Welcome to the first part of our hopefully long series of Through the mouth of..!
B-but what is it?
I’m glad you ask! It’s a list of 10 random, crazy, weird or f-ed up things people said during our travel in that specific place.
We’ll start with, of course, the United States of America!
After explaining that we are traveling on the cheap, and hitchhiking.
“Oh my God! But how did you make it across the sea?”
It often takes a lot of effort to not put up a deadly serious face and answer “Well swimming of course!”
When walking on the Arizona Trail and talking to two stoned Navajo in their truck.
“Be careful out there. You know, even the scariest stories are true.”
“Do you know Texas Chainsaw Massacre?”
Did we tell you they had a chainsaw in their truck?
This is one we’ve heard several times when explaining we are on a long trip with no return date.
“Do your parents pay for that?” Urgh. Really? Some even try to be funny about it with “So, who has the rich parents?”
Good one! My parents give me a ton of money to travel but only for food and accommodation, which is why we hitchhike. And bar the accommodation, we actually sleep in a tent. I mean, 25 year olds are not able to sustain themselves anymore, right. (Sarcasm. Laugh. Haha.)
When hitchhiking near a gas station.
“Here’s 5 dollars for your gas”
This one just deserves a confused look.
This only happens in America, and only people that traveled in the States will understand.
“Where are you from?” – Belgium.
“Oh waw that’s amaaaaaazing!”
“How old are you?” – 25.
“Oh waw that’s amaaaaaazing!”
I am sure it could it could go as far as:
“Do you wear socks?” – YES!
“Oh waw that’s amaaaaaazing!!”
One of our first encounters with a real cowboy.
“Do you have a beer for me?” – Sorry, someone just gave them to us, we only have two.
“What are you doing here in the States?” – Traveling
“Y’all trying to steal the American money, that it?”
Sure! We buy food, drinks, sometimes pay for motels or restaurants. Real thugs, I tell ya!
That awkward one when they criticize people without a college degree.
“So, what did you graduate in?”
When we tell them that we come from Brussels.
“Aren’t you afraid with all the Muslims over there?” – this is often asked with a very concerned voice
Sigh. We’re just tired of this one. For the last time, terrorists are the problem, not Muslims. JUST HUG EACH OTHER ALREADY.
When crazy cartel Mexican picked us up. (click for story)
“If you are going to Mexico, tell your parents beforehand that if they get a call for a ransom, they shouldn’t pay up because you’ll be dead already anyway.”
Hmmm well, okay?
Tip from an experienced hiker.
“If you’re in the desert and you’re hungry just tease a rattlesnake with a stick, wait for it to snap at you and then CUT HIS HEAD OFF!”
Because it doesn’t always have to be negative, here’s something beautiful and profound Kimmy commented on our blog:
“I went back to work this morning as you know..in my big corporate world..and was at a lost for the first 3 hours..day dreaming of what a wonderful adventure you both are having..and how us silly Americans believe we are living the dream by working everyday..and Not adventuring..what a paradox..”