Kathleen and I have had many eye opening and interesting experiences along the way. Here is a list of some of the main things we have learned.
• Sometimes it’s easier to just go with the flow than try to figure out what
is actually going on
• Plan or no plan – things will never go how you anticipated
• Much is lost in translation
• Just because it’s on the map doesn’t mean that it exists
• Time and distance are all relative to whatever country you are in
• Prices are never set – always start with 1/3 of the asking price
• Tea is a universal language
• Even the simplest, most safe food you can think to order will most likely not be
what you expected (ex. Many extreme variations of grilled cheese – some un-
• No matter how poor you are or how remote your village is, you will always have a
• Tape worms are NOT a good diet
• If you don’t know how to do something – Maria will be able to figure it out!
• You know what is for dinner by the sound of what you hear dying in the kitchen
• Chickens are not the only animals that wake you up in the morning – cicadas and
elephants are just as loud, if not louder
• Bob Marley, The Eagles, The Beatles and (unfortunately) John Denver can be heard
in any part of the world
• Electricity and/or hot water are not to be taken for granted
• Squat toilets are often better than the regular kind
• Always steal toilet paper whenever possible – you don’t know where or when you
will find it again
• Never touch someone’s left hand (see above regarding toilet paper)
• Do not pay attention while riding in any vehicle – it’s better to not know what
• Painted lines (if there are any) are merely suggestions for where you should
drive – 3 “lanes” = room for 5-6 cars across
• All forms of transportation share the same road – it doesn’t matter if it’s a
highway, a donkey cart will be on it
• Always look both ways before crossing the road – and not just for automobiles.
This applies to motorbikes, pedal bikes, trams, tuk-tuk, sheep, cows, donkey
(alone or with pull cart), horse (also w/ or w/out cart), camel, elephant, etc.
• Pedestrians do NOT have the right of way
• Paved roads are a luxury – I will never complain about a pothole again!
• Horns and tapping on the side of the car are forms of communication
• The roof is not just the top of the car – it provides a place for luggage, extra
seating and a place for goats
• There are no traffic laws