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Crichton Travel

Crichton Travel
Kathmandu Nepal Asia
February 1, 2007

Discovered a new backpacker term, and now I want to see if Michael Crichton deserves this usage of his name. Brad and Megan commented on a blog, then I looked at the their profile, then I looked at their blog, then I read the quote. Note, I can almost never do this, I really love have a GPRS internet connection in my Hotel room!

Now, I am helping Brad and Megan to coin the term: Crichton Travel
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I would sometime think it could be James Michener Travel or I guess Michener Travel as I am also a fan of James Michener and amazed at his trips.

I will be in the USA from February 14 to the 22, therefore I am arranging my best to have UPS drop off all my dreams. I got on and purchased the book by Michael Crichton called TRAVELS a book by Michael Crichton.

QUOTE by Brad and Megan

In Travels, Crichton describes trips so remote and inaccessible that it created an entirely new baseline for adventure in my mind. His trips to Hunza and New Guinea remain far off dreams for me--heck, Hunza, as such, does not even exist anymore. He trotted around the globe on journeys that had to be outrageous logistical nightmares, code for excellent, unspoiled fun. After Clayton and I had finished the book, we had a new phrase for serious travel: "Crichton travel." After visiting Africa, I would call Crichton travel a modern version of traveling like David Livingstone except that Crichton travel, because his trips were so recent, teases us with the thought that a journey like that might still be possible.


Crichton Travel
Now, the only problem with this is, I can never remember how to spell his last name, I have to copy and paste it to be close to correct. -Crichton -

I will read the book, I would say I normally like anything Michael writes. I do have one problem here, I can only carry so much weight, about 70-100 pounds, then I have to start make love choices. Do I love this more than this, or do I heave this item, do I need this, or is it just a want, can I buy in Africa or do I need to carry.

I cannot buy all the books I want to read, I really like the PDF file books, I am also cheap, I am not going to pay more than about 4 dollars max for a used book, or for digital.

I made an angry purchase, as I was so disappointed in the Lonely Planet West Africa last time, the recommendations for hotels were written for persons driving a car. Therefore, I left my normal guidebook path and purchased the -The Rough Guide to West Africa 4 - and will see if they can help me save money, or also recommend the most expensive.

To break Africa open, there needs to be backpacker rooms for less than 8 dollars or lower.

Crichton Travel

Travel Armamentarium

Travel Armamentarium
Kpalime, Logo West Africa
Thursday, March 22, 2007

My friend Chris wrote me today about a Solar Cooker he purchased, and his dealing with a Chinese Company.

He wanted to know if I wanted to add this to my
--- Armamentarium --- in the future.

Now, that word is 50 dollar word, if I every seen one, being I am never without my dictionary, I went and looked it up, both in the Encarta Encyclopedia Computer dictionary and also the Encyclopedia side.

Armamentarium DEFINED:
:medical equipment: the complete range of equipment, medications, and techniques that a medical practitioner has at his or her disposal

[Late 19th century. < Latin, "arsenal, armory" < armare (see arm2)]

Arm2 is: DEFINED:
transitive verb provide somebody with information or tools: to provide somebody with the information or equipment needed to do something
armed myself with statistics before the meeting

Armory: DEFINED:
resources available for dealing with opponent: a range of equipment and skills available to somebody, used especially in dealing with opponents
Perspectives, life is about the perspectives you use, your point of reference, the benchmark, the starting point, and in the end empathy. Chris empathizes great, and can see the future of Andy very well. Most people have great hindsight and terrible future sight, they cannot prognosticate the future.

However, the word Gear is used normally to talk about what is carried by a traveler when then endeavor to take off traveling for a year or so, or less. However, I think the great travelers, the ones who are really planning to travel for years, get in touch with their fears. They know, they need to find how to protect themselves from problems. The opponent or opponents are unknown, and how does one arm themselves against the unknown.

They need an --- Armamentarium --- for their future.

I feel pride, when a person actually traveling for years, or actually planning on traveling for years, becomes a regular reader, writer, and friend, this means I am somehow earning the respect of a honest critic, and qualified. This person is endowed with the fears needed, the real fears, not the maybe I go on a trip fears.

Most of life is a fantasy, and best place for most people to live in, a fantasy, it is safer and easier to maintain, real life, and real people can be extremely dangerous.

99 percent of my tips, do not apply, unless you want to go PRO, however they do 100 percent apply if want to go Budget. The tips apply 100 percent if you stop the fantasy.

The normal solution for tourist is to PAY their way through a problem, then minimize it, acting like there was no problem, not admitting they really was clueless, and just donated the money, and tried to forget.

I do this, I must forget, there is not reason to sit around and dwell on how to get a Ghana Visa… I just paid 400 Dollars more to fly to Lome, Togo, then to Accra, Ghana because of the difficulty in getting a Ghana Visa. It was not just the difficulty, it was the time needed, I was not going to spend two weeks in Delhi, and you could not pay me 400 dollars to do so, yes 5 years ago, I would have accepted the 400 dollars and been very happy.

Empathy, frustration, it was not 99 percent perspiration Edison applied, it was paying the 99 percent FRUSTRATION price,

- Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration. -

Attributed to Thomas Alva Edison (1847 - 1931)
U.S. inventor. (2)

The genius is in believing the frustration will pay off.

My friend Gary said something or quoted somebody, hmm, maybe I can find it, I cannot.

Ok, the idea or the quote was this,
- A person cannot be beaten, that will not quit. -
- You cannot beat a person that never quits. -

I think people wish to accomplish something and not have any frustrations; this is why they look for tips, the want an easy way around the frustrations. The normal way is to pay for tour, buy the guide, and dollar you way through, and then say, that was easy. In reality, safety cannot be purchased, however illusions and fantasies can be bought anywhere and everywhere.

The idea here is this, a person must add many things to their war chest, most are ideas and concepts, then go and face their opponents, the unknown. Keep you eyes and feeling open, do not avoid your feelings, they are what protect you. Fear is real.

Travel Armamentarium

Losing The Plot

Losing The Plot
Kpalime, Togo West Africa
Friday, April 6, 2007

My friend in Manila, Philippines lost the plot, he started talking nonsense and being abusive. He was going to the Duck Inn too much, started getting asked to leave, which is hard in the Philippines to happens to drunks.

Then he was coming home one night from a somewhere at 5:00 in the morning with a Jeepney and must have run his mouth. Someone stabbed him to death.

That was a true story, he lost the plot.


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting

Rudyard Kipling
(1865 - 1936) Indian-born British writer and poet.

I am thinking and trying to understand. There are times when everyone around are doing some really different things, and it is easier to join the crowd than to fight. I normally do not join in and one reason I leave be bongo heads behind and avoid tourist.

I do not dress African and I do not have braids in my hair. Not really true, I do dress like the normal African, but not the too much African.

My friend Robert, I met in the South of Spain has been traveling for a long time. I am not sure where he get the money or how, but he has been on the road for a long time. He is a good guy and likeable, friendly and a chef. I like Robert a lot, he is fun and interesting and has a quirky way of looking at life.

He has been in India for a long time now and travelers in India are often over the edge. It does not take a rocket scientist to see, that it is valuable to keep your head about you in India.

I have been reading this post, I subscribe to his writings by and receive in my email box. I sort of pointed out some ideas and helped him to set up the blog - newsletter. What is Robert up too…?

I often feel myself straying from the path and have to regroups and so a reposition of brain thingy.

Losing The Plot

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