Just a quick link to this relevant post from yesandyes.org: Sarah Von shares the Magical, the Mundane and the Miserable about her travels in Asia. I admit, the "miserable" part is what I am so grateful to NOT have to deal with in France. The part about the train ride toilet adventure made me laugh and recoil in terror at the same time.
Bonus, because it's Friday? A very uplifting and sweet post about thankfulness and keeping track of your gratitude: http://www.yikesmachine.com/2010/10/thankfulness-an-unexpected-group-activity/