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One of the Things That Annoy Me in this world are tourists. And I don't mean when people come over here to the UK, I mean when people go abroad.
Let me explain...
A couple of weeks ago, my girlfriend and I recently spent a few days in Majorca (or Mallorca - potayto, potahto) and we loved the trip. The food was nice, the weather was perfect and the hotel was right next to the beach. Idyllic. The only issue with the trip was the people. The hosts were fairly rude (some were lovely); but I assume that's the case in most touristy places as I bet they deal with a lot of horrible people. So I can understand their rudeness and they aren't the ones I'm complaining about.
The people my girlfriend and I got really pissed off at were the other tourists. I know, we were tourists too, but we were respectable. We always said "ola" and "gracias", had a smile on our face and were polite. We weren't raucous, didn't shout in the street and we had manners. However, the other tourists there just walked into us, didn't say sorry or thank you and just pushed in front of us whenever possible. I know we were obviously English and we haven't the best reputation abroad, but this was ridiculous.
One instance sticks out in my mind. We were at an Aquarium (it was awesome) and sometimes there were small tanks with fish in that you had to take turns to see. So my girlfriend, Shannon, stood patiently behind this big non-Spanish guy until it was her turn to see the fish. This guy stood back, stood on both of Shannon's feet, bumped her, then walked off. No hint of an apology or anything. We both just glared at the obnoxious bastard and left it at that.
There were countless rude people whilst we were away, tourists and locals, and it's really sad. Why would you go abroad and act like a douche to everyone? Why would you be horrible on holiday; surely that's when you should be happy?
If only I owned my own Caribbean island...