To go where we’ve never been and learn what we didn’t know we didn’t know
That was one of our goals when we decided to travel.
So, is there anything specific we’ve learnt in our 12 months away from home? I came up with a few things:
1) Its easier when the children don’t help with dressing, washing up, reading maps and guidebooks, or packing. Which is absolutely NOT THE POINT
2)People talk a lot of rot online, you gotta wade through the rubbish about travel with kids. And even reading wonderful writers who paint pictures with fine words is not as fun as going places ourselves
3) Babies fit in small places and do not require toys. Travelling with a baby is just great.
5) Turmeric stains clothes. Its a nice colour, and if you eat a lot of it, all your clothes end up matching.
6) Mongolian horses have an extra speed: walk, trot, canter, gallop, scuttle!
7) In India, people don’t say ‘ I don’t know’ We learnt to ask at least six people and take a generous average.
8) Dirt washes off, wounds heal, sunburn fades, jetlag recuperates but wanderlust just keeps getting more and more intense. Savings behave in a manner that is inversely proportional. Therein lies a problem for all travellers!
9) People are the same the world over, they are also very very different. Furthermore, sweeping generalisations are pretty sweeping.
10) Very very few people live here in Australia. Hardly any of us. About as many as two medium sized Chinese cities (I’d never heard of) put together. You might call us statistically irrelevant, unless its the swimming at the Commonwealth games. And very few people live LIKE we do here. And very few COULD. And we only CAN because they DON”T. And the way most people live really hurts, and indeed, so does the way they die.
And I don’t think God is too happy about that and I’m wondering what to do about it. This is not to say that we are not precious as individuals, no, God loves us enormously. But we Australians are no more important than anyone else.
11) Finally, we learnt that NOT everything is possible, and despite what other people have said, travelling in Asia with Sparky and her wheelchair has not proved that ‘anything is possible’. Its one of the most nonsensical bits of rot I’ve ever heard, right up there with ‘you can do anything if you try’. We learnt that WE could do it; no more, no less. And it was MARVELLOUS!