I guess you're liking living in San Pedro?
I dont know why people like traveling so much )
Why did i invited you to my party?
Because i really enjoy your company!!!!
It was a pleasure to have you!
what do you want to say? or just show how is you a lucky man.
I am not lucky because I got two kisses, I am a lucky man because I understand that French culture gives two kisses. I also know in Thailand that I am suppose to give a high Y as a form of respect and in the USA I shake their hand with a firm grasp and look them in the eyes.
Do you know how to say hello to your world properly?
Finally forwarded your blog adress to a few hundred of my yahoo contacts so hope your readership gets a bump. Will do the same with our msn contacts soon. So here's one for you which nationality says hello or goodbye with 3 kisses? the Dutch? or Danish? or ? It's great to cross paths with people at private parties you share a similar mindset and enhance your energy.
Guess I still feel more comfortable with hugging friends than the European habit of kissy cheek. Still find giving firm handshakes and eye contact a way of getting my first impression of someone I meet or am introduced to at any social gathering. On our last trip to Hawaii to visit our daughter we were introduced to a 30 y.o. guy she was dating who gave the limpest handshake I can remember so before leaving I couldn't help sharing the fact with our daughter and the impression it gave me. I was happy to hear a few weeks later she stopped dating the guy.
In some areas of France, it's 3 kisses or even 4 and sometimes, it's a social thing when saying hello like "Oh 3 kisses ? Where are you from ?" "In my hometown it's actually 4..." etc. etc.
(I'm French so it's firsthand cultural info)
Andy, I think you said somewhere in your blog you weren't aiming to please when writing. I read extensive parts of it these last few weeks. Very thought-provoking, in subtle ways, sometimes days after reading a particular post. How often does that happen in a world of immediate gratification ?
Keep on not pleasing and feeding thoughts in your own unique style.
Tolkien (Lord of the Rings) wrote a verse that comes to mind: All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost.
I had a friend say, you are trying to provoke, while in reality I believe honest thoughts are provocative, I am honest, therefore I am inherently provocative, I am trying to be honest, seems to be as rare as common sense.
Yes that's how I meant it. The fact that your thoughts are honestly yours and yours alone (not what a reader might either expect or want to read on a travel blog) is precisely makes your blog food for thought. In a rare and interesting way.
I particularly enjoyed your vision of Togo.