Another post refreshed this deeply repressed embarrassing memory in my mind today, and the cringe-wound feels fresh again, so I thought I’d share it with you all.
We were staying in a luxury suite that had a personal room attendant who we met briefly when we arrived that afternoon. We were in a hurry to get out and explore, so we ditched our belongings in the room, and headed out to sightsee. When we returned late that evening, we were shocked to find that our luggage had been unpacked for us. Our toiletries were in the bathroom, neatly placed on his and hers trays; our clothes were hung, and shoes carefully lined … and then the kicker:
MY LINGERIE WAS SPLAYED OUT ON THE BED, ANGLED TOWARD THE DOOR, WITH A TRAIL OF ROSE PETALS LEADING UP TO AND SURROUNDING IT – A PLATE OF CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRIES AND A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE NEARBY.
I had a few pieces of lingerie in my bag, so this one had been chosen. And, the room attendant must’ve not noticed, but it had (I’m rocking in fetal position as I write this) …… already been used.
I. Was. Mortified.
A few years ago, I was on a backpacking trip through Europe with my friends. One day, we decided to visit a popular art museum in a bustling European city. As we were exploring the museum, I became engrossed in a particularly captivating painting.
Lost in the art, I unknowingly took a step back to get a better view. Unfortunately, I didn’t notice that there was a velvet rope barrier behind me, meant to keep visitors at a distance from the artwork. As I stepped back, I tripped over the rope and stumbled backward, falling right onto the floor in a rather undignified manner.
The noise of the fall caught the attention of both museum staff and fellow visitors, who turned to look at me with a mix of concern and amusement. Mortified and red-faced, I quickly picked myself up, apologized to the staff, and sheepishly walked away from the scene.
While it was undoubtedly embarrassing at the time, looking back, it’s a travel memory that my friends and I still laugh about. It taught me the importance of being mindful of my surroundings, even when I’m captivated by art!
Now it’s your turn! Feel free to share your own embarrassing travel moment if you’d like.