Friday Fictioneers – A Traveller’s Tale

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Listen, I want my money back. Yeah, I understand. Sure, the flight was fine. And, yes, the hotel is great, just like the Best Western at home. Just like it. See, that’s the problem. I wanted mystery. You know, exotic. Dragons, maybe. Guys in robes with long beards, and warriors fighting in the sky. But instead, we get to shop. Shop for chrissakes? These people are supposed to be raving commies. Tomorrow we’re going to the Great Wall. I’m betting it’s a mall. This isn’t the adventure I bought.

Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here

58 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – A Traveller’s Tale

  1. If you want adventure visit Saturn, but beware the pressures are deadly. The Great Wall was supposed to keep people out. Instead it actually encourages us to visit!

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    1. We are brought up on the illusion of exoticism. Actually, as economies become similar, people’s lives everywhere become similar. And the exotic retreats into jungles and mountain tops

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  2. “Wherever you go there you are.” He wasn’t looking in the right places, I guess. There’s always mystery, intrigue, and adventure if you know where to look. (I know you know that.) Good story.

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  3. Brilliantly done, Neil. Your protagonist is the nightmare travelling companion, like the very nice lady I was stuck with in New York because her daughter had included her on the trip. VNL attached herself to me and kept telling me how much she hated crowds. I had diverted from my passion for travelling alone. To quote Julia Roberts, in somewhat different circumstances: “Big mistake”.

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  4. That’s the shame, so many places are homogenised these days. I hate going abroad to find the same restaurants and coffee shops as here. Reminds me of a song by Everthing but the Girl, called Anytown and which goes, ‘they took the heart and they tore it down, now this place could be anytown.’

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  5. Great piece from the honest tourist. Unfortunately many places bury their history and traditions as they become more commercial. i would love to visit the Great Wall of China, just imagine if we could travel back in time and watch it being built.

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