I can hardly believe a year has passed since i left Portland & set out for the great beyond. I know that some of you (dad) thought this would be a one way journey to slackerville, and while I admit i have spent a fair amount of time on the beach, this has been an experience of a lifetime (yes, i do know that’s a cliche). I feel grateful & privileged. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
Here are a few things i know…….. so far
I road is filled with joy, wonder, heartache, great food, boredom, great people, crappy western food & bad cheese, loneliness & awe.
I am more resourceful, patient, resilient & stronger than I ever imagined.
Among other things, long term travel erodes attachments to values such as punctuality, predictability & personal space. get used to it or perish
Cotton Bandanas are really useful & cheap: sweat mop, napkin, bandage, washcloth, doggy bag & at the rate i lose them i can afford to replace them in every city.
When riding on a night bus In India, do not look out the window & resign yourself to the fact that 1/2 ” is an acceptable margin between life & death
Don’t lose you shit over something trivial: you will be the only one who looks & feels bad
When a taxi, tuk tuk or rickshaw quotes you a figure & says “local price” you can be sure it isn’t
A good dive buddy is worth their weight. I’m talking to you Roger Rice
No matter how many I see, I still fear & loathe cockroaches
Sitting in a cafe, reading & watching the world go by, for hours on end, is ok.
By & large beer in SEA & India sucks. The exception is beer Lao
Some things remain inexplicable
Sometimes all it takes is a strong cocktail to set the world back on it’s axis
Phuket is hell
The “bum gun” is a miraculous invention
When traveling, as in life, less is usually more
Traveling with friends is fun,too
Douglas adams was right: all travelers need a towel
Traveling with an open heart & mind will yield unexpected & amazing rewards
Taxi drivers cannot read maps
Nude branches are cooler than sharks
If you ask a “yes” or “no” question the answer will always be yes. Even if that isn’t the truth
Traveling solo is immensely rewarding. everyone should try it. at least once.
Mother India is madness & beauty