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#31 Oct 15th, 2013, 09:13
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Re: Worst experience with other travelers?

^^^ ha ha ha... That is hilarious
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Both were in Rishikesh. Surprise! One is that my neighbors kept leaving peanut shells and scraps on their balcony, which, of course meant that their balcony, my balcony and their other neighbor's balcony became THE hangout place for a troupe of langurs.

The other incident involved these two french girls who were sick and tired of all the Indians to be found in India. (The point of Laxman Jhula is perhaps to avoid Indians as much as possible?) Well, they were very upset that an Indian on an Enfield dared to honk his horn as he was about to pass them. I don't know what they did to him, because I was a few steps ahead of them, but whatever it was scared the living daylights out of the Indian. He started cursing at them, but quickly moved on. Then they said as loudly and obnoxiously as possible. "Why do you people have to be so loud and obnoxious!" Or something along those lines. Oh, the irony.
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Originally Posted by harvestmouse View Post I've argued over two rupees. Because the tea seller asked me for double what everyone else had just paid. I may not have been local but I could still count to ten in Hindi.

Is this excusable in these circumstances?
Yes, absolutely. Overcharging is overcharging, whatever the amount. Last time I was "firm" abut a few rupees, it was for using the toilet.

(And, sadly, the price for street tea, in my city, is more like Rs.7 now)

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Originally Posted by stevec View Post If you mean "shout" in the Australian sense, this is indeed an admirable trait
If I understand it right, then I think it is your shout!
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I feel like I missed something in the several years I was in India. I never encountered any unpleasant forens. Maybe I was so intent at living with Indians since I was going to that country that I avoided their ghettos. Maybe it was the influence of my late father in law that gave me 3 firm rules for India that proved invaluable. One of them was that forens knew nothing about what was going on and to avoid them if at all possible.

My only regret is that I did not relax this rule with those who are encountered who were truly remarkable. A lady I met in Nagar city who had married an Indian and lived there for 50 years. When I asked her if she ever wanted to return to the states she said, why when my family is here. All the ladies of the household gathered around her protectively.
I would have liked to have made better acquaintance with a man who married a Marathi gal and started a factory in Pune. He was kind enough to have one of his workman repair my engine when I fell into his yard after a piston froze. All rules require judgment I suppose. In my next reincarnation I will do better..
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while this is not in any way affecting me, the incident did leave a few thoughts.

In varanasi, in the foreign quota booking counter office, in walked a french couple, hand in hand. Then they argues about which class tickets to take, the woman insisting on upper, while the guy insisting for SL. They split up right there, and each went their way. Not sure if they took the same train or patched up later. Some first class french shouting match was witnessed.
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Originally Posted by adam00121 View Post In varanasi, in the foreign quota booking counter office, in walked a french couple, hand in hand. Then they argues about which class tickets to take, the woman insisting on upper, while the guy insisting for SL. They split up right there, and each went their way. Not sure if they took the same train or patched up later. Some first class french shouting match was witnessed.
They were probably actors rehearsing a scene in public to see if they were playing it convincingly enough for bystanders to be taken in.
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This is an enclosed office space in the varanasi station, and only foreigners are allowed entry, so i am not sure what their intent was, as their audience was all foreigners , except for the booking person who is a local. I am not sure i can identify a staged fight vs a real one, at least in french.
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I've had a few, including an Israeli who invited himself to stay in my and my wifes room so he could save money! Cheap travellers that argue over every rupee and sponge are my biggest annoyance.

Anyway, new story from only a few days ago (and I hope the offender is an IM member so he can read what an abhorrent human being he is). Anyway, sitting in a roof cafe in Paharganj and it's incredibly busy and the Tibetan guy there is literally working his ass off running around. They don't have an alcohol license so every beer is bought from the Wine Shop a few streets away for each order meaning a wait of about 10 minutes for every beer - its India so waiting is no biggy.

So, a surly French guy walks in, takes a seat and asks how much a beer is and then orders one. A minute later our beers arrive and he complains that he hasn't got his...well we've been there about 20 minutes mate so chill out! His beer arrives and then he gets up and goes to a table of travellers and bums a cigarette.

His food comes which he devours, every last scrap. Lastly and something I'm 100% sure he does regularly he asks for the bill. When it comes he asks for a menu and starts complaining that he ordered mushrooms in his curry and there were no mushrooms so he is refusing to pay! Then leaves without paying and without tipping the poor guy who has been working his ass off.

Firstly, if theres a problem, say so they can rectify it. Secondly if you eat all the evidence then more fool you, you eat it, you pay for it. I just hate really cheap people from the west who have every opportunity to earn money thinking it's ok to bum their way across the sub continent taking advantage of the good nature of people who have much less than them.

We tipped extra that night to restore balance to the universe!

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Mainly I can tell stories about wonderfull people, wich I have become very close friends with and wich, some of them, I've already seen again at the other side of the world then India. However, there was one person I travled with for a while wich got me totaly annoyed

She was a American girl, we met her on a roof tarrace in Agra. We started talking and found out we were both planning to travel to Jaipur the next day so I invited her to come along. The train was very early, and according to her it was leaving a hour later from another station in Agra. It seemed odd to me but I didn;t payed any attention to it. When we arrived at the station we found out our train had already left, eich actually I had expected a little bit. Fine, just book another ticket, no problems yet. Becouse it was so last minute, we booked General class. The annoyance started in the train.

Packed together with a bunch of Indians in the hallway I made a lot of conversation, wich I really enjoyed. When someone asked a curious question about where she was from, or where she weas going, just anything, she would reply with a rude "It's non of your bussines" and gave them a dirty look. I tried to convince her to ease up a little but this wouldn't help.

Then some while later, at a restaurant she was complaining about every single thing, don't bother to go in the details. Then we tried to get a riksjaw to our hostel in night, and offcourse you try to get a good deal. Every time the driver wouldnt come lower on price, she would start to yell to the driver how it was only 2 (tho) kilometers, in a really aggressive way, I was so ashamed. When we did found a good deal (to my standards, if we'd listened to hear price we still be walking around looking), the driver dropped us of. Then se started to scream again about how it wasn;t the right place, and where he had took us. I saw that actually it was the right place, but couldn't convince her. I got out, payed the driver and appologized for her.

A while later on Camel Safari (I don't even know why I still went together with her) she was complaining that there were no beds left, while there still where plenty. When I told her she simply replied that they were not comfortable enough. How can you ask for comfort while your in the god damnd desert, on a SAFARI?

Fortunately there were plenty fun peope on the safari as well so I stll had a grate time. After the Safari I simply backed my bag and left. Jeesz, I hope never to meet such a terrible person again, I get angry just to think about it again.

Oh, also she was carrying a rolly suitecase, and was constantly complaining about it. Just a very stupid decicion traveling India backpack style, without a backpack.
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"His food comes which he devours, every last scrap. Lastly and something I'm 100% sure he does regularly he asks for the bill. When it comes he asks for a menu and starts complaining that he ordered mushrooms in his curry and there were no mushrooms so he is refusing to pay! Then leaves without paying and without tipping the poor guy who has been working his ass off."

what a turd!

"We tipped extra that night to restore balance to the universe!"

wonderful!
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On an adventure tour of India the guide told us to dress modestly as we were visiting religious sites. A loudmouth Yank declared that no one could tell her how to dress. Next morning before we headed to Old Delhi she appeared in bikini top - and she was busty -- hot pants, and high heel shoes. By the end of the first hour in Delhi she was crying with rage because all those people were gawking at her. For the rest of the trip she dressed the same and complained about how backward and uncivilsed India was.

A couple of us tried to explain that her dress was inappropriate, even her long suffering boy friend joined in -- we all got tongue lashing for our efforts. On her last day she set suitcase on the kerb while waiting for a cab to take her to the airport. She stepped into a kiosk to buy cigs and the suitcase vanished. Karma is a bitch.
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Originally Posted by NYTim View Post On an adventure tour of India the guide told us to dress modestly as we were visiting religious sites. A loudmouth Yank declared that no one could tell her how to dress. Next morning before we headed to Old Delhi she appeared in bikini top - and she was busty -- hot pants, and high heel shoes. By the end of the first hour in Delhi she was crying with rage because all those people were gawking at her. For the rest of the trip she dressed the same and complained about how backward and uncivilsed India was.

A couple of us tried to explain that her dress was inappropriate, even her long suffering boy friend joined in -- we all got tongue lashing for our efforts. On her last day she set suitcase on the kerb while waiting for a cab to take her to the airport. She stepped into a kiosk to buy cigs and the suitcase vanished. Karma is a bitch.
Jeezs, such people should not be alowed to travel. I feel bad for her boyfriend, I would have ditched her straight away and let her rot, she probly totaly ruined his holliday.
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Last trip we were staying in Tophema (Nagaland) and a very loudmouthed American guy not young (maybe around 50) turned up, attached himself to the few travelers staying there,and was impossible to get rid of him. He then ordered evening meal and a hut to stay the night,next morning he had breakfast went along to the festival that was being held,started gathering bamboo beer mugs that was been handed out with beer. Then to our delight disappeared. Turned out that he had picked up his bag and just disappeared without paying anything -not for food or hut or anything. Must admit we felt very bad about it as everybody was so nice to us and he was no young backpacker.We just hoped that with a bit of luck we would meet him in the next place we were going to and put him to shame, which I doubt would have made any impact on him.Sad to say It didn't happen.
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if you eat all the evidence
Hilarious. I suppose waiting for it to emerge was not on the menu.

And about the french couple walking in together, picking a public fight and walking off separately, made me feel like i opened a very thick book randomly to a page somewhere in the middle, read one page, and close the book. Not understanding the context completely, bothers me to no end even today.

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she was carrying a rolly suitecase
My god, these words remind me of one of my travel, positive experience. I was walking along the foot-over-bridge to get to a train platform, and the inevitable happens. One of the wheels decides to pop off, and make its merry way, bouncing hither and tither, right into the gap between the train and platform, and with luck such as mine, under the most narrow part of the compartment, perhaps nearer to the toilet out-chute.

i was standing there, enjoying the bounce of the wheel, while people around me tried their best to catch the flying wheel at every stage..

And once it stopped, out walks the guy who sells pins, locks and other assorted stuff, jumps onto the tracks, and gets as close to the wheel as possible, and borrows a stick from somewhere, and then manages to extract the wheel.

And then proceeds to find a small length of wire somewhere, and we together do some home-engineering and fix the wheel, so that it does not pop off. All for Rs 20/-.

That wheel has survived to this day, almost a year later
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Originally Posted by TriXal0ne View Post Oh, also she was carrying a rolly suitecase, and was constantly complaining about it. Just a very stupid decicion traveling India backpack style, without a backpack.
My husband is joining me for his first visit to India this January, and he said he wanted a backpack. I told him to just get 2 pair dhol straps and attach to a rolly suitcase.
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