Guatemala Travel Stories, Page 25

Andy is an Indiana Farmboy

Andy is an Indiana Farmboy
Anyway I deal with the world; no amount of global sophistication will take the farm out of the boy. I was raised in a small town with 400 people in an area surrounded by farms. Although my parents did not own a farm, I spent from age 12-20 working summer on a farm for a man I truly respect and miss by the name of Buster. He was a truly noble person on the planet. I was a lucky boy, I was a farm boy.

If you for some strange reason have seen all my photos for years, you would notice I have taken many pictures of Tractors. Therefore getting an email below in my email box gave me a warm feeling.

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
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I believe this is the photo that elicited the email below; I am not sure, however, after the photo a person started writing me and wanting to know more information about this Tractor. Unfortunately, I was just walking by this Tractor in Accra, Ghana and did not stop and ask questions. I will go back one day and find the answers to his questions.
Ghana Farm Tractor

EMAIL I RECEIVE TODAY

Dear Tractor Fan,

I would like to introduce our new site YouTractor.com. Described on some sites as Youtube.com for tractors, this video site is dedicated to tractors of all sorts. There are videos of tractors ploughing, cutting turf, silage and hay. There are vintage tractors and even the most powerful tractor in the world.

I would like to suggest a link exchange with your site as I think they
complement each other.

I look forward to your feedback.

Hmm, Tractor Fans, you now have your site... YouTractor.com

I will go look for a John Deere 4020, that is my tractor and alway will be.

Andy is an Indiana Farmboy


Yahoo Messenger Travel Security Risk

Yahoo Messenger Travel Security Risk
I should also say Gmail.com security risk, Skype.com security risk, or any internet systems that automatically log onto the internet.

My friend Chris accidentally left his computer on a Tuk Tuk; this is a three wheel Motorcycle Taxi. Later he wrote me an email saying he had a new email and I should use it, I thought this was strange. I write him often and knew he had a Gmail.com account.

What happened? How does losing your computer affect your free gmail.com account? Did you forget your password?

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
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The taxi driver connected the computer to the internet, it automatically connected to the internet and logged into Gmail.com. The person then changed the email and stole his account…. I have no idea why, yet must have thought this was a good idea.

I thought about this for a week, and then I became scared…. it would be a great idea on my Yahoo Email Account!

I do not store usernames and passwords on my computer, I am 100 percent sure that one day somebody will steal my computer. I have never thought about somebody stealing my Yahoo Email.



Do NOT check the boxes when you travel.

I do the same as Chris with Yahoo Messenger, it automatically logs in when it detects an internet connection. I have had my personal email for about 7 years; I would be lost without this account. It would be like somebody stealing my business telephone number when I lived in the USA. This email address is my primary business address on planet earth.

Even worst, there are passwords stored on the internet, copies of my passport and drivers license, all sorts of sensitive identification information that I need. I must have at least 50-100 passwords; I keep them in a folder in my yahoo mail account.

I gave the username and password to my Parents and Sister; in the event of my death, they could find all the usernames and passwords to run this online internet business.

Yahoo Messenger Travel Security Risk


Not Using My Rain Poncho

Not Using My Rain Poncho
I have a traveler’s rule, if I do not use gear in my bag for over three to six months I throw it away. I have not used my rain poncho in years to protect my body from rain; however, I am not throwing it in the trash because I need it.

I carry an umbrella, why do I need a rain poncho.

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
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My hotel curtains are too thin, the allow people walking around in the courtyard to see into my room at night. I used four clothespins to hang it as an extra curtain. Sometimes I have no curtain and it helps, and the poncho truly blocks the light.

I was using my hammock to cover this window, however I wanted to use the hammock for a blanket to lie up on the roof and sunbathe, therefore I replaced it with the poncho.

The rain poncho serves many purposes; one truly great use is in extremely cold room when I need an extra blanket. I take some safety pins and pin it to the covers or sheet and it makes a wonderful blanket that conserves my body heat.

There is always a worry about rain for backpacker, I do not use the poncho often to protect me from rain, I have an umbrella, but I do use it as a tarp. I will cover or wrap my backpack with the rain poncho to keep my backpack dry. Unlike the majority of backpack covers, this poncho is truly impermeable it will not absorb any water; it is truly waterproof, not that nylon joke stuff that starts to leak when touched.

You ever get on a boat, a rain poncho is truly handy to protect your gear from waves, I have a camera, computer, etc, these items need protected, I seldom meet a traveler without a camera.

I carry safety pins and clothespin and consider them essential travel gear. These items also have multiple uses.

Multiple uses for gear is always on my mind, I have very few one use gear items in my pack.

Not Using My Rain Poncho


Naming Your Travel Blog

Naming Your Travel Journal
A you are writer or are you a hack? I am positive the majority of people who start Blogs have a dream of being a writer.

“A good man always knows his limitations...”
- Clint Eastwood in Magnum Force 1973

A good Travel Journal should not have any limitations…
- Andy of HoboTraveler.com 2008

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
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I just was reading what I thought was a Honduras Blog and realized the person was talking about the Palace I visited in Korea. There is nothing wrong with this, there was a turn in the path...

I truly believe people should take a longer pause before they name their Blog and if in doubt, name it after themselves. I would rather read Joe Blow Blog that to know the whole Blog is off topic.

Trust me about this off topic thing, I get tons of ugly mail from readers who only want me to write about travel.

Choose a good name, it is the first test of your writing ability.

Naming Your Travel Journal


Peace Corps Travel Blogs

Peace Corps Travel Journals
I am on a quest to find the Best Travel Journals; it is quite complicated how I am scouring the planet to find them, however, in only one week research I know one thing for sure.
“Peace Corps Volunteers are big Bloggers.”

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Monday, December 22, 2008
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Second thing I know, many Travel Journalgers seldom tell you where they are located. They assume you have been reading their Blog since the beginning and it often takes work just to figure where the Travel Journalger is located.

I truly wish they would somehow adopt an attitude of who, when, where, what or why, and how much.

“Please, I would like to bid on a Subject”
“I will bid 100 hundred for a Subject.”
“Please give me a subject.”

I know I am not the best writer, however I am not the worst.

Peace Corps Travel Journals


Guatemala Paperboy

Guatemala Paperboy
They walk around the streets of Panajachel, Guatemala in the early morning saying,
“Prensa.”

This word means the “Press” in the Spanish language. There are many of these young boys selling the news of the country and it makes me feel good, I was a paperboy when I was young.

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Monday, December 22, 2008
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I believe the paper cost about five Quetzals, not cheap, about 75 cents USA. I am always happy when I see poorer countries like Guatemala reading the newspaper. I read the newspaper in my hotel and always consider a hotel better when there is a newspaper provided for free.

Literacy is a good for people, it helps remove superstitious behaviors and gossip that is dangerous to people. Primitive cultures have some strange ideas, lack of education and awareness of the world can lead to tribal misdeeds.



This picture was taken in Solola, Guatemala; I am learning to like this city more than Panajachel, it more real, more like people and less like a tourist trap. Panajachel, San Pedro, and San Marcos the more popular tourist cities on Lago, Atitlan are tourist traps.

I was sad to hear Jack say that he does not read the newspapers in the USA. I have slowly realized the many USA people have stopped reading the paper and only watch television or the internet. I personally feel the internet is about 90 percent misrepresentation of the news and the television is 80 percent. The newspaper is still about 50/50, so in my mind still the best source for half-truths on the planet.

I find it difficult to not be cynical about the world press, I have seen the planet and I know they misrepresent and twist the truth the majority of the time.

Guatemala Paperboy


Warren Buffet Hybrid Car from China

Warren Buffet Hybrid Car from China
Here is a scary thought for the UAW and the USA auto industry… Warren Buffet one of the world great investor has financially backed a car made in China.

Forbes.com Article on Hybrid Car

THIS IS A TRAVEL BLOG
As a traveler of the planet, nothing is more relevant to me is the comparisons between the USA, "MY COUNTRY" and the rest of the planet, this comparison is in my face daily. It is rubbed it, pushed, shoved and piled on, this is what travel is about, the comparisons of countries.

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Monday, December 22, 2008
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He put in about 160 million British pounds, and we are talking billions in a bailout.
Mirror.co.uk Article

The writing is on the wall.

It is embarrassing, as a traveler to know the USA auto industry has arrogantly believe they are the best and allowed the rest of the world to pass them by. The USA has some truly great culture abilities, however being aware of what is happening on the rest of the planet is not one of them.

Warren Buffet Hybrid Car from China


Fear of Facebook.com

Fear of Facebook.com
Incredibly difficult for people to empathize with me, however I am incredibly afraid of Facebook.com, Linkedin.com, Myspace.com and the hundreds other social networks.

I am afraid I will have a never-ending stream of notifications. I joined you tube.com and they send me too many notification, and people want to be friends, write me personal messages, and other nice things. I have to spend hours trying to learn the site just to configure the thing correctly.

There is only so much life in me, I do not wish to spend it on the internet replying, moderating, or playing.

I am very curious, I want to enter, but they make life difficult, and I am 100 percent sure an internet page is not to be trusted.

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Monday, December 22, 2008
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I hear comments about Twitter and Digg and the list just keeps growing.

I am a traveler, when I go to Africa the internet goes down to unbelievably slow levels. The extraordinary amount of small needs of these sites, the possibility of getting hundreds of emails, correspondence of friends is worrisome.

I am already having trouble with skype.com, I have to shut the thing off when I am not using it.

I do not know what the answer, I think every human needs to make a choice, does the internet own me, or do I own the internet.

I enjoy friends, however there is limit to my need for attention.

Fear of Facebook.com