Travel Oops: The Unfortunate Photo — All Templed Out

© Stephanie Glaser

© Stephanie Glaser 2010

Bali, Indonesia. My kids Eddie (5) and Kasey (3) actually loved Bali. But you wouldn’t know it from these photos. In fact, they look pretty pissed off. “Not another temple, Mom!” Eddie exclaimed when we arrived at the Pura Taman Ayun Temple — or the Royal Temple of Mengwi. In all fairness, to visit Pura Taman Ayun, we had dragged the kids away from the water slide at our hotel.

Enamored with Bali’s temples, I couldn’t get enough, so nearly every day we were on the island we saw a new spiritual site. In the above photo, we had met an artist who was painting a piece at Pura Taman Ayun. Kasey was mildly curious, so I wanted to snap a photo — one of those feel good travel photos of your kids interacting with locals and absorbing the culture. When I asked her to smile for the camera, Kasey instantly scowled at me.

Royal Temple kids looking pissed

Kurt and I with our bitter kids.

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15 thoughts on “Travel Oops: The Unfortunate Photo — All Templed Out

  1. No they’re not too happy are they! A bit like my dad who lived through more visits to churches, castles, ruins etc than he cared for on our trip to the UK last year. Thankfully he was good humoured about it!

  2. I hate to admit it, but I do on occasion get that ‘templed out’ feeling myself. It sounds horribly spoilt and uncivilised but after visiting most of Bali’s temples at least twice if not three times in the past year, I’m now totally fed up with the hawkers, scammers and illegal ticket touts and ‘guides’

    The temples are breathtakingly gorgeous, but my patience has now worn very thin with the constant harassment from the tricksters who try to pull a fast one every time you visit these places. It makes what should be a pleasure and a joy, kind of a hard work experience!

    great post as always my friend xxx

    • I can believe you’d get all templed out when you live in Jakarta and Bali — especially when you have visitors. I got that way when I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area when friends and family would come in and I’d do Fisherman’s Wharf, cable cars. Coit Tower and Haight Ashbury (although I never got tired of looking at the Golden Gate or eating in Chinatown).

      If I ever get to Indonesia, I’ll spare you taking me on the temple tour de force and we can go to the markets and eclectic antique shops with flying civets. Then we can drink Bintangs!

    • I knew I was pushing my luck with them — especially since it was so humid and the water slide was waiting. I guess I’ll have to mentally prepare them for Angkor Wat some day! Thanks, Amy!

    • Ana…I’m so humbled that you are nominating me for this award. I’m still working on the post for Versatile Blogger! Truly, I’m grateful and lucky that you are such an amazing supporter. Definitely, I appreciate your encouragement. I love to travel, write and laugh, so Travel Oops has been my outlet for all this. The fact that you think it’s inspiring and versatile really make me happy. I’m thrilled by your nomination.

      I have loved your photography in Geophilia and the very interesting information you offer in The Geographic Lens. By the way, I would like to nominate you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. I don’t have my act together for that post either…but I will post that one with a link to your site. Thanks again, Ana, for your tremendous compliment and support! Cheers, Steph

      • Thank you again for the nomination. Travel has always been important to me and my family. My first trip…I was one month old and I’ve been infected with wanderlust ever since. I love your stories cause they make me laugh and that is so very important.

        I didn’t even think about you reading my travel stories. I have yet another blog. You can find the link on both of the other sites…jubileejourney. While my posts now are spiritual/inspirational it started from my journal entries while I was traveling for my 50th birthday (thus “jubilee”). I lived in a minivan/minicamper for 2 years traveling the US & Canada. I do have a catagory “humor” for some of my oops & challenges of such a lifestyle.

  3. I can relate to the idea of “templed out”. On one of our early trips to Europe we had a Eurail Pass, and were committed to getting maximum travel in our one month. We hit all the capitals, and of course visited all the famous cathedrals. After about two weeks of this, we both realized that we were “cathedraled out.” Also, depending on where you go, you can get “museumed out” as well.

    • So true! I mentioned in a comment above that Italy become overwhelming with all the museums, art and cathedrals. Geez, I can’t believe I’m saying this about such a great place, but it sounds like you guys know exactly what I’m talking about! Thanks for the comment!

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