Seriously. I agree.
It seems like it would be more interesting being a part of life in the place to which, and around which, traveling - rather than strictly observing. At least it's that way with me. And the best part of enjoying John's time there; he gets involved with people, more than interacting. Almost like with family.
Sorry your friend got murdered. That is a sad tale.
Let's ride!!! - No offense, but there've been a lot of people over time who were just as sure, yet got it wrong. - Una necedad, aunque la repitan millones de bocas, no deja de ser una necedad. - "you know that I could have me a million more friends and all I'd have to lose is my point of view" (Prine)