The joy of travel is in the discovery. However, in these days of Tripadvisor, Instagram and Google maps, the magic of the unexpected has been diminished somewhat; we seem to want to find exactly what we are looking for, rather than simply bask in the newness of it all.

There is a certain kind of traveler that takes this concept to the extreme, and would probably be happier just staying at home. You'll find them in English pubs up and down the Spanish Costas, red as lobsters, tucking into egg and chips and complaining about the lack of Marmite or baked beans, or some other obscure product from the U.K.

Then there are the Instagram hordes who saw a heavily filtered picture of an iconic attraction and join a huge crowd of people with selfie sticks, jostling to get that exact same shot. Hardly the breathtaking and romantic experience you had in mind, was it? When reality fails to match expectations, based on the promise of home comforts or unrealistic Instagram images, people get disappointed and make ridiculous complaints.

These vacation complaints, made to real travel agents and tour companies and based on a Thomas Cook/ABTA survey, are so absurd that it's hard to believe that they are real. Spanish people speaking Spanish in Spain? The brochure didn't tell us it would be like that! Why is the sand yellow? I expected white sand!

I guess the lesson to take from all the disappoint and ridiculousness is this: Travel without expectations, and accept that the world doesn't exist simply to cater to your comforts and photography needs.  Go with an open mind to discover, experience and learn!

Scroll down below to see the list for yourself, and tell your travel stories in the comments!

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

This can't possibly be real, no one can actually be this stupid

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But are we getting more picky about our holidays? How are people's travel habits changing? Let's take a look at the ways that technology and modern life have affected the ways we choose to spend our time off.

We travel more frequently but for shorter durations: "The Office for National Statistics in the UK conducted a survey called the International Passenger Survey in 1996 and 2016 to uncover the biggest changes in the travel habits between the 1990s and now – that’s a 20-year study," Drifter Planet writes.

"The results show that Brits are now going on more holidays than before. In 2016 they went on more than 45 million holidays abroad, compared to only 27 million in 1996, an overall rise of 68%. But despite this, holidays are becoming shorter, proving to be one of the biggest changes we’ve seen over the years marking a huge decline of two week holidays. A week-long break is now much more popular than ever before and there’s been an increase in holidays lasting up to 10 nights."

With budget airlines making the citybreak a more affordable option, it's no surprise that people are exploring their own continent more, rather than save it all for one big summer trip. It keeps you fresh to get frequent little escapes from work and daily life, rather than waiting almost a whole year for the summer to come around again!

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Falcon
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1 year ago

This can't be real....

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

Sorry they fell from the sky.

alwright
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1 year ago

THIS made me laugh too hard

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Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch
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1 year ago

If they though that was bad... wait till they find out the sky is full of birds!

Laugh Fan
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1 year ago

GASP!

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Michael Kooris
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1 year ago

The children were scared?! The poor fish have been receiving therapy since!

BusLady
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1 year ago

Exactly. Dr. Fishwater has been booked for months.

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Jay Kay
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1 year ago

so sad that people stupid like this have kids -.-

Gilbert Aldous
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1 year ago

Go to Australia next time, they have sharks. The children won't be scared for long.

WaffleFryLife
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1 year ago

i have no reply to this comment... it's genius!

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Laura Zappenduster
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1 year ago

there won´t be any more left in the future, so dont bother.

Smerv
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1 year ago

Wish I could upvote this again

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Carol Emory
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1 year ago

Well of course they were scared encountering the resident of the home you invaded.

Stevie B
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1 year ago

Shhhh! don't tell them about the the other marine life, bacteria, trash, pollution, etc....

Smiley Rie
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1 year ago

Imagine if they realised there are bacteria & fish digestive excretion in the water lol - they'd never go in it again (which would be a relief for the fish)

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Vic
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1 year ago

Seriously, what's with all the fish in the waters? Show off!! Why can't they just walk on land like the rest of us!!

Brenda Alvira Alvarez
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1 year ago

Sorry, they broke loose out of their cages

Marc O'Callaghan
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1 year ago

They must be the kind of people who think bottled milk grows on trees

CrazyCatLady
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1 year ago

Let me guess, there was also sand on the beach?

Karen Dyer
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1 year ago

Bath tub (usually) no fish, ocean loaded with fish, lake/river lot's and lot's of fish....duh

Roberto Durante
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1 year ago

no way, is it true. Wow, fish in the water

Molly E
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1 year ago

They probably didn't think they had to. They obviously never met these people.

Susan
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1 year ago

My first thought was that this couldn't be real, but then I remembered the news story about the woman who called 911 because there was a whale next to their boat.

Smiley Rie
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1 year ago

People truly plumb the depths of stupidity! -\_0_/-

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Anonymous
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1 year ago

uh where would the fish be if not in the water, on your dinner plate?

Zaheen Muhammad
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1 year ago

Well yeah, apologies, but the fish can get thirsty and greedy at times!

Marcia Herriott
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1 year ago

Fish! OMG! In the water! Idiots.

Janine Randall
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1 year ago

I wonder if they realize how chicken and beef get in to those plastic wrapped packages?

Chris Sprucefield
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1 year ago

Just fish? You are lucky! You would be REALLY scared then if I told you what else there is in the water...

Richard Liu
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1 year ago

I dot find it stupid at all since they didn’t specify what kind of situation these tourists are facing. It is highly possible that they’re just shocked by “Fish Spa Therapy” without knowing that before they put their feet in the sprinkling warm water. It happened a lot in Asian people.

Karina Andersen
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1 year ago

or like no one told us sharks live in the water

Eric Forster
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1 year ago

I'm sure the fish were just as scared of your children.

Ana Miranda Lisbon - Portugal
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1 year ago

ahahahahahah I bet!

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Ann Maunder
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1 year ago

Hahaha. Embarrassed to say I experienced this once when in Portugal, looked into the water with our sons snorkel and screamed when I realised there were fish round my feet duh!

Mike Procaccini
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1 year ago

I know right?!!! No one told us there would be birds in the sky when we went skydiving either!!!!

Sally Hudd
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1 year ago

There really aught to be a test of some kind prior to people being allowed to breed.

Marzena Makarewicz Ptaszek
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1 year ago

...loving it. I acctually feel like Einstein right now 😆

Gonzalo Terán
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1 year ago

We are late, they already have reproduce...

Stormy Ashes
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1 month ago

What kind of idiot is scared of fish?

Éva Nemes
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1 year ago

Nobody don't care about youre yelly children :D

Dario Agrillo
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1 year ago

Don't worry... It will still last just a couple of years more... :/

sharron lynn parsons
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1 year ago

Gee, fish like to swim !!!

Mary Montejo
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1 year ago

But did they tell you that water is wet???

Norman van Druten
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1 year ago (edited)

They migrated from the land, just to scare the kids.

Best Finnish Potatoe
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1 year ago (edited)

And the fire burns. The water is also wet.

Ayasophya Alturas
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1 year ago

plz say this is a joke

Ana M
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1 year ago

Really?!?! Oh my God.

Shoto Todoroki
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1 year ago

What did you expect?

Ana Miranda Lisbon - Portugal
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1 year ago

Fake water! Everyone knows fish comes from the package!

Éva Nemes
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1 year ago

Na and? Who care about the children? :D

Diana Crawford
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1 year ago

NO more limited thinking parents ever. This is way some travelers are called dirty thinkers....now we have children scared for life of fish in water.

Nancy Baldauf
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1 year ago

Wait a few years. The fish are diminishing rapidly.

Ashley Wright
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1 year ago

Stupid.

Kanga9ine
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1 year ago

Let's blame a teacher. After all, they should have potty trained your kid, taught manners and respect and OMG they forgot to warn kids there are fish in water. They must have figured the kid would have seen that with the aquarium in class that they supply the fish for. God help us when sex enters the picture. More kids even dumber than their parents. Jeez. Death is on you to explain.

Linda Sellers
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1 year ago

Bet the fish were more scared, lol.

Wlle Leitz
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1 year ago

My visit to Vancouver, asked the locals - Hay, what time does the Ocean close.........

Annamay
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1 year ago

Was the water in the bathtub? If not, it's part of the adventure.

Nikki
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1 year ago

okay, this i can sort of question a bit. like, if it's waters that shouldn't contain fish, like a pool then yeah, why? but if it's some body of water that CLEARLY has fish, shame on you

Shirley Heyn
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1 year ago

Yeah, it's a scary world out there. . .

ptm45
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1 year ago

MEDEA: Oh lort.....

AnnieLaurie Burke
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1 year ago

F'God's sake, be sure not to take them to South Africa or Tanzania! If fish scare them, what will they do when a lion opens the door of your safari bus?

Abbas Fahmy
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1 year ago

They must have escaped.... again. LMAO !!

Donna Reynolds
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1 year ago

The fish were even more terrified at the stupidity.

Mark CM
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1 year ago

This one is SO old.

Ghost_Recon_Waffle
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1 year ago

*facepalm*

Pavlina G
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1 year ago

I just died…….laughing

rachel carter
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1 year ago

Wow this can't be real.... What planet are they from

Reee
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1 year ago (edited)

Oh, I'm sorry, It seems to me you're saying that your children belong in the water more than the fish?

Id row
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1 year ago

I want to meet this person. I want to shake them by their shoulders and scream Sam Kinnison style in their face, asking them where tf they thought fish lived.

Shinomi Chan
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1 year ago

Well no one told me there would be people outside and I'm absolutely fucking terrified.

Debrina Blackmoon
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1 year ago

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marmitejim
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1 year ago

If your kids are scared of fish then that's all on the parents, you're not doing a very good job.

Elina Kuusisto
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1 year ago

Well, good chance for them to learn something

Ed Souza
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1 year ago (edited)

Typical a-hole parents that think the world revolves around them.

Ieva Nura
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1 year ago

Well it's out of contexts actually. Maybe there was fish in a pool :D

Ben Smith
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1 year ago

Your children were raised by idiots then

Kaisu
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1 year ago

City people...

Daria B
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1 year ago (edited)

Don't put us all in the same basket. I'm a city person too (not a metropolis, though, eheheh), but my city is by the sea and I've witnessed lots of fish and crabs, and all kinds of life underwater. ♥

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Molly Block
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1 year ago

Surely they meant, "Jellyfish?" As in a migration of them?

Kjorn
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1 year ago

fish are aquaman's baby

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Active holidays are on the rise: As people are becoming more health conscious, so are wellness holidays becoming more popular. Instead of letting it all go with booze and food while away, people are seeking to recharge, repair, and have more of a fitness-oriented break. Things like Ayurveda, Yoga, reiki, body detox, spa and meditation holidays have all seen a huge spike in interest, while classics like hiking, camping and cycling are as popular as they ever were.

Conversely, the old 18-35, contiki tour classics are on the wane, which many people would see as a good thing. While there are still plenty of resort options if you want to get wasted, sunburned and laid, it doesn't quite seem to have the same appeal to the younger generation as it did for us oldies. Maybe kids these days are just more sensible, introverted, health and image conscious to get into wild drunken brawls on the streets of Benidorm or Ayia Napa.

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

Your husband is probably making the person bathing topless uncomfortable. It should not be allowed to ogle.

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

I heard that his wife saw it too and left him for the elephant

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Social media's effects: Back in the old days, you'd arrive at your destination with maybe a guide book, a map and some interesting new banknotes. These days, we've seen photos of everything, read all the restaurant reviews, know which attractions we want to photo ourselves, as well as the funky 'hidden' bars and hangouts. We all find these things in the same place: Google. 'Top 10 things you must see in Porto' leads tourists to the same few places in the city, all busy instagramming away and trying to keep the crowds out of their image.

If somewhere happens to be particularly popular on Instagram, it will be packed with people trying to get that 'money shot,' rather than simply enjoying the aura of the place. The tumbling, colorful buildings of Cinque Terre; the strikingly blue streets of Chefchaouen, the sun setting over the pyramids of Giza... we've all seen these iconic images in gorgeous photos, and we want to take those exact same photos. Perhaps it has always been that way, but Instagram has definitely 'influenced' the way we travel.

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Smerv
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1 year ago

...and the water was wet?

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Giorgio Prodoti
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1 year ago

You don't say?

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Kay Cee
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1 year ago

The dumbest thing I've ever heard

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Hope Floats
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1 year ago

I despair....Sometimes I think there are certain groups of people that should holiday in their high street....

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Daria B
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1 year ago

Mosquitoes love imported food. ♥

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Rose the Cook
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1 year ago

Did you try using a knife?

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Falcon
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1 year ago

You don't say 😏

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Rose the Cook
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1 year ago

Who would wear a swimsuit that had been worn by others anyway?

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Kwj
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1 year ago

Sounds like someone has "sniffed" too much hairdye chemicals already :O

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

That's disturbing

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

I wish people like this would just stay in their own countries

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Tiffany Marie
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I think One Person.. Made all these stupid comments.

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Molly E
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Was the water too thin?

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1 year ago

I would have solved it by pushing them into the water to wait for boat's arrival

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

thoughts and prayers

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Foxxy
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You would hate it in Australia. Shops open 9am - 5:30pm Monday to Friday except late night shopping one day a week, which finishes at 9 pm. Saturday is 9-5 and Sunday is 11-5. Although supermarkets are open from 7 am - 9pm mon to fri.

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Christopher Rhind
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Ginger Nuts likely the nickname the shop keepers had for these tourists.

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Plot twist, they were the noisy and unruly guests.

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