Ethiopia Travel Stories

Recording Telephone Calls on Skype.com

Recording Telephone Calls on Skype.com
I use a program called Call Graph to record telephone calls I make using Skype.com to landlines. It does not work perfect, seems to eat up something, not sure, maybe it is Cache, Temp Files or RAM. Nonetheless, when conditions are good, I can record a call effectively, sometimes not efficiently record my calls.

GOAL
Interview important travelers on Skype.com, record the web cam views of both of us with the conversation the put on YouTube.com. I can get travelers on the phone, I have the clout. This program Call Graph does not do this, I am still searching.

I can record conversations with Call Graph.



http://callgraph.biz/

Why?

1. Remember what the person said.
2. Interviews
3. Keep the person honest.
4. Verbal Contracts
5. Share the conversation with another person.
6. I can listen; I do not need to take notes.
7. Secretary can write the notes.
8. Calling the USA is so onerous, getting past the touch-tone pad filter, I want and need to optimize my mind and keep it on the call and listening, thinking and talking effectively, I do not want to take notes.

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REAL LIFE EXAMPLE
I need to get a Visa for Boy Genius from India; he needs to fly to San Francisco, California to inspect a Data Center to insure we arrange Load Balancing correctly for HoboHideOut.com.
Data Center Map

I called up a governments office in the USA, recorded the call that lasted for 20 minutes. Uploaded a Zip file to our servers, of the conversation and sent the link to Boy Genius.

I know the theme of this site is a Hobo; this truly confuses readers as they assume I am poor, dumb and a beggar.

When I was a Real Estate Broker for 14 years, I paid a person to create a computer system that would caller ID a person. The computer would search for the telephone number in a database, and on the computer screen the file would come up, I would know how many times this person called and could type notes into the file.

What is happening now, the Smartphones and Computer systems are there, this was 15 years ago when I was trying to do this. However, I know the world of technology has arrived, what cost me about 3000 dollars to accomplish, can now be done, I just need to study and learn.

This is also an invasion of privacy, the majority of people are afraid of this technology being used against them. I just want to do interviews of people who know I am going to record the conversation.

However, today when I called the government’s office, I did not tell the person, it would have stopped the person from being honest and open, and even then, she was not. What is great, Boy Genius will be able to repeatedly listen to the call and understand our options and just how difficult international business has become in the USA.

Her proposal instantly said, pay an immigration attorney 5-10,000 dollars to help you.

If you know how to interview a person over Skype.com, record both webcams easily, etc., please tell the world in the comments below.

Recording Telephone Calls on Skype.com


Moyale Ethiopia

Moyale Ethiopia
I am in Moyale, Ethiopia where I stayed a couple of days, there also is a city called Moyale, Kenya, I will cross into Kenya today and live a couple of days in Moyale, Kenya.

Moyale, Ethiopia is a great city where you can walk up close and see the round wooden homes.

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Moyale, Ethiopia
East Africa
Sunday, March 29, 2009
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A person can see this type of home up close in Moyale, Ethiopia. I made a nice video however have been having problems finding a place to upload. Notice how the locals are using plastic instead of making the roofs out of leaves and other brush.



After visiting most of the Hotels in Moyale, I finally enjoyed living in the Baraka Hotel, which is just down the road from the bus stop. It has parking, very clean and cost from 20-40 Birr. Most of the Hotel on the main road are in the midst of chaos all the time. This Hotel is located off the road and surround by homes, not the truck stop version of Hotel like the ones on the main road.



Africa is truly a difficult place to have your clothes washed, if and when I stay in the tourist Hotel, I have the biggest problem. I was able to have this woman wash my clothes in the Baraka Hotel for 20 Birr, about 2 dollars. I was elated to have all my clothes washed, about 90 percent of the time I must do them myself here in Africa, and I am not the best person for this job.



I walked from the Hotel down the hill across a divide or small dry stream, found this camel, many homes, and make a video. I am sad because I have not found a place to upload. I should have done it in Moyale, Kenya…

Moyale Ethiopia


Black to White House

Black to White House
President Obama is popular in Ethiopia, there is a positive attitude about the man that is infectious, and it does feel good to have people like the President of the USA for a change.

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Moyale, Ethiopia
East Africa
Sunday, March 29, 2009
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Black to White House

This was on a shirt in Hagare Marrian; however, they have been selling various types of shirts all along the path of my travels in Ethiopia.



The display of shirts, there are many that say,
“I have a Dream,” from the Martin Luther King speech.

What is a white person to say? I do find this hopeful and inspiring, I think Obama is giving confidence to the black people of the world. Generally, in the developed world, blacks have all the opportunities and even more than whites, however they needed a good Hero like Obama to help them believe in themselves.



The Obama Bar in Mega, Ethiopia

I have a dream, I wish the Black people of the USA would love Africa enough to come and visit it, instead of 99.99 percent being whites.

Black to White House


Waiting for the Help of God

Waiting for the Help of God
I am sitting here in a religious paradox, surrounded representations of God, however I think he took the first bus out of here.

As a person travels through Ethiopia, there are constant reminders of God, Mosques, Churches; many people have small Christian crosses around their necks. I wake in the morning at 5:30 am to the Islamic prayer call, it is impossible to ignore. However, with all these symbols of God, I feel nothing holy and spiritual about Ethiopia.

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Moyale, Ethiopia
East Africa
Sunday, March 29, 2009
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The world seems to scream out,
“Help me, help me.”
People sit and wait for God to change their life, and nothing in their life changes. There are sitting here waiting to be pulled to safety, they all are ready and waiting, however God has yet to come and save them, and I doubt he has any plans now or in the future to do so.

They are waiting for God to do all the work, like it is a one man show.

Everyone and everything is trying to tell me to be a good person here, however few are being a good people here. A good person does not need a cross around his or her neck to be a good person; there is the need for action, to do the right thing, to do good.

Telling others to be good and believe in God is not a holy act, it is vanity.

Yesterday, two boys were playing Ping Pong of all things here in Ethiopia, a common game to be seen played along the side of the road. One of the balls came flying over close to where I was walking, I left the path and picked up the ball and gave it a toss back to the boys.

A person looked at me as if to say,
“Why are you helping them?”
I looked at him,
“You just do not get it do you?”

I think the road to salvation is only for those who are willing to help themselves. The people who are waiting for God to come and save them are lost, the ones that understand that picking up the ping pong ball is God’s work have a chance.

Waiting for the Help of God


Mega Ethiopia

Mega, Ethiopia
A great change of channel, the city of Mega, Ethiopia has been wonderful, nice people, respectful people and I seldom hear the words “You, money.” I suspect there are no Non Governmental Agencies here to teach these folks how to beg.

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Mega, Ethiopia
East Africa
Friday, March 27, 2009
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I met a few genuinely nice people in Mega; two older men even helped me to carry my bags to the bus in the morning.



The Hotel room cost 20 Birr or two dollars and was ok, the room are extremely safe, small fortresses and almost impossible to break into. However, the shared shower areas are just room where a person can use a bucket to have a dip shower, and the toilet is a squat hole in the floor.



This girl ran a shop across the street from my Hotel in Mega, she was incredibly intuitive and we had some great conversations even though she did not speak English. When two people are on the same level of understanding, then communication problems disappear. There are people who focus on not understanding, and there are others who intuitively are able to understand. Travel life is easier when you limit your conversations to people you click with and understand immediately.

She gave me a small lecture that it was better to eat cookies with milk in them, then the ones with only sugar, this all was done without a common language.



This man has on an Indiana University shirt, this is where I went to University and I thought my parents would find is funny. I am in a very small village in Ethiopia, how does an “Indiana University” shirt make its way to this city and country.

Mega, Ethiopia


Yabelo Ethiopia

Yabelo, Ethiopia
There is an abrupt cultural change from Hagere Marrian to the city of Yabelo, the local’s changes from normal western clothes to half Islamic and half tribal.



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Yabelo, Ethiopia
East Africa
Friday, March 27, 2009
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I got a room in the center of Yabelo, I missed the tourist Yabello Hotel, that I am told is at the junction. There are Tuk Tuk Bajaj Taxis that make the trip for 2-10 Birr, according to whether you negotiate for the five kilometer trip from the junction leading south to the city center of Yabelo.

The Hotel appears to be standard Ethiopia Boom Boom Hotel, heavy on the bar and light on the rooms.

I was waiting until 11 for the man to have sheets put on the bed and finally realized nobody needed a room in this town until after dark, therefore my idea of relaxing in the room was not a priority with sheets. I lay down on the bed, the Islamic loudspeaker system started blaring, I look at the time, and it was 11:00 am.

Hmm, Moyale or Mega, I decided to leave took another Bajaj to the junction for 2 Birr, paid 20 Birr for a Bus and left for Mega, Ethiopia. So much for Yabelo, seen one Boom Boom Hotel in Ethiopia and you have seen them all…



Camel Crossing on Road to Mega

Yabelo, Ethiopia


Hagare Marrian Ethiopia

Hagere Marrian, Ethiopia
I am in Hagere Marrian, a city name that is spelled a half dozen different ways, I believe it means something of “Mary,” the mother of Christ. There is no lights, however the sun is rising now, if I am understanding the electricity in this country, it will come on shortly for about an hour so the locals can cook coffee with electrify in the Hotels. Then it will go off, and only return at night to service the prostitution and drinking business.

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Hagere Marrian, Ethiopia
East Africa
Friday, March 27, 2009
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Hotel Malkaa Sooddaa

I am in the Hotel Malkaa Sooddaa, that cost 100 Birr, the room is great, it has water for showers because there are a couple of water tanks on the roof, not many Hotels here have running water.

I am slowly learning about this country, it is incredible the amount of prostitution in this country. Every Hotel seems to have a system of girls, it has taken me a long time to learn and understand because I hate sitting around in restaurants or bar where people are drinking beer.

However, the last two cities the Hotel Managers have been blatantly open in their intentions and desires to arrange sex. The girl manager in the Beteseb Hotel manager in Dilla, Ethiopia and now the manager here in the Hotel Malkaa Sooddaa have just came out and said, if you want a girl it cost 200-300 Birr.

I thought the female manager in the Beteseb Hotel in Dilla was joking, the girls she was trying to arrange for me was sitting right across from me. There was a 14 year old boy who was helping here try to push the girl on me because he spoke English.

The manager of the Hotel speaks little English, however knows the words to say,
“Bettylynn, Business 300 Birr.”

When the electricity comes on at night, the music starts to blare and the Hotel Bar life takes over the city. I normally go to my Hotel room and type on my computer or watch movies. Last night, I watch some movie called “Gameplan,” with a this big guy called the Rock or something, truly a funny and entertaining movie.

During the day it is more entertaining in the city, there are endless coffee shops, the culture has now includes the Chai or Tea shops to its culture here in the South of Ethiopia.



Many Children were following me around in Hagaremarrian, Ethiopia Market.



Mother Holding Child in HagareMirrian Ethiopia Market.

The market here in Hagere Maryam is good, I believe a few more tribal culture are now coming to the market. There are a few different looks here in the south. For the most part the culture of Ethiopia has lacked diversity, the all speak the Amharic language, it tends to be the same.

I think about 85 percent of the people of the about 75 Million people live in urban areas, therefore it is possible I am 100 percent incorrect. I tend to doubt it, the Amharic language is prevalent.

Sometimes people call themselves the Amaharic people, this is common in the whole world, the people are called, named or labeled for the language they speak.

I am going to pack up now and leave for Yabela, I am hoping to get one of the midsize buses and not the vans who drive a too fast and stop too much for my transport happiness.

Hagere Marrian, Ethiopia


From Dilla to Agare Maryam Ethiopia

From Dilla to Agere Maryam Ethiopia
I will travel about 100 Kilometers South to a smaller city called Agere Maryan, I will leave the room in about one hour, and it should be an easy trip, more or less from one middle size city to another middle size city.

I am hoping they have internet that works, these small city have dial up connection that makes internet access easy for an internet café, they just need to buy the normal connection.

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Dila or Dilla, Ethiopia
East Africa
Thursday, March 26, 2009
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This map shows all the cities I plan to visit; living in them is comfortable because the altitude has been over 1500 meters making for cool nights and no need for fans. I am on the Ethiopia Plateau, the altitude is hovering between 1400 and 1600 meters, normally the cities are located on higher locations.

I am gaining speed, sort of lost my interest in Ethiopia. I keep reading about Animals, Hippos and other large Animals, however there is no obvious tourist assistance, and the locals never seem to know anything about them. I have asked many locals if they have seen a Hippopotamus and none of them have. I sometime things they have set up some large open-air zoos, whereby they can then charge admission.

From Dilla to Agere Maryam Ethiopia