I may be a tourist but I am no fool #TheDailyPrompt

Dark glasses, walking shoes, unfashionable jacket , huge tote and fanny bag – that’s me in my tourist mode. Yes, I just scream ‘tourist’ even when I try my ‘local’ accent and try to merge with the walls.

There are lots of people like me in this world – travellers, explorers or people just curious to know more. Despite the comfort of armchair travel , there are times when I’m inspired enough to get into my tourist mode and out of my virtual world into reality .

Once while staying at a historic inn in Northfield, Minnesota , I was distinctly bitten by what I recognised as a mosquito. Really? In the most advanced country in the world? But coming from a tropical country where mosquitos abound , I was dead sure.

Unwilling to be fodder for the American Mosquito ( like everything American , it was 10 times larger than its Indian cousin) I went upto the Reception and asked for a mosquito repellent .

“I’m sorry,”she twanged. “This is a historic inn so we can’t use electronic or chemical repellents. You could have this.”

My jaw dropped in surprise as she handed me a fly swatter!



A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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10 Responses

  1. Ramya says:

    Ha ha 🙂 atleast she would have given insect repellent spray or lotion to apply.
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  2. Dashy says:

    Haha. When on a trip to Minnesota, carry a mosquito repellent cream. Noted ?
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  3. This was funny. I cannot imagine a mosquito which is 10 times bigger than what we have here.
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    • Bellybytes says:

      Yes they are huge! In fact another tourist from Bangladesh couldn’t believe it was A mosquito…

  4. Alana says:

    That’s a good one (and I trust you didn’t recommend that inn to anyone.) But I can also testify that we Americans have mosquito problems in parts of our country. And I found some of the worst of them in Vermont. It also doesn’t surprise me that ours are bigger than yours, but I think that has to do with us being further North than our mosquitoes being somehow superior to yours.
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    • Bellybytes says:

      The rooms were far too small with an ensuite bathroom which was like a big open top cupboard! I was horrified with this more than I was with the mosquitos. Frankly I never expected mosquitos in a first world country and was even more shocked to see hordes of them in Italy

  5. Truly Happy says:

    😀 Indian Macchar’s American cousin!!

    I feel sorry for those mosquitoes. A fly swatter..how sad when their Indian cousins have all-out, tortoise (? not sure if it still exists), Odomos etc…

    This was one fun read. Noted though, take Odomos on a trip to Minnesota!

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