Funny vacations, shopping & swim up bars

Not funny ha ha…. but funny strange …. funny weird …. just funny.  Like what, you ask?

Like a temple in Northern India crawling with thousands of holy rats.  In fact latest estimates puts the number at around 20.000.  Does that sound awful?  It looks pretty awful.

This temple dates back to the 1400’s and the rats are said to be reincarnated story-tellers so they are revered and fed on treats.  Shoes have to be removed before entering the temple and it is said to be very lucky if one runs over your foot (as long as you don’t try to climb up the nearest gate).

Like the island of the dolls near Mexico City.  A local man had found a doll floating in one of the canals after a local child had drowned.  He was haunted by the sight and hung the doll from a tree as a memorial.  Well one thing leads to another and suddenly the whole island was covered in dolls – most of them broken.  The weirdest thing is that he drowned in the same canal.  Umm – major creepy – Here’s Chucky!

Like the dead and the bewitched tour in Scotland.  (reference Wikipedia) The Edinburgh Vaults or South Bridge Vaults are a series of chambers formed in the nineteen arches of the South Bridge in Edinburgh, Scotland, which was completed in 1788. For around 30 years, the vaults were used to house taverns, cobblers and other tradesmen, and as storage space for illicit material, reportedly including the bodies of people killed by serial killers Burke and Hare for medical experiments.

Well that sounds weird enough for me!  But the BBC took it even further –

The television show Ghost Adventures investigated the vaults and claimed to have numerous encounters with spirits there.

In 2009 a BBC TV production team filming a one-off TV special featuring Joe Swash recorded unexplained voices in the vaults during an overnight sleepover by Swash. Swash was the only person in the vaults and did not hear the voices himself at the time of recording, despite the sounds being audible on his own microphone. The voices continued to be heard on the recording for some 20 minutes before abruptly ceasing after what appears to be the sound of children yelling. BBC sound engineers initially thought the sounds may be explained by voices drifting into the tunnels from nightclubs nearby but this was found to be incorrect and no logical explanation could be found although they may well have been weak radio signals being picked up by the BBC microphones. The recordings were broadcast as part of the finished program Joe Swash Believes in Ghosts on BBC Three in January 2010.

Boy – you would need a wee dram after that experience!

Like Giants’ wine goblets – found only in Northern Laos.  It is said that giants made these massive stone goblets for their rice wine so that they could have a few celebratory drinks after defeating some other mythical enemy.  Whatever the truth might be if you do make it to this remote area of Laos odds are that you won’t find any other tourists there and not even one souvenir stand.
The jars: still standing (Credit: Credit: Jarryd Salem)
Fill those with rice wine and you would have one GIANT headache the next day – sorry that was really bad!

But remember – one man’s meat is another man’s poison so what you might think is weird others might think is perfectly normal.  What you might like to do on vacation may not be what your partner likes.  How many times have I been in a beautiful European city and have seen abandoned husbands fast asleep while their wives do a little Euro shopping?

Some love a swim up bar or hanging out at the pool all day – not my bag but each to his or her own.

Ouch – that’s going to hurt tomorrow.

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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