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1. I seem to have a problem in India. Whenever i go to a restaurant and order something, they don't have it. Seriously. I'd say that, on average, once a day I will tell the waiter what I want and he will say "no." Sometimes I will order again and get the same response and be so frustrated I just have to ask, "OK, what do you have?" ...

We arrived in Kollam broken, with the sole mission of renting a houseboat to explore the famous backwaters of Kerala. The city was dirty, crowded, not-so-tourist friendly. After a disappointing meal of flavored liquid on rice we headed towards the docks in search of a houseboat. We spent hours trying to negotiate with companies. They all offered the same tired package and no one would budge on the price. ...