Makes me wonder how much in this I can relate to? Here's a list of just a few of my various misadventures:
- Getting locked in a bathroom in my hotel room in Japan in the middle of the night -- had to yell for help for about 30 minutes, hoping someone who spoke English could hear me.
- Getting stuck in the mud in the middle of the Panamanian jungle and then using a condemned outhouse at an Indian village (I should have gotten a hint when an Indian boy ran to get a crowbar to open the door for me).
- Missing the last bus going from Waitomo to Auckland in New Zealand right before my flight to Sydney.
- Accidentally hiking with three Yakuza (Japanese mafia) down a mountain on Miyajima Island, just outside of Hiroshima.
- Arriving in an abandoned train station after midnight in Belgium with no Belgian money and a non-working phone card.
- Not having a care in the world when a 35-ton whale swam directly under my kayak in Antarctica.
- Running full-speed into a glass door at my hotel in Kobe, just like a bird flying into a window. (The automatic door didn't open as fast as I thought it would.) My nose-mark was on the door for days afterwards...
- Getting charged by an elephant while riding a bus in Namibia.
- Nearly spending my last bit of yen while sight-seeing in Nagasaki -- ended up back at my in Kobe with less than a dollar in my pocket and no ATM in sight.
- Flying to Moldova and not realizing I was about to head into a communist country until making my last connection in Frankfurt.
Something tells me I ought to pack this book every time I travel. On the other hand, this one might be even more handy.