East-timor Travel Stories, Page 3

Bali Airport


Bali Airport
 
Friday June 9, about 8:38 am, I am in the international no-mans land of the Bali, Indonesia airport. Bali has had bombs exploded twice in the last few years, one in killing a large number of tourists.
 
I am surprised; Airport security is a low as you can get in a way. The only high security part is the cars coming in and out of the airport have to go through an entrance and leaving gate; however, they did not search the car or check the airplane ticket…
 
Security is bad for the tourist business, however bombs are even worst. Too much security and everyone is complaining like children, this does not create a good party mood in one of the party capitals of the world.
 
Bali has very few tourists in my opinion. It is obvious that they could support about 20 times the number of tourist that are presently here. When I walk in a shop or anywhere, I am the only foreigner, pretty much deserted. It could be the low season, however I do not think so, and I keep quizzing the taxi, store clerks, staff in hotel and restaurants. One Australian man volunteered the information that a few years ago before the bombs this place was full. This conversation started when I made a joke.
- No Transport -
- No Massage -

 
I was talking to the Massage people on the streets; there is an almost desperate level of wanting to sell. I got a massage the other day and the other girl followed us to room, they the proceeded to get in an argument.
 
They also do the,
- You promised me - routine. They will ask, or say,
- Maybe later -
If you do not say,
- NO -

 
They will go into many comments trying to make you feel guilty. The girl in the CD video shop called me a liar. I am blunt, I say NO, however she was trying to get me to buy a girl. I just did not comment, she went into the question.
- Do you like girls? -
I said,
- Yes.-

I have been harangued by some of the best on the planet, I do not say yes or comment, I feel sorry for the naïve tourist, they are soft target and will feel guilty.
A little too desperate.
 
I see the Bali as trying to say all is fine, I am just thinking they need to keep the security in and out of this island extremely good. If there is one more bomb it will be three strikes and you are out. Every travel agent in the world will steer people away. I think they already are, it seems to be the more traveled persons here and they young stupid.
 
Batter up… I am in the airport.
 
Bali Airport



Thanks

Andy of HoboTraveler.com
Daily Diary or Travel Journal
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Dangerous Travel Mindset


Dangerous Travel Mindset
 
I am going to East Timor, I think the place is quite safe, however there is the possibility of danger. It is interesting how my mind has went from the too comfortable Asia travel mode to a get ready to encounter trouble mode. I try to stay in the maximum alert mode all the time, it just does not happen.
 
I use the same safety strategies anywhere on the planet; I do not change my operating procedure just because it feels safe.
 
However, I do become lax. This is a problem, I know if and when I ever have my whole backpack swiped it probably will not be in some funky country, it will be in a place where I feel very safe.
 
TIPS
I try to log in all my idea or thoughts onto my website, as I travel if I think of a good idea, see a solution I will file it away on the proper page. My 150 categories of HoboTraveler.com normally encompass all topics I need. Maybe now and then a sub-category.
 
It occurred to me the other day when I was reading the book - State of Fear - by Michael Crichton that in many ways I support this mentality. Not consciously, however generally my tips revolve around security and safety. There are many about how to live traveling, however most are about traveling safe.
 
I suppose in the end all are rooted in the idea of having no stress and being happy.
 
Mindset of Danger
 
I was feeling, I am going to be searched, or I would hope the Australian Army has a higher level of security. I hope they search me 5 times better than normal.
Hmm… I have 2 USA passports… this does not look good. I better hide or make one seem a little less obvious. Bali is one of the worst places on the planet for a long-term backpacker. There is no storage or I would leave one backpack in the hotel. Everyone that comes to Bali is here on a two week drunk vacation and boom girl of Jiggy Jiggy as they say here trip. I have not found the center of the backpacker universe.
 
Dangerous Travel Mindset


Thanks

Andy of HoboTraveler.com
Daily Diary or Travel Journal
http://www.hobotraveler.com/blogger.html


Nathu-la Pass

Nathu-la Pass

China and India

I read that in June of 2006, the Nathu-la Pass between China and India will open for trade. I cannot confirm that it has happened or guaranteed.

This is in my opinion an important event of the Century.

Nathu-la Pass