It’s hard to believe I’ve been traveling for 7 months now. I had countless good times with lovely people who made my travel so special (Bangkok), but I had tough times when I met the weirdest people who made me think of giving up my travel (my horrible hostel experience wasn’t this bad!) and consider going home.
Thanks to Bali, Gili islands and beautiful friends who I met there, I could get my courage back, and I keep on traveling now. I have more weirdos or nuts to talk about, but I just want to share the top 3 weirdest guys in this post.
Udon Thani, Thailand
1. Grumpy French guy
He’s quiet when he’s not drinking, but he becomes really talkative as he’s getting drunk. When he gets drunk, he gets being annoyed if you are not drinking, and insists to drink and go dancing every night.
If you don’t go dancing with him, he will say “You are so boring!” in his weird French accent, and he becomes really upset. His whole attitude makes you feel so guilty and uncomfortable that you feel like you should go dancing to make him quiet.
But the thing about this type of person is that he just wants more if you do what he wants. All you wanted was to be nice and friendly to people, but this kind of person expects you to do more things for him. But the trick is that it’s hard to recognize this type of personality because they are so nice to you at first. Once you find out this person is bad, it’s too late to get out of the situation.
2. A horsewhistle lover from Finland
I was talking with a girl and all of sudden we heard a horse whistle but we didn’t pay attention and kept on talking. But we heard the noise again. So we looked at the direction where the horsewhistle was coming from. It turned out to be a Finnish guy at the hostel.
He said, “Didn’t you hear I was calling you guys? Do you wanna drink this beer?” We were like “We are not horses. You shouldn’t call girls like that! No women in the world likes to be called by a horsewhistle!” He said, “It’s Finnish way of calling women. If you don’t understand that, you don’t understand my culture. It’s disrespectful to our culture and my country!” He kept going on and on.
What a douchebag! Honestly, I wanted to shut his mouth with my hands! This long argument about what is a proper way of calling girls was ended by an older Finnish guy. “I’m sorry, he’s a bit drunk. Please understand him.”
Yeah, maybe he was joking. But it was one of the most horrible jokes I’ve ever heard! Yeah, it would be funny if we were really good friends. But we barely knew each other. It was so rude and he never apologized. Yeah, that’s the reason I didn’t start having a conversation with him from the very beginning. My gut was telling me not to talk to him because he would turn out to be one of the weirdest guys. And my gut was right. He was nobody but a stupid jerk.
3. Crazy old Greek guy
When I first saw his eyes, I felt that something was a bit off with him. I regretted that I had already paid for 6 nights at the hostel. So I decided to avoid him. My gut was right. He was talking negative things about the places where people wanted to go. I did my very best not to make eye contact with him to avoid having a useless conversation and it worked until the morning I was leaving. Then the disastrous moment came.
The morning I was packing, there were only three people in the 12 bed dorm. The crazy Greek guy, a Japanese guy and me. Just three. My friend had already left and was waiting for me to go to the bus terminal with him.
I heard a low, creepy voice calling someone “Hey!”, “Hey!”, “Hey!” . I knew it was the Greek guy and thought he was calling the Japanese guy. When I was almost finished packing, I could hear he went to Japanese guy and asked him how to say “Fuck off” in Japanese, and the Japanese guy didn’t want to tell him. ‘Oh, God. What was the idiot trying to do?’ I really hoped that he didn’t do something really stupid. When I finished packing, he came up to me and said “Fuck off!”
Who would be okay with someone saying to you “Fuck off” for nothing? I was so pissed off and told him to fuck off. I expected he would stop talking. Of course, he didn’t. He wasn’t a “quitter”. He said, “Oh, do you want me to fuck you? Oh, that’s what you want?” I was so furious and shocked that I wanted to cry, but I couldn’t be defeated that easily. Instead of crying, I told him I’d call the police if he said it one more time. He didn’t stop there, and went even further. He was mocking me saying “I’m going to call the police.” I couldn’t take it anymore so I told him “Are you crazy? You just shut the f**k up!” He said, “Yes, I am. I am very very crazy!” with a creepy smile. As soon as I heard that, I left right away.
Yes, there’s no point arguing with crazy people like him… But I felt so hurt and I wanted to punish him with words but it didn’t work at all. I threw the key on the table at the reception man, shouted at the reception man, “The Greek guy is crazy!”, and then ran from the guesthouse.
I felt so humiliated and angry. He was so mean and gross. I started to cry as soon as I saw my friend. He was so surprised to see me crying. It took me a while to calm down. This is exactly what happened to me at one of the hostels in Malacca. That was the moment I really didn’t feel safe as a solo female traveler. Here is my advice for you. When you see this old Greek guy, run as fast as you can!
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Have you ever met the weirdest guys or girls? What were they like and how did you deal with them? I would appreciate if you share your experience about the weirdest people you’ve met on your travels.