As requested: IAmA boy who traveled with a broke single mother to 28 countries before i turned 16.
i'm back! (for the most part, i'll check this periodically throughout the day, and try to get the people i missed while i was sleeping)
The story that prompted this:
Some backround for my story: when i was 11 my mom lost her job, she couldn't keep up with the mortgage so we had to rent out our house. she did some research and decided to take us on a trip through asia since the cost of living is so low that we could live of rent and a small amount of inconsistent child support fairly easily. After a year or so of backpacking through Thailand, Cambodia, Loas and India, she had saved up enough money that we could go home and even stop by in Europe for a few weeks before returning.
Story itself: Ok, so after 6 months in india we arrive in Frankfurt, Germany. Niether of us had taken a shower with running water for many months and we were still on a major budget. So for lunch my mom had the bright idea to go to a nice restaurant and have cute little ask a family of tourists, who were about to leave without eating over half their meal, if we could finish the food. I go up and ask them and they say yes, they are excited because we are american and invite us to sit with them. Without telling us they order us a delicious meal and we talk to them as we gorge our faces with the best meal we have had in 6 months. Just as we are parting ways one of the girls walked up to us and handed me a 100 euro note. My mom protested, trying to explain that we weren't homeless or impoverished, just dirty and tired. But she would have nothing of it and pressed the bill into my hand and ran away.
edit: proof i guess, i have 13 more pages of that... i have some more pictures if people would like to see em i could hunt them down and post some...
almost forgot! List of countries: (just spitting them out as i remember, might forget one or two..)US, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, United Kingdom (and Scotland), Bosnia, Austria, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Serbia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Germany, Slovenia, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Vatican City State (doesn't really count...) also lived in Dharamsala, which is where the Dalai Lama set up his little government after escaping Tibet.
edit: oh jeeze, so many messages flooding my inbox, gonna go get some coffee then i will continue to answer everything!
edit: well. i'm off to sleep, theres a lot here for people to read and i will check my inbox tomorrow and answer lots more. you guys have been amazing, thank you all. seeyah in a few hours.