Guatemala Travel Stories, Page 31

Hobo Hideout

Hobo Hideout
I have thought and planned for year to start a Hobo Hideout, a Hostel like, maybe long-term apartment type Hotel, sometimes called an Apartelle. Our Travel Rooms site called is part of an overall desire for me to have 10 homes strategically located around the planet.

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Panajachel, Guatemala Lago Atitlan
Thursday, May 22, 2008
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A home without a family is a not a home, I truly wish to discover a way to build this home in a few of my ideal or favorite place on the planet. I hope to one-day to find the formula that would allow me to live in a Hotel a couple of months per year, not be annoyed, and know I had the right to improve the hotel without a major war of lunacy between me and the owner.

Hotels do not like me to remodel my room, fix it, or even give them an iota of advice. The majority of people on the planet believe they know what makes a hotel good. It is not that easy, who lives in hotels, yet owners who have never even lived in Hotels believe they understand Hotels.

I dwell on this, hmmm 10 years, time 52 weeks, average 2 per week means I have lived in 1040 Hotels on planet earth. What I like about hotels is nearly irrelevant; I am fully aware what I do not like. Once you remove what is bad, all that is left over is good.

However, a truly great hotel has a nice common area full of traveler talking and joking around. This travel luxury is slowly disappearing; I cannot remember finding one in the last few years.

I really like walking into the guest kitchen, cooking some popcorn, walking into the common areas, lying down with many travelers and watch a good movie. This is really home away from home.


Hobo Hideout


Bob Mathias on Easy to be Great

Bob Mathias on Easy to be Great
Wheaties, the Breakfast of Champions, this probably does not mean diddle to the average person. However, to me, it means a lot; I spend my boyhood growing up with a big bowl of Wheaties in front of me reading the box with a picture of Bob Mathias on the box, a nobody now, who was really a somebody.

A few years later, I listened to a cassette tape of Bob Mathias giving an inspirational speech about how it is,
“Easy to be Great.”

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Panajachel, Guatemala Lago Atitlan
Thursday, May 22, 2008
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I pole vaulted up to 11 foot, could not go above this barrier because I did not have the natural speed needed to propel myself higher, I still wonder if I gave up too quick.

It is so easy to be great at something, it is so easy to be the best at something, there is so little competition for greatness, it is a wonder there is so much mediocrity.

Bob speech was something like, and I cannot find it, but here is the idea:

- If you run around the block one time a week, you are in the top 1 percent of people who exercise.

- If you read one book per week you are in the top 1 percent of readers on the planet.

- If you woke up one hour earlier than everyone did at your job, you would be the most prepared person at work.

What he tried to say was the difference between greatness and just putting in your time was such a small jump, that anyone can do it, it does not take special ability, it just takes desire.

I woke up today at 3:30 am, I realize this is early, however, my eyes opened and I just did not see the point in sleeping, when I could be awake and conquering my world.

Many people make fun of me for waking up early, I am my Fathers Son and proud to be, he normally wakes up before me. I often wonder why people make fun of me for rising early; I always think of the saying,
“The early bird gets the worm.”

Why do people in the Political Correctness world belittle extra, the small margin of difference that allows me to do well? I do the majority of my blog post between 5 and 6 am in the morning, it is not a big thing, I truly enjoy have a good clear thought in the morning.

I really laugh when people act like traveling for ten years is a big deal or blogging for years, or even going to a country. I will say something about traveling for a long time, I say,
“I like to travel; it is not difficult to do what I like.”
“I like to talk to myself, it is easy to blog.”

"My biggest accomplishment is not getting robbed."

Many a time I say to people who want to blog or write, who say they do not have the time. I say,
“Wake up one hour earlier.”
It is easy to be great.



It is easy to learn more, just read one link more...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Mathias
http://www.blackfive.net/main/2006/09/bob_mathias_ame.html
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/classic/bio/news/story?page=mathias_bob


Bob Mathias on Easy to be Great


Guatemala Girls

Guatemala Girls
Look at this beer sign, I am wondering where these girls are at; I know they was not on the beach in Monterrico, Guatemala.

Latina Girls

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Monterrico Beach - Playa Guatemala
Monday, May 19, 2008
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I am amiss, why do they put these girls and boy on signs, I would be insulted if I was from Guatemala, these girls are ringers, hard to find this white or this crisp, in fact I do not see any…

There are some beautiful girls, mostly brown, not white in this country and for sure shorter, however this group is something I guess they will never be here, and why you look at something cannot be.

Latina Girls

Guatemala Girls


Monterrico Guatemala

Monterrico Guatemala
There is a black sand beach in front of the village of Monterrico, Guatemala. I keep trying to say the one line zinger that describes this beach.
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Monterrico Beach - Playa Guatemala
Monday, May 19, 2008
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Gallo, weekend warrior, Guatemala city get drunk beach.

Black Sand, felt like black dust beach.

Frumpy girls with Guatemalan boys beach.

What happened to the breeze beach.

Clueless beach tourism in action.

A beach for people who never go to the beach.

Woops, another drunk on the beach.

A black sand beach is a do, a thing to see, this is real sand, not dirt, but more or less ground up black rock, maybe volcanic rock, pounded to fine grains of stone, called Sand.

We all agreed to ditch this beach after one night, maybe a half day, just could not find one reason to stay. I think it may be good for Gringa girls who want to find Guatemalan boy on the weekend. I would think there is wall to wall bars full of people avoiding he sun on weekend.

I am not sure Guatemala is the country for beaches, however I was happy to see a compete change of cultures on the coast.



Black Sand Beach in Monterrico, Guatemala



Black Sand Beach in Monterrico, Guatemala



Black Sand Beach in Monterrico, Guatemala



Eight years ago it was hard to find a motorcycle or a bicycle, now they have these off road thingies, to haul beach trash.



Black Sand Beach in Monterrico, Guatemala

Monterrico Guatemala


Luck of the Lottery Air Tickets

Luck of the Lottery Air Tickets
It was a lucky day on the internet; I snagged a one-way plane ticket on Travelocity.com from Guatemala to Lima for 313.50 U.S. Dollars.

I am calling this a lottery, more a forced random luck, driven by persistence.

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Panajachel, Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
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I have been trying Spiritair.com to here, to there, and could have purchased a ticket on their site for 440 about a month ago. I was trying every possible combination of bounces between Guatemala and Lima, Peru. American Airline, Copa, Taca, everything was a bus; Kayak.com just was crashing at 884 one-way.

I have been committed to trying until I hit the lottery by chance my friend Steve called on Skype.com and was search in Travelocity. He found some cheap paths, I thought why not try Travelocity.com and amazingly I caught a fish on the first cast.

Persistence is needed.
Knowledge of what is a good fare. (Difficult)
Various air milk routes known.
Flexible schedule
Willing to buy and pay with a credit card immediately.
You have to purchase when it happens, no backing out.

Guatemala to Fort Lauderdale to Lima on May 26, 2008, I was willing to try until I won the lottery of Air Tickets, I knew that I must continually try until I found the path.

Panajachel and all of Guatemala is getting to tame, Steve says moss is growing on me. I need to feel the road, get some action, and find the path. Iquitos, Peru is the interface between semi-civilized Peru and the Amazon River, a truly on the end crazy place that make the boys of Cannery Row look passive.

Luck of the Lottery Air Tickets


Stressed Out Tourist

Stressed Out Tourist
I realized the other day, people go on vacation because they are very stressed out, then need a vacation, they need to relax, the problem is this.

“A stressed out person in the USA, is a stressed out person on Vacation.”

There is no Geographical Cure, they bring the stress with them, they do not know how to relax, the brought the problem wtih them, they brought themselves.

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Panajachel, Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
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Traveler versus Tourist, there is an incredible difference between a people on a six-month trip compared to a person on two week Vacation. The two week Vacation is just relocation of their work ethic, they plan, they work, they run, they are stressed.

I do not want to visit a resort full of stressed out people on Vacation. Stressed out people are not capable of relaxing, and walking slow, it is just an illusion.

I enjoy meeting my friends, I do not enjoy sharing their lives, I really have no desire to share the life of an American on Vacation, to live with severe stressful people trying to pretend they are relaxing.

If you are not relaxed in the USA, why would you be relaxed here, it would take them two years to change evolve away from their culture.

Stressed Out Tourist


Airplane Tickets Prices Rising

Airplane Tickets Prices Rising
I am lost, feel almost trapped in Guatemala, the prices of plane tickets seem outrageous. The prices for the irregular paths are radically higher, while the normal milk run paths are not so bad. I need to surf until I get the Lucky Connection; this is not a good way to plan.

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Panajachel, Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
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I wish to fly to Iquitos, Peru; I screwed up by not purchasing the ticket a month ago, now they are higher. I do not wish to buy tickets until about 10 days before I leave, or changes in plans can make tremendous problems.

The budget price of jumps around the planet seems to have risen from 300 to about 500, in the past most irregular jumps were in the 300 Dollars price range, now I feel each one is about 500.

Until I find the lucky trip for around 500 to Lima, I am looking at 750, or 250 more than I expected, then another 100 dollar plane ticket to Iquitos, this means I pay today about 1700 US roundtrip to enter and leave the place. I have already been there; this is not just a joy ride.

Airplane Tickets Prices Rising


Great Backpack Ideas

Great Backpack Ideas
A reader sent me a truly great email explaining some concepts of backpack design. It appears the U.S. Army is developing a backpack that is related to my Windmill Backpack design.

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Panajachel, Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
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EMAIL FROM READER

Name: Robert C Powell
Country: USA

Message:
Maybe the US Army could become your best customer.

New US Army tactical sling bag.
http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htinf/articles/20080519.aspx

The U.S. Army is developing a tactical sling bag that, as the name implies, you can sling over your shoulder. The basic bag has about 700 cubic inches of space. But like other military packs, you can add pouches, and use the webbing to configure it many ways. The troops like that. When things are slow, you can fiddle with your pack configuration.

Medics have long been asking for a better equipment bag, and some
troops have improvised sling bags in order to carry what they needed, without using the ungainly backpack. The army will continue developing and testing prototypes, and probably wont have a final design in the hands of the troops until next year.

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http://www.army.mil/-news/2007/12/20/6695-sling-bag-offers-convenience-portability/

http://www.opsgear.com/MOLLE-Tactical-Sling-Bag-Multicam-p/cn-140-008.htm

ANSWER

Wow, thanks Robert, I appreciate this type of email, a notification where good ideas are happening on the planet. A good idea is a lifesaver, and for this U.S. Army application, it really could save lives.

I have realized for years, and I am annoyed and frustrated with Backpack Manufactures and even people who review gear. They are too preoccupied with the look of the pack, and do not care if the back functions. I have talked to many soldiers, heard comments about the British, Australian, and US Soldiers, even thought about, started to plan to go and visit some special forces in the Philippines just to go look at their gear.

I continuously dream of the ideal backpack, I know the perfect backpack is one that strives to help all people, big, little, fat, small, rich or poor, it has to adapt to the situation and person.

The links you sent are on the correct path, I enjoyed looking at the various views of the one bag sold, I do not think there is anything new for me here, and however, there is a completed project to view. It would be great to buy one these bag and look, I think maybe the way they tuck the pistol in the bag could be used, maybe a new idea for me, most of the sling thing is good. I use a bag in this way for a camera bag, and will soon make a video explaining the need for speed when taking photos.

There is a need to incorporate both the sling and the two-strap backpack design, the sling bags are good, however when the wait is increase, or the time walking increases this become tiresome. I would take this idea a few levels higher and balance the bag more, but this bag is on the correct path.

In this blog post, I referenced some other good ideas.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/2008/03/good-backpack-harness.html

Thanks Robert, please send any ideas you have, views, or opinions, I believe your level of observation and ability to recognize great ideas is excellent.

Andy of HoboTraveler.com a traveler, a person that lives with a backpack, a person that needs something that works. I need a bag that makes my life easy, not one that looks good.

Note for anyone that does not know, I am now thinking to buy the materials in the USA, and then travel up into the Canada and sow my next attempt bag myself. I have given up on the abilities of others to help me, I have to sow this bag myself, and the first prototype it appears is mentally too complicated to explain. However, a good backpack is a combination of great materials and good ideas; I can only collect the best materials in one place in the USA quickly. I could manufacture them maybe in China where the labor is cheaper; however, I am leaning now towards the USA for quality controls.

I think another 100 or 200 dollars of cost is a small price to pay for a house I carry on my back, live with daily.

Great Backpack Ideas