How to make the most of a bad situation (in pictures):

First, celebrate the fact that you made it across 5 lanes after the engine died and lived.

Then, phone for help.

Check the oil.

It's not the oil.
Investigate contents of boot for props.

Take Barbie Uno to a new level of extreme.


Take a new Facebook profile pic.

Serenade passing traffic.

And then (if you’re a Christian or a gymnast) ribbon dance.

Take a nap.

Fend off super-creepy metro cops who stop, not to help you but to intimidate you. (Not photographed.)

Phone the insurance company again.

And if you’re patient, eventually you get to ride in a big truck!


About the Sharonicles

The Sharonicles is a travel humour blog by a location-independent South African travel writer. After five years as a cruise ship crew member, Sharon is now trying to adjust to life on land with itchy feet. (That is an expression but cruise ships will literally give you Athletes Foot, just FYI.) Born and raised in Johannesburg, she is now exploring her new home city of Cape Town (and hopefully a number of more land-locked locations throughout the rest of the world too).

Here she shares advice, opinions and anecdotes revealing the funny side of travel from her experiences on five continents and a number of seas.

She also photographs a plastic flamingo called 'Rodrigo' on her travels because it seemed like a good idea ten years ago and 54 countries later, it’s probably too late to turn back now.

To find out more about Sharon and Rodrigo’s travel aspirations read this.

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Practical travel tips and destination guides 
for anyone visiting any of the places I have been.

My thoughts on travel mascots, photographing 
your butt in exotic locations and the addictive 
nature of cruise ship employment, 
among other things.

True stories about trying to find trolls in 
Norway, toilets in Denmark 
and getting flashed in Cuba, to name a few.

Tips for cruisers and crew 
members, as well as anecdotes from a variety 
of experiences at sea.