Travel Stories

No mosquitoes please and no men smoking in my room!!

I’m sorry, I can see this is practical, but it did make me giggle a bit.

I don’t think it’s on my list for retreat centers, I try to avoid mosquitos. I wonder if there are entire suits made of mosquito netting that you can get to walk around in? It would have been a useful item to have at a Buddhist center I visited once, where I nearly ended up in the local psychiatric unit after a day of not being able to kill the mosquitos that were feasting on my flesh!

I do have a funny mosquito story though.

While staying at Oneworld Retreats this year, (the venue for our Bali Mindfulness Retreat) I had a phone call from reception asking me to vacate my room, because, I quote, “A man wanting to smoke in your room”. WTF!!?! I thought to myself. I asked the receptionist, “Can you please repeat what you said?”

“Well Miss Tammie, can you pleeeeeaaase leave your room because a man wanting to smoke in there”. Ok, this is the most bizarre request I’ve ever had. So out I go … and who knows what they were doing… Yes, of course, smoking to remove any mosquitos. I had never heard of this technique before.

The funniest part of this was just how accepting I was of a man wanting to smoke in my room (if you’ve been to Bali, you’ll know what I mean – random stuff happens). Man wants to smoke in my room, weird, OK. Almost as funny as when I went to the hairdresser in Bali, and she sends me through her house to the shower to wash my own hair before blow-drying it!

I love funny travel stories! Please share yours!

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