|Toilets- Squat, scoop or squirt:
Aw yes for those who really want to know how are the facilities. Travelling has its variety of accomodations food and potties. They range from trees and pit toilets (one star out of ten in our rating system) to high tech systems with more keys to punch than our new laptop. We have toilets with hoses, loos with buckets and ladles. Some have hot water some have cold, some have none and some have liquid that oozes out but we aren't sure if it qualifies as water. Some come with paper some without. Some paper you flush and some goes into the handy (or not) wastebaskets. Some have seat warmers, some no seats and some with multiple seats for varying widths. But the #1 toilet we encountered (drum roll please) was the button #1- seat down, button #two- music, button #3- warmer, and then it became a blurr as buttons were pushed while paper was dispensed and the final button let you out of the cubicle. There were others that squirted water and probably did things no children at home should attempt. Such is life on the road.
Food- The other end of the spectrum.
Needless to say with Asian food being our favourite, that the food is fantastic. It ranges from Thai chilis that breathe fire to sweet coconut flavoured rice for breakfast. You can get barbecued corn and satays off the street vendors or pay 10 times the amount to have it placed on a white dish, white tablecloth, at a 5 star resort. Needless to say we are on a budget so you know where most of our meals are. We are not eating chicken at the moment although it is readily available. The local seafood (mainly shrimp and squid have taken the place of chicken until we are satisfied that the bird flu is under control). Yum too much to try and only three months to do it in. Some of the more unusual dishes that we tried were custard filled pumpkin, and cucumber filled with shrimp in spicy soup.
Accommodations- Home is where you hang your hat and we see plenty of different hat racks.
There were spiders and flies but there were full moons and starry night skies. There were sloping floors but what a view from our doors. There were rooms with no windows, rooms with no bathrooms(down the hall, second door on the left, down two flights of stairs, across the courtyard and then ask the neighbour). There were houses with no rooms, bathrooms all shiney but no water flowed or water on the floor- need we say more. Life on the road is not always as comfie as home, but where is the excitement in that?