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Travelling through Asia with Foot-in-Mouth Disease

Author: John M. (More Trip Reviews by John M.)
Date of Trip: April 2006

"Bonzer," she said, "I'll bloody well go and make myself known to them."

I sighed and watched helplessly as she bustled over and was given extremely short shrift.

"That didn't work," she said dolefully as she returned. "They really aren't my type at all. In fact, I don't think they have anything in common with me."

I wondered how the trip would go, but kept my mouth shut.

Sometimes fellow tourists can deliberately go out of their way to actually cause embarrassment to others.

The last night of my Mekong cruise, one of the Australians on the trip - and who had a delightful sense of humour - deliberately sat at a table with four Mormon couples who, until that moment, had never shared their table with anyone during the 8-day voyage. The Mormons looked startled and uncomfortable as he pulled up a chair and beamed at them.

"I suppose you are wondering why I am sitting with you," he said wickedly. "But as Mormons, you must understand that in Australia your disciples always knock on my door at the most inopportune times. This is payback time and I am exacting my revenge."

The Mormons continued to look non-plussed and sank deeper and deeper into embarrassment as throughout the meal he regaled them with extremely bawdy and steamy stories.


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