We all have some strange tales from our travels. I have a knack for meeting some of the weirdest people in the world, or finding myself in the strangest (and sometimes most uncomfortable) situations ever. From a cabbie in Philly telling me about spending years in jail for gang activity to three men surrounding me and putting their arms around me on the metro in Rome, I can’t seem to escape it.
So, with that in mind, here are the three most bizarre/uncomfortable things that I have ever encountered with regards to drivers. (Also, it might contain some offensive material. You’ve been forewarned.)
After spending a few jam-packed weeks traversing South Africa, I was looking forward to a stop in Durban, where I had a week to just kick back and relax in the lap of luxury.
Upon arrival in Durban, I found myself devouring the city with my eyes as the car bounded down each road on the way to the apartment. I wanted to take in as much as possible–make mental notes of the places and things I saw: a rundown clothing store with fluorescent-colored “evening wear”; men dressed in salwar kameez; people in business suits hurriedly headed to meetings or out to grab lunch.
My last stop in South Africa before heading back stateside was to the Lion Park, located between Johannesburg and Pretoria. By this point, I’d already been on safari and got to see the Big Five in their natural habitat, but I was still excited to see more of the same types of animals. Honestly though, I think I was most excited about the prospect of petting baby lion cubs (pictured below)!
We were staying in Durban and woke up long before the sun came out to make the two-and-a-half hour journey north to St. Lucia. It rained almost the entire way there, so we were already expecting at least a delay, if not a cancellation.
One of my absolute favorite parts of the South Africa trip was the safari at Elephant Plains. Everything about that place is luxe: from the rondavels and the perfectly-prepared food, to the gorgeous grounds and magnificent tour guides. Unfortunately, since we were only there for a few days and wanted to see as much as the wildlife as possible, we didn’t get a chance to unwind with any of their amazing spa offerings, but it was perfect, nonetheless.