Giving Countries a Lick and a Promise
There is a thought in the subconscious mind of all tourist, and travelers; I will give this country a lick, and I to promise to come back later and give it a good washing.
There is always the ever-present inference applied to Americans, you do not understand the planet and really have no right to an opinion on global issues.
The Europeans will often justify and explain,
"You do not speak languages."
"You do not even have passports."
The question is; did you take a bite of a country, or did you take just a lick. I can only hope Travelers take the time to bite, however the majority will just take a lick, it is more about saying we visited a country, then understanding the country. The desire to understand other cultures is what gives me the desire to continue to travel, not the counting, this is just branding to sell advertising.
Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Friday, March 5, 2010
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com
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I enjoy Expatriates; they are like oversize children, about the size of the Pillsbury Doughboy and telling me about the planet. I know what happened, they left their home country, came to a city like Sosua, Dominican Republic. Then every day of the week they meet tourist who just came to Sosua to give the place a lick, they see themselves as having taken a bite, therefore they are the experts and the tourist are newbie’s. These tourist should listen, why not, intelligent people listen. (Faulty logic.)
Sometimes, I will say,
"Do you realize, that about 7 out of 10 Lonely Planet Guide writers are from the USA?"
With the Brits, it can go one, whereby it is me taking the piss, of a person trying to take the piss.
(This is British Slang, go study the term - Taking the Piss.)
A person who wishes to use Stereotypes effectively, must qualify the person prior to using he stereotype, trying to access whether this singular person is qualified to receive the noise, this is the foolishness used by non-USA citizens that proves they are the same… hehehe
(Effective use of Stereotypes is a art)
Counting my Traveler Blessings
I watch President Obama on Television, and often I am sad, I know when he visits a country, all he can do is take a lick. There is no way the secret service is going to allow him to walk around with normal people. I fortunately am lucky enough to have taken bigger bites of countries than most people could ever dream of, however after about six weeks in Dominican Republic, I am fully aware, I know nothing about the Dominican Republic people, and know a lot about DR Expats. Not that I really care about DR people, I gave up 10 years ago thinking I would ever truly know a country I am just here living today.
However, this is this delusion held by many people, I visited a country, I took a lick, and I was special, I really understand, I know more than the rest of you. They will speak with an authoritative active voice, they will write their Blogs with undreamed of confidence, and tell people about the country, never going to passive voice, always being overly confident.
(Microsoft Grammar Check tells me when I write passive… hehehe.)
I know the countries I licked, Paraguay, Honduras, maybe Vietnam, and I know the countries where I have taken a Big Mac size bite of, like Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala, Thailand and the Philippines.
Lick and a Promise
" - the hasty performance of a task, or something not done properly, also (originally) a hasty wash, or a taste of more to come - according to my own research in my own family this expression was popular in London by the first half of the 20th century, when it referred to a quick or superficial wash (usually of a child's face by the child). It was certainly well in use by the 1930s for this meaning. The full expression at that time was along the lines of 'a lick and a promise of a better wash to come'. The word lick is satisfyingly metaphorical and arises in other similar expressions since 15th century, for example 'lick your wounds', and 'lick into shape', the latter made popular from Shakespeare's Richard III, from the common idea then of new-born animals being literally licked into shape by their mothers. An alternative interpretation (ack J Martin), apparently used in Ireland, has a different meaning: to give a child a whack or beating, with a promise of more to follow unless the child behaves. This alternative use of the expression could be a variation of the original meaning, or close to the original metaphor, given that: I am informed (thanks R M Darragh III) that the phrase actually predates 1812 - it occurs in The Critical Review of Annals of Literature, Third Series, Volume 24, page 391, 1812: "...The Prince Regent comes in for a blessing, too, but as one of Serico-Comico-Clerico's nurses, who are so fond of over-feeding little babies, would say, it is but a lick and a promise..." The context here suggests that early usage included the sense of 'a taste and then a promise of more later', which interestingly echoes the Irish interpretation."
Give something a lick and a promise
"1. (British & Australian old-fashioned) to clean something quickly and not carefully I put on my new suit, gave my shoes a lick and a promise, and left the house.
2. (American & Australian old-fashioned) to do a job or piece of work quickly and not carefully We didn't have time to do much clearing up in the yard - just gave the grass a lick and a promise. "
People Trying to Visit All Countries
Here is a good site, however, I cannot truly say they are travelers, but I can say, they have give more licks than normal.
Most Travel People or "Licks"
Are they professional Travelers?
Giving Countries a Lick and a Promise
I went to the site my rank was 5510. Yup, I got a long way to go...
This lick and bite analogy of yours could be expanded to "a sniff", "gorge", "feasted" or any number of other others and it really does provide a quick one-liner description or parable type explanation which even Jesus knew made it easier for human beings to understand and remember. Might I suggest that you ADD a "Lick" and "Bite" designation to each of the countries in your list of countries ? The few examples you gave were great but made me curious about the other 80+ countries you've been to??
I have always felt the same like you mentioned about President Obama or any other well known celebrity as their possy and handlers and enablers screen them so methodically that even enjoying a lick of a place or country nearly impossible.I rarely verbalize such things because it sounds too egotistical but actually I always sort of felt sorry for these people being stuck in their own cage of fame,money,power, beauty, talent and fully booked schedules. It's like they traded their individual freedom for the perks and rewards without even realizing it. Must be a real hassle and juggling act to be SO SUCCESSFUL. I always felt the same about USA military personnel, foreign service officers, Peace Corps volunteers or multi-national executives , Few ever really experience the countries they have lived as all except for the peace corps live in "USA island" communities inside these countries. The common expression among ex-GIs of " I did Germany, I did Korea, I did Japan " and " I can't wait to get back to THE WORLD ( meaning the USA )" ect always irked and amused me.
And before I close I'd like to compliment you on your creative choice of images you post on this blog. At first I thought, "why he's posting such an image which has nothing to do with the country and culture he's experiencing?" Now I can see that each image serves a purpose which allows the reader to take a break mentally from the main topic of world travel and acts much like a one-liner or parable or simple words of wisdom, easy to BRAND on the mind of readers teaching them about your MANY little pearls of wisdom and philosophy