The next alley , over from mine, is known as Backpacker Alley...it is packed wall to wall with guesthouses & hostels...
Because of this, with the milling throngs of backpackers, going to & fro, there is also a horde of sellers of all things, doing their best to gouge the unwary...
There are a couple of small local restaurants there that I frequent...also the lady who sells me very cheap cigarettes...
other than that I wouldnt go near the place!
The worst , annoying offenders, are the beauty parlours (read: mostly funny business!)...they are cheek to jowl at the end nearest the main street...they are tenacious in their nagging!
You have to run the gauntlet of about 50 girls to get to the main street...tourists emerge from the mouth of this alley, wildeyed & sweating...LMAO
Luckily, most of them recognise me now, & leave me alone...often there are new girls who try to waylay me, but they are usually told by the old girls not to bother...
The staff in these establishments move around frequently, from parlour to parlour...simply because there are way to many of these shops, everywhere...& no one is making a decent living, so they do the "grass is greener" thing!
But, tonight I struck an unusual situation...I ate at one of the restaurants, then headed out to the main street, to buy bananas from the little lady who sells at the mouth of the alley..
But...It seems that every beauty shop has had a complete clean out of staff, & there was not a face I recognised....they were on me like fleas on a dirty dog!
"Massage Madam, massage?" every couple of steps....bloody hell, they were SWARMING!!
( Anybody seen the movie " Labyrinth?" Do you remember the scene where the girl fell down the hole, & hands were grabbing at her?)....thats what it was like !!!
Now...I HATE having people pulling at my clothes, & grabbing at me...it is a sure way to make me lose my temper!
& that is what happened! I lost it!!
I stood , towering over these tiny grabbers, & bellowed "KNOCK IT OFF! Stop touching me...I do NOT want a massage, from ANYONE!!!!"
Everything ground to an abrupt halt, & complete silence descended, while they cowered back with eyes like saucers...
A few seconds went past, while we all looked at each other...
Then...into the silence a tiny, nervous voice issued forth..."Pedicure?"
I cracked up ! I laughed until my sides ached !
& No...I didnt have a pedicure...LMAO