One morning this week Jess exclaimed "My hat is mildewing!" as she looked in dismay at her relatively new hat purchased a month ago in Malaysia. While many things differ between our native Gunnison, Colorado and places during our travels abroad, humidity is one of the most significant. In Gunnison, new arrivals generally have a nosebleed before their first night has passed given the arid and often frigid environment. Ever since we were in Northern Australia, we have endured a swampy, hot environment in which clothes (and people) never fully dry out. Add to the mix our penchant to hang out on the beach in these environments, and our non-synthetic clothes begin to rot!
Whether we are wet or dry, it is the incredible contrasts of our daily lives that educate us on this global journey. While we could pay more and travel in relative luxury, we often choose the more local route for the experiences and conversations it affords us. Our stated goal is to learn with humility (and give with grace) and such is hard to do from a fancy, air-conditioned, tourist transport.
Images are from the Philippines and include our most recent "porch" on Malapascua Island, a typical bangka ferry, and the luxurious Sea Dream resort in Dauin, Negros Island.
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