Wow; I cannot believe it has been a full year since I started this adventure. Week 55 to be exact, which is crazy!! – Now, you might assume, after a year of being on the road, I would have something extremely profound to say and share with you all; about life, about travel, about the world, about water projects, about places, people and food, about religion, politics and cultures, about anything and everything – but sadly, I have to be honest, I am racking my brain, and I can not believe this, I have a million thoughts each day, but, to sum it all up – I’ve got nothing!
My first post on this blog was almost exactly a year ago. Since then I have had 62 posts that I have told about my experiences of traveling through five continents and 25 countries. I have had 17 blogs on my first four months in the US and Canada, another 17 on the last eight to going on to nine months travels around the rest of world. I have had 13 posts on water projects that I have been involved, along with two posts giving references and links on the water issues around the world and the groups working hard to address them. Four posts giving intros, updates and itineraries. A couple recaps on Continents, with a couple of poems thrown in (the yukon and the 4th of July), and a couple posts that I classifies as giving a little “too much information” But with it all said and done, I have to say after going back through it all, all I can really think to say is – I wish I were funnier!
I mean, I have had a great time and have had a lot of laughs along the way, but how about a some side bending belly laughs here!! I hope I am funnier than this. – I think it may be I need people around me to share my stories. I think I am better off telling stories in person, and I like to have people around to help me fill in blanks, ask questions – interact. I guess overall, I just like having people around… and maybe a few beers!
Moving forward I will attempt to do my best to be a little more humorous. Like I probably should have told you all the story about being so tired when I check into a hotel in Spain that I accidentally pee’d in the bidet by mistake. That night, I only remember not being able to figure out how to flush, so it was not until the next morning when I went into the bathroom and saw there was no flush, that I realize my mistake. Maybe not that funny, but at the time I almost fell to my knees laughing – maybe in part because something similar had happened on travels to Munich Oktoberfest a couple of years back, which I am sure my traveling partners in that case would have been very thankful if there would have been a bidet involved at a minimum!
I will try to tell more stories of the moment to moment stuff, which actually can be pretty funny. It does not always seem funny at the time, but I am sure for example the other day, every security guard at the Madurai airport was cracking up after they could not let me into the airport without having Air India issue me my ticket and the only way to have Air India to issue my ticket was to go inside the airport to have them issue it at the counter (I had purchased the ticket on line and had an email confirmation). Not sure I understand the logic, but it all worked out after 90 minutes of waiting outside the door of the airport trying to get the attention of anyone from AI (picture me yelling and waving my arms at anyone in an AI uniform inside), that one of the guards point out one of the airline employes out for a smoke break, who was kind enough to help me (after his smoke) and just 30 minutes before my flight departed.
Another story of my current situation, which is pretty crazy, but some of you may have experienced, is that I am up in the hill station of Munnar, India in the midst of beautiful tea plantations and mountain retreats, but seriously lacking in sitting toilets. They seem to prefer much more the “squat and wash” method of toilets ?!?! – which there may be nothing too funny about that at all – but it truly a whole new learning experience – with some pretty crazy scenarios that ensue when you are standing in this bathroom with what can be best described as a high power kitchen faucet sprayer in one hand and your shorts held tightly in your other hand – …not sure what the heck to do, but definitely wishing I had another hand or two for balance and other things… – I guess at a minimum it may be helping me understand the whole Hindu Religion a little better and why most the Gods seem to have four hands!! – Let’s just say, I am still learning!
For now, I am just going to leave it at I am excited about the last year of experiences, and I am looking forward to the next three months of travel ahead through SE Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, but more than anything I am excited to be getting back home for Christmas and have a chance to see you all in person and tell you all these happenings over a beer! – Until then, I will try my best at being a little funnier and be looking forward to seeing you all in person soon!!
Many, Many Good Cheers, – Happy One Year!!