March 19th, 2009
|09:22 am - No one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled.|
The Telegraph recently ran an article detailing the amount of ludicrous complaints tour operators have received from various tourists who would have done better just staying at home.
One tourist was unhappy because there were too many Spanish people in Spain. Another one complained that the beaches were too sandy. And a third was bit by a mosquito and was thoroughly chagrined, because "no one told us they bite."
"No one told us" is a common theme. Wonder why.
Oh, and then there's the elephant. That might be the best one of all. G'wan and read it already.
|Date:||March 19th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)|| |
Note that there's a Monty Python routine based on this...
this is actually a bigger problem with British travelers than Americans... Terry Pratchett makes a lot of fun of it too...
British television has a ton of daytime programs about British people complaining while on vacation. The shows are hilarious. My favorite episodes are when they are filming people vacationing in Florida. Nothing is acceptable.
I went to a wedding in Italy last summer. It was at a villa in the middle of nowhere. The groom was English and the bride was Canadian (both still are). The groom's mother and the bride's grandmother, both English, bitched non-stop one day about the owner doing some improvement on the property because they were too loud. The bride and groom were groaning in embarassment. It was pretty funny because I didn't expect to encounter that in person.
Edited at 2009-03-19 08:00 pm (UTC)
In 2006 Sam and I went on a cruise in the western Mediterranean, and it ended up getting diverted to Menorca. We took a hastily arranged bus tour of the island, which to us seemed like a nice little adventure in a lovely place (even if it was raining), but the thing I remember most vividly was the British tourists who spent the whole trip haranguing the tour guide about how nobody told them they might miss their assigned dinner seating on the ship. It was as if they were grimly determined to have as unpleasant a time as possible and drag others along with them.
Er, 2005 actually. 2006 we had the baby. It all blurs together now.