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11. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

i think we're just as bad in Ireland, the slightest bit of sun and we're sunbathing in the beer gardens... .....

12. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I grew up in Australia, and was sunburnt every summer. I enjoy the feeling of mild sunburn. Now that I live in China, my skin has gone very white. Different story altogether

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

Irish people definitely stick out like a sore thumb when they are in foreign climates - you can spot us a mile away!

Bright red noses, bright red ears, bright red necks, and skinny white legs!

I was on a beach in Spain once where there wasnt many tourists, just the ebony-skinned locals. Everyone was staring at my lily-white skin and blonde hair!! hee hee

14. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I'm in The Philippines on vacation at the moment. One cute local girl rubbed her arm up against mine saying her skin was "coffee", and mine was "milk"

15. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 11y

The Thais tend to do that a lot too...they can't understand why we want brown skin. Every Thai woman I have spoken to wants white skin, I was amazed at the range of skin whitening cream out there!

One thing that Thai children are facinated with is freckles! I am quite freckly even though I have quite dark skin once I go in the sun. They would spend hours looking at my freckles and touching them if I let them! Strange when most people in the UK would have some sort of freckles, but I have never seen a Thai with them?

The things I wonder when I am bored at work!

Donna

16. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

i know what you mean about the freckles, i have millions and normally are trying to hide / cover them but when i go away the locals seem to love them, ...

17. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

Ever been so badly sunburnt that you just itch in pain ?

Thank God I've never been so burnt that I wasnt able to move. I get pretty tan right away, I go from a little bit tan to very tan almost instantly...I dont know if thats good or bad, but because of that I hardly ever use sunscreen which cant be good at all. I guess I just answered my own question...

18. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

Ever been so badly sunburnt that you just itch in pain ?

Mr Isa here...

Well, I wouldn't exactly call it "itching" in pain, it was more like screaming in pain. My parents and sister and I drove from Chicago to St. Petersburg, Fl, when I was 19 (so many years ago). OK, the drive didn't do it, but the first day we were there we laid on the beach for pretty much the whole day. My father has dark olive skin, my mother is transluscent white, and my sister and I are somewhere in between. As I got redder and redder, my mother decided to "protect" me with cocoa butter, slathering it on with abandon every 5 minutes. Though I smelled like a giant Hershey bar, there was no protection going on at all. By late afternoon, I looked like someone went mad with red spray paint all over me. Everyone got their yucks with the lobster jokes, but the pain was, shall we say, palpable. That night, I blistered badly on every square inch of my body, save for a little patch in front and in back...use your imaginations people. The blisters came on in the middle of the night, at the same time I was becoming feverish. Cold sweats racked my body, and I began belting out showtunes. Hey, I was feverish. It took about a week for the blisters to subside, and by that time I had sworn off Florida, though as it turns out, not for good.

A word of advise....NEVER use cocoa butter for anything, and I mean anything. Sure, it smells good, but it just doesn't make an effective sunscreen.

The most effective sunscreen I have found in my many years of travel has, without a doubt, been beer. It's really tough to get burned while sitting in a bar, be it at the beach or in your car. Though I don't recommend drinking in your car. Or sunbathing in your car. Or both.

Hope this helps, if with nothing else but imagining me as a lobster with the cutest little itty bitty tan (burn) lines.

Mrs Isa here...

Yes, even after hearing this tale of woe - I married him. But, I don't think the sun went to his head - just the cocoa butter.

Being the pale, blue-eyed person that I am from Minnesota - I know better than to be in the sun for more than 2 minutes. Burn, peel, burn, peel. SPF1500 is my favorite for vacations anywhere south of the Artic Circle.

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

My worst sunburn ever - i had been lying on a beach in Tel Aviv all day. It was about 100C. I applied sun-tan lotion all day. Just relaxing on the sun lounge with my arms behind my head and thought nothing of it because i was covered up what factor 20 or something. Later on that day i ended up with sunburnt (soon followed by blistered) armpits. It was the most painful thing i've ever experienced. Obviously, i had neglected to apply lotion to my armpits.

20. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

I have just came back from my holidays - with my forehead swelled from the eccess fluid which makes me look like ET creature. Just 3 hours of walking in the sun made it.