What have you fled from, on your travels?
A Swedish couple on a four-month honeymoon managed to stumble upon six disasters on their journey, including cyclones, flooding and earthquakes.
Stefan and Erika Svanström left Sweden on 6 December last year and were first stranded in Munich, Germany, due to the snowstorms that hit Europe...
Honeymooners stumble upon six disasters
Ive never technically had to flee anything but I seem to attract political demonstrations - 1989 I was living in HK and was supposed to be in Beijing on June 9 but after having been slightly trapped in protests in HK decided not to push my luck. Went from there to Kashmir and had an idyllic few months on a houseboat on Lake Sirinagar until the sound of gunfire got too much.
Fast forward a few years - 11 Oct 2002 had a drink at the Sari club in Bali on my 24 hour no fly stop after diving out on the islands - the night before the Sari Club was blown up, 2008 - Lae/Port Moresby riots, 2009 - Bangkok Redshirts and again in Apr 2010 transiting through BKK so decided not to go into Bangkok city and diverted south to the islands and had a lovely peaceful time.
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Whilst we were in Pokhara the Maoists decided to ban all travel, threatening to shoot anyone seen using a vehicle. So we had to cancel our 12hr road trip to Kathmandu, taking a Buddha Air flight instead.
So, thanks to the Maoists. we missed bumping along in a sweltering bus and instead flew past breathtaking views if the Himalayas and had more spare time to explore Kathmandu.
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We encountered some floods in Vietnam. The town of Hue was knee deep in water. Later on the train to Nha Trang the tracks of our train were washed out. After waiting 20 hours we finally hired a cab and made it to Nha Trang safely.
We were supposed to fly into Mynmar the morning the Japanese photographer was killed in all the turmoil. At the last minute we stayed in KL. I guess that was a near miss. Glad we didn't go. They had a real mess for a few weeks. Reply to this
Flood - whilst camping at Mount Mee last January 2011. We got stranded and couldn't flee. The Park Rangers came to our rescue
Snow Storm - hit us on our way to Milford Sound New Zealand last September 2010. Got bogged in the snow then hit by a tour bus !
Earthquake - fled from the constant tremors whilst in Christchurch NZ (September 2010)
Bush Fires - whilst camping at Mount Mee in September 2009. Then got hit by a duststorm when we got home the next day.
** Also survived a 7.6 magnitude earthquake which claimed more than 1600 souls in the Philippines.
Snow storm on our way to Milford Sound
What happens When You Suffer from Excessive Happiness
Rubble - The aftermath of Earthquake in Christchurch NZ
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We were in Northern Chile whilst in bed 1 night we heard the sound of a train coming towards us, we jumped out of bed and ran to the door just as the whole room started shaking, the epicenter was 50kms away but was deep enough not to cause much damage but it sure as hell scared the life out of me Reply to this
I tend to hide out, rather than flee though, because it generally has seemed the safer thing to do.
I hid in my hotel room in Cuba, listening to the hotel staff in the courtyard praying and rattling rossery beads, as a horricane tore accross the country.
I hid out on an island in Uganda, because there was a war on. The island had no electricity or running water, and at the time it was not so easy to get there, so I figured the war wouldnt bother going to the trouble.
A volcano errupted when I was on my way to Quito, Ecuador and all flights to there were stopped. I took a detour to Peru instead.
It was just a few months before I went to Thailand in 2006, when the coup happened. I have been to Thailand a few more times since then. A few months before going there on every time, some political crisis happened. I am due to fly to Thailand in just 2 and half months, and right on schedule, the following is in todays news.
Thai lawmaker shot, fueling election violence fear
My boyfriends comment about what is in todays news is as follows.
I swear it's you, somehow :D
You'll be in the dictionary under Disasters, tTsunami, earthquake, revolution, MelFla :D
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Maybe you could convince world governments that this is true and you could be paid to stay at home!
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... you could be paid to stay at home!
I must say, there are worse ways to make a living. I like that idea. If I stay at home for say 10 months, I wonder if it would earn me enough money for a trip someplace. :D Reply to this
I have experienced a major volcanic eruption near my place where I stayed. Reply to this
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