I feel a forceful tugging at my hand and before I have time to register the shock of being robbed, the pickpocket hastily disappears into the crowds and I am dashing right after him. I can hear myself shouting, alternating in Spanish and English, pleading for someone to stop him.
"I'm so sorry to crash your wedding, but our bure mom forced it. I just got here and had no idea what was going on," I explain through my plastic smile. The bride and groom both reassure me that everyone staying on Turtle Island during a grand wedding is invited to be a part of the party.
As the year draws to a close, U.S. News Travel takes a look back at some of the wildest, wackiest and most outrageous travel stories of 2013. Next time you encounter a snafu while traveling, remember, it could always be worse.
Having had the opportunity to visit 65 countries in the past eight years, I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to travel so much. The people in each place have taught me so much about love, happiness, generosity and life.
While in Nha Trang, I met an English teacher who had been in Vietnam for many years. He said the Vietnamese are taught that their problems are caused by the West, especially by the French and Americans.
It was the third time the bus broke down. Somewhere right outside a small mining community in Western Australia, our bus had enough and it wanted us to know. So with an explosion and plume of smoke, the bus came to a crashing halt.
Often in my twenty-year career as a flight attendant for Pan Am, especially in the 1960's and first half of the 1970's, I had a feeling of awe and wonder at the experiences that were mine for the asking.