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Time For Vacation

I know this week’s new Dustinland comic can come off sort of first world problems / mo money, mo problems, but that’s how I feel. It’s like at every moment my job is to appease one person or several people, possibly with competing demands, and there is no end and no way to make everyone happy. And forget about what I want. Although you can say ostensibly that in doing what I want in the bigger scheme of things, I subject myself to this lifestyle where I am subservient to the wants of others. Which is probably correct. But still, even if you have it good, relatively speaking, you can still feel stressed out — and do.

It’s time for vacation.

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Time Off

I pretty much say all I have to say about vacationing with kids in this new Dustinland comic. But in real life I’m not quite that negative about it. I wouldn’t say I look forward to it but I realize it’s inevitable and I recognize there could possibly be fun to be had. So yeah, vacationing as a parent with a toddler. Just another part of life we all must go through, whether we like it or not.

*By the way, son, if you are reading this, sorry, I actually really like you a lot. You’re pretty awesome and hanging out with you is super fun. You’re just three right now though, and that’s kind of not great for things like flying, eating at restaurants and anything adults enjoy besides the beach. Although we did go to a diner this weekend and you had a waffle and were pretty chill so who knows, maybe our upcoming vacation will rock.

Hotel It Like It Is

Hotels are weird, like I say in this week’s Dustinland comic. On one hand, they’re really fun and awesome — at least, the nice ones are. Everything seems fresh and new. You never have to clean. The beds are huge. The pillows are nice. There’s free cable. The curtains keep it darker than a cave on a moonless night. And people bring food to room and you can eat it in bed.

On the other hand, there’s grossness. The grossness of the unknown. Who was here? Who did what? In this very spot? Just last night? And who’s next door? What’s that sound? Who is doing that all night? Does anyone else have the key to my room? Can the maid just bust in at any time? What are these weird scratches on the door? Why is the food so shitty if it’s this expensive? How come the NY Post said the hotel pools in NYC are dirtier than the public pools in the parks?

Hotels. Love em or hate em or both at the same time. Either way, it’s always nice to come home.

Fakation

I really did enjoy the little week long vacation I talk about in this week’s Dustinland comic, but no one wants to read a comic called “I Just Had A Really Nice Vacation.” It wasn’t easy though…

We rented a little house in the Catskills. Unfortunately we rented it way back when, before our little guy was running around like a madman all day. And this place did not have any outdoor space. And it was on a cliff. That means every day we had to plan some outdoor activities or risk being driven insane by a one-year-old with cabin fever. Of course, nothing was walkable, since we were on our own little mountain side, and my kid cries prettttty much every time he gets in the car, and has to be wrestled into the cars eat. So that’s at least two drives a day full of crying, unless I sit in the back seat and sing songs or make stupid faces for 20 minutes. And then you also have to plan every day around a midday nap—sadly for him, not me. So really you have to split the day in two, divided by time at home or a lengthy car ride.

But you know, aside from that, it was fun. Hiking with the kiddo in one of those fancy hiking backpacks, drinking every night the moment he went to sleep (or maybe four hours before that), you know, good times. It’s just not… vacation. You can’t relax. Your brain can relax from thinking about work, but YOU can’t relax. Eh, I’ll still take fakation over no vacation. 100 years ago “vacation” wasn’t even invented yet so I’ll quit my whining (for this week).

Croatian Vacation

Dustinland is back! I was gone for two weeks on vacation in Croatia and Slovenia, and that is the topic of this week’s comic. Please excuse the bit of a departure in artistic style, since I drew this on the plane ride home, knowing I wouldn’t have much time to work on it once I was back in NYC and still dealing with jet lag.

But yeah, this comic pretty much describes my trip. This was actually my first time in Europe, which is almost embarrassing when I think about how old I am and how long I had passed up the opportunity of going aboard. I think it was always intimidating to me, both in terms of the language barrier and the cost. The cost does kinda suck, but if you can afford it, it’s worth it. Put off buying that new couch or TV. You can’t compare material possessions to what you get out of a great vacation to someplace new. And as for the language, well, I am lucky enough to be born in the U.S., because apparently everyone else speaks English, making it incredibly easy for us to travel. I guess we have England to thank for that, what with all their imperialism and what not. And American music, TV and movies of course, our No. 1 export. Man, I heard almost nothing but American music wherever I went in both Croatia and Slovenia — crappy pop music too. And for some reason I heard the Spin Doctors’ “Two Princes” at least three times.

But anyway, great vacation. Go there. But maybe not during the summer, since that’s when thousands of German tourists will be there beaching it up in Speedos. Hitting the beach would be nice though. I kinda missed out on that since it’s not quite beach weather yet.

Okay, bye.

*Update: apparently this comic is really making the rounds in Croatia today, due to this article. I Google translated it and this is what I got:

America about the Croatians: lot of thin people who drink and smoke

American Dustin Glick visited Croatia, which it is obviously very delighted, because their experience in our beautiful conveyed many readers of his comics ‘Dustinland’. Thus, Glick describes the daily rituals of Croats and advises how to behave in Croatia.

Dustin Glick is the author of comics on Croatia, which these days is circulating the Internet. America is, in fact, visited Croatia and Slovenia and is briefly described his experiences in the comics ‘Dustinland’.

So Glick Croats described as thin people, who drink and smoke a lot. Enthralled by the old Croatian who notes that can be found in the middle of the forest and thus seen in isolation, and special memories of his ice cream, cheap beer, brandy and cisterns.

As already mentioned, apart from visiting the Croatian and Slovenia, which recommended Lasko beer, but also points out that there can not eat horses.

The whole comic read on his official website Dustinland.

Thanks for the shout out Croatia! I can’t wait to come back (especially now that so many of you have promised to buy me beer).

**Update No. 2: This strip has now also been featured on a Slovenian site. Here’s the Google translation of that:

“Despite the good food in Slovenia is not obese people”

Good food everywhere, ice everywhere, alcohol at low prices, however, in Slovenia and Croatia is not obese. So at least they say Americans are about the beauty of our country prepared a witty comic.

Americans through witty, a scenic strip show Slovenia and Croatia as a wonderful country that they can be visited all year round. Most of the positive things they found in low prices and natural beauty, but not forget to write a well-intentioned criticism.

Strip begins with a conversation between two mladeničema. One of them had just returned from leave, which he spent in Slovenia and Croatia, and friend, describes why everyone should visit these two countries.

Enthused by the low price, particularly alcohol and wonderful people who, despite the good food and ice cream everywhere slim. There’s not obese, she says. Taken up by the natural beauty and untouched nature, which is especially wonderful Americans.
Despite all the beauty that they break the country, to hear the criticism. They flew above all things related to transportation. Gasoline is extremely expensive, public transport is simply sucks.

Despite some criticism, most of the comic strip contains citations to fly to Slovenia and Croatia. The entire strip can be read here.

Retourds

This Dustinland was inspired by my recent trip to Hawaii, which was incredibly awesome. Now, I don’t want to seem like a snobby douche — I realize that most of the people I would consider cheesy tourists have saved up and paid a lot of money for their vacations and are just trying to enjoy themselves, and good for them. However, it can often be painful to watch and listen to, and in this case, dangerous.

It’s one thing to leave Kansas for a vacation in New York only to wind up eating at Olive Garden, Sbarro’s and Bumba Gump Shrimp Co., but it’s another to travel to Waimea Bay and let your six-year-old run into the water where he can get washed away by a sudden giant wave in the flash of an eye, despite repeated warnings broadcast over loudspeakers by lifeguards. And that’s exactly what I was witness to, not once, but many times — at least once every ten minutes for two hours straight. See, there’s nothing wrong with wandering around Hawaii looking for a nice beach to swim at, but even the slightest bit of Googling will tell you that the North Shore of Oahu is famous for huge, dangerous surf, especially in the winter. Here are literally the first few sentences from the first entry found by Googling Waimea Bay Beach:

“During the summer months the water of this ‘Reddish’ bay is calm and great for swimming with a large sandy beach area. But watch out during the winter months when the waves can reach heights of thirty feet. This is the home of the largest, most dangerous and spectacular surf in the world.”

So I don’t think it’s too much to ask for your average tourist to do one minute of research before letting your child splash around in surf, risking his life, as well as that of the beach’s lifeguards.

In other news, I would just like to toot my own horn a little by pointing out the fantastic attention to detail in this week’s Dustinland. In fact, I made this week’s comic larger than the usual Dustinland just so that you wouldn’t miss a thing. Notice the pale color of the tourist’s pasty skin, as well as the pink sunburn on the large tourist mama. Take note of the changing pattern in the tourist papa’s obnoxious shirt: palm trees, sport fish, flowers, then in the final panel, pineapples. Observe the matching Crocs on mama and child. What does all this mean? It means that yes, I have been to Honolulu.