My friend German from the Playtypus Bogota in Colombia told me I needed to stay in one place longer, or not move so much.
He traveled for 15 years and I believe his advice is good.
There is this idea or this annoying advice I receive from people who believe they are seasoned or knowledgeable travelers. They say you need to stop and go home and rest. Although for sure I have a home, the problem is even when I am home I feel like I am just in another location, I do not live there, so it is like the worlds best hotel. However it is the nest I need, not the location.
I do have a very good nest or base in Indiana where I was raised and born, a great family, mother an father. However the nest is more than just a location.
German understands that travel is an addiction, I can and do go stir crazy when I am not in a very stimulating place.
I have been teasing this man from Iraq, that is living in the hotel for the last two days. He left Iraq after the first war and lived in Canada for 12 years, now he is trying to move back to Iraq or maybe just out of Canada trying to cause trouble. He seems pretty rich so maybe his connections are coming back into play, nonetheless his two children are in Canada, his wife is in Kuwait and he is doing something in Egypt. I asked him why he was wanting to go back to Iraq, his answer was like my traveling addiction.
Canada is nice, clean, ok, however…. Nothing going on.
He is bored, and then I said, - No excitement -
He nods his head, however the way I have been teasing him is even more fun, there have been these movies on the television, like - Back to the Future - with Michael J. Fox and others, they are them Feel Good Disneyland views of the world, or the Readers Digest way of life movies.
He says, yes he like this, and you can see in his eyes and he nods, he does love the safety of Canada or the USA, however he like the nasty side of Egypt, the clutter, the constant bumping, there is an excitement to the Middle East, a mess that never stops.
This is an addiction.
I call it an Endorphine addiction.
He needs the rush of the Middle East, I need the rush of meeting new places. I am aware that I need to keep this in the realm of adventure, fun, and meeting new cultures and away from the more nefarious types like most travelers of women, party, drinking and drugs.
I keep my nose clean as we say, however sorry to say, most travelers do not keep clean, they become more involved in activities that lead them down the wrong path.
Mark Train When Mark Twain traveled or these ones that said to expand their brains, learn tolerance and such, they did not run into large bands of tourist with many type of drugs on them and talking world politics on an inane level. The met the simple cultures of places like Zermou, Niger where there is a totally different life and they tried to understand how they could live in different worlds than them. Now there is a globilization of the planet that means that in all countries I meet the same boring people with the same fashionable ideas.
I do need a place to relax, where there is no boring travelers or tourist with simple geopolitical views I have to listen to and annoy me.
I have a friend that says that I get in arguments a lot with people, I suppose that is true in some ways, however for the most part no. I meet maybe 20-30 people daily and I only am annoyed by one, however the one is normally the person I analyze in my journal here, the others did not cause me mental deliberations.
I can only look at the people that are great and try to see how they are great, however the learning process only starts when I delve into the thing in my head I do not understand. I must try to reflect, introspect, or observe how I feel, think, emote or try to adapt, I must study my own history in great detail, try to find the consistence or inconsistencies in my actions, try to wonder at my own humanity.
However the brain does need a rest after this thinking about Niger, I want a subject that is fun. Like my backpack or the inventions, I am looking forward now to Thailand and a break from the too much worlds of Cairo, Niger, and even my next location of India. India both me an German agree is not a place where you go to relax or chill in colloquial terms.
The man from Iraq like the constant fight of Iraq, he is addicted. This is what may be impossible for the Western World to every believe, however to me the Arab world wants a fight. They are macho and they want to show their bravo, they need to express their macho. In the past or in the world of 100 or 50 years ago, the world could just go and kill 50,000 of them in a couple of days and prove to them they are not even in the ballpark of being brave or tough. However we cannot do this now, so we cannot shock them into stopping, they need a better shock.
The blow themselves up for headlines, a very sad way to prove you are macho, I really do not believe they even know how silly this is, like hanging yourself to prove to your wife she is a jerk. To get revenge on the people that hurt you.
The Art of Travel
This Art is not about choosing the best destination or knowing the best beaches, locations or wonderful places on the planet. The Art of travel is to learn how to make EVERY places you live, whether the jungle, the Five Star Hotel, or the Sahara Desert a place that has the minimal nest requirements. In my nest I have certain things, a light to read with, sheets that stay on the bed, a cup of coffee in the morning, a piece of bread, quiet in the night and no drunks.
To say the least, this is not a Hostel in Europe, it could be Five Star Hotel in Europe, however that is a little pricey for most travelers.
When a Business person travels they need to live in as good if not better conditions than at their home, they need to have the same nest as at home. They need paid enough to live in this type of nest or paid a very lot to stay in a lesser quality nest. Sort of combat pay if they live in a very bad environments, strangely you get free volunteers to work in the worst like the Peace Corps.
I however am a traveler, so I need to think how to make this place and all place the proper nest, the big factor is not to move as much, to take rest in some places and stay longer. The nest is always better when I have more time to make it, I am having problems and believe I will always have problems in Africa, I believe when I leave my nest inside the Hotel, and go walk around although the cultures are perfect for observation, they are looking for a fight, so not fun.
Sadly, the African culture seems safer from a getting robbed point of view than in Europe, for sure better than South American and in some ways about the same as Asia. Africa is very safe, so FAR, I have only done three countries, however for sure Niger was a safe place, you are not going to get robbed, Spain is where you get robbed or Amsterdam, anywhere in the Latino worlds…
Hmmm. I just said that. (That is the value of journaling.)
There is a connection between the Latino Cultures and crime, however the Buddhist are safe, the Average African is passive and Safe.
The Europeans and Latinos of South and Central America, Mexico will steal everything, however they will not kill you.
The Asians, Arabs, Africans so far (I think parts of Africa will steal) however I do not know Africa, however they will not steal, however in a tribal or spontaneous eruption they can kill you for more or less superstitious tribal reasons.
Getting killed when traveling is more about car traffic.
However the next one is getting drunk with the locals.
The third is this nefarious, superstitious tribal mentality of groups, they get too suspicious, they get paranoid, they do not understand, the become guilty or shameful they are paying attention to you, so they think you are a problem. This is tribal mentality and the person can drive a Mercedes Benz and think this way.
Well, I need a break, mostly because I have this crazy website that requires some thought to maintain, has many dimensions, is growing and gratefully gives me enough money to go anywhere on the planet now. However if I did not move it would be easier.
I will go to India, talk with Andrew, find out some ways to live on the road easier, work through some technical problem, I will have a laundry list of problem with making web pages or complications of travel for me.
I have Brett in the USA working on a way now for me to post photos fast on the internet. The photos and posting them takes most of my time, then I have this organization problem or guilt problem, I want to return emails and I cannot manage them. I can return emails, this is easy, what I cannot do is keep an ongoing conversation with 100 people at the same time.
I need to know what they said in the last 5 emails, or even the last 20 or forever, I need all their emails together so I can see our history of conversations. All correspondence needs to be together, this is very easy to do if I had a 24/7 connection to the internet, however I will never have this, so there is a need to connect an email with and a page, then synch the page and my computer in a way.