Things that have made me think: “I must tell everyone back home bout this!”
- It is very difficult at times, to work out if you are dealing with a difficulty caused by cultural difference, small town cultural difference or garden variety pigheadedness.
- I feel pretty proud that I can drink the water here.
- This country has horrific problems that will never be expressed in a blog. Buy me a few beers and give me a few hours and we could scrape the surface.
- There are naughty kids and good kids in all cultures. I can’t say that there are more naughty kids here, because I only ever really met 2 or 3 of Myles peers in Australia. What is better? A multitude of poorly behaved peers, or only seeing kids your own age twice a week?
- Being able to see Myles 24/7 (ie: no job) did not transform me into a super dad overnight who wanted to spend every moment with the little man. Mum is still the word! This surprised me a little.
- We can comfortably survive on approximately 200 pesos per day in our household. This is frugality on a scale that we have never had thought possible.
- When I consider the fact that we can leave whenever, I sadly realize that we will never share the same kinship that holds this little village together so tightly. We are the poseur Greek girl of ‘Common People’ and we can make a call to end it all at any time. So our trip adventure cannot pretend that it does not share at least some elements with ‘slum tourism’.
- Every time I meet someone new, they ask how long we will stay. I still don’t know, but we are making longer and longer term plans each day.
- People ask why we came here, my mother in law questions our sanity, we ask ourselves what it is that we are doing exactly and we don’t know.
- A bath in a river is better than a beer after a hard day’s work.
I have learned one very important lesson and I shall try to make it philosophical:
When faced with warm and humid weather (such as Brisbane or the Philippines) I would rather remove my shirt, than enter an air conditioned room.