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DATE:  February 6, 2004
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Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Varanasi India - Is the restaurant clean?
TIP: IS THE RESTAURANT CLEAN?
LOCATION: Varanasi, India

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       WHAT I FEEL IN VARANASI.
~ HOBOGUIDE.COM (Go this way)
       Desiderata - Just trying to be positive
 ~ TODAY’S TIP
      IS THE RESTAURANT CLEAN?
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Morning Noisy People Chanting in Hampi
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VARANASI, INDIA
In the North of India about 1/2 way in the middle between Delhi
and Calcutta and just below Kathmandu, Nepal that is full of
Maoist crazies and considered a Travelers Hajj to Mecca.

"I going to Ka Ka Ka Katmandu.
That's all I ever really wanted to do!"
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

I left the Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi and went by small bus from
city to city staying or visiting until I was tired, and then for the last leg
jumped from Katni, India to Varanasi, India on the Ganga River by train.
I actually think the small buses would have been faster than the train
as I was averaging about 50 Kilometer per hour with bus, and the
train took a round about path and stopped for long periods and
averaged about 30 Kilometers per hour. 50 Kilometers per hour
is a good rule of thumb on what you can average in normal worlds.

Varanasis is a city where the Hindu people come and burn their
dead on piles of wood. It is located on the Ganga or Ganges River
in the north of India.

India is a question mark?
Hard to have a clear thought but you will have a lots of feelings.

WHAT I FEEL IN VARANASI.

Yesterday it was wet in the streets and alleys because it rained
the night before. As I took my morning walk there whole city had
a ½ inch layer of cow manure and mud mixed together. There is
almost no barren soil as all the walking areas are stone, concrete,
or asphalt so the blackish mud is really a mixture of something
I am not sure how to describe. I am sure there is lot of the spit
from beetle nut include as the ground is also covered with red
splotches of spit.

In my State of Indiana terms I would describe it or explain it this
way. When you have milking cows there is normally a tramp
shed that is where the cows sit around and chew their cuds in
safety from the rain, cold and weather. In this area wheat straw is
place down for bedding and you can feed the cows bales of hay.
Just outside in the barnyard is an area where there is a silo full
of Corn Silage or Alfalfa Silage that is dispensed by an auger
system. This area is normally in my area has a concrete base,
and the milking area or parlor will empty all the cow manure into
this area. So as the cows eat silage and or are milked they
excrement or defecate in the troughs or area of the barnyard and
the place fills up.

When they clean the barnyard area has a concrete base or floor
to it the farmers will take either an old tractor with a front end loader,
or a scrapers on the back that looks like a road grader, or use
maybe now a Bobcat that is a 6 wheel vehicle with a front loader
or bucket. They will take one of these type of vehicles and
scrape this area.

Now if it rains the mixture of cow manure and rain creates a
mush or slime over the area. There is always a constant drying
factor, and cow manure when dried, or maybe you call it dung because
it is a dried grass or digested grass and is not so extreme. But when
filled with water or hydrated in any way, the mixture is a slime
of manure.

So how do I feel walking around Varanasi?
I feel like I am walking around in the barnyard that has been
scraped recently, but there it has rained the day before and is slimy.
If there I no rain, there are islands of dry spots and ways to walk
around and avoid the slimy mud areas. If you are paying attention
you can avoid the cow patties and other obstacles. Normally a farmer
working in this area would be wearing some pull on boots over his
work boots that lace up about 7 inches. If not really working in this
area you walk around or skip on through in your normal work boots,
but at the risk of soaking or stepping in extremely wet spots.

It is fun to watch the city kids come to this area or women in
High heels trying to tip toe through the barnyard, as it is really
impossible to avoid. This is Varanasi except there is another
couple of factors.

Everywhere you walk there are store on both sides of the cow path
and people are talking to you or saying things to you in English,
“Where are you going?”
“What are you looking for?”
“Hello, sir, just come in, it cost nothing.”
The speak more in command then real questions, and difficult
to say no because the command or statement are not really open.

They will say,
“You come back tomorrow.”
It is not a question and it is more of a statement, and the only
honest statement I can say is,
“No, I will not come back tomorrow.”

Sometimes they temper this with
“You come back tomorrow, maybe.”

I say,
“NO, not maybe, not at all. I will not return.”

If I do not do this, or I try to ignore them, when they see you the
next day they will tell me, or say to you that you promised or you
said. Now I am very good at ignoring and I do sort of chide them
and egg them on or wind them up, or even take the piss as the
English say, and try to be brutally honest with them and say.
“You are just trying to make me feel guilty so I will come in your
store it's not going to work. If I wanted to come in your store,
I would come in your store.”

Now the problem is that their tactics work very well.
You see lots of traveler inside the shops.

So as I walk around in the cow slime there are vendor laying on
the guilt and trying to convince you to enter the shop.

Now the next factor.
NOISE

On these stupid little slimy cow paths with talking noise and guilt
are motorcycles riding through as fast a possible. Now I am in
a canyon of concrete buildings and India people are like
2-year-old children on the motorcycles and they beep the horn
always just like a 2 year old child. So you are walking along and
people are shouting and making noise and motorcycles comes
along and beep their horns and make you dodge them, as the
path is really not wide enough for everyone. I saw an old man get
knocked down yesterday into the slimy cow layers of crap. Now
here is my nightmare. That I would slip into this stuff and have to think.
I would think that I am lying in cow manure. In the middle of
Human Urine, Human excrement and all is inhumane. Spit, and
hockers, and spit of betel or beetle nut, or whatever that nasty
red sh@# that is in the mouths of every India person.
I would want to lie down and die.

So as you walk down the path with noise horns, people
trying to lay guilt trips on you, fear of falling or choosing
bad steps in the slimy cow manure you also….
Aagh This really never stops...

Then you have the tag-alongs. These people whether it is beggar
with no fingers or a small barefoot child, or maybe a vender
speaking good English that alternates between selling you silk
or hashish is on your side and will not leave without extreme
rudeness, or until about 10 minutes of ignoring. I think they
know that maybe with enough time you will give in. They are
beggar-vendors. They will not stop whining in your ear until
you give up and come look at their crap.

Varanasi is a shoppers five and dime buyers paradise in the
middle of the barn yard. There are 1000’s of shops, and at
the river edge you can watch burning bodies and/or people swim
in the runoff from the slimy cow manure, spittle, betel,
human urine and other ingredients.

I agree this place is Holy. You become so full of fear that
you look to God as the only solution.

I also think to call in an air strike would suffice.
When I leave I will not look back as
I am afraid I would turn to salt.

Today's go this way is on:
Desiderata (Trying to be positive.)

Today’s tip is on:
IS THE RESTAURANT CLEAN?

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

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~ HOBO ECONOMICS 101
My daily cost is about $15
Hey? I just gave you 20 Minutes of entertainment
at my expense. How about a buck? A Dollar?
A Euro? A Pound?
This letter is free, but I need your help. I have run
away from home! I be Hobo.

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~   Hoboguide.com GO THIS WAY!

NATURAL
I could get a grip on the idea that natural is better.
I could actually believe that not putting things in your body
or doing things that are manufactured or processed is a good idea.

What is making me think about this is the loud speakers or stereo
systems that is blaring outside the window at 6:30 am in the morning.
I am pretty sure I am a long way away from this speakers, but I can
hear them quite clearly. I wonder if the God here is deaf.

I was thinking and sure my mother would like to read this webpage
I made a couple of years ago. So I will copy and paste here.

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace
there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and
clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too
have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are
vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may
become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser
persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your
plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble,
it's a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise
caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons
strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical
about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit
to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself
with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You
are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at
peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be. And
whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken
dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

"Desiderata" was written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann (1872-1945).
In 1956, the rector of St. Paul's Church in Baltimore, Maryland,
used the poem in a collection of mimeographed inspirational
material for his congregation. Someone who subsequently printed
it asserted that it was found in Old St. Paul's Church, dated 1692.
The year 1692 was the founding date of the church and has
nothing to do with the poem.

DEFINITION OF - desideratum
: something desired as essential - 1

I make a link for this page a couple of years ago and you can
send it to your crazy friends. (Oh yea. Do not compare.. ooops.)
http://www.hobotraveler.com/viraldesiderata.htm

Thanks
I found this for sale in the Indiana University bookstore
in the Student Union building when I was about 20 years
old and have never misplaced it for too long. It said the
author was unknown, and I cannot attest to any facts,
but if that is important you have missed the train.

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

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~ TODAY’S TRAVEL TIPS

IS THE RESTAURANT CLEAN?

The Joke in India among the travelers in India is that the
people do not want to shake hands using their left hand
because this is the hand they use to clean themselves in
the toilet.

But... They will make Chapatti.

Chapatti is like a soft Tortilla, but closer to a pancake and formed
like you would spin a pizza or pound a piece of bread dough
with your "Hands."

So I am nervous about eating, and I was under the delusion I was fearless.
I am a street food connoisseur.

I have been thinking too much on this subject and have came
up with a few small ways to help you choose a restaurant.

A good restaurant is about empathy. A good restaurant will
think of all the things necessary for YOU to make meal enjoyable
and comfortable.

I do not ask for recommendations from other travelers as a rule,
I go around looking at the restaurants. Most travelers are going to
recommend the place they have eaten as being very good. I think it
is against human nature to admit.
"I went to a horrible restaurant."

The will almost 99 percent of the time say the place is good
or talk about the food. Most people would eat garbage and
say it is good in another country.
"The Human Garbage Disposals."

LEMMINGS TRAVEL RESTAURANTS
There is a follow the leader mentality of the world.
My friend Walt says,
"We learned in Kindergarten that it is good to stand in
line and to follow the person in front of us, and we never
forget this!"

DO NOT USE THE GUIDEBOOK FOR RESTAURANTS!
I think a restaurant guide would be good to find the worlds best
restaurants, but I have found that in the real dives of the world
there is no reason to use the guidebook. Places change and
a person that would believe the guidebook needs to stay at
home anyway. Travel is a good time to get off the nipple
and learn to make choices. I do believe that people are capable
of learning how to choose a clean and nice restaurant.

I use a guidebook, but I can honestly say in 7 years of travel
I have never even read the section on places to eat.

BEFORE YOU EAT, ORDER OR SIT DOWN:
1. Look for the smile on their faces.
2. Walk around confused.
3. Ask to have the table cleaned off.
4. Go into the kitchen.
5. Ask to use the toilet.

Look for the smile on their faces.
A restaurant is a spiritual moment when you couple food,
hunger, and the place together for money. Why pay for
pleasure when the spirit it bad. Smiles are th sign of happy
people.

WALK AROUND CONFUSED!
It is best to walk around a restaurant confused and disorientated,
do not just walk in and sit down, you are way too late at that point
to get up and walk out. The goal of walking around it to check out
the place and give the place an interview.

Walk into a restaurant and ask?
Can I see the menu?
Stand and read the menu, do not sit.
Ask to see the food you wish to eat. Tell them,
"I do not understand, and walk into the kitchen."
Do not ask permission. Most poorer countries will allow you
in the kitchen with no problem. So just walk on in the kitchen
and make yourself at home.

Ask the staff to wipe off your table.
You can ask the waiter to have the table cleaned, if this is
a problem, then there is a problem with the restaurant.
A good restaurant will be worried they missed something
while a bad restaurant will be put out that you asked.

Ask to use the toilet?
They need to use the toilet also... huh?

WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
1. You hope they have a toilet!
2. Do they clean the table with a clean rag and soap?
3. Are the tops of the condiments, catsup, mustard, salt, etc clean?
4. Are the hands, fingers and fingernails of waiter or waitress clean?
5. Are the clothes of workers clean?
6. Are there napkins on the table?
7. Is there soap in the toilet?
8. Walk into the Kitchen and inspect the place.
9. See whether the mess is ground in dirt versus just a new mess.
10. Is there a waste or trash bin?
A good restaurant will have a place for trash.
11. Is the menu clean? I really mean this. Is the paper clean?
12. Do they have a menu? Not as important.

It is very sad that I feel a need to write this tip, but I have
noticed that people need a "Wake Up Call." The MTV
Generation has lost the ability to think on their own, and the
globalization of the Music, Movies, and Television has created
a world of robots not taught to think on their own.

Go out into the world and ask why.
Why is this good? Why is this bad?
You should be able to say more than...
"Because I like it." or
"The food is good."

A critical mind should be able to create a list of reasons
why a place is good or bad. If you can only come up with
one reason off the top of their head, then that is the depth
of their mind. "One level."

I try to think on level 10.
I hope or strive to tell both the good and the bad.
I strive to be able to advise on any situation.
10 Reasons why something is good.
10 Reasons why something is bad.

The good and the bad is the complete story.
To only know one side of the coin is the "Ugly."

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

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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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~ EXTREME HOBO TRAVEL

SCOTTS BIKE TRIP AROUND THE WORLD
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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.

Why would you assume eggs come with toast?
Why would you assume that a boil egg is boiled?
Expect and assume the opposite.

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COMMENT OR QUESTION:
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I can't believe you put VT before us.
Wait a second - we didn't even make the list! As a supporter
of hobotraveler for the past 2 years I can only say I'm disappointed.

The following article comes out Jan. 19th in
Newsweek's International Edition:

Check out http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3928326/

Safe Travels in the New Year,
Joseph Kultgen
www.trekshare.com
917-523-4486

Trekshare.com

ANSWER:

(I will make this a clickable link for him... hehehe.
HINT!   http://www.trekshare.com )

Hello,
Joseph has written me a few times in the last couple of years
and I do appreciate his support. He is disappointed. I take this as a
very big compliment that he values my opinion and / or even reads the
my newsletters enough to know of my Top 10 Travel Sites list exist.

"These are my choices for 2003 of websites or pages needed
and are a great help to me an expert world traveler... a.k.a.
Andy the HoboTraveler.com"

To quote myself from:
http://www.hobotraveler.com/toptravelwebsite2003.shtml
or from newsletter:
http://www.hobotraveler.com/newsletterhobo137insert.shtml

I am quoting this to point out how I use the word
 "needed,"
and than saying they are a
"great help."

I can have even further empathy when I think about my own
site HoboTraveler.com
http://www.hobotraveler.com/
I have worked on my site every day for years and get extremely
frustrated because I am basically a poverty traveler and have
half the money of my fellow travelers to spend yet I work every
day trying to give my readers of my newsletters and viewers
of my webpages "needed" information.

I was very excited when Forbes.com put my Travel Log or
Blog on their webpage, and this made me feel good, but
what it has done for me is made me even poorer. But I do
appreciate their comments VERY MUCH. It is part of a very
complicated mix of things that have to happen to make me
leave poverty travel. I will have to say though, I am a Hobo
at heart and seems ludicrous to say I want to leave poverty.
I just am tired of worrying about money. I constantly worry
about money.

But... I am fine and the good Gods takes care of me.

Forbes.com gave me a compliment, but I cannot say and
will not say that my Blog is "needed." It is helpful a little
and I cannot say that I am the complete Guru of travel.
I did say that what you may consider arrogant comment
that I am an "Expert Traveler," and this is I think true but
when I am getting "S#@T" on in the Hotel by my fellow travelers
as they say nasty comments to me about my travel opinions this
become hard to believe also.

But this is probably what I am trying to say there are things
in my life that make me feel good like the Forbes.com comment
although I listen closer to comments from regular readers more
because they are actually use my letter or read my newsletters.

When I receive a comment from a reader that says,
"You tips saved me money, or your tips keep me safe,"
I know I am doing well.

What the Forbes comment said was,
"I make some people happy." and this is good also, but I am
a true traveler, and I am really sitting here in some freezing room
in Varnasi, India with dirty walls, and a cold floor wrapped in
covers with a rubbery poncho over the top to try to keep warm
and thinking,
"How can I make a little heater that is cheap and small to carry
and stay warm?"

I have an immediate need to stay warm here in Varanasi, and
I am going to Nepal where it is even colder and more uncomfortable.

So need versus wants is what I am trying to get at...

I like to read sites like Trekshare.com and Forbes.com but
I do not I really need them? I may think I need them, but if you pay
attention.

"HoboTraveler.com" was NOT on the
Top 10 List of needed sites.
So I am right there with Trekshare.com. I do not think my own site
after years of work is needed. I do not think it world encompassing
enough or comprehensive enough to warrant getting on the list... yet.
It is getting pretty close though.

Who gets on the list are the needed or very helpful sites.
I try to be gut level honest with myself and say or admit which sites
I use to find information. It hurt me to admit that I use Lonelyplanet.com's
Thorntree or Google.com because they are both very arrogant and
especially Lonelyplanet.com they do everything to get rich under the
guise of being in love with the readers. But I do use the forum and
I do use Google.com. So I admitted this and recommended them.

VT or Virtualtourist.com was on the list because they repeatedly
came up in my searches when I was trying to learn about Iraq.
Sites totally skip Iraq when it comes to travel information. But
it is easy to write about Paris and know you are going to have
readers, and who is going to go to Iraq, except crazies like me.
So there is no BIG financial reward, but there is the reward that
maybe I put them in the Top 10. So they get a little bigger and
maybe profitable.

I want to make enough money to travel. Getting the nice comments
from Forbes.com made me poorer. People think if you are famous
you are rich, in reality I am not famous or rich. I am sitting in this
2 dollar a night freezing room typing and wish my readers could get a
clue. Forbes.com has probably killed off 90 percent of my donations
as I am now a little famous in the mind of some readers and therefore
rich. I wish there was a connection, but there is not.

This made me feel good, but does not pay the bills.
What it does do is make the lemming travel writers that just repeat
what other travel writers say do just that,
"Repeat what other writers say."

I do not care that
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3928326/ likes a site.
The are trying to make people feel good. I want to help people.
I put the CIA Site a the top. The CIA is probably one of the
most hated institutions in the world. I was very tempted to put
them at the top as I use their site constantly when entering a new
country.

I like your site Joseph, and I have decided to make a
comprehensive tip explaining what I think about when
evaluating or using an Internet Travel Site. But I do like
your site and am not going to start tearing it to shreds.
There is value in you site and I will write a tip eventually
about or more about the why of things and you hopefully
can further understand how to make that list.

My site would be worthless if all my opinions were for
sale and all a company had to do was pay me and they
could be on my Top 10 Ten Travel Sites list. I am very
happy you wish to be there, and this is my goal that
someone values my opinion and the respect I have
for myself sitting in this cold square concrete room.

Plus my Mom and Dad respect me today and this was
not always true.

Keep working Joseph and one day we both will have
our sites on my list... hehehe.

I will try to write the tip about why a site is on the list
soon so you and the reader can try to understand how
I think and why I am crazy or maybe an expert traveler.
But I be Hobo and I do not care about rich and famous,
be I do like the beach and the beautiful women and I will
figure out how to stay warm... I hope, then I will also tell
you in a tip.

For those of you that have are curious or want to see the
evolution of a tip... I started this future tip on the link below
and if you watch it over time it will slowly change, and work its way from
an abstract concept in my brain into a tip.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/toptravelsitehowtobecome.shtml

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COMMENT OR QUESTION:
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I am on my fourth month in Thailand and the honeymoon is
over. I see it more like it is, warts and all. I don't regret coming here
as the worst day in Thailand is better than the best day in the States.
I've had more good female energy in those past few months than in the last
20 years. America is truly ruined for Heterosexual love, 99 % of the
Women are hard-wired to hate Men yet turn around and wonder
where all the "good men are".

Most of the Men have been spiritually castrated and meekly
accept their lot.

Only the travelers and hobos have the balls to go out and
explore the World.

Yes Thailand is not perfect but I am happy, relaxed and free,
more than I have in decades.

I don't miss my cell in the asylum (The States).

Sincerely,

Steve

ANSWER:

Hello Steve,

I have to admit that traveling to the underdeveloped countries has
shown me that there is serious social problem in the Western World.
I think most men are in favor of equality in the Western World but are
becoming very tired of the man-hater attitude. It is time for the women to
put down the club because they are becoming the abusive woman while
the man is becoming the victim of abuse.

Of course the Fruits and Nuts are requesting this and that is fine, but
the I agree some people do need to look down and see if they are
still connected...

Andy HoboTraveler.com
Fully connected.

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"I'm really F@#king tired of Westerners worrying about
East Asians losing face. F#@k him.
From the book "Up Country" by Nelson DeMille

Note: I agree totally.
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'bout me. I'm alive and doin' fine."
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