One Year!!

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!

Packed to the Brim, Ready for Travel Sept 5, 2011

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!

Current Load on Travel – Downsized from the car a little bit – Pic taken last week Sept 17, 2012

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!!

Joe

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About joesworldwatertour

I am starting this labor day, 2011 on an up to two year tour of the world to visit and work on water service projects in developing communities. I am a water engineer who has been working in the corporate world of consulting since I graduated from college too many years ago and I hope this will be a chance to use my knowledge and experience to give something beneficial back to the world. I am starting my adventure with four months of research and a little decompression time before leaving on world travels in January, 2012. - I love people and will be missing a lot of close friends and family over the time away, but also hope to meet and friend a million more ahead!!
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9 Responses to One Year!!

  1. Laura says:

    All I have to say is that you are plenty funny! I think the best part is envisioning you telling me the stories in person, which isn’t so difficult to do. (And I did belly laugh about your squat and wash mention). Missing you, friend!

  2. Dan Locke says:

    Looks great Joe!

    I still remember our sailing trip from Panama to Colombia fondly. You’re a great guy and best of luck on the last leg of your trip!

  3. kristacoco says:

    Hi Joe!

    I’ve been following your posts here and there when I see them on Facebook. One day, you will have to email me your whole itinerary because it seems like you’ve had an amazing time. I’m sure you haven’t forgotten our time in Guatemala with the Treasures. It was a changing experience. I really had a blast and it was so awesome getting to meet you. I am incredibly jealous of your travels and I wish you all the best in the future.

    See You Around,
    Krista C.

  4. Kitty (Fittante) Fasbender says:

    Joe- you are hilarious and it has been fun popping in here and there to catch up on your travels. It doesn’t seem 1 year has gone by already. Time flies… hope to see you over the holidays and enjoy the rest of your journey. Kudos to you Mr. Joe. You ROCK!!
    Many Hugs
    Kitty

  5. mike says:

    Joe is not funny.

    • Thanks Mike!!

      Actually thanks All!! Dan and Krista, it was amazing meeting you along the way!! You and all the other great people I have had the chance to meet on my travels have made the trip what it is – which is amazing! Thank you!!

  6. Al Navidi says:

    Just a minor correction, Joe. It’s “Persian Gulf” and not “Arabian Gulf” !! It’s been that way for centuries and will remain that way. Arabs (via Google Maps) are trying by force to change the name, but unsuccessfully! Just an FYI and if you could change it in your blog, that’d be even greater. In any case, what an amazing story and I have to tell you that I’m extremely jealous, since I’ll never be able to do what you did. Awesome job!!

    • joesworldwatertour says:

      Thanks Al! – Correction made! – Hope you are doing well. – Thanks for checking out the blog!! – It has been an amazing experience!

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