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Published September 13th 2012
(Mis)adventures of K&M
I have crazy friends … totally mad … and thank God for that.
They keep me giggling, no matter what life throws at me. So whilst packing for my recent overseas trip, I wasn't surprised when my friend Kylie showed up at my door with a cut out of herself and one of another friend Martha. Apparently they wanted to come with me, but couldn't and this was the next best option. And so our adventure began.
Packed in my carry on luggage, the girls were well behaved on the trip to the airport. It was only when I checked in they were allowed to come out.
The girls were not allowed to come out until we arrived at the airport
I was a little nervous at first, wondering if customs would confiscate them and send me to the loony bin, but all went smoothly. We had our first coffee sitting at the airport. I snapped a few pictures, as some curious onlookers walked past.
Our first stop was in Los Angeles where I met my friend Madisen and we transferred onto a flight to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. Madisen didn't even wink when I pulled the girls out of my bag and she was happy to go along with what was to become the (mis) adventures of K&M.
Meeting up with Madisen at LAX. Sideward glances from onlookers
I took them swimming with dolphins, on a glass bottom boat cruise, tour of the city and shopping, but somehow they always convinced me to take them to the nearest bar, even though I don't drink. Thankfully they weren't driving.
Martha goes swimming with dolphins without getting wet
As I whipped the girls out of my bag, it was interesting to watch everyone's reactions. Most people laughed and thought it was such a great idea, whilst others (mostly men) grabbed the girls and happily posed with them and even asked for their contact details.
As each adventure unfolded, I posted the pics on Facebook and this started a whole new conversation between my friends, my friends' friends, my virtual friends and Facebook friends. New friendships were formed and everyone's funny comments had us laughing out loud.
The next stop was Los Angeles. The girls shopped and shopped and shopped. After a 12 hour marathon shopping spree, I finally managed to get them back into the suitcase, which was now a few kilos heavier.
At this point my Canadian friend took over educating the girls - he taught them how to order drive through coffee Canadian style, took them out for a pizza, bought them a bottle of red happiness and almost dropped them down Niagara Falls.
Unbeknownst to me, while I was lugging the girls around the world, they were taking me places too. They had me working at the office, riding a skateboard, pole dancing and even managed to marry me off.
I wondered if our crazy adventure would end as the plane landed back in Sydney. Apparently not … a couple more nutty friends wanted to come on the next trip. This time Master 11 and I packed 5 friends, who accompanied us to the Gold Coast. More mischief, more experiences and more funny looks from passers by. But that's another story ….
The great thing about travelling with my flatpack friends was they went where I wanted to go, didn't argue or make too much mess and were generally well behaved. They knew that if they stepped out of line, I would get some blutack, and stick them in the naughty corner.
So if you have a limited budget for travel and don't have friends who can pack you into their suitcase and take you around the world for free, then check out the following great websites and articles: