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Room Rent On Planet

Room Rent On Planet
Atakpame, Togo West Africa
Tuesday, April 24, 2007

I have no idea why a person wishes to rent room for months in a location in a cheap country, the big benefit of living in these cheap countries is because you can can move around cheap. To rent a room for over one-month is somewhat of a crazy contract to enter into, unless you want to live for less than 5 dollar per day, then a good idea.

However, many people are always keying in on the cost of renting a room, or buying. I really discourage this and I am was a Real Estate Broker for 14 years, a true expert, I cannot think of many reasons to buy outside the USA, it just a bad investment, but...

I think I know a formula for the people who want to find a room and live in another country.

Find a cheap hotel, then about one-half the price of the cheap room should seize a room for a month. A cheap hotels is in the Roughguides.com or Lonely Planet and is not the expensive section.

Find out the salary per month of the cleaning lady or person in your hotel, then about one-half that should get you a good decent room in the city.

If you want to live like the USA or Europe, then stay there, I am talking to live twice as good as the locals, but twice as good for double the price.

About anywhere on 80 percent of the planet, you can get a decent room for about 30-150 US per month, AC and easy. Then you got the Expats that live in the womb of an Expat, a whole other world and complicated mess full of drunks and scammers.

Buying a home is almost always a silly decision, there are tons of webpage that prey on the naive American that believes he has to purchase, rent, or reserve a room. This is not true, and probably on average make the cost of a trip 10 times more expensive than needed.

Go and live in a place, buying is for the USA, appreciation, a family home, a homestead, not for in Costa Rica or Panama, or Thailand, Philippines. Putting down roots in a third world nation just is not so smart, note, they want to leave, and you want to buy. Get it!

Using the social values of real estate in a poor country is not smart, food, clean, electricity, water, yes, but real estate is way off.

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African Independence from French Expats

African Independence from French Expats
Lome, Togo West Africa
May 19, 2007

As I travel around in Africa, I slowly drift in and out of what I call Expat Colonies. Expat colonies are located all over the planet and for many reasons. Togo has an older French man Colony, a remnant of colonization. The Bahamas, Caribbean, Costa Rica and Panama are full of Americans hiding money. Thailand and Cambodia are Boom Boom Colonies, while Hong Kong and Singapore are the Import - Export to China colonies, the back door to China. There are many of these Expat Colonies on the planet that the reasons are fun to learn.

HOW OLD IS THE TOGO FRENCH EXPAT COLONY?

32 African Countries became Independent between the years of 1960-1970, it was the decade of Independence for Africa from their both their benefactors and their transgressors.

It is narrow minded, damaging, and just plain stupid to think that Colonization of the planet was all bad. In my opinion, it was about 60 percent good and 40 percent bad, if you accept the premise that development is a good idea. Without the colonization of the planet, the world outside of Europe would be 100-200 years behind Europe today and not just the normal 50-70 years lag. I believe in the next 10 years this gap will be reduced to 0-25 years behind Europe, the USA needs left out of this, because of insulated reason, and probably so does Australia and New Zealand, both are colonies that maybe are ahead of Europe, more likely you could say, they did not bring their dirty laundry with them to the new countries, and started Europe over, however on a clean piece of land, but in the USA, Aussie and with not Dictators, a.k.a Kings.

French Sphere of Influence

What happens is this, you have a mess in Africa, many Races, Ethnics, Kingdoms, and Religions and a few businesses like Rhodes who fought, and continue to fight for control of Africa. Most have rather decide, I do not want a welfare child, so I am washing my hands and leaving.

French have held out, the control the banks, and the right to own land in their former colonies. The have their hands up the skirts of Africa, still playing.

THE MATH OF AGE
1960 - If a French Administrators in one of the 32 colonies was of the age of 35 in the year 1960 or the mode year of independence. This person would now be in the year 2007, the age of 82

Depending on the age of the French people living in Africa in the 1960s, they would now be between the ages of 67-82.

Africa is easy to fall in love with, and never want to leave, so the did not leave, or they came back.

If you walked into some of the Frenchie Hotels in Togo, Cote d Ivoire, Niger, or Burkina Faso, Senegal, etc, I suspect you would find a group of men between the ages of 67 and 82 sitting on the corner of the bar. mixed with a few Germans, Dutch, and on more rare occasions the Brits. An American or Australian is hard to find, but some in the British Colonies.

This Expat Colonies of Africa and their Sphere of Influence will all be dead by the year 2020.

It appears to me from 2007 to the year 2020 there is an unbelievable opportunity for the Chinese, Europeans and Americans to be tourist, then investors, first comes tourist, and then comes investments. The colony converted to long-term investment methods of Singapore and Hong Kong just did not work so well in Africa.

I would guess it would be Tourist converted to investor that will leave the next 50-100 years of Africa.

Sort of the Caribbean, Costa Rica methodology, a person goes on Vacation and returns later to start a business.

This is all fun and speculation, but it seems to me, that between today and 2020, Africa is the land of opportunity, as the young French have wiped their hands of Africa.

NOTES:

There are major Ethnic groups

AFRICAN KINGDOMS
Ashanti Kingdom
Kingdom of Dahomey
Ethiopia Ancient
Liberia

EUROPEAN KINGDOMS IN AFRICA
Britain
Italy
France
Belgium
German
Dutch
Dutch Kingdom

ETHIC KINGDOM
Dogon
Bambara
Senufo
Mandinka
Mende
Baule
Akan
Fon
Yoruba
Fulani
Igbo
Nok
Hausa

RELIGIOUS KINGDOMS
Christian
Islamic

COUNTRY DATE OF INDEPENDENCE COLONIAL POWER

BEFORE 1970 - 8 Colonies became Impendent

Ethiopia Ancient
Liberia July 26, 1847
South Africa May 31, 1910 Britain
Egypt February 2, 1922 Britain
Libya December 24, 1951 Italy
Sudan January 1, 1956 Britain; Egypt
Morocco March 2, 1956 France
Tunisia March 20, 1956 France
Ghana March 6, 1957 Britain
Guinea February 10, 1958 France

1960-1970 - 32 Colonies became Impendent

Cameroon January 1, 1960 France
Togo April 27, 1960 France
Senegal June 20, 1960 France
Mali June 20, 1960 France
Madagascar June 26, 1960 France
Congo, Democratic Republic of the June 30, 1960 Belgium
Somalia July 1, 1960 Italy; Britain
Benin August 1, 1960 France
Niger August 3, 1960 France
Burkina Faso August 5, 1960 France
Côte d'Ivoire August 7, 1960 France
Chad August 11, 1960 France
Central African Republic August 13, 1960 France
Congo, Republic of the August 15, 1960 France
Gabon August 17, 1960 France
Nigeria October 1, 1960 Britain
Mauritania November 28, 1960 France
Sierra Leone April 24, 1961 Britain
Tanzania September 12, 1961 Britain
Burundi July 1, 1962 Belgium
Rwanda July 1, 1962 Belgium
Algeria July 3, 1962 France
Uganda October 9, 1962 Britain
Kenya December 12, 1963 Britain
Malawi July 6, 1964 Britain
Zambia October 25, 1964 Britain
The Gambia February 18, 1965 Britain
Botswana September 30, 1966 Britain
Lesotho October 4, 1966 Britain
Mauritius March 12, 1968 Britain
Swaziland September 6, 1968 Britain
Equatorial Guinea October 12, 1968 Spain

1970 until 2000 - 11 Colonies became Impendent

Guinea-Bissau September 10, 1974 Portugal
Mozambique June 25, 1975 Portugal
Cape Verde July 5, 1975 Portugal
Comoros July 6, 1975 France
São Tomé and Príncipe July 12, 1975 Portugal
Angola November 11, 1975 Portugal
Seychelles June 26, 1976 Britain
Djibouti June 27, 1977 France
Zimbabwe April 18, 1980 Britain
Namibia March 21, 1990 South Africa
Eritrea May 24, 1993 Ethiopia

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Going Crazy While on the Road

Going Crazy While on the Road
Lome, Togo West Africa
Tuesday, June 5, 2007

I call it losing the plot, Alex Garland in the book, The Beach continually alludes to this danger, I think about it, I feel it, and there is always a creeping worry.
Will I go crazy?

Here are a couple of comments from people who wrote personal email to me about this real danger. I think they both wrote these comments as something to say, or as or of some sub-conscious knowledge of a real danger.

I have seen many people go crazy from travel, it is not a joke, I am not joking, and this is a real danger.

QUOTES:

Hello Andy, I have been following your site and newsletter for many years- congratulations on staying human. (… )
Bonne Chance Tony
June 05, 2007
http://www.twiku.com

Peace, Andy. I hope you are doing well. I think often about you and your travels and the times that we met. Keep doing what you need to do to ward off going crazy while on the road
(… )
Mark
May 31, 2007
http://www.itinerantwitness.com

END QUOTES

Why do people go crazy? I could write a 225-page book, full of the many ways and real example, I do not know where to start so I will finish.

Quote:
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 too; -
--- Rudyard Kipling

Going Crazy While on the Road