Guatemala Travel Stories, Page 37

A Blog is Not a Job

A Blog is Not a Job
Do you know anyone that makes a living by blogging? I mean, do you have neighbor who owns a website, plus has money to buy a car.

I suspect you know a few people who make web sites for money, but I highly doubt you know any neighbor or friend who makes money by owning am internet site.

If you took 50,000 web sites or blogs, you will only find one that makes over 10 dollars per day.

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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Thursday, May 1, 2008
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I am annoyed, I use Skype.com to call hosting companies, business owners etc, and they seem to say,
“Why are you calling me about your hobby?”

The truth is this; most hosting companies have never seen a successful web site that truly did well. The do not take me serious, you do not need three servers.

I am cracking up, laughing… I am going to do a Press Release, a way to promote my website, help me and boy geniuses make money.

A Press Release representative more or less said,
- I have never heard of you.-

I am thinking to myselfe, this is why will do a press release, to tell those nice people who really do not understand the web and hopefully are not on 24/7.

What we want is free advertising, we do not want to pay to advertise, and we want to announce what is news, hope newspaper pick up and we get press.

Fun stuff and really crazy, I am going to do one on our 6.5 Million page hotel site that will one day have every hotel on the planet. That one is a little boring, but the only site I know that is trying to collect every hotel or traveler room on the planet. New, this is New

The other, I guess I can tell the world I have positive I have traveled for 10 years continuously, I have not lived in any one place for longer than three months.
New, this is New

I know many people who have lived outside the USA for 10 years; I do not know anybody who truly has traveled outside their home country for 10 years. I know many who work as teachers, live, work, travel intermittently, or more common. They go home, work, and return to travel.

There are tons of games being played with travelers.

Now, who really cares if I traveled for 10 years, not really a big deal? However, I truly earn more money per year now; I am becoming a richer hobo by not going home.

Here is a hint, when a person is back in their home country, or stays to long, or just does not seem to leave, it may mean they are not really traveling.

However, I can say, I have a job, I blog.
I can say, I have an internet page and I make money.
I am a hobo because I travel from place to place in a way searching for a job or way to make a living.

A Hobo did not need to go home…

Understand this, I do not have a home, I have not lived anywhere for 10 years. My home is not Indiana; I have not lived there for 10 years. I do not say I do not have a home, because nobody believe me, they do not think that is possible.

This blog post is about me complaining, people really do not believe that a person can make a webpage and earn money.

Ironic coincidence, I just got an email about how to give me money before I had time to blog this, I will read and post.

A Blog is Not a Job


Chris my Friend of 7-10 Years with No Face

Chris my Friend of 7-10 Years with No Face
Chris from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho will fly to Guatemala City on Saturday, one of my better friends on the Plane Earth. I have never met him, I do not know what he looks like, and I do not think he knows what I look like, however we are great friends.

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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Thursday, May 1, 2008
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This type of friendship is the greatest, we are two people who like to talk to each other, or more correctly we like to email each other, sometimes we talk on Skype.com.

I do not believe many people have friends in life that has nothing to do with status, money, fashion or looks. I think we both just like to talk about funky subjects like Solar, Electricity, Hot Springs, and Travel, and many other subjects.

I was once a handsome man of 23; I broke my femur, arm, and sternum in a motorcycle accident. I lost maybe 20 to 30 what I thought was friends, because I was then a cripple, one or two remained, the rest could not be bothered with the real me.

This experience with drinking problems and becoming well known as a Real Estate broker taught me the biggest lesson in life.

Find friends that like to talk with me, not friends who are impressed with who I am, if I succeed something resembling friends come and want to hang around, they may or may not be my friend. Funny though, failure finds more friends than success...

Nevertheless, a good friend just likes to hang around talking, what we are doing in second in priority, we like to discuss our world.

I am a lucky man, I know I have a few friends who like to listen to me, and I like to listen to them.

I see husband and wives who do anything to not have to listen to each other and think how sad this is, they are together for the wrong reasons.

My mother and father are usually in the same room, for 50 plus years they like to be close to each other, they can say anything they want, and I know they like to listen to each other.

I am very excited to hear what Chris has to say on Saturday and for about three weeks while he is in Guatemala or we wander to Costa Rica. Chris is a good friend, I have asked for 10 years for many friends who have known me for 30 years, they have not came to visit, but one I have never met in person is coming to visit.

Fame and money is just a fleeting pain in the butt, however true friends take time and listening.

This is not about doing something, life is knowing who we like to do things with, I know I will do something every day of my life, I search for friends to talk with while doing what I do.

The travel destination needs the hope of new friends.

Chris my Friend of 7-10 Years with No Face


Map of Lago Atitlan Guatemala

Map of Lago Atitlan Guatemala
Map trying to show the price of transportation around this lake. I believe in a few years you will be able to drive a car or take a small truck trip, bus around the lake.

If you want to understand a city or country, make a map, the puzzle starts to make sense. The culture has more meaning when you understand why people live where they live, whether water, close to work, family, there is a story being told. Notice the Rivers...

Lago Atitlan means Lake Atitlan, it is a lake in Guatemala at 1500 metes above sea level, warm days, and cool nights a great place for living comfortably.

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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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Click on map of Lago Atitlan to go to large map you can print.



Click on map of Lago Atitlan to go to large map you can print.

Map of Lago Atitlan Guatemala


Examples of Tourist Caused Inflation

Examples of Tourist Caused Inflation
I believe tourism should never be more than about Five percent of the income of a country. I believe that properly priced services and products help a country to thrive. I want Guatemala, and all the other countries to prosper.

Here is two example of how tourism hurts the locals.

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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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A girl working in my Hotel earns 30 Q per day.
It cost me 45 Q to have my laundry done.
I would love to pay this 30 Q labor and not the bos, or about 15 Q to do my laundry; I would love to pay the locals my money.

Wealth Condensation
The rich get richer, and the poor stay poor, not a problem in the USA, but most of the planet yes.

Mira from Ladythetramp.com blog said,
- It cost more to eat than to rent a hotel room. -

The cost of services makes the locals compete. When a business realizes they can ask 4-5 Q per pound, plus cheat on the weight, they stop providing fair cost of living services to the own people.

When the cost of eating in restaurant is five times the rate of a village maybe 25 miles from here, the locals cannot afford to go to eat. What is worst is when they feel an obligation to eat in these restaurants to be cool, to keep up with their neighbors.

I am 100 percent sure that about 50 percent of the families of the world cannot afford a cell phone, yet will pay half their incomes to have one, or a motorcycle, and not feed or clothe their children properly.

The more tourist and volunteers come and blow money twice as high as the locals can pay, the more the cost of living infates, and the poorer the people become.

Examples of Tourist Caused Inflation


You Can Bypass the Tourist Area Travel

You Can Bypass the Tourist Area Travel
I can see the future of tourism on planet earth, my view of the future is becoming 20/20.

I believe that 80 percent of all popular tourist areas will start to become Tourist Ghost Towns, former tourism boomtowns; however, the traveler and tourist will just bypass or say no to these in the future and go do what they want to do...

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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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I tell hotels, I really do not care about your hotels, it is not the reason I came here. I want a Hotel that is close to what I want to see or experience.

This will change in the future, as normal people write and take the rosy colored glasses off and the truth is revealed. Presently in Panajachel, Guatemala on Lago Atitlan, there are some hotels made only for the tourist fools.

I can rent a furnished apartment for 180 US per month, with complete kitchen, cable TV, and Internet.

I am 100 percent sure, if I am going to pay over 15 US dollars per night for rooms in this area, they better start kissing my arse a lot better than what is now offered. Luxury is not about a room, it is about the people in the hotel, a stupid boy at the door, and a stupid girl from the outlying cities is clueless on how to treat anyone above a 3 dollar per night level.

What I hope happens in the future is the bed and breakfast type, small family hotels more or less put the five star types into proper priced type of business. Maybe you call this the boutique, however when I hear this word, I know they are being clever.

I believe soon the good people who run hotels will take over from the slumlord hotels.

Slumlords are difficult to find in the modern countries, they have trouble existing. I believe soon the slumlord hotels who extract the maximum amount of money from tourist for the least amount of actual value will have financial problems. I believe the great deals will surface because of the voice of the people.

Tourist and Travelers are becoming noisy, even the least well-informed internet person is finding ways to announce to the world terrible service. The global tourism market will soon bypass the tourist trap, slumlord hotels and go straight to the outlying great mom and pop types. The person will be fully aware of what the real cost of living in these cities should be.

I truly never want to hear,
- In the USA this cost .... this is not the USA, so very stupid.-
The average Joe, maybe Pedro in Guatemala makes 5 dollars per day.

A great room in Pana is less than 15 and starts at 3 US.
A good apartment starts at 100 per month and goes up to great for 300 per month.

This type of statement will one day reach the good but naïve tourist and they will stop purchasing the slumlord deals offered by travel agents and internet booking pages.

You Can Bypass the Tourist Area Travel


Lab Test Found Entamoeba Coli

Lab Test Found Entamoeba Coli
I got a another test, this one found what I understand to be a parasite. Entamoeba Coli

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entamoeba_coli

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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Monday, April 28, 2008
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I purchased two sets of pills to kill this Parasite, the pharmacy seem well aware of these little animals.

They said,
Tu tienes Animales

Lab Test Found Entamoeba Coli


Retirement Needs a Plan

Retirement Needs a Plan
I read, I get annoyed, and do not understand the plot, and after 10 years of travel, I am sure people retiring do not understand the nature of living or traveling in other country.

Are the majority of Americans as stupid as is appears? Europeans are in worst shape, so no point in talking....

It is wildly difficult to retire in Ecuador, Retire in Costa Rica, Retire in the Buzz of Panama, Retire in Thailand, Retire in Spain, Retire anywhere but in your home country.

This retirement needs a plan; I cannot imagine Retiring in any country other than my own…. But… but… but…

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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Monday, April 28, 2008
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I can retire and go live, I refuse to buy, it just never makes sense.

Can you give up this ridiculous idea of buying other countries problems, the average American just is not up to the job of investing in land in other countries, this is incredibly risky, about the same as being a day trader.

I was a real Estate Broker, Real Estate Instructor for Broker, I purchased over 60 residential or commercial property, I sold two properties per week.

Every time I hear the words,
- Retire in Panama, -

I know what this means to a USA citizen, they are going to Panama to invest in land or buy a stupid home in Panama.

The smart plans is this, go and live in Panama for a couple of years, then maybe think about.. NOT, no buying, still a bad deal. Get on the internet and look at all the foreighners trying to sell property on the net, the reason is simple, they cannot sell to people who live in the country, they need a sucker on the net.

I am astounded here in Panajachel and Antigua, Guatemala, I had an American say he wanted to sell his commercial property for 300,000 US dollars, for a commercial real Hotel property to sell for 300,000 dollars, he needs to collect about 6000 to 9000 dollar per month in room rents.

I did the math, the real actualized value of the property is at best in cap sense about 125,000, and in a bad location for that.

The delusional values of property, the buying of property on the planet of property priced at get rich dream to get them prices is scary.

The planet cannot do this; we need a depression just to correct this mess.

Plan to go live for a couple of years, is penis envy so bad that you have to prove you can buy Quetzals in Guatemala, or Thai Baht in Thailand.

Retirement Needs a Plan


Leaky Coaxial Cable Wireless WIFI Internet Access

Leaky Coaxial Cable Wireless WIFI Internet Access
Concrete stops WIFI dead in the air, WIFI does not go through concrete walls good, now I may have found what seems to be the perfect fight the concrete solution, theoretically this make great sense.

Leaky Coaxial Cable Wireless WIFI Internet Access

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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Monday, April 28, 2008
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This coal miner from Canada told me that in tunnels they run this cable so they can use radios while mining for coal.

The idea is this; I guess I would somehow screw this onto the WIFI Wireless Internet router then run it to different areas where the connection is weak.

The value of a hotel is this, this cable is not of value, nobody is going to steal Coaxial cable, however if you leave a WIFI Router box sitting around and some smart jerk will steal it. Plus as I see it, I could wire up one of these small 15 room mom and pop hotels myself, just seems the like the KISS solution.

I have not put my finger in this idea yet, but this proposition for Hotels seems worth about 500 dollars per hotel in saving and happy campers.

http://www.systechtelecom.net/Spec_ST-Leaky.htm

http://www.afltele.com/products/fiber_optic_cable/coax_cable/leaky_coax/

Need to figure this one out! How do I buy, or better yet make?

Leaky Coaxial Cable Wireless WIFI Internet Access