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Is sand better than snow?

Well of course sand must be better than snow.  Think about it – just look outside the window.  Piles of snow on stacked up garden tables, trees laden down with snow, parked cars on the side of the road imprisoned by snow.  Now close your eyes and imagine sand instead …

Aaah – are you feeling better now?  Sand means beach and beach means sand and it is a lovely thought.  But sand isn’t always such a lovely thing because sometimes

  • You get sand in your picnic on the beach
  • The baby gets sand in the diaper
  • The toddler eats sand and – well – gets sand in the diaper
  • You find sand in your clothes six weeks after coming back from vacation
  • Sand hides in the corner of your suitcase and magically appears when you are unpacking for a conference
  • Sand is the home for sand fleas who like to feast on you in the late afternoon when you are snoozing on the beach (I speak from first hand experience)
  • Sand sneaks into places your mother didn’t know you had!

Of course people can have fun in the sand with no beach in sight like those who go sand-boarding in Dubai or Namibia or any handy desert – even in Colorado I believe.

Now although the experts say that when you fall it doesn’t hurt because it’s sand – they do recommend to keep your mouth closed unlike the lady in the picture here.  The sand spray that is whipped up goes straight into your mouth – so remember to shut it!  Although the experts say you don’t get hurt when you fall others will tell you that it is not that easy and the sand gets absolutely everywhere.    http://monkeysandmountains.com/sandboarding-namibia

Rolling in the sand in Dorob National Park.

So maybe snow is a whole lot easier to deal with – it’s just that unless you are a snow-boarder or a skier it is a giant pain in the ass and right now I would gladly trade the winter outside my front door for a sandy beach somewhere even if it did mean sand where you least want it!

I don’t like to complain…. but

Sometimes you just gotta do it!  Thomas Cook in the UK have a whole list of the most ridiculous complaints.  Some real corkers such as ….

“The beach was too sandy.”




“Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned. The holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women.”



“We bought ‘Ray-Ban’ sunglasses for five euros from a street trader, only to find out they were fake.”

Genuine Fake Watches - gee what a find!

Genuine Fake Watches – gee what a find!

“No one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled.”
starfish boy





“It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England, it only took the Americans three hours to get home.”  (The Americans were flying the space shuttle, stupid!)

“I compared the size of our one-bedroom apartment to our friends’ three-bedroom apartment and ours was significantly smaller.” (How could that be?)

“The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the accommodation.’ We’re trainee hairdressers — will we be OK staying there?” (Oh alright, just this once.  But DON’T tell anyone you are hairdressers)

“There are too many Spanish people. The receptionist speaks Spanish. The food is Spanish. Too many foreigners now live abroad.”

 “We had to queue outside with no air conditioning.”

“It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel.”

Mmmm.  Let me just check my crystal ball.
Mmmm. Let me just check my crystal ball.









“I was bitten by a mosquito, no-one said they could bite.”







“My fiancé and I booked a twin-bedded room but we were placed in a double-bedded room. We now hold you responsible for the fact that I find myself pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked.”  (How the hell did that happen?)