During our recent trip to Pakistan, we often stopped for roadside food. Roadside food builds memories. I enjoy stopping for roadside food. However, as an American with a digestive system unaccustomed to unfamiliar bacteria, food safety is key. So, before I go on, safety tip – we only purchase whole items or thoroughly cooked items. And, for fruit, we wash it with bottled water. Now, for the fun stuff.
Roadside Food Builds Memories Through Meeting People
My favorite part of roadside food is meeting people. We meet the food vendors. Moreover, we almost always meet other people that happen to be nearby. Often, children gather to greet us.
Roadside Food Builds Memories by Forcing Us to Stop Driving and Look Around
Temptation compels us to keep driving to meet deadlines. But, stopping for roadside food forces us to slow down and look around. Moreover, we take time to interact with our surroundings. Look at the scenery. Take some photos. And, talk to someone.
Roadside Food Builds Memories Through Fellowship
We often travel with companions. So, stopping for food let’s us get to know each other. Breaking bread is a great way to create fellowship.
Roadside Food Connects Us to the Land
Roadside food invariably reflects the local land. So, look beyond just the fruit or the nuts. You can often see the orchards that produced the food.
For more on our Northern Areas adventure, see my Northern Areas Adventure Highlights post.