Wednesday, September 12, 2007

I Appreciate the Advice, But...

As we approach our departure date, friends have been sitting us down over beer and nachos to give us advice about our future travels in various places. Some of them have been to India, lots have been to Southeast Asia, and many have gone to Australia and even New Zealand. We're ever and eternally thankful for the advice, as a lot of it is stuff that would never be covered in any of the Lonely Planet guides, but I have to wonder what the hell people are thinking when they issue such pearls of wisdom as:

  • If you're crossing a border or demilitarized zone in Vietnam, and a guy points a machine gun at you, just put your hands in the air and walk slowly, and you should be fine.
  • If at all possible, try to choose a hotel or restaurant that has cats, because that means there will be fewer rats or cockroaches (I guess they don't feed them Fancy Feast.)
  • Try to get some Valium before you leave, so you can take it on long bus rides when you want to sleep.

OK, seriously. Why would you give advice like this to a completely freaked out pre-travel traveller? Demilitarized zone? Machine gun? Cockroaches? Rats? Valium? It's like they don't actually want me to go anywhere.

Actually, if you combine all of those things in one giant scenario, it might be worth watching.

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