While traveling we have broken a lot of rules. In fact, we have made the grand achievement of breaking the rules/law in three different countries. In Tunisia, we sat 6 people to a cab (including the driver), and had Tayo squish down out of sight when we drove past the police. When visiting the museum in El Jem, Mummy took a fossil from an ancient column. We were in a courtyard, and the column was sitting in a pile of old junk. The column was made of sandstone and just crumbling away. The fossil shell would have fallen out anyway, eventually. We asked the guard if it was important to the museum, and ‘no, take it”, was the answer. I think if we were anywhere but Tunisia, taking a fossil from a courtyard in a museum wouldn’t be allowed, but rules in Tunisia are surprisingly absent, except for the number of people in a taxi rule!
Another example of breaking rules in Tunisia was when we went to the waterpark. Beside each waterslide were posted rules for the slides. Rules such as how tall you have to be, the age minimum, and allowed body positions for the slide were very clear. The lifeguards balked a bit when they saw Tayo in line to go down, but once we said she could swim, they waved her through. Another thing we did on the ‘penguin slides’ was have races sliding headfirst like penguins, hence the name.
When our rental car was broken, we drove without the headlights at night, to keep the engine running. We took it to 3 mechanics on that trip but it couldn’t be fixed. Plus, my mum speeds.
In the Netherlands, we used the Gorbets’ museum cards to get in to all the museums, and used their transit cards. This was fraud.
In France we broke into the cemetery and collected (stole) walnuts (ed.’s note: were the dead people going to use the walnuts? what is ownership when you are dead?). We plan to dry the nuts and eat them, same as the dates. Though in this case the cemetery turned out to be open, we just had trouble with the gates (so we jumped the fence).
One other thing. We were hiking and found a little path leading up to the top of a hill. We wandered up to the top and saw signs that said Passage Interdit, which means no trespassing. So we didn’t go inside the towers, we just walked around them.
In New York, we plan to jaywalk.