Stupid things that tourists say or do! Please add!
I was on the beach with a friend who had a lady with her who just moved to the island. I collected 2 handfuls of seaglass and gave them to the new resident to see how beautiful the pieces were telling her "this is sea glass."
Her response was: "what is sea glass?"
Mine: "it's glass from the sea."
The best one was a lady was off the cruise ship in F'Sted and wading in the water. She asked if "I lived here." I said yes I did. She said she was on a cruise. I asked where she was from?"
Her reply: "I'm from Half Moon Cay" in CA.
Mine: "I said, oh you must mean Half Moon Bay. I'm really familiar with it."
She muttered something nasty under her breath and literally stomped off. I felt badly that I didn't go along with the ruse. I guess ignorance really is bliss!
How about things your friends/relatives from the States who have never been here assume?
It's so funny to me. I have lots of friends/relatives who, after all these years, still have not been down to visit. They often ask me ridiculous stuff like:
Do you guys have grocery stores down there? What about movie theaters, do you have those? How 'bout post offices?
I swear, many people think we're living on the moon...
One visitor, who came down in the summer, was suprised when I said I last went scuba diving in January. (No, the water is not freezing cold here in January.)
Oh, and here you go, "do you have local maine lobster?"
No, the water is not freezing cold here in January.
Speak for yourself, Bob!:P
I don't go into the water between Sept. and Aug.... I guess that leaves August....LOL
The water iis TOOO cold for me starting in about Oct. And I don't go back in until April/May. I agree with East Ender, it IS freezing cold. 😛
In that case, here are stupid things tourists do:
- Go swimming in January
- Spend a month of income in one week
- Anything a resident would not do
I agree that I wouldn't swim in January, but diving with a wetsuit in January is okay with me! 😎
Back in Orlando, my old stomping ground, the question was always "What time does the midnight parade start?" Now in St. Thomas that would be a valid question 🙂
My favorite from my old FL tourism days..."Does A1A run north or south?"
Then there was the woman visiting St. Thomas with about a half dozen small vials. When asked what she was doing with them she explained that she was collecting all the different colored water to show her friends back home.
While I was boarding an American Eagle flight in San Juan, bound for St. Croix, an old woman kept complaining bitterly about having to relinquish her carry-on case of camera equipment because it wouldn't fit in the overhead or under the seat. Finally she cried out, "I'm going to get off this plane, rent a car, and drive to St. Croix!" To everybody's delight, the flight attendant replied, "Ma'am, if you want to drive to St. Croix, you are more than welcome." She stayed on the flight.
About once a year, a stateside friend or relative who is planning to be on one of the surrounding islands will suggest that we come over (from STX) to visit them for the day. Sorry, but it ain't a cheap, easy or casual proposition!