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11. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 10y

Quoting james

In Germany, I used to see a sign that said "Ausfhart" along the highway every few kilometres.

This went on for hours, and I asked the driver why the town of Ausfhart was so popular, and why so many roads lead to this town.

I then found out that it means freeway exit.

That happened to me and my friend too.. But we didn't ask, we just deducted that it must mean something like exit. It really became an inside joke for the whole trip and it has lasted longer. Us saying "All roads lead to Ausfahrt" and then laughing like idiots.

12. Posted by Bokkie20 (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y

Man, that's funny. Especially as I'm german speaking and would have never thought of that...

It's also nice to see, that we are all 'in the same boat'. In german we call those moments 'Aha Moments' (the moment you find out what it means it's 'ah, that's what it means). What would the english expression for that be ????

13. Posted by TravelMc (Respected Member 93 posts) 10y

Quoting Bokkie20

Man, that's funny. Especially as I'm german speaking and would have never thought of that...

It's also nice to see, that we are all 'in the same boat'. In german we call those moments 'Aha Moments' (the moment you find out what it means it's 'ah, that's what it means). What would the english expression for that be ????

I think we just say 'realisation dawns' (in NZ) but Aha moment sounds so much better!:)

As a kiwi I'm quite used to refering to trousers as 'pants' and in my first few weeks in the UK I bought a new pair of pants to work in at the local pub. On arriving for my evening shift at the fairly full pub I announced to the staff and anyone near enough to hear (ie almost everyone in the pub) 'I got new pants today - do you like them?' It took a few moments to remember 'pants' means underwear in the UK. I got a LOT of sideways looks from the customers and my colleagues almost fell over with laughter when they saw 'realisation dawn' on my face!

14. Posted by dbgomes (Respected Member 72 posts) 10y

In our recent trip to Greece, our little party of 5 of us were sat on the 4 hour ferry from Athens to Mykonos (we all looked a mess as our alarm had not gone off in the morning and we got woken by reception at 6am when the taxi arrived). When we came up to the first island we were all out on the deck taking pictures. We couldn't see any of the good beaches we heard about so were saying things like 'Oh yeah they are on the other side of the island' and 'the port is supposed to be not that attractive'. We got off the ferry and was standing on the road deciding how to get to the hotel. Went into the ferry ticket office and brought a map of the island to suss it out.
When we were all looking at the map titled 'Syros' thinking that it must be the greek name for Mykonos one of us said, 'Are we on the right island?' as we turned around to see the ferry chugging away from the docks!!!! DOH!!!!!!!!

Was a good thing in the end tho, as we got ferry tickets to Mykonos for 10pm that night and ended up renting a car for day on the island. Saw a good amount of the island and even had one of our best lunches of teh whole trip at a town on teh other side of the island. Got to see another island too.

These things that happen on a trip are the things we remember the most. Its always good to laugh about it at a later point. Even on our trip every time we landed at a new island, the same jokes got cracked out!!! Just goes to show, that no matter what happens on holiday its never the end of the world, and it makes a good memory in the end!

Daniel

15. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Quoting dbgomes

In our recent trip to Greece, our little party of 5 of us were sat on the 4 hour ferry from Athens to Mykonos (we all looked a mess as our alarm had not gone off in the morning and we got woken by reception at 6am when the taxi arrived). When we came up to the first island we were all out on the deck taking pictures. We couldn't see any of the good beaches we heard about so were saying things like 'Oh yeah they are on the other side of the island' and 'the port is supposed to be not that attractive'. We got off the ferry and was standing on the road deciding how to get to the hotel. Went into the ferry ticket office and brought a map of the island to suss it out.
When we were all looking at the map titled 'Syros' thinking that it must be the greek name for Mykonos one of us said, 'Are we on the right island?' as we turned around to see the ferry chugging away from the docks!!!! DOH!!!!!!!!

Was a good thing in the end tho, as we got ferry tickets to Mykonos for 10pm that night and ended up renting a car for day on the island. Saw a good amount of the island and even had one of our best lunches of teh whole trip at a town on teh other side of the island. Got to see another island too.

These things that happen on a trip are the things we remember the most. Its always good to laugh about it at a later point. Even on our trip every time we landed at a new island, the same jokes got cracked out!!! Just goes to show, that no matter what happens on holiday its never the end of the world, and it makes a good memory in the end!

Daniel

That's an excellent story. It's true what you say; sometimes things like this become very memorable.

16. Posted by dbgomes (Respected Member 72 posts) 10y

Cheers James!!

We have told more people about that story since we have been back than anything else we did, so just goes to show that these things make good memories.

Daniel

17. Posted by jindy (Budding Member 46 posts) 10y

This has been very entertaining reading all your stories! it goes to show, the biggest stuff ups usually end up being the funniest moments. at the end of the day, there is no such thing as a bad travelling experience. ive had a few entertaining ones in my travels, but this is the best:

We booked a package trip to Amsterdam last Xmas (with a reputable company that i will not name) and on arriving, of course the first thig we did was stop in the first coffeeshop we saw. after that, feeling much lighter, we went to check into our hotel, only to discover that the full amount hadnt been deducted from my credit card like i was told, only the deposit. since booking the package i had maxed my credit card, and shortly after that, much to my dismay, i discovered that my uk bank account only worked in the uk. it was one of those simple self service cash machine only cards.

after a few hours of panic, realising that the cash we had left was barely enough to buy food for the next few days, let alone a hotel, we settled in at the airport for the night. we had 3 days until the bus back to london, and there were no spare seats on an earlier bus. luckily we only had our small weekend bags, and not too much to carry around. we bought ourselves a loaf of bread and a jar of the dutch version of nuttella and had enough in the little bag we bought on the first day to stay relatively cheerful. by day we explored the city, we had some very entertaining days, it was actually quite cool, and by night we slept in the airport.

on returning to london, with all the money we meant to spend in amsterdam, we booked a 5 star hotel for 4 nights and lives it up. that hot shower there was possibly the greatest experience ive had in this life!!

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