Hobo TRAVEL TIPS -  Goa India - RAIL PASSES Y'ALL.


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ISSUE:  131
DATE:  November 11, 2003
TITLE: 
Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Goa, India - RAIL PASSES Y'ALL
TIP:  RAIL PASSES Y'ALL. WHO'D HAVE THEM?
       by Peter Mathews
LOCATION: Palolem Beach, Goa State, India

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A Hobo trip around the world. Year 7
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~ HOBO STEW (A Dish of Meat and Vegetables)
     Location of Hobo and opinions
      Goa, India
~ HOBOGUIDE.COM (Go this way)
       INVITATION TO VISIT MOSUL, IRAQ
~ TODAY’S TIP
RAIL PASSES Y'ALL. WHO'D HAVE THEM?
       by Peter Mathews
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Airplane - Train from Mumbai to Margao India
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Train Trip and Arrival at Palolem Beach India
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Kite on Palolem Beach India
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Palolem Beach Goa India
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Coconuts - Fenny - Wells - Margao India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/131goa02_01.shtml
Cigarettes - Constructing a hut on Palolem Beach India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/131goa02_02.shtml
Sunset Photos of Palolem Beach Goa India
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INVITATION TO VISIT MOSUL, IRAQ
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Country of India
State of Goa
City of Chaudi or Canacona
Beach of Palolem

Hello,
Life is good on the beach. I have decided to stay here
until I get down to fighting weight. Time to get into a little
better physical shape. I always feel a little better mentally
when the body is in good shape. The Spartans had a
type of philosophy like that. There is a direct connection
between the mental and the physical condition. So if it’s
been good enough for them, it is good enough for me. I
will stay until I get down to 175 pounds again. That
means them 33 waist Levis will fit I have been carrying
around for way too long.

I have lots of great conversations on this beach, an old
hippie that can tell an excellent historical account of
the world in terms of travel, drugs, and musical change
and a lot of Brits that like the local home brew called “Fenny.”
It is made from some type of Coconut byproduct and
stilled down to a knock you down status right here on
the beach. With a smidgen of most other countries and
a lot of Israel people and you know I love Israel women
so I am in heaven. So some good conversation, history,
a beach, and Israel girls in bikinis and together in one
place are all I need.

 "Thank you, Lord, for thinkin'
 'bout me. I'm alive and doin' fine."
 I’m alive and doing fine.‘
 Song by: Five Man Electrical Band

Serious….
India is composed of 25 States with about
one billion people. Each State appears so far to have
a separate type of people and mentality. There are
numerous languages, but English is the language of
communication and money. Blame that on the colonization
by England. Predominantly Hindu, a few Muslims,
Christians and every other brand you wish. Pakistan
split off from India in 1947 and becoming a predominantly
Muslim country. Probably the reason for some the recent
terrorist acts in India. Hope them Islamic people can
learn to be better neighbors.

Today's go this way is on: VISIT MOSUL IRAQ
Well. I finally got it together in one place. I have the
petition and the letter from Khalid of Mosul for the
world to visit Iraq.

Today’s tip is on:
RAIL PASSES Y'ALL. WHO'D HAVE THEM?
Peter my friend from Bristol, England and a
short term travel companion while in Iraq puts
in his two cents and expert opinion on the Euro-rail
Pass.

Just another day in Paradise!
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE...
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.

X Hobotraveler.com was HERE!

Life is good.
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INVITATION TO VISIT MOSUL, IRAQ
http://www.VisitMosul.org

Introduction: By Andy HoboTraveler.com

I entered Iraq in August of 2003 at the Silopi,
Turkey border. This trip started with zero
recommendations to proceed. Each step of the
way I proceeded knowing that all my friends,
family, and fellow travelers considered this
too dangerous. But my instincts and my trust in
humane nature told me they were wrong. After
7 years of traveling the world I believe that
the normal citizen of any country is good.

But with full knowledge that if I was wrong,
it could cost me my life I entered further into
Iraq. Mosul is located on the cusp, or the
Kurdish lands, and the Arab Lands. A semi no
mans land where the two cultures collide.
They agree or disagree in this city.

To my surprise and quite by accident I was
come up on a group of Scholars. I call them
the “English Scholars” because they study and
taught the English Language at the University
in Mosul. They were jovial, fun, serious,
knowledgeable, energetic, and great host.

While still concerned for my safety I soon
realized that the war was not part of my world,
or the Scholars. It was easily avoided like
staying out of a bad neighborhood.

I saw the real ravages of Sadaam and his regime.
He robbed these Scholars of the world. I walk
the world in freedom, but the people of Mosul
and Iraq have spent the last 20 years with
little or no knowledge of the outside world.
All newspaper, television, internet, and even
their conversations were censored.

I visit the entire world. This is not possible
for the Scholars from Mosul, Iraq. They will
remain a hostage of Iraq until the legacy of
a Dictatorship and Terror ends and the world
invites them to visit.

I have brought this invitation for the world
to visit Mosul out of Iraq. 56 English Scholars
signed this in utmost seriousness. They wish
to be friends again with the world and extend
their invitation to visit Mosul, Iraq.

Andy HoboTraveler.com
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VISIT MOSUL IRAQ
by Khalid of Mosul, Iraq

Visit Mosul
Mosul is a beautifully unique city. It
is the salad of different tastes. Wherever you
look, you find something that reminds you of
its ancient history. It is the manifestation
of Orient. In its markets and bazaars you see
and feel the flavor of Arabian Nights with its
merchants, passersby and women dressed differently
like no other place. Here you can find various
beautiful fashions, accents, languages and
colors that meet all to gather and create a
fine harmony of a melody like a Persian carpet.
You might ask a question: how such variation of
colors, fashions, religions, sects, accents
and languages, turns to be a fine harmony.
The best pictures of seasons can be found here
in Mosul, especially nowadays where the second
spring embraces the city, usually we call it
city of two springs.

It is a symbol of all oriental cities and
the West in its modern looking. Its river,
Tigris, flows with pride and dignity since olden
times. It takes you back to Nimrud, Sinharib,
Assur Panupli, Hadba mosque, Bashtabya, Qara
Sarai and walls of Assyrian Empire, etc. In
Mosul, you can hear of other names for the
city : Hadba (hunchback), Um Arrabi’ain
(mother of two springs), Nineva (ancient name),
Rimah (spears). The people here are quite generous,
calm, respectful, curious and they love foreigner
and feel very keen to help and host visitors,
regardless of their nationalities or religions.
They are peaceful with themselves and with
others. Mosul is not like other cities of Iraq
where you fear about yourself. In it, you can
find good and cheap hotels, transportation and
delicious meals at any time of the day. And
as Andy says it is the “no-pay city”. One
visit to Mosul makes you find that this
description and words are very poor compared
to its richness.

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Article written by Khalid of Mosul, Iraq. This
article can be rewritten, publish in freely.
The media is welcome to utilize.
Andy the Hobotraveler.com visited Mosul
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RAIL PASSES Y'ALL. WHO'D HAVE THEM?
by Peter Mathews

Almost certainly not me. Finally, I put finger to keystroke
and at the request of Mr. Hobo himself,
let me try to explain why.

I have travelled in donkey's countries.
I have travelled using all sorts of transport.
I do not make the following statement lightly.

I believe that the only time when rail passes are worth
it are if you intend spending a LOT of time on trains,
including many overnights. They may also be worth it if
you have limited time and you are trying to cram a lot in.
There are problems with railpasses. For example:

You (obviously) restrict yourself to travelling by trains.
There are times when train schedules are not convenient
as the bus schedules, there are times when perhaps the
bus gives better views, there are times when you just get
sick of travelling by train. Right now, there are plenty of
discount airlines operating in Europe and there may be
times when it is actually cheaper to fly. Incredible but true.

You remove an option when you just travel by train. You
remove the option of being spontaneous. You remove
flexibility. You remove that option of hitch-hiking. Most people
that I have met are so concerned of justifying the cost of a
railpass that they will almost religiously attempt to get their
money's worth and more. This is not particularly a fun way
to travel. Travelling overnight is fine every now and then.
It saves money on one hand, it gives you lousy views on the
other. It can also make you too tired to enjoy wherever it is
you have just arrived at. Too many consecutive nights on a
train will also leave you very tired, especially if you haven't
eaten that well. It doesn't matter how old you are, that's just
the way the human body works.

In addition, rail passes are not always the most economical
way to travel. I have met many people who buy Eurarail
passes and then spend significant time in the cheaper
countries. If you're going to spend all your time in the
western/Scandanavian countries, then a railpass makes
more sense. However, once you start heading south and
east, then a railpass doesn't make so much sense. You
MAY be better off buying a more local pass to the
countries that you will be in.

Most people do not do enough research when buying a
railpass. They allow themselves to be talked into buying
one from a travel agent. Most travel agents get anywhere from
10% to 15% for selling a railpass. It's an easy sale. No
phone calls to make, no follow ups. Just a quick once off
purchase. It's so much easier than selling a tour or flight that
requires the agent to make more phone calls and generally
have to work and follow up more. If somebody buys a railpass
and then cancels it, there is normally a cancellation fee of
about 15%. The travel agent does not have to lose any of
his commission. This results in travel agents pushing rail
passes a lot. The travel agent then doesn't care if the buyer
then cancels it as the travel agent still keeps his commission.
I have met a horrible number of people who have sincerely
regretted buying a railpass. I have met countless number
of people who I have actually felt very sorry for. They
realise that they did not purchase what was the better thing
for them as they took the easy way out and allowed thier
travel agent to talk them into buying a railpass. Especially
Eurail passes. Read on:

Contrary to what is common knowledge, Eurail passes can
be purchased in Europe. Quite legally also. Eurail passes
are not valid for Great Britain, therefore it is possible to buy
them there. To be precise, French Railways located about
75 yards from Piccadilly Circus in central London. The
following is a direct quote from their brochure:

"YOU CAN BUY A PASS IN THE UK PROVIDED YOU
DO NOT LIVE IN EUROPE, COUNTRIES OF THE
FORMER SOVIET UNION, TURKEY, MOROCCO,
ALGERIA OR TUNISIA.

YOU WERE UNABLE TO PURCHASE THE PASS
BEFORE LEAVING HOME.

YOU ARRIVED IN EUROPE NO MORE THAN
6 MONTHS AGO."

Apparently, they will check your passport to confirm the
date of your arrival in Europe.

REMEMBER THIS:

If you are going to be travelling in Europe and if you are not
going to be in London, then it is probably not worth going
to London just to buy a rail pass.

If you know for an absolute fact that you will be buying a
Eurail pass, then you are probably better off buying it at
home as it is normally slightly cheaper in your home country.

Very important. If you have been in Europe for longer
than 6 months, you are allowed to purchase an Inter-Rail
pass. That allows you to go to more countries and it is
cheaper. Even the staff in the Eurail office told me that
it was a better deal (although I knew that anyway).
Apparently though, you need more supplements than
a Eurail pass.

Once you arrive in Europe, especially western Europe
and especially London, you will discover many alternatives
that you were probably not aware of in your home country.
Many European companies do not bother with marketing
themselves too much overseas. They all have websites though.

Try:
http://www.busabout.com
http://www.eurolines.com
http://www.haggis-backpackers.com
http://www.tntmagazine.com

There are many others. Go to a library, borrow a "Let's Go",
"Lonely Planet" and check them out. Post messages on
message boards, go into chat rooms. There are definetly
many options out there that you may not known about and
if you did, you may have bought from them instead. I do
understand that if you are short of time, then perhaps you
can't afford to spend time arranging this before you reach
Europe and that is why some of you get railpasses before
you arrive in Eurpe. I do recommend doing a little of your
own research on the internet before you buy anything though.

Anyway, perhaps the above will help some of you, perhaps
not. Some of you will take issue with some of the above
and that's fine. When I have written things like this before,
it is normally travel agents who will criticise me. It's not
really that surprising though as they stand to lose financially
from some of my comments.

Anyway, travel wise and ENJOY Europe. It's a great
place to be. Damned expensive in some parts though.

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I have asked and received permission from
Peter Mathews n to publish this excellent tip.
This tip is not to be publish or copied without permission
of the writer. Thanx to Peter Mathews for some great
ideas. If you have a complete tip please send to
hoboontheroad AT yahoo.com in ready to publish
form.

Note: This is unedited.  I know there are words spelled
incorrectly and so be it. Perfection is not the goal
and sometimes being able to discern in an imperfect
world is the art of travel. Plus it will take the P with Peter.

I do not have to understand British Humor, but I do try
to use on occasion. I agree completely with this tip.
He is spot on.

As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.
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TODAY’S TIP FROM THE
“Peanut Gallery”
Fun tips - Here's a little tip from me, to you,
as an experienced traveler.

Fungus powder will get rid of Ants.
I was having an Ant invasion in my room.
The bottom line. When in need. Improvise.

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COMMENT OR QUESTION:
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Hi Andy,
I enjoy your newsletter. I thought you'd like to know that
Bush House is the home of the BBC World Service.
That's the shortwave broadcast operation. It is slowly
being diminished as shortwave is replaced by satellite
and FM in most parts of the world.

I am the former News Director of WKJG (NBC33)
in Fort Wayne. I got to spend several days at Bush
House about 10 years ago. Then the on-air
"personalities" were real stars around the world,
but unheard of in London since Bush House broadcasts
were beamed outside of Britian and not intended for
the "home" audience.

I'm now the News Director of the NBC station
in Champaign/Urbana/Danville, Illinois.w

I read a lot of travel and international news on
the net, but your perspective is quite insightful!

Ray Wilck

ANSWER:
I  appreciate when people write and comment on
photos I have taken. This is greatly appreciated.
I am a curious sort. I would probably be more likely
to take photos of things that I know nothing about
then the photos I understand. This building in London
with by the name of "Bush Building" had made my
very curious.

BBC Radio broadcast are famous with the traveler
on the shortwave radios. I had one for awhile a friend
gave me, but got rid of it. I did not like spending the
time searching for the proper stations. I hear they have
ones now that are automatic.

I am trying my best to be insightful here on the beach
in Goa, India.
Thank you for the compliment.
Andy HoboTraveler.com

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My sister Kandi wanted to know how to deal
with bug bite on the ankle or what are they?
I deleted the email by accident. I will blame
that on my assistant. His name is Andy.

ANSWER:
The No See Ums are just that. You never can
see them. They are annoying and some people
break out in a rash like. They just annoy me.
I use rub on insect repellent. They almost always
will sell locally where you are visiting. I never carry
a spray container. But be very careful with the rub
on type or repellent. It can be used as a toxic cleaner
to clean glue and such.

If you have bites in a row. They are probably bed bugs.
About the only solution is to move rooms or hotels.

There are sand fleas. Same solution as before for
the No See Ums. The'ol lady Lynn from Washington
tells me to use Lime Juice for a natural repellent
for the No See Ums.

I often think the fleas are from Cats. If I am in a Hotel
and the owner has Cats. I pay attention. Sometimes
I buy a can of insect killer and spray the room.
A fan running full blast will get rid of lots of problems.
Always carry a Mosquito Net. Especially in Europe.
I had my worst problem with mosquitoes in Brugge,
Belgium. Most of Europe does not have screens
on their windows.

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I am not sure if they sell more beer on the beach
in Goa or Hashish.

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