Why me? Tell me…

Yeah you. It’s called murphy’s law, or Mr Murphy. Have you ever wondered why, oh why does things happen to you? No. No we are not ranting about something bad that has occured with us. And no it’s not about the horse either…

Because today’s post first pokes fun at the tribulations one may experience when embarking on a journey. Check out these hilarious comics about the thrills and spills of traveling these days. Does any of the comics relate to your personal experiences? We found the last one to especially apt. Oh why do we have the urge to go to the restroom when the plane’s about to land?

And now we get to the serious stuff. Because it is not only air travel where you can be a little stressed.

Our postulation is this. No amount of planning will prevent or insulate one from mishaps. You might read later in our story on getting back to the cruise ship while in the Grand Caymans after a swim at Stingray city. Why of all days were there like 20 ships anchored there? Don’t they have a schedule to follow? Can you imagine if the traffic snarl would have really caused us to miss the tender back to the ship?

Did you recall this lady trying to swim to hers?

Ok that was a little extreme. If you were in the same situation, what would you do?

Mid week humour

It’s a slow week.

Just had to repost this one regardless of whether we get permission or not. Really recommend you click on the below link for some nice mid week humour. We especially liked numbers 8, 9 and 10. Number 15’s pretty good too…

Which ones did you like?

 

20 travel related jokes that will make you smile

via 20 Travel Related Jokes — Hardy Travel – Tips from around the world

Fancy Yoga lessons

You know when we lived in Amsterdam, we got used to what can be considered quirky events taking place in the city that it was like “so what”? Afterall we were living in AMSTERDAM! Right? So this article has got to be something you take a short read, for it demonstrates why we never tire of being in that city.

Suan goes for Yoga regularly. However she says “Darn it I will never step into a barn and do yoga”… ok you get the picture?

We normally do not re-blog, but probably worth putting in a link to this original post about our move to Holland, the Netherlands if you will. And if you do, do read the pages that are in a links of the post too. It contains little nuggets about our life in Holland, summarized into short essays telling you some of the quirks about living in this city and country. Yeah three years you know, so it’s not easy to condense! Thus, we shall not reveal too much here.

If there is one thing we can say though , it is that making the move to Amsterdam was the best decision we made. Sure it came with a nice expat package. Can’t complain about that. But it’s about the fact that we had our ‘YOLO’ moment. Many folks yearn for this we know. We were lucky. Extremely. And glad to have done it.

Yoga with goats and you can only find weird stuff like this in Amsterdam. Would this be an attraction you’d sign up for when you are in the city? Or will this goad you to move to Amsterdam?

More animal funnies

Oh do we love funny animal shots…and this one from the Daily Mail was such a favourite! Don’t you think the seal was cute? We certainly think so!

Cute Seal
Lifted from the Daily Mail. It looks soooo happy!

Have you any cute animal pictures to share?

Only the wealthy may come

You have to hand it to the Daily Mail for picking up this story…In this post, we are told that the country’s leadership has opted for a high value; high quality tourism approach. Only 5-star hotels and resorts will be approved hereon. And they are suppose to come with their own water treatment and backup power systems, supposedly for environmental reasons. However, budget travelers need not fret. AirBnB is still available. And along with that the local hostels too. Perhaps what will be costlier will be the flights!

Why has this come to pass you ask?

Quite possibly, the islands had felt the strong wave of tourist numbers flooding their shores! Recall that we wrote some time back about the sheer growth of tourism volumes here? And that we had predicted too that there could be repercussions. In the form of a push back. Enough is enough!

Now granted that the push back we anticipated is from the local folks, but you should also know that all politics are local. If the constituents are not happy, well the politicians are likely to pander to the direction of political winds to stay in power. Not unless you have a dictatorship…Thus this latest development in Palau is not a surprise to us at all.

And we believe this is the harbinger of the future…

Could quotas be introduced in “hot” tourist destinations? Want to visit Barcelona? Go online and apply for an TSTA – ‘Tourist system travel application’. Like its cousin ESTA, you have to pay for this application and it has a limited validity. Without this you can’t get on a flight, bus or train to the city. Even if you are on a cruise ship, you cannot disembark. Aargh! How will long term ‘travelers’ be affected?

Will this become a reality?

Perhaps not as drastic. But nevertheless some form of “control” is likely to be on the cards. In our humble opinion that is. There cannot be action without a reaction – no matter if it is equal or not in force. Just as the pendulum swings or sine wave oscillates, at some point the huge number of tourists will cause sufficient strain to the infrastructures of destinations to buckle. We just might see more cities and countries adopt some form of what Palau just decided to do. Perhaps it’s just a matter of time.

And that’s how the cookie crumbles.

You read this prediction first – here on our blog. What do you think about our prediction?