A British guy arrived in Baghdad yesterday.

A good traveler and experience in most problems. His name I am pretty sure is Chris.

He has done a lot of the Middle East and was following for about 2 weeks on the Thorntree before coming.

We was having a discusion about family and I told him that my family and especiall my Mother and Father

have learned too well how to follow me around on the internet. He had a simple solution,

"He did not tell his parents!"

I do this sometime. Go to a place and tell afterwards.

I did this on the Babylon trip the other day.

I have no worries on Chris he is experienced, and know the ropes.

Now there is just random bad luck to deal with.

To me a good and seasoned traveler should be able to go to any city. Not speak the language.

Change money and get a CHEAP hotel without really thinking very had.

Chris did this in Mosul. Gave me the card of the Hotel to put on the Hotel Blog.

If a person needs exact hotel address's and exact prices and exact this and exact that.

Stay away from the dodgy countries like Iraq, Iran, and Colombia, etc. There are lots.

Most danger is of theft and not personal danger. I consider Costa Rica the most likely place

to have your backpack stolen. Mexico the most corrupt so far. Bolivia is second.

Thailand the most sex for money place. Danger is funny though. Not as easy to explain.

Lima Peru at 2 in the Morning. Belize City about anytime of the day. Not Caye Caulker.

There is a need to know what specific problems are in every country. I am not sure the guidebooks

alway give the best advice on danger. I would probably say theft is the biggest problem. Not getting killed.


I say the Backpacker come first.

The tourst follow, and the backpackers leave.

Maybe the next paradise... Nah


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