"I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything.”~ John Steinbeck
"Here I am, safely returned over those peaks from a journey far more beautiful and strange than anything hoped for or imagined - how is it that this safe return brings such regret?" ~ Peter Matthiessen
"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." - T.S. Eliot
"I think anybody who travels knows that you're not really doing so in order to move around - you're traveling in order to be moved." ~ Pico Lyer
"The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live." ~ Auguste Rodin
CRAZY QUESTIONS as told by Tour Directors
While doing a tour between Portugal, Spain and South of France someone asked if the tour director goes home to sleep every day.
During last year's solar eclipse in August, a group was watching at Mt. Saint Helens. After a spiel about what a solar eclipse is, including why 97% coverage is almost as good as it gets, a lady asked, "When the moon goes in front of the sun, will it be a full moon or, like, a quarter moon?"
"What time do they shut off Old Faithful?"
In Alaska, on the train, beautiful scenery and trees all around and a lady asks, “Who planted all of these trees?”
When driving alongside the ocean, “what’s the elevation here?”.
Someone once asked, “at what altitude do the deer turn into elk?”
From a man while we were driving through the Gaspé region of Quebec. He saw a plane high up in the sky and asked, "what flight path is the pilot following!"
From a teacher while at the changing of the guard at ANC, "are their wives buried with them?"
At Pompeii a US Tourist after all explanations, "whose bombs did it ? theirs or ours?"
In Alaska, "at what elevation do moose become caribou?"
"Do you have to get off the bus to go outside?"
"Do I spray this bear spray on myself?"
On Catalina island, "If that's the Pacific there, then (pointing in the opposite direction, to the other side of the island) is that the Atlantic?"
"The sun rises in the West in Japan, right?"
"How do you bribe your police?"
"Do they accept US dollars in Alaska?"
"What time does the 12pm train leave?"
"How much does Mt. McKinley weigh ? A day later...our driver responded with a calculated answer, based on the specific gravity of granite, shape, volume. Guest responded, "is that with or without snow?"
While walking through Havana on tour a lady asked, "does Cuba celebrate the 4th of July?"
"How many sides does this ship have?"
"Which way will the train travel?' (after boarding the train at the end of the track -- with a fjord at one end)
On the Balearic island of Ibiza, customer misses flight to Dublin. Next flight is 24 hours later but he's desperate to get back. Conversation went like this:
Me "You can fly from Barcelona for €200, and we can organize a flight to Barcelona for €100."
Him: "€100 to Barcelona?"
Him: "can I get the train to Barcelona?"
Me: "Well no, because we're on an island, so there are no trains"
Him: "Oh Yeah, right, right ..... how much is a taxi?"
Most New York City Guides have been asked, at least once in their careers, "When will we see the Eiffel Tower?"