Guatemala Travel Stories, Page 27

Traveler FORLORM

Traveler FORLORM
FOLORM is an acronym for:

Fear
Of
Lack
Of
Reading
Material

I found this phrase on a Blog post somehow referencing a fear that I have encountered many times.

The Anguish of FOLORM

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Thursday, December 18, 2008
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Upon leaving French Togo, West Africa, I stopped in Accra, Ghana and purchased 10 books an incredible amount of weight for my backpack. However, the fear of boredom, the fear of being alone, the fear of nothing was greater than the desire to travel light.

I can tell you many locations on the planet where English books are easy to find for Expats, for example Panajachel, Guatemala.

Traveler FORLORM


Where is my Volcano Sunset

Where is my Volcano Sunset
I passed by Lago Atitlan, Guatemala maybe eight years ago; there is a memory that cannot be erased from my mind. It was our sun setting over the volcano in the photo. I have arrived a couple months late for to find the imprinted memory, however this sunset is still one of the best the sun has to offer on planet earth.

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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Lago Atitlan is one of the most beautiful lakes on the planet, however hard to say a volcano is peaceful.

Where is my Volcano Sunset


Machete Number 1 Cause of Decapitation

Machete Number 1 Cause of Decapitation
I almost fell out of my bed here in Guatemala reading a Honduras Blog.

“Of course machetes are also the number one cause of "accidental" drunken decapitation and dismemberment in the county.”
Machete Culture of Honduras

When I was in Togo, West Africa some Nigeria boy came by a drunk German girl behind the Germany Embassy on a Motorcycle. They used a machete and tried to cut off her purse or bag. The girl moved quickly and got a hack right to the center of her forehead, she survived and was ok, but the machete was again a weapon. I try to be aware of folks walking around with Machetes, especially when they are drunk.

Number one for drunken decapitations, this is too funny, but very real.

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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Machetes are a tool; they are used by many cultures for many reasons, the Swiss Knife for the Jungle. I am will often go up and feel the edge of peoples Machete to see if they are really know what they are doing.

On a funny note, did you know you could sharpen a shovel; I unfortunately and fortunately have used a shovel many times in my life. Same as a machete, a shovel needs sharpened to cut through grass or sod.

Karine and Tom in Honduras

Machete Number 1 Cause of Decapitation


Guatemala Dentist Advertisement

Guatemala Dentist Advertisement
This photo below is a sign on the side of a building in Panajachel, Guatemala close to the market. I took a pause when I seen it, and still trying to understand the photo.

Take a look at the one tooth that stands out…

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
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In Guatemala among the indigenous Mayan people, it appears to be fashionable to have teeth surrounded by silver. I heard that they have very soft teeth, however this is not substantiated, just hearsay. Whatever the reasons, there are many locals here that have silver teeth.

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196 Pound Gringo in Panajachel Guatemala

196 Pound Gringo in Panajachel Guatemala
I purchased a 12 visit pass for a exercise gym here in Pana, that is about 3 US Dollars per day, not cheap, but not expensive. This is about half what the average Guatemalan makes per day. I was the only gringo in the gym, it does not appear many expats visit the place.

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
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I can join for a fee of 200 Quetzals for unlimited visits, with a 75 Q subscription fee for a total of 275 however, does not make sense for me. They are not open on Sunday and only open one-half day on Saturday.

At 195, I am 25 pound more than what I would consider optimum weight. I am tired of carrying around this extra 25 pound on my 6-foot tall body.

As best I can figure out, most people work out during the day here, not right after work like in the USA. Work has a different meaning in most countries, and it does not surprise me they are working out in the gym while the developed world is working.

196 Pound Gringo in Panajachel Guatemala


Predicting a Real Estate Crisis

Predicting a Real Estate Crisis
--- Your vacation home is next

I have mentioned it before, however this is good time to reiterate my opinion. There has been a correction in Real Estate prices in the USA and soon there will be a worst correction in the price of retirement or vacation Real Estate purchased overseas.

There will be a 30-70 percent reduction in the value of your overseas vacation home.

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Monday, December 15, 2008
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The moneychanger have duped retired people in many countries on the planet now for years, the bubble will burst. The only salvation in this crisis is that many of these people paid cash and will still be able to enjoy their horrible investment.

Chang Mai, Thailand
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Goa, India
Panama
Costa Rica
Belize

The list is long, and I have not visited the whole planet, only 79 countries.

Predicting a Real Estate Crisis


Simply Guatemalan

Simply Guatemalan
This photos of a Guatemala child peering around the corner is a good representation of the simple life of Guatemala.

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Monday, December 15, 2008
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It was a good day.

Simply Guatemalan


Ukraine Currency Plummets

Ukraine Currency Plummets
Money problems for a country are bad for the country, however sometimes great for travelers. It appears the money in Ukraine is having problems; it may be a good place for travelers to visit this summer. Ukraine Money

This post is time sensitive, so please realize it is December 2008 when I posted this.

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Monday, December 15, 2008
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When you’re watching your around the world budget, best to be aware when money exchange rates makes some radical turns. I am not saying this is a good country, there are many factors that are involve in money problems, I am just giving a notice to take note.

December 2008

Ukraine Currency Plummets