Would anybody like to share their funny or interesting stories from their travels abroad?

Malaysia
October 27, 2015 3:54am CST
Here's one which happened to my friend. While at an event in Indonesia for work, Ashley who is from Malaysia was informed by the Indonesian ambassador that the families would be joining them later. Ashley then said, “Great! So the anak-anaks can join us”. Ashley speaks Malay fluently and anak-anak in Malay means children which was what she was referring to. However in Indonesian, anak-anak means slaves. The horrified ambassador looked at Ashley and said, “I didn’t know Malaysia had slaves!”
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@cahaya1983 (10037)
• Malaysia
27 Oct 15
Haha really? I didn't know that's what anak-anak means in Indonesian! My husband knows Turkish but hasn't spoken the language for some time. So there was one time when we were staying at a hotel in Istanbul and wanted to request for an iron, but my husband confused the Turkish word for "iron" with the Turkish word for "spoon". The housekeeping staff later showed up in front of our door with a spoon. We laughed for hours after that. I think the hotel guy had a good laugh too.
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• Malaysia
28 Oct 15
Hahaha must've been such a surprise to see housekeeping standing in front of your door with a spoon :P
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@cahaya1983 (10037)
• Malaysia
28 Oct 15
@BrokerFish Yeah it was. They exchanged weird looks when the guy showed up.
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@sishy7 (27594)
• Australia
27 Oct 15
Actually, I think the term your Malaysian friend used might have been budak-budak. Anak-anak means children and commonly used in Indonesia. Budak-budak is a common term meaning children in Malay, but any Indonesian would be shocked when they hear the word as it does mean slaves in Bahasa Indonesia.
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@pgntwo (22748)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
27 Oct 15
@sishy7 Ah, another cunning linguist in our midst! Nice.
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@sishy7 (27594)
• Australia
28 Oct 15
@pgntwo ssst... I'm not a linguist, let alone a cunning one! I just happen to understand Bahasa Indonesia since I've lived there before.
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@pgntwo (22748)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
28 Oct 15
@sishy7 Cool! Still puts you a tongue, if not a head and shoulders, ahead of many!
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• Preston, England
27 Oct 15
In Morocco in 1978 I went to lunch where we had a buffet that was self service on the far side of French Doors. We went through Ok, but coming back with a full tray of food I never noticed someone had closed the sliding door so I walked into the glass and knocked myself unconscious. The waiters were very apologetic when I came too and got my meal for me - then as I finished it they got the same again. I had to decline as no one could eat that much food.
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• Malaysia
28 Oct 15
Wow you must've been a mess with all that food on you :(
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• Preston, England
28 Oct 15
@BrokerFish yes I was covered but I was just wearing tee shirt and shorts.
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@crewgirl (191)
• United States
27 Oct 15
That's funny. I've never traveled abroad before, so no funny stories from me, unfortunately. Welcome to myLot!
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• Malaysia
28 Oct 15
Thanks a lot :)
@shshiju (10557)
• Cochin, India
27 Oct 15
Funny, the horrified ambassador will laugh and enjoy the fun if you correct him.
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@PiperMc (16)
• Camiling, Philippines
27 Oct 15
haha. FUNNY :)
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• United States
27 Oct 15
Cute story! Welcome to myLot, have fun, read the guidelines and ask if you have questions.
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• Malaysia
28 Oct 15
Thank you! :)
• United States
28 Oct 15
@BrokerFish You're welcome, enjoy.
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@Freelanzer (9498)
• Canada
28 Oct 15
That is funny now hearing it but it must have been quite embarrassing at the time
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• Malaysia
28 Oct 15
Would really love to be in that ambassador's shoes during that conversation haha
@pgntwo (22748)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
27 Oct 15
Welcome, and thank you for the humo(u)rous story by way of introduction!
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• Malaysia
28 Oct 15
Thanks for the warm welcome :)
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@MALUSE (44612)
• Uzbekistan
27 Oct 15
That's funny!
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@hema7213 (3521)
• India
27 Oct 15
yaa it is so funny
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@dodoazo (21586)
• Philippines
28 Oct 15
This could be a problem, a language barrier. So everyone when comes to other places for work should know the language spoken there especially their usual or common dialects which may be in conflict with the other countries.
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@marlina (79633)
• Canada
27 Oct 15
A warm welcome to you! That's a funny little story.
• Malaysia
28 Oct 15
Thank you very much :)
@petertheo (148)
• South Africa
3 Nov 15
Great story! A not so funny thing happened when we took our daughters on a cruise in the Caribbean. After a 14 hr flight we landed at Miami and took a taxi to Fort Lauderdale to catch the ship. After 15 minutes into the ride my wife discovered her pouch with all her documents were missing! We turned round and went back to the airport where we searched frantically for the missing pouch in all the places we went to, but to no avail! This could ruin our holiday, I said while my wife cried. Just when we had given up we were told that it had been found by a worker in the rest room and handed in. That was a relief because we were told that a person without a passport is a person without a country!
• United States
28 Oct 15
That's quite a funny story.