I had the opportunity to travel to San Antonio this week for my work with CareHere. One of the accounts I manage has a clinic there and I was in town to do some employee presentations and meet with some local client-contacts. While I was in San Antonio (I was there for four days) I had three really strange things happen to me within about a 24-hour time period.
First of all, while driving to a meeting from my hotel I noticed that the traffic in front of me was stopping even though further down the road there were no issues and we weren’t coming up to a stop light or stop sign. It was then that I noticed a group of people walking across all five lanes of traffic. When they finally made it to the side of the road I finally figured out why they were blatant enough to jay walk in a large group: One of the ladies in the group was stark naked. I am going to assume that this was a patient that had gotten out of a hospital was nearby even though none of those trying to corral here were in scrubs or other doctor- or nurse-looking clothing but who knows.
The second thing happened to me when I drove downtown the next day to visit the Alamo. I was surprised to find that the site of the Alamo is right in downtown San Antonio (I’m still not sure why this surprised me) so I had to find a pay parking lot before I could spend some time wandering through the site of such a famous battle. I settled on a self-service, open-air lot about two blocks from the Alamo and found this instruction sign facing me when I went to pay:
Can you spot the type/misspelling? Now, I normally don’t even read these types of signs but fate was with me that day and I was more than a bit disappointed to see inter changeable written ENTER changeable on the sign. Why was I disappointed, you may be asking? For one simple reason would be my answer: Central Parking (the company that manages that parking lot) is a Nashville-based company and I don’t like to see my home town embarrassed.
The final strange thing happened to me about an hour later when I was using my GPS to find a restaurant for dinner (I settled on Cha Cha’s after reading a review on Yelp!”it was OK). Can you spot the strange text on this screen-shot of the GPS?
I’ve been using GPS technology”especially in rental cars”for about six years and I’ve never seen anything like this. I was being told that my 1.5 mile trip was estimated to take me 229 hours 36 minutes to complete! Either the satellite thought I was the world’s SLOWEST driver or there was some major rush-hour traffic awaiting me. It turn out that neither of those two things were true and I arrived at my destination about five minutes later.
All-in-all, it was a very good and productive trip for me but it definitely had some strange moments. I have some other good travel-related stories to tell as well, which I may get to at some point but this was the first time I had so much happen in such a compressed timeframe. How about you: Do you have any strange travel stories to share?