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Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Volcano Earthquake East Timor and Bali
196  June 14, 2006
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By Jeroen Bartstra
LOCATION: Bali, Indonesia
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Traveler Malnutrition


Traveler Malnutrition
I do not eat properly, I have bad eating habits. That coupled with being again in Bali has me concerned.
 
In East Timor they sold vegetables in the street and had a large grocery store down the street from my Dili Hostel or Hotel. Here in Bali I am having a super complicated time finding vegetables, however I can find many types of juices.
 

 
The United States Department of Agriculture has listed 6-11 food groups.
Fats and sweets are too easy.
Meat Poultry Nut, the nut part is easy.
Milk, Yogurt and Cheese is a somewhat easy, according to how you classify ice cream. Yogurt is very common, milk is a push.
Vegetable and Fruit Groups, fruit juices are easy, however the it needs to say 100 percent on the label or it is not juice.
Bread and Pasta are too much, the crackers and the breads bleed into the sweets food group or sugar.
 
Many would say they are on the menu or if you eat in a nice restaurant or such, I do not see it, unless Beer is a vegetable.
 
One of the joys and extreme benefits of traveling in primitive countries like Peru or Mexico is the markets. There are huge markets where they sell fruits and vegetables and or anything grown in the country.
 
The transition from a open air market system to a super market or grocery system has left a vacuum in the middle. There are an over-abundance of K maybe Krap stores here in Bali, it is the convenience store. Without a vegetable market and no big super market close there is a problem with my nutritional food groups.
 
We eat what is convenient, to work hard to have a good meal is not normal. I have found a wonderful Indonesia food restaurant, it is great, the wife is Islamic and the husband is Hindu, what a great combinations of foods.
 
I eat Chicken Koloyoke or something like that, it has some onions and a few peppers. I am not sure peppers and onions are the foods I need. I am getting the chicken and the rice. I was very proud of myself, I found a place where I thought I was eating better. It is easy for me to walk into a K store and buy peanuts and bread and be happy.
I think a lot about a Hostel or Guesthouse, I have thought it wise to make it orientated towards research, however, I am thinking, I can also make it an oasis of hard to buy foods, plus of course a guest kitchen to cook.
 
I take 2 multi-vitamins per day, I do not know if this covers my nutrient needs, I do not know if you can do it this way. A one-year trip could cause some serious problems for a person.
 
Traveler Malnutrition


The World is Small


The World is Small
 
Map of June - July possible travels of HoboTraveler.com
 

 
The Red line is the path that has already been worn; the blue is the possible future paths. Anyone that read regularly knows, I do not care. I will say I am going a place, then change, so this is not a true trip. It will change, however we plan where we think we will go and go where we want to go, this is the nature of a traveler.
 
Budget for this jumping around type travel, is about 1200 to 1600 dollars per month, it is not beyond the dreams of a normal man, unless you want a private toilet.
 
The World is Small


Consuming Me


Consuming Me
 
I am starting to consider the possibility that I am working too much and enjoying life too little. I do think this is an incorrect evaluation of work and enjoyment also; however, I cannot stop feeling that I am consumed by my passions for projects. I try to forget the website, however it is struggle. When I am in a Hotel or Hostel with many new friends and faces, it is easy to forget I have a website, I have many friends.
 
Then I return to a place like Bali where I am in a nice big room, air conditioning and all the movies I can buy for one dollar. But no friends, the Dili East Timor Backpackers Hostel was full of friends, easy to forget my website work. Now, I am back in Bali and it is easy to forget to find friends.
 
I tried very hard to find a better Hotel situation yesterday afternoon in the Poppies Gang area or the Kuta area of Bali. I walked for about one hour putting my nose inside Hotel looking for a one where tourists were sitting around the pool, the common areas or anywhere. I was looking for a coffee clutch, beer gathering, a TV room with a family of travelers and tourist. I took first a Taxi to my top-suspected Lonely Planet recommended hotels. Even the Surfer prime locations ones were empty, no people, and just too many Bali men standing around asking stupid never-ending questions.
- Transport -
- Taxi -
- You want room -
- You want young girl -

 
I did find a part of the beach that looks like it has enough people to say, this is a beach. Many surfboards were parked along the beach wall.
 
I have rented a motorbike for 2.50 cents per day and will try to return to the area. In the end, I returned to the same hotel in the Double Six Street area, the hotel is better, the services are more personal.
 
Hotel districts like this fight the resorts mentality, they all long to be a resort to make big money, in the end, most are boring me to death.
 
I am amazed how little Hotels understand about how to make tourist happy. They have swimming pools here in the shade, they make resorts so far from the beach you cannot go for sunset walk.
 
Henry in the Dili East Timor Hostel has made a proper Hostel, I am not sure if he understands or not, I hear rumors of a big bar to be built on the front. However, he has people that cluster around and talk.
 
I wish the Hostel from Dili were here in Bali, a better beach, with a better Hotel.
Travel has change in the last 10 years; it has stopped being a family of travelers who share the life. It is becoming a resort, I am on vacation mentality.
 
I can tell, I am consumed with the desire to work and avoid the vacationers, I find very few people I wish to meet and learn about their lives, their country and who the are. I still encounter the locals, the local cultures, the local way of life. I will return to Indonesia some day, enter from Jakarta and take small buses from Jakarta to Bali by land. I may find out what is Indonesia, Bali is not the world’s most beautiful Island as my University Philosophy professor purported.
 
Consuming Me


2006 June 12 Dili East Timor to Bali Indonesia


2006 June 12 Dili East Timor to Bali Indonesia

Today I flew from Dili, East Timor to Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. I am now in Indonesia.

2006 June 12 Dili East Timor to Bali Indonesia


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Andy of HoboTraveler.com
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East Timor Burnt Buildings


East Timor Burnt Buildings

Gangs of youth went around burning easy targets in East Timor.



Most of the building that were burnt were standing alone and separated. It was not a huge percentage, maybe about the same percentage in some areas as the Jogyakarta Earthquake. Only some neighborhoods had burnt building, my observation is that most were closer to the airport.

East Timor Burnt Buildings


Marpati Airlines


Marpati Airlines



This wing has a footprint from white paint. I have never seen a dirty airplane wing and I have seen a lot. This is strange, most airplane wing are spotless, and shinny like stainless steel. This one also had rusty bolts.

This is the only airline that flies presently between Bali and East Timor.

Marpati Airlines


UNHCR Tent


UNHCR Tent

United Nations High Commission for Refugees that is what UNHCR stands for, and here is a tarp for the locals to use.



This is a large plastic tarp with the UNHCR logo on them; I took this photo around the airport area of East Timor. I did not see them anywhere else in East Timor. I was just thinking that tarps are good thing to send. Presently the numbers of tents are decreasing daily.



The UNHCR Logo

UNHCR Tent



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Andy of HoboTraveler.com
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