Why Am I Happy Kpalime, Togo West Africa Thursday, April 5, 2007
West Africa is quiet, few people, easier, cleaner, safer and more fun than most places I have traveled.
I am in an introspective focused mood. I am trying to remember the my history of happiness. When, and where I was happy, and maybe a little of the why, however hard to pinpoint this.
I like the Philippines. I like Thailand I like Ecuador and Peru.
I do not like India or the more I think, Nepal.
Guatemala brings me fond memories.
I could avoid the Caribbean for the rest of my life and not have a problem and so goes if for Venezuela.
I have good memories of Belize, none of Vietnam and few of Cambodia, Laos was ok.
Niger is a pain in the butt country and a couple of good memories, but more or less too hot.
Egypt, nothing to think and I like Iraq, some good memories and had some fun times.
The USA is easy, and I can achieve what I want. I like Germany a lot, have little use for France, and think of Spain with ok memories.
Mongolia has a lot of good conversations.
Anywhere, I tried to do some type of small business, it became a headache. I think being let down or
Craig from Travelvice.com was commenting about Hostels to me on a Skype.com telephone call, he said about Hostels,
“A constant expectation of disappointment” I do not like going into hostels and not know what to expect Dec 30, 2007
I think why I am happy now is because I am focusing on travel and enjoying life, and have no tiresome projects lined up where I will need to talk with any of the people in a country I am visiting to do business.
West Africa is a quiet version of South America, and the way I would imagine South America was 20 years ago. The surprising part, is I do consider South America as having a worst problem with poverty or problems.
I do not have to fight the land here as much, it is flat, the mountains do not hurt me, the rivers are here, the land is simpler. The bullies of Africa I am learning slowly how to avoid or deal with, they are annoying me less, and I am annoying them more, it’s a macho thing.
The Cadeau, as long as I just pretend I did not hear something about a gift, or free, or take me to America, than I do not get started on having to listen to selfish stuff.
In a way, I would say I am more in control of the day here, more free time, I am reading more, studying more, and looking and enjoying the day. I do as Craig says, “A constant expectation of disappointment”
I have a constant expectation of disappointment when in someway I work together will the underdeveloped countries.
Nobody spits here, this is nice, and them slimy little guys from Asia, that looks like the pot grower from the Movie the beach is not here.
Simple is here, slimy is different, macho is the problem, but slimy is a different form of Macho. I do not have to see tourist for about a year or less.
I am introspecting by design, the only way to repeat history is to remember history, or the converse. I do less in a day here that is negative than in some other places, and I am going slower.
When I think Europe, I think spending big money, except for Eastern Europe in parts.