After leaving Chengtu I frequently put up in temples, which were much cleaner than the inns. If the priest made unpleasant noises with drums, bells, etc., he was always willing to put off his service when he saw that it disturbed me.
-- F. M. Bailey, ?Mission to Tashkent
I've always loved travel books. And now I'm reading a blog which, though completely without the superior attitude shown above, is equally full of daring exploits: m14m.net/pf. If you haven't discovered it, you should. Its author (pf) has been roaming around Central Asia, and has just reached Istanbul. I can't wait to find out what happens next.