It never fails to surprise me the things I take for granted being in my own space at home. When travelling in a relatively undeveloped part of the world, simple pleasures & life conveniences are often absent &, at least for part of your time there, you struggle recalling all the little things it’s essential for you to remember, like:
- The power supply is about as reliable & wavering as a politician’s promise – never count on it. For the first time last night, I watched a movie & about 15-mins from the end, right in the middle of the climax, all power was lost. Typically here we only have power 70% of the day. I suspect the alterating supply may be responsible for rendering my new laptop battery utterly unuseable.
- Don’t flush toilet paper down a septic system that just can’t handle it (failed miserably at that for the first few days here & was fishing around in the toilet bowl with the cleaning utensil to get all remnants out). Unfortunately, used toilet paper is disposed of in a small bin in my bathroom, which leads to my next point…..
- Remind the hotel staff whenever necessary to clean the toilet paper bin (they usually only manage to empty it – not so nice in Summer). I always request my room not be cleaned every day – complete waste of time & energy – never suspected this small task of bin emptying would be so crucial.
- If I don’t rub anti-bacterial goo on my hands prior to handling food, or touching any sensitive body apart, I’m liable to poison myself & be ill for days.
- Never drink the tap water, or let it get in your mouth if you have a shower (maintain a firm lip seal). Clean teeth only with purified water – don’t accidentally wash toothbrush under tap (came very close with that one a couple of times).
- Try & stay away from uncooked foods, unless the menu explicitly states they use purified water to clean food. I ventured out a couple of times recently, only in well-populated restaurants, & have managed to escape the dreaded post-eating purge.
- Always, always, always take at least one back-up for your photography equipment.
Oh, how grateful I am for my lot in life back home…..