It’s a weird world out there

Sometimes when you travel anything that you see that is “different” might seem a bit weird.  I felt the same way when I first came to Canada.  Even though my first language is English it wasn’t “Canadian English” so I had to learn a whole new vocabulary – hood instead of bonnet, trunk instead of boot – and that was just with the car!  Goodness me – rubbish is actually garbage…. the list goes on.  

But seriously – there are some very weird things to see and do out there in this big scary world – here are just a few of them ….

Mexico – you’ve heard of Mexico’s Day of the Dead … what about Night of the Radishes?  I am not joking.  This has been a thing in Mexico since 1897 – so 23 December each year is officially Night of the Radishes when expert radish carvers display their art work for the locals who sometimes buy the more intricate works of art as Christmas Centerpieces.

Finland – enter a competition where you can throw your cell phone as far as possible.  Ever felt tempted to do that?  Don’t do it in the office – just get on a plane and go to Finland – this is serious stuff (almost) 

Ireland – a different kind of lottery.  Now I must admit – even though I am half Irish and still visit family there often I have never heard of this weird lottery in the coastal town of Cobh.  Apparently the day before the festival you buy as many of the coloured balls as you wish for Euro 2 each and then on the big day they are rolled down the hill and the four balls that cross the line first win some big prizes.  Each ball has a unique number.  The funny thing is the street where the balls are rolled down is called the Deck of Cards street because of the brightly painted houses stacked up against each other.   

And they’re off!

Australia – scared of creepy crawlies?  Well you might want to think twice before visiting Christmas Island.  Every year the island is covered with more than 40 million red crabs.  But why you ask?  Well they have to make the trek from the wet inland forests to the ocean – takes them 5 days and don’t think of getting in the way ….

Mmmm – not many takers for this one I think!

So what’s on your list for 2019?  

OK – we won’t offer you these scary options in our newsletter – just those same great deals on long stays, cruises and tours.  But if you know anyone who would like to go hang out with 40 million crabs do let us know.  We are Aussie specialists you know!  G’Day and Happy Christmas!

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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