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Favorite or Most Memorable Vacation Memory

Posted Over 1 Year ago by Weird Occurance

Who did you go with? What made it memorable?

My family took a cruise down the Baltic Sea in the summer of '06.

I strongly remember we stayed in a hotel in Denmark before catching the ship the next day.

Within 5 mins of getting to the hotel, my brother saw a book of matches on the room's ventilator.
He lit one, got startled by how quickly the fire caught, and dropped it down a slat in the vents. We didn't see if it went out.

A few minutes later, my dad came in the room to tell us we were going on an excursion and to meet our parents in the hall in a few seconds. Neither of us said anything.

We ended up walking down a long tourist street to a tour bus to go around the harbor and see the Little Mermaid statue and check out some other historical touristy sites.

On the way back to the hotel, my brother and I were walking down the street and my brother leaned over to whisper "I wonder if the hotel's still standing".

My dad overheard him from behind us and screamed "What!"

We explained what happened and Dad started lecturing us about how we were both idiots for not telling him, and we should be smarter than this, it could be a foreign affair issue, and so on.

Ultimately, the hotel was still standing.

My brother will have you believe he was "like 12" when it happened.
He was actually 17.
Somehow that makes it more facepalm-worthy and more ridiculous in retrospect, but I like to tell this story as an icebreaker haha it was certainly memorable!

Share some of your stories!

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When I drove to Charleston the last time I saw a full double rainbow in the middle of the worst storm ever. That was pretty neat!

Over 1 Year ago
Xhin
Sky's the limit

In the early 1960s, when I was around 8 years old, my family took a vacation at Mahabalipuram.

Over 1 Year ago
chiarizio
 

My brother will have you believe he was "like 12" when it happened.

He was actually 17.



12 ... 17 ...

Doesn't matter! Boys and anything remotely incendiary are a fiery combination!

Over 1 Year ago
elemtilas
 

When I drove to Charleston the last time I saw a full double rainbow in the middle of the worst storm ever. That was pretty neat!


This sounds amazing. I think I've only seen this once... in 2013, maybe?

Very cool.

In the early 1960s, when I was around 8 years old, my family took a vacation at Mahabalipuram.


Oooh - I want to hear more about this!

Doesn't matter! Boys and anything remotely incendiary are a fiery combination!


Too true!

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Over 1 Year ago
Weird Occurance

My parents were medical missionaries assigned a mission by the Board of Global Missions of the Methodist Church.
My father was sent to teach medical subjects at the medical school and nursing school, and also practice medicine at the hospital, of the CMCH (Christian Medical College and Hospital) in Vellore. Vellore was the second-biggest city in the state now called TamilNadu but then called Madras. (It’s biggest city is and was its state capital, now called Chennay but then called Madras. Hey, if there can be a New York City in New York State, there can be a Madras city in a Madras state! But they’ve changed not only many of the placenames but even the state borders since I was there 61 years ago.)

Each Protestant denomination** kept a house in the “medical compound”* where all the families of the foreign medical missionaries lived. Ours was Wesley House, of course; we were Methodists. The compound had people from nearly every English-speaking country in the world, I think. Brits (English and Scotch and Welsh in particular), Aussies, and Yanks from many states. We were the first Texans — and maybe the first Southrons for all I know — so we excited the curiosity of the locals, who were aficionados of accents. And the other Americans there were the first Yankees I ever got to know.
*(there was also a “mission compound” where all the purely religious foreign missionaries lived.)
  • (Christianity was legal in India, but denominationalism was not. As long as we were there we were all CSI, Church of South India.)

    There was another American family named Vreeland there. We and they became friends.
    One vacation the parents decided both families should go to Mahabalipuram, which was then a famous beach resort. So we went.
    It was just off-peak season, so the resort staff had no other guests to worry about.
    The weather was beautiful all day every day we stayed there, and the sea was also pretty and pristine. We were all together and all getting along. From time to time we’d go into town to tour the cultural sites as part of a guided tour. There’s a carving in a big rock there called Arjuna’s Penance; that’s where I first learned about those five Pandava brothers and the Mahabharata.

    ….

    For beauty of place, another vacation almost equals that. I was a teenager when we went to, among other places, the World’s Fair in Vancouver, British Columbia. BC’s “Piny Woods” were close to my ideal of a place to get away from civilization.

    Wikipedia says my memory is inaccurate; the ‘67 World’s Fair was in Montreal, and the Vancouver World’s Fair was in ‘86.
    I remember going to Montreal, too. But the beautiful place was British Columbia.
    In ‘86 I was 34 years old; in ‘67 I was 15. The year we went to BC was probably ‘67 or ‘68.

  • Over 1 Year ago
    chiarizio
     

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