Guatemala Travel Stories, Page 36

The Worlds Most Traveled Couple

The Worlds Most Traveled Couple
If you really want to travel the world, 100 percent need to read this blog post if I am annoying you to death.

There is this person Charles that is maybe the most traveled man, and 100 percent sure he has went to many places. However, my instincts tell me Peter & Kay Forwood may be the more well rounded, got the full view of the planet people, the on the road travel types.

A reader wrote me an email wanting to know if I knew of anyone who drove from Ghana to Namibia overland. At first, I said, no, said to go search in German, and then I remembered.
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/forwood/mytrip.shtml

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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Monday, May 5, 2008
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There is are country counters and people who zoom through countries like tourist on a two day vacation. The bottom line is this, it takes money to visit countries and if you want to visit them, all you need a huge pile. Therefore about 10 times easier to work at a job and just go on two month vacation and knock out 20 countries in that time…. Nevertheless,

This is not on the ground, on the terra, in touch with the earth experience, however you will know the airport well and learn to not like getting visas at embassies.

The maps on this page are the best Wayfinding Maps on the planet.
Maps of Around The World Trip

Remember to enjoy traveling, this is not a job, however money is needed, so compromise and you can have both.

Note, Wikipedia.org seems to needs to add this couple, a truly noteworthy couple of people on the planet.

The Worlds Most Traveled Couple


Wireless Internet Password Antigua Guatemala

Wireless Internet Password Antigua Guatemala
I despise passwords on Wireless Internet Access Routers in Hotels; I understand there are times when needed, however this is not one of them.

I waited for 2 hours for the Posada Don Quixote the Hotel in Antigua Guatemala to call the techie and figure it out. He did not know the password, we finally used three different, and on the third, it worked. This only took two hours and not two days because I hollered a few words like tonto, pendejo, and estupido, and never left the desk until they understood I did not understand no.

My mistake was trusting that it would work, I rented the room, paid and went to my room. I need to test every time. I used it before, how could they screw it up in two week, well they did, while following my advice. Relocate to this area, five more room would work.

I add all password and configs to this page, whereby I have and the serious types can really get the job done.
Mobile Office

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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Monday, May 5, 2008
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I wrote the password down, handed it to one reception guy, and they filed it away whereby they will never find it again. If I would have had a black felt marker in my hand it would have been written on the wall.

This building is the typical concrete cave, the prior location of the WIFI internet was inside a concrete room, that only allowed one room had a 4 bar connection. They moved the router now to a better location that gave the one side of the hotel access, maybe five rooms now. In the great wisdom and utter stupidity they added a password, did not tell the management, the management does not use WIFI, whereby having a great cluster F38K.

Now, the connection is great in the room, however I moved out because it is now to hot as the whether got hotter, and moved over to the Shalom with Wade and Mira, Chris arrived and we had a long day of too much talk.
Hotel Casa Shalom

The Shalom has WIFI, they knew the Password to the router, and the system has an equally bad set up, however the traveler conversation is about 10 times better. Oops, I think I did not log in the password for future use; I will need to publish this one also to may mobile office page.
Mobile Office

I cannot get WIFI to over 20 feet from the router, refuses to go through concrete walls, and the world keep making it more complicated not simpler.

My brain is big, quick, works like a Lamborghini shifting into warp speed. I have many techie friends; they do not blog very often because they find it too onerous. I wish to help the world earn money using the internet and blogging, the first step is to get them an internet connection that works.

I truly believe Starbucks is not a place to work on Web pages and do believe working in my Hotel room is a good idea.

I remember in College the ones who studied with the Music at full volume, smoking a joint, the rather clueless.

It is not saying you cannot, I am saying most people are not that brilliant. I can work in Starbucks, I can work in Chaos, and I can study smoking a joint with the music at full volume. However, to be effective, it was much better to go to the Library and hide in the stacks than be interrupted by my druggie and drunk friends in the dorm.

Same here, to be effective, the hotel has to give what they say, easy to use, helpful connections, and a person who really wants to work and live on the road has to go work.

WIFI is now maybe in 1 of 500 hotels or less on the planet, these two in Antigua are in the top of the bunch, the ones without WIFI are the problems. However, no time to let down, time to get these boys online and working correctly.

I still am waiting; I want to see a complete instruction sheet given to me when I enter a hotel on how to use the wireless. I know them reception people do not know how to use it.

I am not good at being an angry person, however I went into a great acting job in the Hotel, I want them to never forget me pushing them, calling them names, and I want them to never want to experience that again. Therefore, when a little old lady from Pasadena want to call her grandchild on skype.com in the USA that is in the Hospital, what is suppose to be easy, it easy. If life was really that complicated for me, it is easy for me, I can blog from anywhere, and do.

Wireless Internet Password Antigua Guatemala


Start Vacations on Thursday

Start Vacations on Thursday
Chris is flying in today, it is Saturday, this is causing a lot of headache, he is arriving at the perfect time 5:30 in morning.

However, the day of week is horrible; every dingaling on the planet enters the tourist cities on Friday and Saturday.

Like taking off at rush hour for joy ride, and I hope vacations are a joy ride, but most people seem to work when on Vacation.

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Antigua, Guatemala
Saturday, May 3, 2008
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Room are full, owners of hotels are greedy, service is at the end of week low as everyone takes the week end off and stops working.

Europe is always funny, they take August off, their busy time of year.

Entering a tourist city on Friday, Saturday is a pain, we have to pay more for rooms because the hotel owners go into extortion greed mode, as they are full, and the whole experience is less.

I think people want the weekend time, but with a little thought, I think the many people could avoid the waiting for the weekend idea.

I have been laughing to myself, not normal for me to have to deal with mainstream tourist, but to return to Antigua on Friday, stay Saturday and leave on Sunday make me understand why I do not like tourism.

I keep dwelling on the idea of having a Hotel or Hostel, I am thinking of having a reservation system that requires the clients to live in the hotel for one week or pay for one week. I think that would slow down the people enough to make them know they are on vacations to relax and enjoy the day. I really do not want to live with stresse out people on vacation.

The staff of my hotel took the weekend off, they do not care about clients, they know the money is guaranteed, we are in a tourist trap... hehehe The new workers are managing the crowds, he least amount of experience when needed the most.

Tourist Economics is exactly opposite of normal.

Start Vacations on Thursday


Guatemala is a Happy Color

Guatemala is a Happy Color
There is a part of me that is self-destructive, and I became alcoholic. The way I stopped being and alcoholic was simple, I stopped talking with drunks and search for the happy people.

Happy people taught me life is good, and I have no excuse to complain.

Guatemala is a Happy Color, this is the secret…

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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Friday, May 2, 2008
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Walking by this pile of Color makes me a grateful person, and I feel Guatemala as a lucky country.

I made a decision to pass extreme judgment on people and enforce it to protect my life. I know I cannot hang around with the drunks complaining how their lives are the result of their boss.

I am responsible.

Try to feel all them colors, the colors of Guatemala are happy, this country laughs easy.

I pass instant judgment on people dressed in black. This type of person makes me nervous, There is too much truth to the idea that the good guys where the White Hats.

I am way too old to try to give morbid people an excuse; I just cannot be bothered with the unhappy people of life. If I cannot find a smile in a person, I leave them forever, never to return. I only have one life, I am responsible to make it my life and to live it, I cannot allow the lack of color to enter my life, and I need to protect my happiness.

This is on the Santander street in Panajachel, Guatemala, a street full of color, yet and extremely tourist area. Workers in Tourist area become cynical as the tourist abuse them, and they abuse the tourist. However, Guatemala is not cynical, go to Europe and walk around in tourist areas and you will see some very rage filled angry people.

I am thinking about an experiment on this street.

I am going to make a 10 minute video, I will walk down this street and say hello to every Foreigner I meet. I will then find one Guatemala person and say hello, preferably not a vendor who wants to sell me something.

I think 100 percent of the Guatemalan people will reply and say hello back. I think about 1 in 10 of the Foreigner will even acknowledge my presence.

Guatemalan people are not afraid of life, and they are a Happy Color.

Too easy in life to be happy, say hello to people, if they ignore you, take them off the list. Take a long look at your friends, are they dressed in Happy Colors, do they smile quick. Or are they doing their best to be emotional vampires.

Guatemala is a Happy Color


Drug Dealers Using Their Drug

Drug Dealers Using Their Drug
There is justice on the planet when a suicide bomber blows themselves up…

There has been a trendy self-destructive trend happening in South America starting in Bolivia and Peru.

They are using their own Cocaine, I tend to think this is what they deserve, have their own children go nutty.

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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Friday, May 2, 2008
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Bob a good guy, seems to have the plot figured out these day, has made a good on the ground explanation of what is really happening in Mancora, Peru.

Try to understand, the epicenter of Coca Leaves is not Mancora, it is La Paz, Bolivia, he is very far from the true sources of large amounts of Cocaine. The Foreigners have taught Argentina, Chile, and other countries how to be Trendy, fashionable and do drugs, now Bolivia and Peru are becoming fashionable and trendy…

http://robertstravels.blogspot.com/2008/05/travel-update-from-mancora-peru.html

Bolivia has been profiting for 30-50 years from producing Coca Leaves, they now deserve to suffer from their dirty business.

Colombia is more or less the business manager of this business.

People like Chavez, that nut in Bolivia who is President, Che, Castro and other are wiling to abuse the poor to stay in power. Che got what he deserved, dead on arrival in Bolivia, soon Castro will go visit his maker in the bottom, not top, his partner in evil ways. The leaders of countries in the world often use their people as pawns. In the USA, Europe, the power of the small people is controlling, in the other parts of the world Chavez type have voice, and the small people have none, then silly trendy people agree with this dangerous nuts. I will be very glad for Cuba when Castro dies, I would pay to have Chavez assasinated, I really do not think the CIA has any huevos.

Drug Dealers Using Their Drug


Thanks for Educational Emails

Thanks for Educational Emails
I just want to thank all of you for your educational e-mails over the past year.

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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Friday, May 2, 2008
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Thanks to you, I no longer open a public bathroom door without using a paper towel.

I can't use the remote in a hotel room because I don't know what the last person was doing while flipping through the adult movie channels.

I can't sit down on the hotel bedspread because I can only imagine what has happened on it since it was last washed.

I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving because the number one pasttime while driving alone is picking your nose (although cell phone use may be taking the number one spot) .

Eating a Little Debbie sends me on a guilt trip because I can only imagine how many gallons of transfats I have consumed over the years.

I can't touch any woman's purse for fear she has placed it on the floor of a public bathroom. Yuck!

I must send my special thanks to whoever sent me the one about poop in the glue on envelopes, because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing.

Also, I have to scrub the top of every can I open now, for the same reason.

I no longer have any savings because I gave it to a sick girl (Penny Brown)who is about to die in the hospital for the 1,387,258th time.

I no longer have any money at all, but that will change once I receive the$15,000 that Bill Gates/Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special e-mail program.

I no longer worry about my soul because I have 363,214 angels looking out for me, and St. Theresa's novena has granted my every wish.

I no longer eat KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers.

I no longer use cancer-causing deodorants, even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.

Thanks to you, I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.

Because of your concern, I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.

I no longer can buy gasoline without taking someone along to watch the car, so a serial killer won't crawl in my back seat when I'm pumping gas.

I no longer drink Pepsi or Dr. Pepper since the people who make these products are atheists who refuse to put 'Under God'on their cans.

I no longer use Saran wrap in the microwave because it causes cancer.

And, thanks for letting me know I can't boil a cup of water in the microwave anymore because it will blow up in my face...disfiguring me for life.

I no longer check the coin return on pay phones because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS.

I no longer go to shopping malls because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.

I no longer receive packages from UPS or FedEx since they are actually Al Qaeda in disguise.

I no longer shop at Target since they are French and don't support our American troops or the Salvation Army.

I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica , Uganda , Singapore and Uzbekistan .

I no longer buy expensive cookies from Neiman Marcus, since I now have their recipe.

Thanks to you, I can't use anyone's toilet but mine because a big brown African spider is lurking under the seat to cause me instant death when it bites my butt.

And thanks to your great advice, I can't ever pick up $5.00 dropped in the parking lot, because it probably was placed there by a sex molester waiting underneath my car to grab my leg.

I can no longer drive my car because I can't buy gas from certain gas companies!

If you don't send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 p.m. this afternoon, and the fleas from 12 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor's ex-mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's beautician...

Have a wonderful day.

Oh, by the way...

A German scientist from Argentina , after a lengthy study, has discovered that people with insufficient brain activity read their e-mail with their hand on the mouse.

Don't bother taking it off now; it's too late

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A joke, but to me is real, I hear travelers and tourisst list out all these things they cannot do, water, walking, etc, I think to myself, if you concentrated on living and not dying your life would be worth living instead of the joke I see it.

Live your life today, I drink the water.

I hope my readers consider these fears above silly.

Thanks for Educational Emails


I Drank One Drop of Water

I Drank One Drop of Water
I am going through the introspection; I want to know why I caught Parasites.

I deduced it is not the water.

I believe it is the Fresh Vegetables, and a few votes on Tortillas, or maybe Restaurant food.
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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Thursday, May 1, 2008
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My observations are that Water is blamed for about 97 percent of Traveler sickness. I believe it is 97 percent a food problem, and 3 percent a water problem.

Is one drop of water a problem? There is some junk scientist misconception that the more your drink the worst. I feel of propose that one drop is as bad a glass. I believe one drop of water in my body with a water borne disease is just as serious as a glass of the water.

I am 100 percent sure I drink the water; I am 100 percent sure all travelers in these countries drink at least 20 to 50 drops of water per day. Many ways for water to enter your body, and the best way is to eat in any restaurant, I will guarantee the dishes were not washed with purified water. I could make a list of 50 ways water enters a person world.

I do believe there is contaminant in the water that comes out through the pores of people skin.

Tortillas are not fully cooked, they are semi raw, full of water from anywhere, I ate a few, and finally have decided this is not a property cook food, and tortilla dough would grow many funky animales.

Most people are not sick from the water of the food, they came to a country like Guatemala, fell in love with a food, like Mangos, then ate too many, gluttony was the problem, not the food.

I have been in too many kitchens, people do not understand how to be clean, they do not use hot water, the water from the tap is not pure. Nobody believes they need to use 100 percent purified water, they have water, and they use it.

I worked on trying to keep all my water boiled in Benin, this is not so hard to do, however to clean every dish with boil water is difficult, if not impossible. I could do it if I owned a house, but difficult in a room or a guest kitchen of a hotel.

In the end, I believe eating in any restaurant is the most dangerous, street food is ok providing you are watching them cook it. Any vegetable or uncooked food is a for sure dangerous. I am trying to figure out if it is possible to soak vegetables in chlorinated water and is adequate. I tend to think a canned vegetable over cooked is safest.

When I read a travel warning about food, I think great, water or food is a problem, please give me real, actual ways of preparing or choosing my foods that works. I do not care if you warn me, this is of no value, I need to know real scientific studied ways of cleaning food and preparing, not just watch out.

I truly do not trust the cleaning people in any hotel or restaurant to wash the dishes. Maybe, I will make a movie of the typical world method.

There is the belief that the more drops of water, the worst, this is just seems like gambler fallacy.

I do hope my readers realize, I seldom get sick, yes, I have been sick a few times, however compared to the tourist, almost zero. I eat properly, however I do drink the water often, and for sure I do not know any way to avoid drinking the water, I do not think this is possible. I think the big warning should be for uncooked foods, then recommend that all people tour the kitchen before they eat.

I Drank One Drop of Water


Financial Contributions Question for Andy

Financial Contributions Question for Andy
I am a very rich Hobo… hehehe, it is almost ant-thematic, how can I be a Hobo and make money, the word is a contradiction. However, I do not think a Hobo turned down a good day job or a way to keep his freedom to keep on moving down the tracks.

I receive this email at an ironic time, please read and I will answer after the letter from Bob L.

I will not stop blogging, it is what I do for fun.

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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Thursday, May 1, 2008
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READER OF BLOG WROTE

Name: Bob L
Email: xxx deleted
Country: USA

Message:

I noticed something missing from yours, and other blogs I read. A way to contribute $$$. I would think that the majority of the click through money you get is not from regular readers. I know I for one would never click through an ad. Yes, I have clicked through to get books from some sites to help them out, but that is few and far between. I have not noticed that option on your site anyway. Those of us that read your site on a regular basis might want to contribute a small amount of money every once in a while. A PayPal button to contribute a bit would be nice.

Create a nice looking, easy to find banner or something and ask for contributions to help you continue publishing. I don't know how much money you would get, but I would think it would be worth the effort. I know I would throw you $10 once in a while just to help you continue to write. Hell, I have paid a lot more for magazine subscriptions that I don't get nearly as much enjoyment out of.

Bob L

ANSWER

Thanks Bob, I truly appreciate this letter. I will continue to write, you just paid me.

In a way, I blog to entertain you, and to entertain myself, and in a way to think through my life, blogging clarifies my life, make it easier to see and understand me.

As I understand, you want to give me a donation because you enjoy the blog. Great, I achieve one of my goals, to entertain and enjoy the day… Great.

I feel I am a lucky man; I today have 10 times more money than I need to travel because of them clicks. If I took your donation, I would feel greedy, I am doing great, and life is good. I am happy that you and other readers enjoy my cheeky view of life, and my witness of the world.

About five years ago there was Donation here, donate there links all over the site, and many people gave me money. I took the donation links off as soon as I was making enough money from other advertisements.

I like to travel, I do not like money, however, money is needed to travel. I have enough money to travel.

Maybe you feel like I am giving you something for nothing. I am more than happy to give knowing I never get a penny from anyone for just talking about my story. I refuse to take on many big advertisers, they want me to talk nice about them, and pay me, I would rather complain about them and be poor, then tell lies for money.

I have been lucky; I do not have to be nice to any hotel, tour, advertiser, or person. I do not owe anyone my allegiance; this makes my writing honest, no beholding for help to anyone.

I have an idea, pay me back this way, walk up to a few people you meet and say.

“Life is good.”
"Andy of HoboTraveler.com says Hello, he likes new friends."

Many people have helped me in my life who gave to me when I had nothing, I can never repay them, I can only pass it down, and help others.

I have traveled the world, I am sure life is good. The world is having the biggest outbreak of prosperity and peace in the history of this planet. Hell, I am having trouble finding and danger to face for fun.

I hope you chuckle, laugh, and realize, I am living my dream life.
- a life less normal. -

The good Gods watch over me. Now stand up, walk down the street, give people a big smile, and find a few people to say,
“Life is Good.”

Pass is around, people may eventually agree, I am sure the news on televison is negative, this just is not real life on planet earth. Life is good.

I will not stop blogging, it is what I do for fun.