In search of Biking Beach in the Caribbean a major battle.
I am hoping Barbados is fun, I am feeling pretty good, last night I was searching for guesthouses on the internet. Trying to suss out what beach is best, which little city is best, where I should try to land. I was happy to read some small comments about people hanging out around the pool at one of the 55 Dollar per night hotels. It is on the lower end of the price range. Then I found a list of about 10 hotels or better said guesthouses at around 25 to 30 dollars per night.
My guidebook when I looked at it carefully lists a couple of the hotels in the city of Worthing. It looks a long ways from the Hotel, however these Island are very small, it less than 10 Kilometers, very close really.
OOPS, I had better be careful; I was about to type in to help the other travelers the guesthouses on my hot list in Barbados. Then I remembered reading this blurb from some person in Barbados. I have this really cool system of Google Alerts, I can take the word - HoboTraveler.com - and put in the system, many times when another website list me on their site, I can then discover the link from them. When a site is active, like my blog, not the normal part of HoboTraveler.com, however the blog will get indexed I think daily by google.com. Somehow, they know how to index, I am bewildered at the extreme intelligence of google.com However with their Google.com alerts I can monitor my own site and notice information.
I just realized, I will probably be sending people to an empty link or they will not be able to find the comment. I have not looked at it, it could be saying I am a complete jerk; however, I do know that someone out there in the Blogosphere or Internet La La land is watching or reading my blog to see I am coming their way before I land there.
I do not have a picture on my blog or on the site�
It takes a really inquisitive and active reader of my blog to track me close enough to know what I am doing. I am saved normally because people are a dollar short and a day late. They are writing me one week after I leave and say, why did you not this, or why did you not that. I am already in the next country and they are sending suggestions. Way too late to be helping. My blog is real time if not one day late at most, sometimes I suppose two days, with them being closed on Sunday here it can be later. However very close to real time. I will hopefully soon have the BGAN Imarasat Satellite system, maybe in April of 2006, then I can blog daily. I HOPE. There are so many bugs; the cell phone is not working for blog. Too complicated, I would have to stay in one location for the cell phone to work. Not the point of travel.
Nonetheless, this person in Barbados has spotted the blog, I have spotted the person. I am playing Cat and Mouse now, what fun. I like to do these little fun clever little games of who is what, why, where, I like to know what is going on before the other person.
I think I was reading in a Tom Clancy book and he said,
- Information is the world most valuable commodity -
However before you have information, you have to find the sources, then mine the sources, categorized the information. Prioritize the information, then access how to use the information. There is some kind of complicated maze, algorithmic process, a systematic processing of the information that has to happen before you can use information. Then you have so much information your are overwhelmed.
Like right now, I know my mother, my biggest fan is overwhelmed, she hates when I sit here and type MY journal. She like me to write about interesting things to her, not interesting things to myself. In the end she is interested, just not really interested. It is ok, she is still my mother and cares, my father like the pictures better I am sure.
Well, I am going to Barbados, in the what do you call it, a Village, Town, small community of Worthing, on Page 635 of my Lonely Planet Caribbean, I got for free form the Big girl in Trinidad from the USA fourth edition, published in 2005. The guidebook with the really skinny lady dancing on a yellow background there is three Guesthouses or maybe Guest Houses. My ongoing debate in my head, which spelling is correct.
Well, there are three.
1. House Cleverdale 25 U.S. Dollars.
2. Maraval Guest House 30 U.S. Dollars.
3. Shell�s Guest House 28 / 40 U.S. Dollars.
I am excited, the guidebook says, if
- you�re on a tight budget, but want to be near all the excitement -
I am sorry Lonely Planet, I cannot use the Quotations marks or the stupid foreign computers will change them to funky symbols. I have adopted the - Dash - around the comment system. I know it is not proper, who cares.
OK, the point is this, there are THREE� NOT one, there are three cheapies in one spot. I am gagging, 25 Dollars is not a cheapie hotel, it is 20 dollars more than normal for me.
What is even better when I was able last night to surf and play?
I hooked on to the - Maraval - then the - Cleverdale - then did a search in Google.com more or less all this in the search line:
Maraval Cleverdale Barbados
Gold, I hit gold, a whole list on one of the pages. I sent two links to myself; however, I was not able to copy the hotels to my thumb drive. I will not be able to use this list until I am in Barbados. However, I know of THREE hotels, this is adequate. One of them will work, I can then if I want upgrade to a better location, after I suss out where is my proper Hobo home for me, not you, for me, we are not the same.
PAGES I HATE
I really hate, despise, feel they are arrogant, and JERKS, booking pages, that make you work very hard to find the price of the hotels. You can only find it maybe when you go to book the hotel. Like price does not matter. That is a real wanker way to make a decision. Only on services, maybe on my honeymoon, and only one time in my life, however the rest of my life, I am going to know the price before I make a decision.
The INTERNET is becoming a fiasco. The searches for Caribbean are so full of NO help booking pages; they are doing them so well. A person had to be an expert on the internet to find a helpful page. One that list the hotel properly, lists the prices, the location, and the telephone numbers and is actually transparent in their presentation. In the end, only about 1 in 50 is the good page, and the others are some type of bait and switch, frustrate you until you book. I get them, I refuse to book, I would rather just walk around. If there is one thing in the world normally, there is a room to sleep in; only in the worst-case places to travel - EUROPE - do I have to book a room. I still do not do it regularly.
I am thinking about writing a tip.
- Reservations to solitary confinement -
There are many hotel, expensive hotels here on Bequia where there may be only one or two couples. IF as a single person, I would reserve a room in these isolated, nothing to do beautiful locations, over priced, pain in the butt spots. I would be - Reserving a room in solitary confinement. - I know the world thinks being on a deserted island is fun, however in that Tom Hank Movie I think he was on an island alone and started talking to a soccer ball, it became his best friend. It is like the computer, when I have nothing to do, I type a lot, when I am busy, I type less.
On the other hand, when I am relaxed I type more.
Nonetheless, it about balance. The proper amount of people in the hotel, the proper amount of excitement, the proper amount of benefits in the hotel. OF course, standard operating procedure is to make sure the management is nice. I do not know how to find this out other than to walk into the hotel. I will take the first hotel, then walk around to upgrade to fun or kind management in Worthing Barbados.
Many people really do hate everyone, they really do need put in solitary confinement, I have no idea why they would go on vacation, they hate the world, they avoid the world. A resort tell me this, a person wants to avoid the locals. They will pay any amount of money to not have to talk or associate with the local culture. It is more than that, but that is one of the main reasons. They are afraid, then know the do not like the locals.
OH well, I am excited. I had better take my dip shower.
IT is winter. The air is cool; I have only a cold shower in the Julies guesthouse here on Bequia. I will heat up water in my bottom of my plastic gas can I carry, then take a nice, warm, hot, dip bath. I think the boater would really benefit from this as it uses about one-third the amount of water and I have a hot shower of sorts. Those black bags are nice, but require sun, and a shower used too much water.
Hello Andy from Marcus at Barbados Free Press
Welcome to Barbados!
We wondered if we would see you as (I think) your original plan did not include a visit to our island.
I saw some hits coming in from your website so I knew something had happened.
We have followed your adventures for a few years now and more than a few us harbour a secret desire to do as you do. But that takes a particular type of courage, and probably, having very little as you did when you began your journey.
Write if you can find the time.
Marcus, Robert, Shona
Barbados Free Press