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For travelers, food is one of the most interesting aspects of visiting a new country. From souvlaki in Greece, to kebabs in Jordan to pasta in Italy to curry in India, food defines a country as much as the landscape and the people. Good or bad cuisine can make you want to stay forever, just to continue eating, or it can make you want to check out of the country earlier than planned.
Packing for 365 days of travel around the world wasn't easy. We were forced to anticipate our potential needs for an entire year and pack appropriately for the varying climates, seasons and activities we had planned. The fact that we had to carry everything we needed for the year, on our backs added yet another layer of complication.
Coffee. I think it's the one addiction I have left...and believe me, there have been quite a few. Some of them benign and some of them quite destructive I'm afraid. Fortunately, that's all ancient history and this fixation on coffee in all it's delicious guises is what I've got left. Not so bad in the grand scheme of things...
When I return from the bathroom, the Bear is lying prone on the floor. Griselda and Felipe seem to be watching over him, and the Taita is singing icaros and blowing incense smoke over his body. The music is haunting and beautiful to listen to, but it's as though I've transited through a wormhole (yes, a wormhole located in the bathroom) and returned to a world completely different from the one I left not moments ago.
I close my eyes. The creatures are dancing in rows, synchronized, one row going left, the other one right, left, right, left, just like in a video game. They're golden, blue, tongues out, arms like an Egyptian. Wow, I'm feeling it. Maybe I should go lie down. I get up, I hit the floor.
People say that when traveling, it is best not to have any expectations about your future experiences. Expectations limit you. Whether good or bad, your experiences are defined by your previous expectations of it. Maybe your experience is better than expected, maybe worse, yet it's still in reference to your preconceived notions of the experience.