Karl, a round-faced guy in his early forties, is sent round the world to see its Seven Wonders. A branch of the British Broadcast System follows his journey to show how they are holding up. In their DVD “Idiot Abroad,” we see these sites and we can’t get the images they shoot out of our mind.
The videos shot are like songs that go round and round and we continue to see the crumbling sections of the Great War of China (shown above in this image by PhotoPin) We see where Karl lodges and what he eats before we go with him and the other many tourists entering this historic site, rebuilt, to hear Karl say, “These blocks don’t look so old. They look just like the ones we use.” He goes to the very end of the wall to find gray blocks which really ARE crumbling.
In Israel there’s another gray wall built between their country and Palestine. The wall is so massive in size as to be unbelievable. The graffiti appears so tiny along it.
In Mexico at the ruins of Chicken Itza, Karl stares at one of the pyramids and says, “These people don’t care one whit about health and safety,” but, goes on later in the show to say that he has felt the happiest among the people of Mexico.
Karl assesses the people who live in the countries of these Wonders. In India, he travels with hordes of sari-wrapped folks as they celebrate a festival along the Ganges. Never have we seen so many people sitting row upon row just staring at a river.
In Rio, he’s fascinated by the “Jesus Statue,” the statues who has his arms spread out on a mountain top above the city. He wants to walk up the 220 steps to a viewing platform to get a closer view. “I don’t like the face,” he tells his guide. “What’s that thing hanging off his chin?” She replies, “It’s his beard.”
“Then, they should chop it up a bit so you can tell it’s a beard.”
Upon returning to England after floating around in the Dead sea, parading in costume at Rio’s famed Carnival, walking hours to get to an ancient site in Peru which he terms, “Not so good a vacation spot, although it has good views,” sleeping in a cave in Jordan in Petra across from one of its most pictured buildings in a city carved between mountains, remembering to put TP in his luggage because most countries don’t seem to care to provide it, he sums it up:
“The world is a grim place. Colorful, yes, so much so that my eyes got tired. There’s too many things going on like in India. I couldn’t keep it all in.
“There were too many whistles, horns, people yelling, at all hours of the day and night. There are places where announcers were calling over public speakers to go to prayer five times a day.”
Karl did not come to the U.S. I’d love to hear his unvarnished remarks about the rollercoaster at Disney World that goes backwards in the dark, the intimidating viewing area at the Grand Canyon, the parade of monuments in Washington, DC.
You, the funny producers of “Idiot Abroad,” please send videographers to see all that America has to offer. It’s a place of Wonder. (PhotoPin image shown above.)