Monday, May 20, 2013
D.E.T.E.R.M.I.N.E.D. aka the crocodile did it?
Day 20: Get real. Share something you're struggling with right now
Well to be honest I'm sure as hell struggling with this "Blog Every Day in May" challenge! Realised yesterday that it had been ten days since my last post. Sheesh! Anyway I'm determined to get them all done even if it takes until Christmas. D.E.T.E.R.M.I.N.E.D.
So in light of this struggle here is day 10, 10 days late...
Day 10: Most embarrassing moment (s). Spill
This was tricky. I have so many! But after stumbling upon some old travel photos of the Rooster and I in the Lauterbrunnen valley, Switzerland, I have settled on what to me, is the cringe worthy story of The Finger:
We stayed the longest in Lauterbrunnen of anywhere in Europe. I think it ended up at around 9 or 11 days? We'd planned on 5. Apparently we were just shy of winning the longest stay extension award at our camping ground (we sacrificed Lake Como. Sorry George Clooney). So many beautiful mountains to hike up and mountain-bike down, waterfalls to explore and cows with REAL bells on them just wandering down the street. Simply meandering! Man it was something else! As you can imagine from the height of those cliffs, it was also very popular with base jumpers. Apparently on average one died in the region every week that summer. We met some absolutely mad base jumpers in the evening. Those guys and girls are intense as a rule.
So anyway, to the embarrassing bit...for several days we had passed one particular base jumper on the trails and always stopped for a quick chat. Not sure where he was from, but he was a lovely. A friendly, totally insane base jumping dude. One night at the pub we bumped into him right as I was about to take a photo of our group. You know when you travel and you have to do that awkward apologetic "excuse me, sorry to bother you but would you mind taking our photo?" etc etc. It gets old real quick. Seeing as I knew the guy (and probably had a few beers under my belt) I thought I'd mix it up and be a little cheeky. "So how are you with your index finger?" I asked him holding my camera up. He replied; "Oh that ones fine, it's just the middle one I'm missing". He proceeded to hold up his right hand and his middle finger was completely absent. Holly molly. I paused and asked meekly "Oh how did that happen?" whilst trying to will the beetroot red from entirely enveloping my face. "A crocodile got it".
Somehow I doubted that but at that point I just said something lame like "ouch" and handed my camera over. I was hardly going to challenge the guy on the story of his missing finger after putting my very large foot in it! I wanted to dig a hole and crawl in. The first time I had ever said something cheeky and ridiculous about fingers to a semi-stranger I was asking a favour of and said stranger was actually missing a finger. You can bet I stuck with the old "sorry, excuse me..." for the rest of the trip.
To make my humiliation worse we kept seeing him around for several days. He was just so nice. I wanted to face-palm whenever I thought of it. Luckily Greg couldn't tease me too much. He'd arm wrestled a guy with Bells Palsy in Prague. By accident of course. He was mortified so knew where I was coming from.
Yeah, we do and say some weird and positively un-PC things when travelling. We are probably a good pair. I'll leave you with some snaps of the amazing Lauterbrunnen valley...
2009 australian rules football grand final. we got up at 5am and rode a cable car up the mountain to watch as our team was playing. greg had arranged with a man with satelite tv to open his pub super early so that we could watch. five of us trekked up that hill bleary eyed to find that the channel needed a subscription! luckily greg had brought the laptop last minute. we huddled around the teeny tiny screen as the sun rose on the hills around us. it was beautiful. oh and our team won! later that evening greg may have been dancing naked draped in his footy jersey in a mountain nightclub.
i was asleep!
the beer tower. not such a challenge
my birthday present from eggory- paragliding!
our favourite cafe in lauterbrunnen (this photo doesn't do it justice), with a book swap room in the back and delicious coffee- it was run by aussies!
picture postcard perfect!!!! we love you lauterbrunnen