I urged all of the students to disembark and learn about digging garlic bulbs. The farmers were quite surprised that we were interested in learning and helping, but soon got over their wariness and welcomed our assistance.
We were not there long, but as always, my take-away was about the people more than the experience (although digging garlic bulbs was cool). As I sat with my camera, shooting photos of the students and the farmers, I listened to their conversations and their laughter. I felt the warm friendliness of this community and was, once again, reminded of how lovely life would be if it were just a bit simpler.
Spontaneous stops to meet local community members is not unique to one or two trips. I try to be spontaneous on all trips. Sometimes this is frustrating for travelers because it means I cannot give an exact overview of our day's itinerary. However, I think everyone with whom I've traveled agrees that this is what makes the trips different, memorable, inspiring and impactful. We all need that in our lives. Join me.