this post is aimed at all you travellers out there who have themselves experienced or heard of other peoples stories of where they have been times when things could have really gone pear shaped but somehow managed to get out of various situations in one piece , basically i would love to hear peoples tales of any problems they faced whilst travelling around the world which you do not read on websites or read in books, which you would have not expected lets say, ie problems with locals, wildlife, police, food/drink etc... i would love to hear some of these stories so would be much appreciated if i could hear some of your experiences.
Um..I have quite a few stories I could put in this post. You could either look at them as downright bad luck or close shaves...depends on whether your glass is half empty or half full I suppose
1. About 3 weeks after arriving in Peru, I got very sick. Too many details to go into, but basically I got typhoid (despite my vaccinations) and ended up in bed for the best part of a month. I was extremely sick, lost a LOT of weight and bodily fluids and at some points wasn't sure if I was going to come out the other end! In addition I got a a bad chest infection which meant that recovery was even more difficult. Its pretty sobering to think that I could have died if it had gotten any worse.
2. The nigth before I was due to leave Chile for Argentina I was walking down the main street in Santiago with friends. We had just been to the bus station to buy our bus tickets for Mendoza. Suddenly my whole body was yanked violently, I felt the strap of my bag give way and watched a guy disappear into the crowd with it - it had on this occasion my passport, bus ticket to Arg, cash, a camera and an MP3 player! OUt of nowhere a guy ran up to me saying "Que dirrecion?!" So I pointed in the direction the thief had run. This guy legged it down the street after him. As we stood there slowly realising what exactly had been in my bag and what that meant, he came walking back with my bag. He handed it back to me. It had EVERYTHING in it!! I flung my arms around him, thanking him as best I could in my pidgin Spanish. He just smiled and walked off with his girlfriend. I rifled through my bag checking to see that everything was in fact there. As I did so, the thief re-appeared, ran at me, grabbed the bag AGAIN and tried to run a second time!!! This time, a crowd who had been watching the first incident gathered around and wouldn't let him get by. SO I GOT MY BAG BACK A SECOND TIME!!!!!!!!! That was one of the most unbelievable things that has ever happened me and I was so touched by what that guy did for me. All I could do later that evening was just pray that something wonderful would happen for him. He saved my bacon big time!
3. On one of my trips from Santiago to Mendoza, my friend Ringo came along with me. It was his first time crossing a south American border and he didnt realize that he needed to keep his exit slip to get out of Chile and into Argentina. It was only half through the 8 hour journey when the bus steward came to check our slips that he realised he didnt have this. The steward told us that this was very serious and that there was no way he could get into Argentina without it. Panic ensued. This would mean that we would be turned back at the Argentina border high in the Andes and have to go back to Santiago. In desperation, we asked the steward if we could pay the officials at the border. "hmm...no...I think...no" he said but he went off to consider the possibiltiy. Eventually, he came back and said that we would need $100US. Even between us we didnt have that much. All Ringo had was AU$100. He said he didnt think it would be enough but we would have to wait and see at the border.
When we got there, he took Ringo off to one side while I got in the queue with the rest of the passengers. When I got through the other side, there was Ringo's cheeky grin back at me - the bribe had worked. The steward and the border officials had a cut each and everyone was happy, ESPECIALLY US!!! As we stood in the freezing snow at the top of the Andes, we were thanking our lucky stars!!
thanks samsara for taking the time to post that, you rele have had some 'close shaves' but its very reassuring to hear that in the end things worked out, from this post and posts simililar i can build up some pictures in my mind of what could happen unexpectedly, so thank v much again.
Hi again JG,
Yeah things definitely worked out in the end. Probably the best lesson Ive learned from my travels is that you dont fall apart when these things happen (if they happen at all). You just get on with it, and they only end up enriching your travel experience usually.
One thing is for sure, they definitely make you stronger
Good luck on your own travels.