a few things on my mind from the places i’ve visited on this trip, no particular order, and applies to pretty much each place:
airbnb owners do not provide enough toilet paper
especially when there seems to be no kleenex anywhere available
i hate the smell and feel of wicker furniture
mosquitos will find and dine on you while you sleep
i think i managed every mode of transportation except space travel all in one day, at least twice
cities here are like cities at home, just with older stuff and smaller streets and cars
most people are friendly, even if we don’t speak the same language
why the clothes washing machine, but not dryers?
detergent makes clothes stink...or maybe the lack of fragerance and softeners uncovered how they should smell
and everything enviro friendly...to an obsession
people are healthier/skinnier because of all the walking. some of the diet is just as bad.
i do not like wine, and never have. and have reconfirmed it. smells like easter eggs coloring.
they like coke zero. i do not. coke “normal” seems to be mostly available
food is good in general, and i have tried some meals i would otherwise never have. doesn’t mean i’d ever have or cook them at home
lots of cheese and pasta. sauces are different.
the light is different
dogs seem to allowed everywhere, except maybe church. restaurants, clothing stores, etc., ok. but no evident pet shops...where do they come from? and also, not really seeing them as being neutered.
beggars all seem to have the same outfit and age. basket out, bandana on head, face to floor, butt in air as they kneel, scraggly skirts. kinda scary when they follow you right up to a building entrance if they think money is getting away.
airbnb homes are neat alternatives to hotels. most have been old buildings, with modern european remodeling and conveniences inside.
i’m a big fan of air-conditioning
bidets are an interesting concept
a lot of things just seem to be done more logically
guacamole withdrwals...avocados suck here
traveling with a family group is a joy and a hassle, at times
churches everywhere, and they do love ringing their bells. a lot. sometimes late at night.
my back hurts
americans are just slobs and terrible at pulling together outfits, comparatively
parking is almost impossible to find, and mopeds and vespas are popular, though they typically have really torn up seats
hard to find a car without a ding or scratch
no tipping, as it is already built in to the bill, but also an extra charge if you sit versus to go
eat where the locals eat for the best food. don’t be obsessed by yelp or trip advisor for recommendations
my feet hurt, i’m exhausted, but i’ve lost some of my jiggle. just need a few more weeks of vacay, i guess
didn’t win the mega millions, so i guess i will have to come home anyway...
time to find dinner, or i’d go on and on…
old buick from the last pomona swapmeet i went to. gotta get back one of these months.