just wondering if anyone has had any close shaves whilst travelling! What are your most scariest or weirdest moments and how did you overcome them?

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 29 Mar '06 12:13

I'm pretty sure that I almost got smooshed by a bus in Belfast. I instinctively looked left, saw nothing coming, and was just about to cross when I realized my b/f wasn't moving. So I stayed where I was, and whoosh went the double-decker. I'm pretty sure that if I was alone, though, I wouldn't have been on autopilot and would have remembered to look right. At least that's what I tell myself.

3. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member, 497 posts) 29 Mar '06 20:17

To stay on the public transportation side of this subject, back in my smoking days, many years behind me now, its just gross now, i was standing at a trolly stop in california with a large group of mates, i saw the trolly coming to my left and bent down to put out my cigarette on the tracks, i did so but the second i put out the cherry, i heard a loud honk and a split second after i raised my head the trolly rushed by and to a stop, i almost pissed myself and my friends all had the shock of their life look on their faces and were just in awe i was still alive. those things move fast! it was far off still when i first went down to put out my cig but man it got their quick. we had just watched some video earlier that day also, called faces of death or something like that in which people were gettin hit by trains and weird deaths of that sort. Really scary stuff!

4. Posted by Zoom (Full Member, 131 posts) 29 Mar '06 23:08

I've traveled a lot and this was the only physical thing that ever happened to me. Was walking in central Casablanca, Morocco with my girl friend looking for some shots to take (we're Photographers). We walked by this outdoor cafe that was full of men drinking tea or coffee. We went around the block and came back and thought we heard some noises from them. Didn't pay attention and stood at this big intersection about 100 feet from this cafe. We were thinking about shooting it so we were checking out the top part when I heard this glass break. I looked down and saw white glass all around me (like a broken coffee cup) then felt slight pain where my front pocket sits. Some crazy guy had thrown a coffee cup at me and hit my wallet which I had in a long front pocket. Came very close to hitting something else much more delicate. If that cup had hit me in the head or eye I would have been seriously hurt. The crazy guy stood there yelling and threw something else. I ran like it was the Olympics for blocks and blocks. My girl friend could hardly keep up. Found a taxi and jumped in. Went to the hotel, told them what happened, and said they should call the police. They said forget it. The police are crap and just try to relax. Relaxed for awhile and went out to shoot again. Really don't know why the guy was mad. there had been some trouble in Israel a few days ago that had the Arabic world kinda mad but we were just western, non Jewish tourists so that's a pretty slim connection but that's all I can think of. Decided that one idiot was not gonna make me dislike a country so carried on with the trip and have been back to Morocco a few times since. Love the country. Very fasinating and exotic (but beware of crazy angry country men) Zoom

5. Posted by Juliet06 (Inactive, 33 posts) 30 Mar '06 03:00

Whoa, those all sound pretty scary! Especially the near death public transport experiences! I'm a terrible road-crosser at the best of times, and when I came back from Thailand I occasionally forgot I was home and just hurled myself across roads at split-second opportunities, as is the way in Bangkok! I'm surprised I still have all my limbs!

My scariest moment was in Vientaine, where I felt slightly uneasy anyway, truth be told. Not sure why. Anyway, I got a tuk-tuk to go to the Friendship Bridge to cross back to Thailand, and just outside of town the driver stopped and let 4 Laotian guys in the back with me. They were staring at me, and I was doing my best 'ignore it and keep looking outside' - until we passed the turn-off for the friendship bridge. We kept going maybe ten minutes down the road, and the driver pulled up under this bridge. By this point the blood was pounding in my ears and I was certain something horrible was about to happen to me. I realised when the guys jumped out and the driver deposited me safely at the Friendship Bridge that he'd just been giving his pals a lift home or something, but christ I was terrified!

6. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5451 posts) 30 Mar '06 03:12

I was in a transport in Albania taking gifts to children in schools and orphanages about 8 years ago. Upon arriving at the orphanage we found out that there had been a gang of armed men waiting to hijack the truck and steal the contents. We had been delayed on the drive out of Tirana, so had changed the plans and luckily avoided the problem because they got bored waiting for us! I was carrying a rather expensive video camera and was glad to not have to deal with such a robbery. It wasn't really scary, but we felt fortunate. The kids loved the gifts. Amazing things like pencils and crayons

Why anyone would steal from orphans is really beyond me, but people were pretty desperate in Albania back then (and probably many still are).

All in all though, I've had very few problems travelling.

7. Posted by argie22 (Budding Member, 40 posts) 30 Mar '06 05:41

Well, mine is not as scary, but here it goes: i was in New York with a couple of friends and we were staying at the HI hostel. We shared the room with one older freaky woman (i've seen a couple of these in different hostels). I fell asleep only to wake up in the middle of the night with the bedroom door right open! I got up and closed it. Minutes later, this woman got up, open the door wide and went back to bed...i got up, pretended to go to the bathroom, came back and closed the door again...she got up, opened it and i didn't dare close it; needless to say, i couldn't sleep that night. I knew someone would get into the bedroom and do something to us...fortunately, nothing happened; she was, after all, just another looney.

8. Posted by argie22 (Budding Member, 40 posts) 30 Mar '06 07:08

Forgot to add: have you read "I really should have stayed home"? It's a cool book with stories of things that happened while the authors were travelling. I liked it.

9. Posted by tino1982 (Budding Member, 14 posts) 31 Mar '06 06:21

Three weeks into my supposed year RTW I got paraletic and had unprotected sex with a know HIV positive person in Thailand. I had to come home get tests etc but its all good. This was all nearly a year ago and I am savin up to go away and do it all again! You live and learn!

10. Posted by honeythief (Budding Member, 29 posts) 31 Mar '06 16:16

i was on a bus from london to glasgow about 16 or 17 years ago. i had a window seat and the guy sitting next to me was wearing short trousers and said he was headed up to scotland to pick berrys. he seemed to be perfectly normal untill i offered him a roll up (a cigarette) . he smoked half of it and then stubbed it out on his knee . he done this atleast half a dozen times during the journey . i was well freaked out.