You're Traveling the World? No big deal.
Yesterday's blog I wrote at this place called "The Bagel Barn" which had some really fast internet - a rarity in Guatemala. After I wrote the blog, I packed up my stuff and started to pay for my food. There were these three English people who came over to the table and asked if they could take our place.
We started making small talk as we were heading out and then it came out that all three of them were traveling around the world. William and I got excited because this was the first encounter we had had with fellow world travelers.
At first, I was about to say something like, "We've got to go find our host home," but then I thought - why am I acting all busy? I've got nothing to do all day long and these people seem really cool. So I sat back down at the table.
There was a married couple, Leza and Dave who had been to a billion places around the world already. I could tell that Leza's accent was not of the "BBC" variety and therefore was probably not from around London. I was right. I always get excited when I can tell the difference between various non-American English accents.
Hadley was a young guy, our age, who was also traveling the world for a year. Leza and Dave met Hadley a few stops back in their journey and the three of them had been traveling together since. It sounded like Hadley was about to take a different path than the couple after Guatemala.
I have noticed that there are a lot of Europeans around Antigua so I asked them if it's normal for Europeans to travel the world. They said that it's really common for Europeans to travel the world and that they weren't doing anything special.
When I told them that William and I made the local news because we were traveling around the world, they all laughed. Not just a "ha, ha, that's funny" kind of laugh, but a full-blown "that's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard" kind of belly laugh.
We also let them know that we are traveling the world on $15 a day. When we told them we were going through England on our trip, they said that we'd bust our budget there big time. Supposedly it's the most expensive place on earth. Literally. They gave us their contact info so hopefully we'll be able to crash their place for a few days while we're in England.
David and Leza have a website about their travels around the world.
Our next video podcast is being uploaded as we speak. You know how I said, if all goes as planed, we'll have Episode #3 up by this afternoon? Well, in Guatemala, it's hard to have plans come to fruition as you intend. So, I'm hopping it will be up by tonight. I'm currently uploading at 7KB per second. That's slow. Really slow.