You know when you go travelling with your partner and things just don’t turn out great? No? Me neither! All of my exes were too lazy to bother saving so I just went without them (until I met Craig). We see in our fourth edition of Overheard Whilst Travelling, Lucy from Lucy’ Smiles Away was in the fortunate position to overhear a breakup in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and luckily for us, it was hilarious! I wonder if Terry is still single, he sounds like such a catch…
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Sometime last year, I was sitting in a cafe in Chiang Mai, Thailand, when the most incredible breakup I’ve ever witnessed began to unfold. They were a young couple, in their early twenties and judging from their accents, from somewhere in the south of England. They looked to be first time travellers, wearing the standard first-time-traveller uniform, consisting of Thai beer singlets and about a million friendship bracelets.
It all started with the words “Laura, you just don’t understand me since we’ve come travelling. Look at me, I’ve changed. I don’t even wear shoes anymore.”
True to his words, he was not wearing shoes. She began to cry, reminding him in between sobs that he was the one who had forced her to come travelling – she was more than happy working at the local chip shop. He replied by informing her that he was like an eagle and that he should be allowed to fly free and solo. I resisted the urge to interject and let him know that eagles actually mate for life.
Her tears turned to anger and she got out her phone, screaming “WELL TERRY, LET’S SEE WHAT YOUR MUM HAS TO SAY ABOUT YOU TRYING TO BREAK UP WITH ME!”
Before she could dial, Terry muttered how their travels had changed him and again mumbled something about his decision to no longer wear shoes. Hysterically, she reminded him that just two months prior, she had bought him two pairs of shoes for Christmas.
“AND YOU LOVED THOSE SHOES AT CHRISTMAS!” She paused, before asking the question “IS THERE SOMEONE ELSE, TERRY?”
Oh Terry, you naughty boy. She brought up the fact that Terry had in fact cheated on her earlier this year, screaming “AND I NEVER SHOULD HAVE FORGIVEN YOU!” In a total plot twist, Terry began crying. This surprised me –
I didn’t know shoeless eagles cried over breakups.
For the next 15 minutes, Terry and Laura screamed, cried and made terrible references to eagles and not wearing shoes. It ended with Laura storming out of the restaurant, with the final words “I’M CALLING YOUR MOTHER”.
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I never did find out what happened to Terry and Laura, but I do wonder now and again if I’ll see them appearing on a chat show episode titled “SHOES AND EAGLES RUINED OUR RELATIONSHIP”.
When she’s not listening in to other people’s public breakups, blogger, photographer and dorm-dweller, Lucy Hemmings can be found at Lucysmilesaway where she is currently slowly and thoroughly exploring the world. She has a passion for taking trains, drinking coffee, meeting locals and getting lost. She doesn’t take life too seriously – something her blog always echoes.
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