This is the word for gossip in Spanish.
My friend Jack in Pie de La Cuesta, Mexico would say to the workers when leaving.

“No Chisme, No Cantina.” No Gossip, No Bar.

I suppose there are moral dilemmas in the world and gossip is one of them, if everyone kept their mouths shut than every corrupt part would stay hidden. On the other hand, false gossip can hurt people; I have been having lots of fun on the subject of Volunteering.

I created a page, designed as in the concepts of forums where people can submit their comments, now the forum is working as designed. However of course there is the possibility that people lie. Now I know for sure people posting on my site lie or totally misrepresent their sites. I hope that we will put these little threads or lines where people can comment on the sites and such.

There is a balance in life; I am not sure the saying, however normally bad news will be spread better than good news. Therefore, it is obvious why the media of the world are big gossips.

OK, so how can Hobo separate the gossip from the truth?
Especially on this issue of Volunteering.

I am investigating with help of the readers the issue of Volunteering. This is quite taxing on my emotional side because most Volunteers think they are actually getting dirty… hehehe

Moreover, it is not fair for me that has seen so much to be critical of some well-meaning college kid traveling on mama’s money.

Hmmm.. A little harsh, but that is what I thought…

However, Bruce needs to take great care in his wording and how he mentions things as I am getting annoyed.

This person is seething with anger it seems as he is doing the wrap, the thing my mother wants me to do, wrap the good with a bad. Makes it hard to be clear and lessons the blow.

I had a friend Dave say, or help me to understand the angry mails I receive.

1. If they call you names.
2. If they draw conclusions.

Comments from post on page:

He said,

I was surprised … actually turned up.

If you change … come back with a different impression what you presently hold.

But you would apparently rather look at where the volunteers live (which has to be in a safe part of town),

“someone who - like you - dismissed what we do because he had never been and was unwilling to go to where we actually do our work”

Bruce has a lot of domains and websites for Volunteers and soliciting donations, however on my a few people have posted warning about his organization.

Now, I did not do the posting and really do not care anything about his Volunteer organizations (S). I have only made specific pages designed for this, a place for people to post comments and he is suffering a little.


When you go to and search for,
“Volunteer Peru.” is high up in the listing and if you search for,
“Bruce Peru”
you will find the post the person made quickly.

So what does he want me to do, this is an honest straight forward posting and essentially the reason I made the pages so there can be a open forum of ideas.

I am not sure; there is a thing about…
“Bringing into the light.”

Fortunately for me is getting a lot of traffic, this insure that I have enough money to keep making noise…

I have thought an awful lot about Volunteers, I was looking for them in Iraq, and then in Cambodia and everywhere I go when the going gets tough I look for volunteers. I looked up and down on the Amazon; however, I did not see them. Every once in awhile I see a missionary, not the kids volunteering though.

There are some places on the planet that need some volunteers, in some of these locations there are the Peace Corps, I suppose that is volunteering with pain involved, and they pay you, you do not pay them.

There is a need for volunteers I suppose, however they never seem to be doing what needs to be done.

Like they are always in the middle of tourist areas staying safe, they are not out in the mountains or jungle.

How do we get people out in the mountains?

I suppose you have to pay them to go there… no bars, no clubs, no safe streets to live on, and no tourist food. No tourist traps to snag volunteers into paying to volunteer so they can get the CV or Resume stamp.

I cannot believe I am thinking this because I do not want to do this… Mainly because I would need to be awake at 3:00 PM in the morning and I need my beauty sleep because I am not getting any prettier.

I suppose I could go look for the orphans on the street, this could be fun and dodgy. I will need to go out around 3:00 PM to find them and then maybe I can see who is out of bed in the dirty areas of Cusco.

What fun, a little adventure, a little danger, a little or lot of dirty and paparazzi in action.

I suppose I need a taxi to some shantytown…? I will have to research, normally I know where the shantytowns are located, however Cusco is not so poor so not so many shanties. I new a few in La Paz, however wrong subject.

Encarta Dictionary:
Shantytowns: shack settlement: a settlement consisting of crudely built shacks.

I do not use the world Shanty or Shantytown so I looked it up in the dictionary. A little on the brief side for me, however probably correct.

For those that have read along for years then you have seen photos of shanties and me showing the different levels of development both in construction techniques and also in materials used.

Maybe Belen in Iquitos could be called a Shantytown in some ways yes and no,

Belen Iquitos House

Birds eating trash.

I would say the world I would look for in Shanty is the word squatters. A squatter is a person that builds on land they do not own, therefore illegal; however, there are many squatters on the planet.

My guess is 20 percent of the planet is squatters. They have no legal right to live or build on the land. This is a huge problem especially in places like South American where the Spanish King and Queen owned the land, or the Church and they then gave all the land to their cronies. The cronies have had this land for generation in a non-surveyed sense.

They can then induce the police to define as they wish; land ownership is a problem on the planet.

Photos in Siem Reap, Cambodia of Prostitute and family along river.

There are spaces where nobody care or wishes to care about along rivers or in ravines, sides of mountains, anyplace that is not easily farmed or is scrub ground people will build houses providing they can get water. These places become shantytowns. They are difficult to understand however many people on the planet live on land they do not own, the squish comes when the finally want the land for some reason.

Chiapas Mexico is prime example of the problem, the land was good for farming however, and people owned it for years and did not have the ability to farm it so they allowed squatters. One day they come in and want their land… Big problem.

Therefore, I will try to find a shantytown and go find where the street kids sleep at night, or more likely, where the old bums sleeps.

Then I can take photos, maybe this will happen.

I suppose the solution would be to find these people and give them jobs and a home, not as easy as it sounds.

Mongolia or Nomad Squatter society.


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Re the Mongolian yurt photo: The painted door. it's interesting how people want and need and make beauty in the midst of utilitarian plainness. It inspires me to think about painting the doors in my house.

Did the small heater work? Did I miss photos of the finished product?

Keep on keeping on, I read you every day.


The rules of Manana have strictly enforces on the heater. I am still waiting the completed heater. He says for sure today, however he said that on Saturday. So who knows, however I suspect today is manana.

I will put a photo on blog, today I hope.

I live in New Mexico. There is a street in the nearest town to where I now live, (which is 35 miles from there,) called "Manana." I'm afraid to go down it! Maybe I'd never come back.


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