Monday, June 21, 2010

Tour Group

Monday, June 21, 2010

Last Wednesday, while waiting for my Internet connection to be fixed, I watched a movie about a woman who used to be a history teacher but ended up as a travel guide in Athens, Greece. It’s called My Life in Ruins, which I thought at first meant that her life lay in ruins but later on realized that it’s about her life amidst ancient Greek ruins. It wasn’t that good of a movie, but I enjoyed watching it. It reminded me of that time when D and I joined a tour group bound for the ruins of the ancient city of Angkor.

If you don’t mind traveling with strangers, being herded like cattle and waking up as early as five in the morning to have an unhurried breakfast and not keep everybody else waiting, then joining a tour group would be a good idea. With economies of scale at work, joining a multiday tour turned out to be far less expensive than if we tried to manage the whole thing ourselves. With the entire itinerary already thought of and carefully laid out for us, the trip demanded less planning—and thereby, less effort and agony—on our part. Every detail was taken care of: from the documents needed at the border, to accommodation and supplies of bottled water and wet towels. All we needed was to follow, and everything went on as planned – perfect for sticklers like me, but not so for the don’t-tell-me-what-I-should-do-or-when-I-should-do-it type like my boyfriend.

The best part was we got to travel with people who made the long journey less tedious and the whole tour, a happy adventure.


witsandnuts said...

I watched that movie during one of the flights last year. It was not that good, but now I am thinking that it IS in the sense that I still remember most of it. Meaning that it got me. I think those are the parts where "the walls/air were talking" and the lessons , in general.

Angeli said...

oh yeah, i remember that scene. that was when they were at the parthenon. hahaha

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