HAPPY BIRTHDAY NATE!!!
I struggled for a while over what to give Nate as a birthday gift to remind him both of how much I love him and also to celebrate his birthday while we're on the road. He's never cared much about possessions (at all actually) and now that we're traveling- that is even more so the case.
In fact, the only thing that I've seen him buy himself in almost 8 months of traveling is this teeny-tiny Mao memorabilia pin.
So- instead of giving him something that I know he doesn't want (which he'll feel forced to lug around), I would rather tell him how much I love him and how lucky and extremely thankful I am to have him as my partner. Also- to draw some attention to the fact that he is the most amazing travel companion that anyone could ever ask for.
So, without delay- here's a bit about Nate and what makes him such a wonderful travel companion (and yes, I feel this way even after our being on the road together 24/7 since mid-January- so that should also be testament to his awesomeness!).
He loves animals and they love him too. He makes furry or feathered companions wherever we go.
He's super handy with a map and directions. He even led us right to a rainbow in New Zealand.
|Various locations in New Zealand.|
He is great with languages and knows how to blend into other cultures seamlessly.
He will spend hours researching how to do something incredible for an unbelievably affordable price.
He doesn't complain- when most people would...
|On an overnight train in China and in a hostel in Xi'an, China while waiting on a room after another overnight train.|
He takes things in stride even when I have completely lost my cool.
And even though he will do weird poses when I want to take a picture of him- he will eventually run out of ideas (not that he'll necessarily smile... ).
|At Tiger Temple in Krabi, Thailand.|
He'll pose for photos even if he doesn't want to...
|Here is Nate with a free lunch coupon on the Trans-Siberian rail when traveling from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar.|
And, he'll eat or drink whatever is given to him.
|Nate drinking tiger-penis whiskey in Laos, mutton stew in Mongolia and fermented mare's milk also in Mongolia.|
But- with all this being said- I've decided to take him out for beer, because along with traveling, beer makes him happy.
Cheers to Nate on his 36th bday!!!