5 Things I Hate About Travel

No, no, no, no, no, I don’t hate travel. I love the guts out of travel. However, there most certainly are some things I hate about travel. Even the things we love aren’t peachy and rosy all the time.

Moving Between Point A and B

I just want to be at point B. Is that so terrible? I know some people get all googly-eyed over enjoying the journey. Blah, blah, blah. I like the destination. I don’t like carrying all my bags, haggling taxi prices, and sitting on sweaty buses for hours and hours and hours. Sometimes I reach a lovely zen place while sitting on buses or planes, where I think about abstract concepts and life in general. Most of the time though, I’m frazzled and sweating my face off.

How Much Cash Do I Budget For The Last Day in Country?

I usually either end up with too much money at the end of a trip or just barely enough to the point that I’m begging taxi drivers to take me to the airport. I still have $20 worth of Nepali rupees in my purse that I would really like to get in American dollars.

Hearing Generalizations About Americans

I can’t tell you how sick I get of hearing people say negative things about Americans, like I am supposed to either defend or apologize for my heritage. I really don’t care to hear what people think of Americans and I don’t appreciate being lumped in with some mass generalization.

Face Sweat

I may have just mentioned something about sweating my face off, but I have not gone into the extent of these sweat issues. Ninety per cent of the sweat I produce comes out of my face, which looks real great in those memorable photographs in front of memorable monuments and what not. Hot weather makes me hot and walking around in hot weather makes me sweat…out my face. Maybe I’m the only one with this issue, but it’s definitely a top 5 annoyance.

Getting Sick

Getting sick happens, it’s part of the experience, part of the story, and it’s still awful. Being up til all hours of the night with an array of stomach issues can wear one down. The stress of finding medicine in an unknown place of deciding if a doctor’s visit is in order is not my idea of a good time. Neither is crying in the middle of a train station in India because I feel like throwing up and want my mommy.

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5 Reasons My Host Family Thinks I’m Crazy ~ Friday 5

First of all, my name Kelsi is commonly mispronounced as Crazy, something about the “L” and the “R” switching sounds and trading places. Anytime someone shouts “Crazy!” I assume their calling my name and I turn and smile.

I spend long periods of the hot afternoon laying on the cool tile floor with a book. I don’t know why no one else has caught on to this bliss, but I’m the only one in the house that does it.

I’m prone to spill things or trip which has led to my host dad telling me, “You same Mr. Bean.”

Sometimes I space out during long conversations in Thai and then am alerted back to earth when my host dad says, “Crazy! Please speak with us.”

I eat things like oatmeal mixed with seven other ingredients in the morning instead of rice, which they find not only strange, but disgusting.

Numbers

Number of people I’ve seen someone fall off their motorcycle: 3
Number of feral dogs I’ve been chased by: 2
Number of times I’ve accidentally asked for a dick instead of a bottle: 2
Number of times I’ve crashed my bike: 1
Number of times my host family has asked my if I have diarriah in front of other people: 1
Number of times I’ve been called fat: 2
Number of of bucket bathes I take a day: 2
Number of times I’ve made one of my host siblings cry: 2
Number of times I literally thought I was going to poop my pants: 1
Number of fireflies I see at night: lots! 🙂

You Know You’re From Washington When…

  • You know the state flower (Mildew)
  • You feel guilty when you don’t recycle.
  • You use the phrase “sun break” and know what it means.
  • You know more than 10 ways to order coffee.
  • You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.
  • You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.
  • You’ve stood on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the “Walk” Signal.
  • You understand that if it has no snow or has not erupted, it is not a real mountain.
  • You can taste the difference between Starbuck’s, Seattle’s Best, Veneto’s, Peet’s, and Tully’s. You know the difference between Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye salmon.
  • You consider swimming an indoor sport.
  • You are well versed in the difference between Japanese, Chinese and Thai food.
  • In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark — while only working eight-hour days.
  • You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.
  • You are not fazed by “Today’s forecast: showers followed by rain,” and “Tomorrow’s forecast: rain followed by showers.”
  • You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.
  • You can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you cannot see through the cloud cover.
  • You notice “the mountain is out” when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.
  • You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.
  • You switch to your sandals when it gets about 60, but keep the socks on.
  • You’ve actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.
  • You think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.
  • You knew immediately that the view out of Frasier’s window was fake.
  • You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Washington.

My Room Has Gotten A Little Out of Hand

You know your room is messy when…

  1. You find yourself wearing mismatching shoes because finding a matching pair would take way to long
  2. Getting from Point A to Point B requires special skills and flexibility
  3. There are designated pathways (where the junk has parted) for getting to Point A from Point B
  4. Certain necessities (i.e. deodarant) are lost for days even after hour long search parties. Even worse you conclude buying a new stick will be easier than finding the old one.
  5. Getting dressed requires looking under the bed, searching through piles and climbing
  6. You are constantly finding things you forgot you had
  7. Climbing over furniture is an easier way to get from point A to B than just walking
  8. Your afraid that you will be strangled in your sleep by the pile of cords that are falling off your desk and are dangerously close to your head. (ok maybe this is just me)
  9. You have to avoid certain areas with broken glass for prolonged periods of time
  10. The curtain stays closed for weeks because getting to it is REALLY difficult
  11. You choose to go comando instead of tackling the huge pile of laundry (even though you have enough underwear to clothe a small African country)
  12. A foul odar has overtaken the room and there are so many places it could be coming from
  13. You have found mold growing on your dirty dishes on more than one occasion
  14. There are certain areas you are just flat out afraid to dig through
  15. Certain possessions have been eaten by bugs (may Michelle’s clarinet rest in peace)
  16. You have to give your friends pep talks before coming in

And yes sadly all of these things are true about me and my room. Things have gotten a little out of hand. The plan…clean tomorrow.