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11. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Mikey B

....I was just about to ask him what he found so fascinating when he calmly said to me 'it is true what they say, you are much bigger'....:

Welcome to, um, Jamaica

12. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

While in Russia I had a couple run ins with the police. While there, you are suppost to register with the police in every new city. We were headed to the Altai mountains to go hiking on the Russia-China border.

It was a great experience, we spent three weeks there living in a village and hiking in the mountains. What we didn't do is register because we didn't have time to get off our bus and catch the next bus and register. Sooo we didn't register.

It was about a seven hour drive to the city with the train station, we got there and headed straight to the station. We waited in line for a few minutes and got to the counter.

"no tickets" in russian was our answer.

we were heading out to check the bus depot. When the guard saw us and I guess he was bored and wanted to see our documents. I handed him a photocopy of my passport because you can never be sure. But my travel partner handed him the real deal.

Well the guy just walked away, so now we had to follow because he had one of our passports. We were lead into a small room in the back where a none descript man with a crew cut was smoking a cigarette in the corner. The gaurd and the man talked for some time and reviewed our documents.

They asked for my real passport. They started to question us about not having registered. "Oh damn" ran through my mind. We played the ingnorant tourists and I looked up "mistake" in the russian dictionary.

The uniformed guard started talking on the phone to someone. I guess wondering what to do with us. He hung up and wanted us to open our bags. They searched a bit. I was clean but they were wondering about my friends ARCO - a small portable hard drive. Luckly they didn't find is second passport and GPS. I think if they did we would of had problems haha!!

Well they let us go and we went out side and took a taxi for the three hour trip to the next town! haha... then we registered.

13. Posted by leia (Budding Member 22 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

yeah good one Mickey... :)

No horror stories as of yet, well not really, not as bad as yours Skacore.. thats' totally f'ed up. I hope everything turns out okay.

the worst story to happen to me was in Bangkok when we had handed in our photo's to get put onto disk and printed. The lady behind the counter was about 100 adn our photo's were put on disk in fornt of us by her gradson. Turned up the next morning as agreed to pick them up and she didn't know who we were or what phoo's we were talking about and tried to give us someone else's undeveloped film. Her son came i nand went spastic adn asked us to wait for an hour. said we could do but no more cos our plane to Sydney left in 6 hours and we had to get to the airport.. turns out the old lady had given people th ewrong photo's all day. i felt kinda bad for her and this other woman after us was going mental... so yeah that's the worst thing to happen so far.. maybe something really cool will happen on our next holiday like we weill get kidnapped and get to live freely on a tropical island for the rest of our lives. that would be cool, so not really horrible... well we'll see

14. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Was once staying at a hotel in Germany and pulled what i thought was the flush in this kinda minimalist designer bathroom. Turned out to be part of the water supply pipe and unfortunately came apart, releasing a gushing torrent of water into the room. I had to stand ankle-deep in water with my finger in the pipe trying to stem the flow while my partner got the manager who got the water turned off.

This being Germany we went out for an hour and when we came back there was no evidence that anything had ever been awry.

15. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Despite my recent adventures including the police shakedown in Mongolia and the pulmonary edema and subsequent evacuation from Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, my best horror story still has to be La Paz, Bolivia.

I arrived in La Paz via airplane from Buenos Aires, which was a big mistake. Flying from sea level to 4000m above sea level is not a good thing, and the altitude hit me hard. But I was prepared for that, and had factored in a couple of days of rest before heading off to Lake Titicaca and Machu Pichu.

But I felt awful, and ended up not doing anything in La Paz except lying in bed. I tried eating a couple of times, but my mouth wasn't producing any siliva and eating was impossible. I faded in and out of sleep, having weird dillusional quasi-dreams (including one where I was a woman). I was starting to find it hard to distinguish between reality and my dreams.

After 3 days, it was obvious I wasn't getting much better, and I had started to develop a cough. So I decided to skip Lake Titicaca Machu Pichu and instead head down to Arica, Chile and sea level. As I went to bed with the plan to go to the bus station the next day, I heard fireworks going off. "Damn," I said, "I wish I could go out and see those." But I was way to tired.

I woke up the next morning, the sun streaming into my room. But things sounded different. There was no traffic noise, and I kept hearing fireworks going off again. Then I heard a large boom, and realized that it wasn't fireworks that were going off.

Instead, the night before as 7000 striking police officers were demonstrating outside the presidential palace 4 blocks from my hotel, the government decided to call in the army to "keep the peace." Peace was quickly abandoned for fighting that killed 22 people and injured 102.

I spent an additional two days in La Paz, coughing, sleeping and occasionally watching the goings-on via CNN international on the TV in the lobby. Fighting only lasted into the afternoon, but buses were cancelled for a day and the half, and then it took another day for me to get a ticket out of there.

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