A night of dancing, drinking and meeting men

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Our Contiki group. I'm second from right in the back row in blue

After dinner, Marie had a surprise for us out by the pool. We were getting line dancing lessons and then heading out to a bar where the only dances there are line dances. Look out! We learnt a couple of different dances and were given strict instructions not to go on the dance floor unless it was one of these dances in progress.

What a fantastic night. We danced and drank shots; I spent most of the evening chatting with a guy who was in the US Coast Guard, swapping travel stories. He and I became friends and swapped post cards for many years to come.

At the end of the night, I was standing outside the pub looking for anyone else who was on the tour. I was all alone, and I had completely forgotten the name of the hotel we were staying in.

The pub where Tom Cruise filmed his singing scene in Top Gun
I was in trouble. All I could think of was the name of the hotel where we stayed the night before in LA. What a great help that was. I was thinking of heading back into the pub to call last night’s hotel when I spotted one of the guys from the tour. Oh, thank God for small mercies. Shane was a little worse for wear after one too many drinks, however, he remembered the name of the hotel, so I threw him into a taxi and we headed to the hotel. The name of the hotel was the Town and Country for anyone interested, I’ll never forget that name again.

On the cab ride home, I was trying to make conversation with Shane, the guy from the tour. I told him about the lovely man Jack, I had spent the evening chatting with. Shane was very put out and said “Great! That does it for me for the rest of the tour.” I was thinking, “Oh, shit, I don’t need this”, so I tried to change the subject and asked if he planned to go to Sea World or the zoo tomorrow.

Back of my head
He replied with “And you looked really nice at dinner.” I asked again, “So was that Sea World or the Zoo?” The Cab driver turned to me and said, “I think he likes you mam.” So, I asked him to please shut up and just get me to the hotel.

At the hotel, I jumped out of the cab and went straight to my room, where I had a new roommate, Erna from The Netherlands. I told her all about my night, the lovely man I had met (Jack), and what happened with Shane in the car on the way home. She just laughed at me.

...I ended up marrying Shane four years later.

Sunflower300 says:
My little sister following in my footsteps. :) I love it. I do like the sound of Paradise Point. :)
Take your time with the blogs, they'll always be here. :)
Posted on: May 01, 2009
nicolecarp says:
I really need to get around to reading all of your stories! As for the Town and Country, I have stayed there many many many times!!!! How funny! My favorite place to stay there called paradise point.
Posted on: Apr 28, 2009
mellisa_fern says:
Aren't men funny? Sometimes it takes another one to tell us how the other one feels about us. And they say we expect them to read our minds!
It sounds like you had a blast on your trip. So glad things worked out for you.
Posted on: Jul 12, 2008
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