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I've got two. The first one without a doubt was the time I got rejected from entering the United States. It was my first real time travelling alone. I was taking the Greyhound from Toronto to San Fransisco to visit my uncle. I was 18 and not too savvy to travel. When I got to the border the border patrol asked me a bunch of questions, and one was "are you looking for work?" Me being the idiotic 18 year old that I was said "yes". I meant in Toronto, he thought I meant in the United States. So they wouldn't let me through. I had to stay in Windsor, Ontario until 1am (I think it was mid-afternoon when this happened) to take a bus back to Toronto. I was so upset and wanted to swear off travel. The next day though my mom's boyfriend convinced me to give it another shot, and he drove me to a different border stop in Michigan. We got in pretending we were going to some Ba'hai (he studies this religion) thing lol. Anyways, that was traumatic, but at least I got into the USA and eventually got to California. Even now whenever I enter the USA by Greyhound I get really nervous.

My second worst thing was losing my wallet in Rome, Italy. I was with my two friends, and it was disgustingly hot so we decided to sit in this park for a bit. For some dumb reason I took out my wallet and was kinda reorganizing all my money (I had British pounds, Euros, Canadian money etc.) and I think what happened was I put the wallet down and forgot it there. It wasn't until we were at a resturant having authentic Italian pizza did I realize my wallet was gone. We ran all the way back to the park (it was a good 30 minutes away) and it wasn't there. I remember my friend Beth telling me to be careful in Rome because people steal your wallet easily and I remember trying to keep an eye on my stuff and I still lost it. I don't believe it got stolen, I think it was just a dumb thing I did, but who knows. Anyways, my mom had to Western Union me money while I was in Venice, and again in Prague because Italy was smack dab in the middle of my month long European vacation and I had no money, no credit cards etc. It was a bit scary and stressful, but in the end it worked out and I still had a fun vacation.

But yes, those are my worst experiences. I still wouldn't give up travelling for anything though.

Date: 2010-05-07 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellesmere.livejournal.com
Haha, reading about how you said yes to that question made me think of something that happened in a South Park episode. A little SP reference for you. When Jimbo and Ned were coming back from Mexico they were stopped at the border. When border patrol asked Jimbo if they had any guns in the car, he thought about it and said, "yes" instead of no and they ended up in jail.

Anyways, I can see why that would put you off traveling, but I'm glad it didn't. I seem to remember reading about how you lost your wallet and you were worried about it. I'm not sure if you ever posted about it before, but reading that seems like I've heard about it before. I've only had one bad experience when travelling. When I went to England back in December 2006 with my mom. The lady who checked my passport didn't think it was me because my hair was different. I was a little rude to her and she was like, "I don't want you in my country" and I told her that was fine with me and that I'd go back to Canada because, "I don't wanna be here anyway." Haha.. not one of my better moments.

Date: 2014-03-27 02:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brokenbond.livejournal.com
Whoa, I have to ask. How long would it take from Toronto to San Fran by Greyhound?!
I gotta find that out..

Date: 2014-03-27 04:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] millionbubbles.livejournal.com
Hi, it took about 2 1/2 days, it was actually pretty memorable. Took me longer to get to Vancouver by bus weirdly enough.

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