fiction &travel 09 Jul 2010 12:57 am

Berth – pt. 1

He embraced the fine yellow dust that now permeated his clothes, his skin, his breath. He had traveled through the dusty landscape of a part of his country that was as foreign to him any other land thousand miles away. He had soaked in the strangeness of the people and the places, but he couldn’t always evade the memories of loss and loneliness during these idle hours of solitary travel.

He was at the far reaches of his country – frontier-lands where people were seemingly honest, hence suspect. Suspect, and curious. The natives didn’t understand why someone who looked so clearly like them could only speak stutteringly in their language, and the itinerant backpackers didn’t understand why a native was trying to make conversation without selling them something. He had begun to enjoy his unique position in the ecosystem of Terra Tourismus. Even when the ecosystem was inverted, as in the one he inhabited elsewhere, where the backpackers were the natives and vice-versa, his position remained the same.

Now the trip was coming to an end. He was content – the nighttime desert (with only a faint whiff of camel dung) and the majesty of the old palaces (best paired with a complimentary bouquet of horse manure) had filled his mind with wonder and peace. One more bus ride through the night, and his journey would end. He would leave this place, perhaps not to visit it in his lifetime again.

He had booked a berth on a ‘sleeper’ bus. The sleeper bus was a recent attempt by the natives to bring the experience of lying horizontal and being jolted all night in a cramped 5-by-2 faux-leather plank while traveling on railway tracks, to the potholed asphalt roads of the land. As he boarded the bus and checked his ticket, his heart sank. His berth was at the very end of the bus. While trains restricted human-brownian motion to two or three directions, the tail-end of a bus meant being granted five degrees of freedom to be thrown around. He settled down and made himself comfortable as much as he could.

The bus was filled with backpackers. Two berths ahead, a German couple on honeymoon had found the sweet spot – the middle of the vehicle, where neither rear-vehicular whiplash nor blinding headlights through the front could disturb their sleep. Across the aisle, a duo of Spanish females had taken up residence. He watched with amusement as a fat, middle-aged tour guide tried in vain to get their email addresses. “Tu es mentirosa”, the girls told the man, and the man offered as proof his whiskey-unstained integrity from the night before.

***

next… Mixed Company

2 Responses to “Berth – pt. 1”

  1. on 12 Dec 2017 at 1:33 am 1.Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale said …

    Blended, equally of those indicators are identified as to be a Foreign exchange circulation indicator, as being the 100 % forex stream of your Foreign exchange sector is observed with regards to the exact chart.Countless numerous indicators are available superior level platforms, which could contribute to difficult for even a seasoned trader, except for a beginner. All through my interactive world wide web, my sufferers can profit the content material they want every time they need to have it,” reported Dr. house painters brisbane will give your house a brand new look. This short article will assist you to decide if your home enhancement undertaking can be achieved by yourself, or if you have to get in touch with in skilled help.
    Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale

  2. on 12 Dec 2017 at 2:25 am 2.adidas nmd shoes said …

    2017 hot style basketball shoes you bought a few double?
    adidas nmd shoes

  3. on 12 Dec 2017 at 3:18 am 3.bracelet trefle van cleef réplique said …

    Normally I don’t read post on blogs, however I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to take a look at and do so! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thanks, very nice article.
    bracelet trefle van cleef réplique [url=http://www.marquebijoux.net/category/bijoux-van-cleef-arpels-faux]bracelet trefle van cleef réplique[/url]

  4. on 12 Dec 2017 at 3:36 am 4.imitation van cleef and arpels said …

    Perdón, la gráfica es una 970, que me he liado.
    imitation van cleef and arpels

  5. on 12 Dec 2017 at 6:43 am 5.Paulo Pedro Henrique da Mota said …

    Infelizmente as indústrias de laticínios no Brasil não
    comercializam tal buttermilk (eu pelo menos nunca encontrei pra vender).

  6. on 12 Dec 2017 at 8:33 am 6.Williamhutle said …

    viagra pills in south africa
    viagra ohne rezept aus deutschland
    viagra buy
    viagra without prescription
    viagra 100mg canada

  7. on 12 Dec 2017 at 9:23 am 7.Andrewsnasp said …

    viagra online san marino
    viagra no prescription
    vrouwelijke viagra pill
    viagra ohne rezept aus deutschland
    viagra in india buy online

  8. on 12 Dec 2017 at 9:33 am 8.RobertUnure said …

    get viagra without doctor
    viagra no prescription
    viagra 25 mg ou 50 mg
    viagra ohne rezept aus deutschland
    buying viagra canada online

  9. on 12 Dec 2017 at 11:53 am 9.RobertUnure said …

    viagra no prescription online uk
    viagra no prescription
    special discount viagra
    viagra without a doctor prescription
    the viagra pill lyrics

  10. on 12 Dec 2017 at 5:35 pm 10.Richardsic said …

    where can you buy viagra in delhi india
    viagra no script
    ordering viagra online safe
    viagra without prescription
    generic viagra atlanta

  11. on 12 Dec 2017 at 7:01 pm 11.Andrewsnasp said …

    generic viagra 100mg sildenafil
    viagra no prescription
    sildenafil citrate 100mg- viagra
    viagra no script
    viagra buy online usa

  12. on 13 Dec 2017 at 1:50 am 12.yeezy said …

    I and also my pals have already been going through the best secrets and techniques found on the website while the sudden developed an awful suspicion I had not expressed respect to the site owner for those tips. All of the ladies were definitely as a result thrilled to learn all of them and already have quite simply been making the most of those things. Appreciation for being quite accommodating as well as for selecting this kind of impressive themes most people are really eager to discover. Our sincere regret for not saying thanks to earlier.

  13. on 13 Dec 2017 at 1:59 am 13.RdnkkylDauff said …

    https://onlineloansdkan.com/online instant payday loans [url=https://onlineloansdkan.com/]payday loans online direct lenders only[/url] bad credit loan payday loans

  14. on 13 Dec 2017 at 3:08 am 14.Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Pink Jade said …

    Thanks a lot for providing individuals with such a brilliant chance to read critical reviews from this site. It’s always so terrific and as well , full of a great time for me personally and my office peers to visit your site nearly thrice a week to find out the latest stuff you will have. Not to mention, we are certainly contented with all the astounding points served by you. Selected 3 points on this page are honestly the best we’ve had.

  15. on 13 Dec 2017 at 7:54 am 15.Andrewsnasp said …

    getting viagra tijuana
    viagra no script
    best place buy viagra online forum
    viagra no script
    viagra online apotheke erfahrung

  16. on 13 Dec 2017 at 11:43 am 16.air max 2018 said …

    My husband and i have been really glad when Emmanuel managed to finish off his inquiry from your precious recommendations he had in your web pages. It is now and again perplexing just to happen to be making a gift of guidelines which often a number of people could have been trying to sell. So we see we need the website owner to be grateful to for this. The explanations you made, the simple website navigation, the friendships you can make it easier to engender – it is all astounding, and it’s really letting our son and our family do think the subject matter is satisfying, and that is exceptionally pressing. Many thanks for the whole lot!

  17. on 13 Dec 2017 at 3:07 pm 17.Lbvwinsift said …

    http://cialisovnsm.com/buy discount cialis [url=http://cialisovnsm.com/]cialis canada[/url] cialis professional canada fda cialis cost

  18. on 14 Dec 2017 at 3:50 am 18.UnrebbcStotte said …

    http://viagraazmhj.com/ generic viagra [url=http://viagraazmhj.com/]viagra on line[/url] buy brand name viagra cost discount viagra

  19. on 14 Dec 2017 at 9:58 am 19.VbsfynUrgeri said …

    http://viagraonszb.com/ female viagra drug [url=http://viagraonszb.com/]buy viagra[/url] viagra 50 mg online viagra

  20. on 14 Dec 2017 at 4:18 pm 20.kevin durant shoes said …

    A lot of thanks for all of your effort on this web site. My mother take interest in setting aside time for investigations and it’s easy to understand why. My partner and i know all of the powerful medium you convey useful secrets by means of your blog and therefore improve response from some others on the concern while my girl has been becoming educated a lot of things. Take pleasure in the rest of the new year. Your conducting a really good job.

  21. on 14 Dec 2017 at 6:55 pm 21.Adidas NMD Runner Black White Fixed said …

    This is the right blog for anybody who wants to seek out out about this topic. You notice so much its virtually laborious to argue with you (not that I truly would want匟aHa). You undoubtedly put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Nice stuff, just nice!

  22. on 14 Dec 2017 at 7:26 pm 22.MsnbtEurofs said …

    http://viagrakjkmn.com/best place to buy viagra [url=http://viagrakjkmn.com/]order viagra[/url] buy viagra without prescription canada pharmacy online

  23. on 15 Dec 2017 at 1:29 am 23.links of london sale said …

    I wanted to compose you one little note so as to give thanks yet again on your incredible methods you’ve shown in this case. This has been simply pretty generous of you giving publicly all that a lot of people would have distributed for an electronic book to help with making some dough for their own end, primarily seeing that you might well have tried it if you ever considered necessary. Those tips also worked to be the great way to comprehend some people have a similar fervor like my very own to realize a lot more on the subject of this issue. I think there are lots of more pleasurable times ahead for individuals who check out your blog.

  24. on 15 Dec 2017 at 4:18 am 24.g3evvh said …

    cheap cialis canada over the counter viagra canada
    walmart rx prices cheap cialis canada
    cialis canadian

  25. on 15 Dec 2017 at 5:49 am 25.yeezy boost 350 said …

    My spouse and i were really thrilled Ervin could finish off his basic research through your ideas he obtained from your own weblog. It’s not at all simplistic to just choose to be giving for free secrets other folks may have been selling. We fully grasp we now have the website owner to appreciate for this. The main illustrations you have made, the simple site menu, the friendships your site make it possible to instill – it’s got all terrific, and it’s helping our son and our family do think the article is interesting, and that’s seriously vital. Thank you for the whole thing!

  26. on 15 Dec 2017 at 7:30 am 26.StevenCep said …

    pharmacy price for viagra
    viagra without a doctor prescription
    can get viagra canada
    viagra without a doctor prescription
    buy generic viagra south africa
    viagra no script
    price of viagra in us
    viagra ohne rezept aus deutschland
    viagra generika aus deutschland

  27. on 15 Dec 2017 at 1:07 pm 27.van cleef said …

    I as well as my pals have been reading through the best secrets and techniques located on your website and instantly developed an awful feeling I never thanked the web site owner for those techniques. Those men were definitely absolutely happy to see them and have now honestly been loving these things. Appreciation for genuinely so helpful and then for settling on certain tremendous things most people are really eager to be informed on. Our own sincere regret for not expressing appreciation to you sooner.

  28. on 15 Dec 2017 at 4:16 pm 28.Lbvwinsift said …

    http://cialisovnsm.com/daily cialis 5mg [url=http://cialisovnsm.com/]cialis cost[/url] cialis once a day pill tadalafil cialis

  29. on 15 Dec 2017 at 10:28 pm 29.Farimbfbeake said …

    http://cialiseiand.com/cialis coupons [url=http://cialiseiand.com/]cheap generic cialis[/url] cialis.com free offer cialis price

  30. on 16 Dec 2017 at 4:43 am 30.MsnbbtEurofs said …

    http://sexviagen.com/ cheap female viagra [url=http://sexviagen.com/]buy cheap viagra[/url] cheapest brand viagra viagra pills

  31. on 16 Dec 2017 at 9:04 am 31.Lbvnwinsift said …

    http://cialisonlinemane.com/buy cialis canada [url=http://cialisonlinemane.com/]cialis soft[/url] cialis drug test cialis reviews

  32. on 16 Dec 2017 at 9:18 am 32.kobe shoes said …

    My husband and i were comfortable Edward could round up his preliminary research through your ideas he gained using your web page. It is now and again perplexing to just happen to be giving for free strategies that many others have been trying to sell. And we all know we’ve got the writer to be grateful to because of that. The most important illustrations you’ve made, the straightforward website menu, the relationships you will help to engender – it’s most extraordinary, and it’s leading our son in addition to us believe that this situation is enjoyable, which is certainly rather fundamental. Thanks for everything!

  33. on 16 Dec 2017 at 2:42 pm 33.UsnbbcStotte said …

    http://ericviaed.com/pink viagra [url=http://ericviaed.com/]viagra generic[/url] viagra lowest price viagra

  34. on 16 Dec 2017 at 2:55 pm 34.RosettaFathe said …

    payday loans
    payday loans no credit check
    payday loans no credit check
    payday loans online

  35. on 17 Dec 2017 at 4:01 am 35.christian louboutin said …

    I definitely wanted to write down a word to express gratitude to you for the fabulous advice you are giving at this website. My particularly long internet investigation has now been paid with reliable details to write about with my partners. I ‘d assert that many of us site visitors are extremely lucky to exist in a superb site with very many marvellous professionals with great techniques. I feel pretty blessed to have discovered the web site and look forward to really more fun times reading here. Thanks once more for everything.

  36. on 17 Dec 2017 at 4:47 am 36.RogerLib said …

    do you need a prescription to buy viagra in america
    viagra without prescription
    generic viagra cheap uk
    viagra without prescription
    viagra online mastercard
    viagra without a doctor prescription
    where can i buy female pink viagra in the u.k
    viagra without prescription
    buy viagra in pakistan

  37. on 17 Dec 2017 at 1:58 pm 37.kobe basketball shoes said …

    I really wanted to develop a quick word to be able to express gratitude to you for all the lovely facts you are writing at this website. My time intensive internet look up has finally been paid with excellent facts to exchange with my family members. I would suppose that we website visitors actually are unquestionably fortunate to live in a useful network with many awesome people with beneficial advice. I feel really grateful to have encountered your entire website page and look forward to so many more entertaining minutes reading here. Thank you once again for everything.

Trackback This Post | Subscribe to the comments through RSS Feed

Leave a Reply


dev2r © 2017 | Shaded Grey made free by Flowerpot.com | Powered By WordPress