most embarrassing moment

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1. Posted by princegor (Budding Member 8 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

What’s the most embarrassing moment from your travels that you’d never want to experience again?

2. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2623 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

The most embarrassing moments that I can remember were when I was traveling with my parents - my mother would embarrass the pre-teen me by asking silly questions. (Like we would be in a drugstore where we could get milkshakes, and she would ask the guy behind the counter if the milkshakes were 'really thick' - I mean what could he say? - this was before ubiquitous milkshakes like from McDonalds- this was milkshakes that they made with ice cream and a blender thing)

I don't really remember times I have embarrassed myself by doing or saying something foolish.

3. Posted by princegor (Budding Member 8 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

You are right, all mothers are like this. I have also had to deal with such behavior many times. I felt good hearing your answer, and thank you for your answer.

4. Posted by jonp4161 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

The most embarrassing moments that I can remember were when I was traveling with my parents - my mother would embarrass the pre-teen me by asking silly questions. (Like we would be in a drugstore where we could get milkshakes, and she would ask the guy behind the counter if the milkshakes were 'really thick' - I mean what could he say? - this was before ubiquitous milkshakes like from McDonalds- this was milkshakes that they made with ice cream and a blender thing)

I don't really remember times I have embarrassed myself by doing or saying something foolish.

yeah, parents do this sometimes. I think they just want to have a laugh. Mine was when we went on a trip and we were kind of lost and ask the locals where that place is and they did not know where it is and then we knew we mispronounced the place. Good old days.

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6. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2623 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I have done embarrassing things but most of the time I just said 'oops' and went on without dwelling on it. Like I did get up to the airport and realized that I left my passport at home -a 2hr drive away. But we were up in the evening before we took off in the morning -we were staying at a hotel overnight. So my husband drove home and got the passport and came back and all was well.

I was in a railway station in Spain and wanted to check my bags through and the place we could only check them and not check them through and the baggage clerk told us to we were crazy by making swimming motions - telling us to go jump in the lake. (Since we had little language in common).

Another time I was driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike at a time before there was insistent weather forecasting and we stopped at a rest stop to use the bathroom and eat. It was horrible weather - drenching rain and very windy - because it was the tail end of a hurricane that came up through Virginia and Maryalnd. But we didn't know that. So I went into the bathroom and noticed that there were urinals and also that I could put in 50 cents and get razor. When I came out there was a lady with a mop and pail at the door and a line of men and she asked if there was anyone else in there and I said No so she told the men they could go in. I thought at first that I had gone into the wrong restroom and was embarrassed. But it turned out that the cleaning lady had switched the signs so that she could clean the men's room - not my fault.

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 7237 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I visited Albania back in '98. One of the really awkward things in Albania is that people shake their head to indicate agreement.

I was there to do a video shoot for an aid organisation. On one occasion we visited someone's house where they had a severely disabled child who apparently barely left their room. On seeing us, they asked me whether it bothered me having her there. I shook my head, meaning to say no, but to them I was indicating yes and promptly started moving her to a back room.. When I realised my mistake, obviously I was horrified. I can't actually remember how it resolved. I think we clarified the mistake, but I was definitely quite embarrassed by that cross-cultural error.