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Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

What has been your worst holiday trip?


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Klaus Voss
Scientist, 38

On an island off West Africa called Fuerte Ventura, I ripped open my leg. A doctor gave me some brown duct tape, an old surfer recipe, to patch it up. When I took it off later it was disgusting, but the others were impressed. For surfers, duct tape is like a purple heart.

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Yoshi Murakami
Musician, 28

I had an Australian girlfriend and we traveled from Australia to Bali together. She was really tired and she just kept crying all the time. And I had to go shopping with her. From a guy's perspective, traveling with women can really suck.

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Johnny Everton
Video Studio Manager, 38

Being trapped on the Gatwick Express to the airport to go away with friends. I had two other people's passports and their money. It took two hours, so three of us missed the start of the holiday and had to pay an extra £320 to get to Spain.

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Gillian Clark
English Teacher, 27

Last year my purse was stolen in a Beijing restaurant. When I reported it, the police just laughed. When I said I was an English teacher in Japan and needed my gaijin card, they stopped. The next day my wallet arrived in a taxi with only my gaijin card in it.

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Hiro Hara
Photographer, 26

I had diarrhea for 2 weeks in China. The first day when I arrived I ate a dish that looked like shabu-shabu, so I thought it was supposed to be half-cooked. I had a big backpack on and I had to to go to the toilet every hour. The toilets had no doors, so my diarrhea was famous.

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Yuko Wakabayashi
Office Worker, 29

A taxidriver in Melbourne ripped me off and asked to kiss me and tried to get my address. It was public holiday and I couldn't get money out. He said instead of money give me your number.



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