Backpacker’s Prayer


I found this taped to a wall in a bar in paharganj, delhi

” Heavenly father, look down on us as your humble, obedient backpackers, who are doomed to travel this earth, taking photographs, mailing post cards, buying souvenirs and walking around in drip dry underwear.

Give us this day Divine guidance in the selection of our hotels, that we may find our reservations honored, our rooms made up, and hot water in the faucets. 

We pray that the telephones work and the operators speak our tongue

lead us dear lord, to inexpensive restaurants where the food is superb, the waiters friendly, and the wine included in the price.

Give us the wisdom to tip correctly in currencies we do not understand. Forgive us for under tipping in ignorance, and over tipping out of fear. Make the natives love us for what we are, and not what we can contribute to their worldly goods.

Grant us the strength to visit the museums, cathedrals, and the castles listed as ‘musts’ in the guide books.

And if perhaps we skip a historic monument to take a nap after lunch, forgive us lord, for the flesh is week, and the beer was on special. ”

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