Mid-Summer Advice

by Marinka on July 14, 2013

Next month Mama and my 15 year old daughter are going on a two week trip to Scandinavia and Russia. They are both really looking forward to it, and my son is planning some sort of Unfairness Litigation against them since he is being Left Behind. They’ll probably seek Snowden-type asylum in Russia to avoid the legal proceedings back in the States. I’ll be following that story closely as it develops and will be bringing you news as it breaks.

But in the meantime, I have been studying the brochure that the travel company sent them and it’s jam packed with tips! For example, there is this gem:

If you will be using the TV in your hotel room, please be aware that sex shows are easily accessible; parental discretion is advised.

Is it me, or is anyone else trying to figure out why anyone would leave the damn hotel room and sightsee? It’s not like you can’t watch videos about Copehnagen on YouTube! It’s just as good as being there!

I also enjoyed this advice:

If you have any problem with a hotel room: please report the matter diplomatically to Reception (politeness, a smile and a thank-you work wonders the world over!)

You know what else works wonders the world over? Waving your U.S. passport and screaming that as an American, it is your duty to report the outrage of only two pillows per person to Obama and maybe Hilary Clinton and unless the Reception wants to prepare to receive some Shock and Awe, there will be mints on that third pillow as well! Although I agree that a maniacal smile does work wonders in this situation.

But my very favorite is this:

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Let us read together to better enjoy the wisdom!

Mid-summer advice: drink at least a liter (two pints) of mineral water daily if you can (carry a small bottle in your hand luggage); avoid eating too much ice cream and reduce ice in drinks.

Ok, so I have some questions.

I understand that you have to stay hydrated and I assume they’re pushing the mineral water because tap water is not safe to drink and/or they’re getting some sort of a kickback from the mineral water lobby.

And I think the advice not to pack your water bottle at the bottom of your left behind suitcase is solid.

But what’s with the ice cream ration?! Do they worry that people consider ice cream a hydration substitute? Was there a bad experience on a previous tour? Also what’s the measure of too much ice cream?

Seriously, this is so stressful. I bet if it weren’t for the easily accessible sex shows, no one would ever go.

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tracy@sellabitmum July 15, 2013 at 7:09 am

I’m not happy that they are trying to control ice cream intake. The trip should be cancelled and they can just watch porn at home..with water by their side.

Sounds like a great trip!


dusty earth mother July 15, 2013 at 9:50 am

I’m still stuck on “reduce ice in drinks”. Are all things with the word “ice” in them in short supply?


joeinvegas July 15, 2013 at 11:59 am

I didn’t know there was the concept of ‘too much ice cream’


the mama bird diaries
July 15, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Thankfully, you can still stuff your face when it comes to the frozen yogurt and sorbets.


July 16, 2013 at 8:33 pm

I’ve been to Scandinavia twice and all I saw on TV was the “Goats on Picnic Tables” show. Is that sex over there?


Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes July 17, 2013 at 5:55 am

As a Belgian I have never ever heard of a ‘do not eat too much ice cream’ ruling in Scandinavia. Perhaps this is just some weird attempt at Scandinavian humor…


Amy July 18, 2013 at 11:49 am

I just did this trip (or something very similar) with my mom – and while I don’t enjoy ice cream, my mom would actually have it for all her meals if she thought she wouldn’t be judged. And so it was a lot of her meals, and she wasn’t judged! Any chance that it’s the Russians judging? Based more on lack of ice cream than anything else? 😉


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