I thought I could wait until the afternoon when the black tank of water on the roof is hot and take shower, but I have realized that at this time of day they run out of water and wait for the municipality to turn on the water to fill all the tanks. They turn on the sweet or good water twice a day. I can see the locals that do not have water lines in their house and do not pay for water go to the distribution areas to fill up their bottles. This means or equates to a cold shower for me. This I do not like and am working on a few ideas to solve this problem. It has nothing to do with solar because that is not dependable, especially for travelers, but I will use electrify to heat the water, and if I wish I could use a back put of solar.
CHRISTMAS IS NOT IN THE AIR
I have almost no indication that Christmas is coming. I have only notice one indication from the people of India that Christmas is coming. I am sure if I were in Goa now there would be lots, because of the large numbers of Christians. There are no Christians in this area as best I can tell, only Hindu and Moslems. Sometime a nice wholesome family area like Hampi is more Christmas than a full on party and get stoned area like Goa.
I have saw very little party here. I think they had a huge party system a few years ago the police have stopped it. There is suppose to be big party across the river, but I am not sure. All tourists in Hampi must register with the police if they live here.
ELECTRICAL IN INDIA
I changed hotels. I have not lived in 9 different hotel rooms in India. Every one of them had the exact same electrical system or wiring system for the room. I have lived in 2 states both Goa and Karnataka. This is extremely unusual that the electrical wiring in a room would be the same. I normally would walk into a room and switch could be anywhere, it could be behind the door, up, low, outside the room or anywhere they put the switch, but here it is almost exactly the same configuration. There is a box immediately to the opening of the door. On the box are an electrical outlet, and 3 switches. One controls the electrical outlet, one controls the fan, and one controls the 4-foot florescent light on the wall. There may be more switches if there are more lights in the room. But the layout is the same.
I have a friend Shackle that lives in a private home. I am going to go look at her system and see if this is the same for private homes.
This is just excellent for the people of India. The infrastructure is one of the best in the world for poorer countries. This is in many ways a lot better than the USA or Europe. More systematic in the end, but now they got to get the people to stop stealing electricity. This is a corruption problem and not an electrical problem. Over usage of electricity though will make a brown out or the breakers pop on the main circuits in the power plants.
I am not positive on this, but they may regulate the money by saying if there is too much electricity used they shut off the electricity long enough to balance out the money. This sounds strange, but a country cannot afford to always give free electricity unless you are a country like Iraq that has mostly one source of money and that is oil.
The Post Office is an insane system, but corruption keeps these antiquated systems running so they can continue to suck cash out of the system. A fully computerized and accurate system would tell who was stealing. It is obvious that India has the technology to computerize their systems. Corruption is an interesting phenomena and fun to observe or try to observe. But normally a real corrupt country and the corruption go from top to bottom. Here it is only on the more top levels. That is the level that is the last to go. The normal person in India does not try to cheat you on a minute-by-minute basis. When I was in Mexico 6 years ago they tried to cheat your or nick you everywhere. It did not matter if you bought peanuts to eat or a telephone system they tried to extort money. Mexico is the worst corruption I have encountered.
MOVED HOTELS IN HAMPI - Sunday Afternoon.
I moved this morning from Vishnu to the Ganesh Hotel here in Hampi; I soon discovered the same family owned it, so there were not hard feelings. I made the perfect decision because I am surrounded by locals and by tourist now, and everyone if from every country of the world. I like a multi-cultured area best, but it is becoming more and more difficult to find, probably because there are some countries that all travel to the same place.
But I have a deck or rooftop veranda to eat breakfast or lie in the sun. I now pay 80 Rupees per night and thinking that India is a negotiating country on the price of rooms. I need to negotiate.
I am going to make a special smaller bag for Kyle from the USA; it is time and needs to be done. I need a lot more variations of ideas I already have, but what brought it up is the size of his bag and a comment.
“I purposely bought a small bag so I would not be able to carry so much.”
Now… He is carrying also a bag with handle, the type that you would use to go to the grocery store. He says he sends it home when it is full, he must be buying a lot of stuff.
We were talking and he looked at the size of my bag. I have 3 times as much stuff and weight at him. But he also says,
“You need, you are living on the road.”
I sort of had that comment in my head when I woke up this morning. I keep thinking because he said,
“I am traveling now for a year, and maybe longer.”
I was trying to come up with one of my short questions that clarify.
I think to myself,
“If I was moving for one year from Indiana to Colorado would I take as little as possible or as much as possible?”
I would take as much as possible. If I was living for one year in a hotel room would I take as much as possible? No I would not.
WEIGHT AND WALKING
I suppose that is the question or problem. How do you walk with a lot of weight? I do not walk in India, Thailand, and South America; I take a taxi… heheheh. I only walk a lot in Europe. In Europe I will see the crazy travelers have 3 and 4 bags full of everything loaded to the gills here they are traveling with nothing and they are in a taxi.
The real crux of this problem is safety. The more bags or stuff the easier you are to be robbed. I would not carry more, I have enough and a lot, but I would like to keep the bags safer. I am devising some systems for quick connections between my bags. I have already connected a long piece of nylon strap to my big bag for India. I can use this strap to wrap around a rack in the train. But I just pull it out of the pocket and it is already connected on one end. It is very long or maybe 2 yards long so I can really wrap it up. Trains are dangerous in Europe for this because your bag is always in the open for everyone to grab and take off.
Oh yea, I think Kyle needs to have an overflow system bag. He needs a way for contents of bag to grow bigger or remain small at the same time. Pack it away when not needed, but when his stuff grows use it. I think a lot about the last week or two in a country. I am thinking about maxing out on things to carry back to sell on the page. So I would try to buy a lot of stuff the last week or month. It is the bag that is the consideration and the weight allowed on planes. I really wish the planes all had the same weight rules or number of bags rules. They change and this is annoying.
HAMPI - Sunday Morning
It is not what you would expect in life, but it is the reality. There is a guy in my hotel from the USA and we have talked briefly. I told him the name of my Website and he went and looked at it.
I meet a few people that have web sites in my travels and I talk with them, write down the address of their page and go look at it. Normally this is some real small page, or something they did for class, and is not an organized situation, so not so interesting. But I do try and go look at the page. I am not real excited and strangely most cannot tell me the address.
But I am in the business more or less, so might was well see what people are doing. But I have learned over time that telling a person I have a webpage and that I live from the earnings of the webpage is not going to cause me much trouble. Maybe 1 in 20 of the people that WRITE IT DOWN will go see it, and then this is maybe months later. Very few come back to me later and say,
“I looked at your webpage.”
I think maybe 1 per year.
But I hardly talked with this Yank about the page and he went and looked at it. But then again he wants to have a blog and post his pictures, so maybe that is the reason.
I am always bewildered at the number of people that are not interested in anything or anyone around them. I ask people who they are? Where they are from? And what they do? This makes people mad and I have to be careful. Some cultures like the Brits consider this bad manner to ask what they consider personal questions. But being that I am not going to see them for longer normally than two days, I ask the questions.
But getting personal is what life is about, trying to find friends and some intimacy in a world of people that are too afraid to talk to each other.
Today I am going to show him how to integrate a page, a newsletter, a Travel Log or Blog together.
ELECTRICITY IS SAME AS IRAQ / BUT WORSE
The electricity here in India is constantly going on and off. It does not normally stay off long, but either did the electricity in most of Iraq. Basra it did stay off for a long time. But here they do not have as many generators so here it is a bigger problem.
In Iraq they did not just pop out candles, but here they have candles always ready. I only used a candle of few time in Iraq. I have purchased a flashlight here.
CHRISTMAS IN HAMPI
I have decided to live in Hampi until after Christmas. I ran into a couple Brit friends from Palolem yesterday and they are returning for Christmas to Palolem. This is a perfect beach in many ways and if I had a girl friend I could live there for a long time. The girl situation in India is sort of bleak. 95 percent of the travelers came with a date and 5 percent left over not a good flavor. It is possible to date the local girls, but I will have to be very careful and slow. There are some very nice local girls in Hampi and quite educated, but most are very low educated. It is just a normal type of people.
HAMPI IS NICE BUT… Saturday Morning
I am having he Internet blues here in Hampi. The cost is the highest I have encountered and the worst for me. I cannot do any of my webpage work here or publish. I can do the blog. This is all complicated, to explain, so I will not.
Today I will go to Hospet and try to find an Internet Café there that will work. India has a lot of security, hardware, spam, virus, and sex site issue that I need to research also, there are some lurking Indian made dangers to my computer. I am having more and more problems finding functional 3.5 floppy drives that work. They purchase stripped down version of machines with the absolute minimal to access the Internet or more or less get on Hotmail.com