I am sending the newsletter on the Philippines and assorted info, lots of photos.
I will send the Top Travel Sites of 2005 Newsletter hopefully in two days.
Better Bum Photos Colombia - From Bogota
As soon as I typed that I knew the Europeans would think of butt and not beggars or bums. Nonetheless, I purchased a 12X Sony Camera and am able to take a better photos of bums. This photos was taken from about 30 meters or about 30 yard away according to whether you think in meters or yards. Note this is also going to work good for the cultural photos.
This couple with a dog were in my path as I was walking home, and amazing amount of baggage to carry on a bike. The hills of the world scare me away from bikes.
Emeralds in Bogota, Colombia.
There is a large Emerald Trade building down the street from the Platypus Hostel, you have all these men walk up, hold out some Emeralds, or maybe GLASS and try to entice you to buy.
Bogota Shared Apartment
Sunday January 15, 2006, 6:32 AM
I am in a Bogata shared apartment, not that simple; however, more or less it is an apartment being shared by 7-10 people. The Platypus Bogotá Hostel has a couple of houses just up or down the street that German the owner used for the travelers that never leave. When a person sticks longer than normal, of for me, I wanted a single room and could not be bothered with the dorm, he told me about the apartment. It has a kitchen, shared toilet, and best of all a TV with Cable, not like the Platypus Proper that does not have a good TV area.
Now Bogotá is cold, it is too high above Sea Level at 2500 meters and this is annoying to me, I am a beach boy, not a mountain boy, I need my hot. Well, you get up in the morning walk to the cold restroom; sit on a seat where these boys are in terminal I-am-a-boy-I-do-not-put-the-seat-down mode. It reminds me of Mexico where there is never a seat, the Danish Hostel in Oaxaca used to advertise,
- We have toilet seats -
The cost is about 1500 Pesos or about 75 cents U.S. per day, cannot beat the price, however it is for the monthly visitor and not for casual persons. My room is too big, I need a heater and it would be too much space to heat, it has 12-foot ceilings, concrete walls, a huge queen size bed, it would take hours to heat up the furniture until the room is warm.
Of course, it has the traditional light in the middle of the ceiling as all concrete rooms and most of the world has the one light room. The world is not like the USA or Europe, concrete is standard and one light is normal.
Trinidad is calling me and Monday I will go the STA travel office, buy an air ticket to Port of Spain, Trinidad and leave this cold place. ASAP
I have very little desire to hang around in Bogotá, the country of Colombia is actually too modern for my blood, I like a more primitive way of travel. Outside of Bogotá, it is more this way, however I was here about six years ago and explored. I have a need for new, a place I have not seen, a place with new looks on people’s places.
I am hard pressed to say what I want to do, how can I ever talk about the facts of life without some idiot getting angry. I want to go to the Caribbean to see the black culture or the ex-slave cultures. I think the history of this area will be wonderful, these Caribbean Island were settle by the Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, and English in a typical way, we come as Pirates, we will take all and you will give or we will kill you.
I read James Micheners book - Caribbean - and have been longing for the place ever since, however I am sure most of the -save the world - idiots will focus on he problem with slavery and not on the fact that life is life, all is not good, some very good and some very bad, however that was history and we all hope today is better. I am hoping Bob Marley wanna bees are not so prevalent I want to put a bounty on their head. Nothing more cliché and common than the Bob Marley or Che Guerrera copying person traveling the planet. They are everywhere and so boring in their dress and thinking I will avoid them at all cost. The think they are being novel and they are clueless, they are the norm and nothing new or unique about them, they are just a group of lemming jumping into a sea of mediocrity.
Oh well, I am sure there will be some nice black beauties on the island to admire, I am hoping they like to sunbath the same as the Brazil girls. It is sad when the locals refuse to go into the sun like in Asia or many parts of South America. This is one reason why Brazil is excellent for the beach; the local Brazilians enjoy the beach with the tourist and travelers. It is very boring to share a beach with Euro-Trash or Ameri-Trash; they will probably wall down with their Che Guerra shirts on and put on a Bob Marley CD, take off their tops and pretend to be unique on the surface of the planet.
What a haven of culture, where on the earth could you find the Dutch, Spanish, French, English and Portuguese cultures just an island away. I am hoping they are as predictable with the islands as they are with the other ex-colonies on the planet.
Dutch people go to ex-Dutch or Netherlands colonies.
French go to ex-French colonies
English to English
German to German - The do not have many.
Portuguese to Portuguese
Put them all in Bikinis, tell them to send their boys home and life is great.
All in all, they go where they were before, it is like there is this history lag, and even though the tourist are not aware, it is predetermined they will go to a place where their great great great grandfather came to Rape and Pillage.
Look at India, full of Brits.
Carry On Rules
I have been trying to learn what is ok and what is not ok to carry-on an airplane, I have seen everything carried onto the plane from Golf Clubs to extremely large bags. There is this this tube boxy thingy that is
22 inches by 14 inches by 9 inches more or less, depending on the airlines, however that is a good standard.
However, I believe less than half the bags would fit, however if they got the trolley look, like this captain they will be allowed, or overlooked. This is a little ridiculous; however, we must follow his lead. IF you have a lot of small what appear to be personal bags, similar to a Computer bag, you can carry many.
I think if you are an executive, you can carry more.
Golf Clubs get a life, yes, sometimes
What you have to do is hide the bag, and just carry them one, you got about an 80 percent chance of getting on the plane with zero problems.
I put my light stuff in the 18x22x9 inch backpack I made, and pull out the computer bag, which is loaded with rocks, figuratively speaking, my heaviest thingies, note a computer bag will usually fly.
I purchased a 12X zoom Sony Camera and was testing it on this bum, can I get close enough to take his photo however not be seen. YES, more or less, this is a bad photo, and now I am working on positioning and light.
In the Center of Bogotá Colombia, a Colombian Bum.
This girl is from the Netherlands and is working on her own made project to extend Micro financing to people who want to start businesses in Colombia.
A big APPLAUDS!
This is probably as best I can decide today, maybe not next week, however for today, the best way to save the planet from what we perceive to be poverty.
Micro-Financing is more or less giving very small loans to start a business, she said from 10 to 300 dollars to start, however I believe she would mean 300 dollars. I want her to have the Netherlands person monitor and reward the loans, however I think she is teaming up or trying to partner up with the Colombians. I think it normal muddles down into a pile of nothing happening when they do this. The problem to me is a need to keep it very personal and away from anyone that needs money, except for the person how is wanting to start a business. Greed and bureaucracy eat about 95 percent of monies in my opinions in these types of project.
- What in it for me - problem
I have moved into an Annex part of the Platypus Bogotá Hostel, I am cracking up at the sign, and obvious prejudice against the hippy dippy types and the dreads, I did not do this, it was somebody else, I would never do this, they might beat me, I am over the age of being able to get way with criticizing the hippy dippy youths blatantly.
No Che Guerrera Shirts
No Lose Women
No Hippy Clothes
I think some of the travelers have had enough of the travelers that have left home and started to dress and act like clowns. I second the motion.
I have been trying to find a dietician person to explain the nutrient values of foods, and I have realized the U. S. Food and Drug Administration requires these - Nutrition Fact - labels on the back of food packaging. Therefore when a food facility must have a method to do this, therefore somewhere in the FDA there is the knowledge of how to analize the food of Niger for me.
Now I have to follow the threads and see if I can get the FDA to tell me how to have foods analized from Niger.
U. S. Food and Drug Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville
I wish this Spanish Blogger had spell check.
Me and Andrew are playing, I want some SEO advice, so I am posting a reward of 25 U.S. Dollars to any person or techie types who can recommend good SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION options for HoboTraveler.com
I want some good advice, usable, easy to implement, cost effective, the site has 50,000 pages so not that easy to just change.
Andrew is still working on it, however it is the only way I can figure out how to get the collective brains of the planet to help the site.
There are probably some good links explaining this on the Research Blog on the subject.
Onward Ticket Problems
I am told I need an onward ticket to enter Trinidad.
One solution is to have a e-ticket to somewhere else, I can get on some site like America Airlines that issues E-tickets and figure out an exit path from Trinidad, then I print it out, make a few modifications then print again.
Please read this carefully and think how the e-ticket is an easy option.
A Million Little Pieces
Saturday January 14, 2006, 7:21 AM
There is a book of controversy in the USA, on the number one list of books to read.
- A Million Little Pieces -
I guess Oprah Winfrey promote the author and the book with a book club she runs, the books is about some man and his fight with alcohol, drugs, and I suppose how is life was a million little pieces. I have not read the book and often cringe when I read about or learn about alcoholics who write books. I am a recovering alcoholic as I am suppose to say, I have not drank for 18 years and soon to be 19. I am very grateful to be sober; however, I am not always happy to here about people cashing in on their lives. It is not easy, where does a person start to talk about issues like this, where is my personal life, or my dirty laundry, or whatever, where is it to be hanged. I do not wish to celebrate me being a drunk. I am not a good person because I was a drunk; I was a person with a big problem that became in many ways a bad person. I became what you did not want you children to see or be near.
I can still see in the eyes of my family and friends at home mistrust, the hear me talking; however they do not believe me. I am trying to pay my nephew to draw little hoboes for my website, I am doing very well, and the money of my advertisements has create extra money, a great way to pay for help. However, like most of the millions of little stories I have thought up or came up with my life, most have failed. I for the most part am a failure in life, no wife, no children, no cats and dogs, just a lot of pieces like the man said on the title of his book.
I just lost about three paragraphs of miserable writing; this is when you a person can bargain with God,
- Did you do that on purpose? -
The computer did an error message and I lost a lot of typing, why, who knows, however who would want to type or think about some miserable thoughts about being an alcoholic again.
The man who wrote this book about his journey into alcoholic hazes is making money, writers write to become famous and to make money. I do not believe persons write a book only to tell their story, they want fame, yes some stories need to be told, however many need hidden. It does not sound like a book of hope to me, it sounds like a book for people with a lot of problems to read and say, I am like him, or I relate, I can see how he make his life a million little pieces.
Oprah is a FAT woman hopefully in a skinny body for the rest of her life, she dramatizes a life of a person and many people see the hope that is possible. Normally Oprah Winfrey is for persons who already are more or less sane; I do not know man of the insane friends of mine that would watch Oprah, a little too much - Little House on the Prairie - or maybe - Readers Digest - world like.
Misery needs some Misery and that is not what Oprah is promoting, she promotes hope from Misery so when she promoted this writer, I am sure she was selling the public a good book, a good read, however a book, a book is not a person. Writing is not real, I cannot make a story here on a blog that will make you really feel the place, and you can only relate of get a small feel of the place. A freebie along my path a bone, a dream, an idea of what is like to be in Bogotá.
Note to know, say the words like this, with a Spanish feel.
Bohh GAW Tah
Coh Lome Bee Ah
Then think of Cocaine, and it is nothing like that…hehehe, it is cold, and high up and has a lot of pretty girls, many travelers with a desire to live in Bogotá, because it is one of the naughty countries, one of them on the list countries, a place where they government would say not to go.
I would say,
Do not follow the path of a man, who has torn his life into a Million Little Pieces, I would never want my family, friends, or nephews and nieces to love this book… Aagh to love a miserable story is not good; I want them to look for Heroes, James Bond, and Ryan in a Tom Clancy book, or that Pitt person in Clive Cussler books, or on a moderate side, the James Michener books.
The good guys need to win, and the bad guys need to die, they should, could and I hope will believe in Apple Pie, and the American way, salute the flag, and love their mothers and fathers, go to school and do not get tattoos.
There is glamour in coming to Bogotá, however there is nobody here to look at me and say, you are living a glamorous life, so there is no glamour. I am just here. That person who wrote the book a Million Little Pieces has found his fame, he will for the next 15 minutes because he showed the world his dirty underwear is famous. To me an a drunk is a drunk, and ex-drunk is an ex-drunk, there is nothing to brag about, stopping drinking is what a normal person does all the time, a bad person or a person over the edge, away from the group, decides to walk over the edge, it is both an accident and a free will choice. The person wanted to be an alcoholic in many ways; we keep choosing the exciting path and the bad path until we cannot find our way home.
Go and conquer the world young man, do not listen to story of fools, cheap person who sold their souls to excitement. Men and women who lived a fast life, who reveled in the party, nobody remembers them and nobody will care. They will remember George Bush and his noble speeches, they will disagree, they will ague, however they will remember him, and he says words about conquering problems, not about living in the problems like the man in a million little pieces. I will celebrate any person that goes and fights the good battle, like George Bush, or Tony Blair who listen to the world or criticism from person that could not and never would do the job, they are wimps, they will not take the heat of making tough decisions. They will sit around with that Fat man Michael Moore and watch the Henny Penny harvest the corn, make the food, and they will try to benefit from the doers of the world. They will take, and not give, they will complain and offer no solutions, and they will not try.
In the end trying to do you best is hope, trying to conquer them big dragons. Trying to stop the bad dragons is a good idea, trying to take down the boys fighting the dragons just tells me you can or will write a book about being a failure in the future. I am on the side of people who want to find solutions. I am not on the side of people who want to protest.
I think 49 people are failures or listen to failure for fun, relating why they did not go and fight the dragon, only 1 in 50 goes and fights the dragon. I want to know of myself, am I going to fight the dragon or am I the person who complains about the person that goes and fights the dragons.
I will take steps today, I will step towards progress, I will step towards solutions, I will walk away from problems and people who are doing nothing, I want to do something today, just one day at a time, to be cliché.