What a year 2016 has been! I know it hasn’t been the best year for a lot of people, including me, but I made it to 5 new countries – Cambodia, The Philippines, Poland, Russia, and Moldova – bringing my country count up to (only) eighteen.
I’m a big laugher, but the laugh I had in Cambodia was not only the best trekking laugh of 2016, but the best trekking laugh to date. Laughter is the best medicine, and I am very comfortable laughing at myself. I actually enjoy having students laugh at my expense, so all you fellow trekkers should be no different. 😀
I hope this short story makes you laugh out loud, but before you read on, here’s a quick reminder of what my face really looks like…juuuust in case. 😀
So, without further ado:
The Best Laugh of 2016…at My Own Expense! 😀
Seeing the Angkor Wat sunrise in Siem Reap, Cambodia is an unforgettable experience, but for me, it was unforgettable for a reason besides the obvious.
The funniest trekking experience of the year was without question, my horrendous photo for my Angkor Pass and no, I’m not exaggerating or practicing self-deprecation…LOL!
I didn’t even know that the clerk had actually taken my picture when she did. I just heard her softly mumble something about a photo and that was it.
I look like I have absolutely no business leaving the house! ↓
I was so horrified when I first laid eyes on this that my heart skipped a few beats. I look like a crazy criminal who’s about to pull out a gun and demand every dollar they have! I doubt that Bonnie and Clyde looked anything like this when they pulled their bank robberies.
What’s with my tongue?! Besides moments of silliness, do I actually stick out my tongue?! I hope that was just a freak one-time thing! WHY did I do that?!
I still can’t believe that I look like that, even if it’s just for a split-second, but I can just hear my mother reminding me that the camera doesn’t lie. Pfffff!
Anyway, I had the best laugh over it, and I’m laughing as I write this with surrounding strangers giving me funny, suspicious looks, but I’m used to that. 😀 I even posted it on the Trekking with Becky Facebook page, but panic set in when I had to I had to present it and the guard compared me to the shot.
I heaved a sigh of relief and had another laughing fit after I was allowed in, but I had to show it FOUR MORE TIMES! I thought for sure that each park ranger was going to accuse me of ticket fraud and kick me out…or worse!
Ah, crossing off Angkor Wat sunrise and having one of the best trekking laughing fits of my life – priceless!
What is one trekking experience that still
makes you laugh out loud?