Croc, duck, and millionaires
I believe we're all familiar with this scenario. You travel to a town where an acquaintance or a friend’s friend offer to take you on a tour, a tour you would otherwise never do but a tour you cannot say no to. This is what happened to me during my visit to Brisbane. Early in the morning, we received the call from an acquaintance who proposed to take us on adventure croc tour in Surfers Paradise. Even though my inner self was screaming no, we caved in eventually out of social obligations. It may well be one of the most embarrassing days in my life. The truth is, I‘ve been through this before, in the other side of the world. In Boston, we signed up for the duck tour, not knowing what we were getting ourselves into. Duck tour turned out to be an amphibious vessel that is navigable both on land and in water. Here is how it works, we boarded the duck lookalike hybrid thing and we got a brief introduction of the history of the town and whatnot. At the same time, the conDUCKtor invited us to shout out to the clueless passer-bys by going quack quack…… Right, don’t make me go further into that.
Then, the vehicle descended into the water, which was supposed to be the highlight of the tour. At one point, the conDUCKtor would say something like ” On your right hand side, the tower is iconic for (sounds washed out by the engine).“ The building next to it is no less a landmark as (sounds muffled by my travelling partner asking if I could heard any of the babbling from the conDUCKtor.) Needless to say, I didn’t think this is the best way to get to know a city even when you’re time pressed. Besides, when you are on a boat loaded with tourists, it’s not an easy task to take a picture without someone’s head sticking out in the corner.
Even so, the day when I was about to relive another mortifying moment, I decided I might as well I went with an open mind. We were dropped off on Trickett Street where we queued up for tickets. As expected, everyone but me was super psyched about the tour as “this is world’s first amphibious vehicle,” enthused the lady in front of us. At the box office, we realized that we could choose to humiliate ourselves with either “Adventure Croc” or “Aqua-duck Safaris.” We opted for “adventure croc” as I sheepishly revealed I’d been on a duck boat before. (as if it would make any difference.)
So, how does Adventure Croc tour fare against Boston Duck? In short, it’s even more pointless. We drove down the streets through Surfers Paradise and then down to Main Beach before the “croc dive.” We didn’t get to spend much time on the streets and the time we spent in the waters, we were shown millionaires’ luxurious mansions with their yachts and helicopters. In the end, the tour operator asked if anyone would like their picture taken, he would be happy to do it with a fee. Well, it’s the same old routine. That day, I went back to the hotel swearing to myself to never again board a boat that is shaped like a duck or a croc. Ever!
The trip costs 32 dollars. Talking about day-light robbery. [more]
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