The Ubiquity of Bob Marley
The answer was, ‘The ubiquity of sparrows.’
This is a startlingly true observation. There are sparrows everywhere. The only country where I didn’t see a lot of sparrows was Vietnam (birds are a delicacy there) but I swear I saw one or two flapping for their lives.
This got me thinking; what else is universal?
1. Bob Marley and The Wailers – It doesn’t matter which backpackers’ you’re in, there is one thing you will always find: no woman no crying or, alternatively, standing up for her rights.
2. Beer – I have yet to visit a country that doesn’t have a national brew; a beer that is cheap, plentiful and revered by the locals as the best in the world. They tell you this as they offer you a can of overpriced Foster’s Lager.
3. Coffee – It might not look or taste like any coffee you’ve ever had but that’s what the locals are calling it. When you’re jetlagged, it’ll do.
4. Coca Cola – This leads me to believe that the Coca Cola Company really does rule the world.
5. McDonalds – … in partnership with these guys.
6. Handwoven, embroidered or crocheted tablecloths – Don’t believe me? Come over and look in my linen press. There is something uniquely appealing about a huge swatch of fabric that has taken some remarkably dextrous woman two painstaking days to weave. I become hypnotised when I watch women making beautiful things because of my crafty (see: About Emma) past.
7. Insane driving – I caveat this point by stating up front that there are a lot of places I haven’t been and yet everywhere I have been to – from New Zealand to Thailand – seems to have absolutely bat-sh*t crazy driving that is a natural antidote to microsleeps.
What have you noticed is everywhere? Sunburnt British backpackers? 7 Elevens? I would love to hear your thoughts…