Guatemala Travel Stories, Page 41

Guatemala Earthquakes are Tourist Attractions

Guatemala Earthquakes are Tourist Attractions
April 15, 2008 there was shaking and trembling in the Hotel, many of the tourist came out and screamed across the courtyard,
- Did you feel that? -

This morning the Group of Habitat for Humanity volunteer group from the USA was both elated and not sure of their feelings.

There was an earthquake in Guatemala yesterday; nothing was damaged except some newbie nerve endings.

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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
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I think they want to say,
- I survived an earthquake. -

What happens it this, there seems to have been a 6.1 offshore earthquake in Guatemala.

Recent Earthquake in Guatemala Page
- NOTE - I think this page changes, so as this post ages it may be a different quake.

Guatemala Earthquakes

Guatemala Earthquakes are Tourist Attractions


Hotel Posada Los Encuentros Lago Atitlan

Hotel Posada Los Encuentros Lago Atitlan
Photos of Panajachel, the Hotel Posada Los Encuentros with WIFI or Wireless Internet, and many more photos on Lago Atitlan, Guatemala.

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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Monday, April 14, 2008
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Links with photos or Pana or pictures on Lago Atitlan.

Posada Hotel Los Encuentros Panajachel Guatemala

Puente de la Amistad Panajachel Guatemala

Statue in Panjachel Guatemala Lago Atitlan

Posada Los Encuentros

Guatemala Furniture

Hotel Posada Los Encuentros Lago Atitlan


Tourist Need Permission

Tourist Need Permission
I am a Paparazzi style tourist; I walk around in cities as if I live in the city, because the way I feel, I do.

However, an idle comment I heard yesterday made me think,
- There are more tourist shops in San Pedro, - or maybe she said San Pablo, not important me because Tourist Shopping is not on my radar, but this idea explains Tourism.

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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Monday, April 14, 2008
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USA, Europe, Australians, most people ruled by the Roman Alphabet Characters are either shy or private, maybe snobs.

Nonetheless, as a social group we know that a store or shop gives us permission to enter, talk; ask questions a buy if we wish. I tend to feel the Roman Alphabet character cultures tend to be scared of people that live on 80 percent of this planet.

I hear from people,
- They always want something. -
The whole world wants something and is offended when the others around them want something different.

I will hold to my belief, I have a right to talk with anybody that can hear me, and I truly believe your privacy is none of my business. You walk the planet, I walk the planet and I truly believe in that song,
- Why can’t we be friends? -

If you want privacy than you leave any territory I am dominating at the moment, I may very well force you to talk.

Funny part, I think I am in the normal 80 percent of the planet social group now and have very little use for the other 20 percent, unless they want to be friends.

To need a shop to have permission to live is a little silly.

Privacy is your problem, not mine.

Tourist Need Permission


How the World News Media Works

How the World News Media Works
How the world works?

How does the global news media work?

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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Monday, April 14, 2008
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NEWS MEDIA
- The news media refers to the section of the mass media that focuses on presenting current news to the public. These include print media (newspapers, magazines); broadcast media (radio stations, television stations, television networks), and increasingly Internet-based media (World Wide Web pages, weblogs).-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/News_media



http://home.donews.com/donews/article/9/91082.html

This is my explanation of how the world works, I am not a journalist, I am just a guy that observes the world from the seat of bus on many continents. Fortunately or unfortunately for me, my web site is the subject of a few journalist around the planet, I say fortunately when they write good gossip and unfortunately when they report bad gossip. (The more people whether for good of bad reasons on the site, the more money I make.)

I am fully aware that bad gossip would make me more money, but to promote bad gossip is some type of Black Hat Marketing, I am one of the good guy types, so I try to minimize the Black Hat Crap that dominates the main-stream, what you cannot avoid News Media and try to go towards listening to serious journalist when I can find one.

Gossip is idle talk or rumor, and facts or data are more things that stand alone, saying things like,
- The President of the USA is in Washington March 1, 2008. -

Black Hat is more a person explanation explaining why a person is in a place, when they are not even that person...
- The President thinks and wants .. etc -

Whether the Black Hat Crap News or the White Hat What is Up News, they both work in my view this way…

One person or maybe groups of people witness news worthy sellable event, or they receive a press release. You have this eyewitness news group, hokey to use this phrase of eyewitness because there are so few eye witnesses.

However, the is the first person to witness the news, you really cannot make up real news, but the truth is maybe about 90 percent is made up, the editor or journalist comes up with an idea of a story, then they go searching for people to interview who would support their story. They take photos, report on what they want to make as news, but this is more Black Hat Crap, they lead the witness, it did not happen, they search for the reports that would support their story agenda.

The graphic above is about a spin, I suspect more of a White Hat type, being I do not read Chinese who knows…

This is what happened, Joe Sharkey of the New York Times I believe talked with JohnnyJet.com asking about what he reads, JohnnyJet.com gave my newsletter as a lead. Then these people, maybe journalist in China read in English and go report in the Chinese language.

The problem is second, third, fourth hand spin of information, trying to put their personal spin on it.

The way I can tell news is Black Hat Crap News is when there are no references to the original pivotal start of the information. I am 100 percent positive Travel Journalist mine my blog, they do not comment, they do not reference, they just need real information because they do not travel.

When a person is in their office, when they are at the TV studio, think, they are not Travelers, and impossible to report on Travel, as they are not traveling, they are reporting what they heard, read, think is true.

There is a natural inclination to make a story better than it really was, a good story if fun to hear and read. I am for the most part a boring person, I get up at 5:00 am, type on my computer, watch too many movies and read a many books, and my life is boring in many ways.

The last few days I have been getting these small you should lectures from the Americans Tourist around me, there is this to see, there is that to see.

How the World News Media Works?

Maybe 1 person is the first hand, closest to the news story person, then the news gossip mill starts the spin, out flies bigger and better, more elaborate sensationalist stories as it propagates the planet. When there is no oversight, no way to check, say for example a story about Africa, then the story can be total hogwash. You see a lot of the big name talking heads talking about the story nobody can afford to write, or they think they cannot afford to write.

Maybe they do the same as the Chinese people above, the English Journalist goes and reads in French, then reports what the Frenchies are saying and making it their own words, giving no credit the original ground zero report.

The race began at the ground zero report, and each successive wanna be somebody writer tries to make a silk purse story out of a cows ear.
What is hard for me to understand, why people do not get up out of their offices and go walk this very small planet, it now is becoming too easy, they could be one of the persons at ground zero of the story and wear a White Hat News reporter everyone copies from, not the Black Hat trying to claim the story.

I speak Spanish, and French, if I knew Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Japanese, maybe German, but not so important, I could mix it up with the best of them.

How many levels of separation is your favorite journalist away from the ground zero, White Hat story.

I have told many a person who wants to get famous, when you are traveling, got over a year under you belt, life is too easy. Just walk into a Newspaper office, hand them a few good photos, maybe some negatives, a biography, tell them some stories, hand them a ready to go written story and what do they have to lose. They need that one story per day to make it look like they are working hard, you give it to them, and they will be the first ground zero story about Yankee in King Arthur Court.

How the World News Media Works?

Simple, one person writes it, and everybody copies with a new twist, the world loves gossip.

Read this:
It says they are searching for CLUES, look for he word clue.
http://home.donews.com/about-en.html

How the World News Media Works


Our Baby HoboHideOut.com Took First Step

Our Baby HoboHideOut.com Took First Step
Yesterday, HoboHideOut.com an Encyclopedia of Traveler Rooms achieved a daily average of 1000 unique visitors or sessions per day. (Not hits 45,000)

An internet site is like a baby; however, sadly most never grow to maturity, just languor in obscurity because they are invisible.

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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Sunday, April 13, 2008
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I am very proud of Andrew, Boy Genius from India, the coder and part owner of the site; he has really wrapped his mind around this site. A couple of days ago he said,
- SEO is fun. -

SEO is Search Engine Optimization

To say SEO is fun was almost as important as getting to the 1000 daily average. We make internet pages for the search engines, when the search engines like Google.com, Yahoo.com, Ask.cm or MSN.com like the site, or the site is optimized for the love of Google.com. Then the search engines reward us by indexing our site.
Ambition creates the goals, and then time spent on project is the price we pay, like working on a puzzle with half the pieces hidden or lost.

A Football coach would scream,
- Winning is not everything; it is the only thing. -

The only thing that measures success of web site is the number of unique visitors on the site, this is the only thing. After the users find, then helping them become important, impossible to help a reader that never find you...

I estimate there are around 14 Million Cites, Towns, or Populated places on the planet, we only presently have record of about 7 millions, so half done.

I estimate there are around 30 to 40 millions places a weary traveler can sleep at night, whether Hotels, Home Stays, Hostels or a cot in back room, maybe a tent on beach.

There are about 252 something close to being called countries on the planet and another 50-90 other things, whether protectorate, islands or independent populated ethnic groups.

When a web site brags about 190 countries or 170, this is humorous and not ambitious, 40,000 hotels listed is ignoring all of them.

I think maybe a person can say a site starts to walk around 10,000 unique visitors per day.

I only know of one easy way to evaluate a website, this is a web site called http://www.alexa.com/ Compare your site against others, and see if you compare, hehehe

What does this have to do with Travel or even the words Travel Writing, well what is the point of talking if nobody is listening. I know people say they blog or make web sites for themselves, friends and family. Crap…

People who write want to be read, the more people reading the happier they are…

People who make internet pages want people on them, the more people who visit the happier they are…

A Travel Site wants to help people travel, but first there has to be some people on the site to listen, this is what 1000 Unique Visitors means, there was 1000, people we had listening yesterday. A travel site is about sharing information with other travelers or tourist.

People who put their photos on page wants you to look at them, the more people who look, the happier they are… maybe the more famous.

When a person admits and is proud of their goals in life, they have taken the first step to achieving their goals. To work towards and unclear goal is dysfunctional and hiding from yourself.

I like a good game, a good challenge, there is no competition with others, and the only competition is with myself. I truly want to be the master of my own universe. When I can say I am expert, the master of a trade, idea, concept, then my self-esteem has a good solid foundation, I have not built on the sands of failure.

All this is rather simple, find that with is much better than you, and follow until you know how they do it, then improve and shift into passing gear, copy the best.

Our Baby HoboHideOut.com Took First Step


Guatemala Hotel Room Greenwashed Depulper

Guatemala Hotel Room Greenwashed Depulper
I am in the village of Panjachel, Guatemala located on a lake called Lago Atitlan, in Guatemala. Here are some more photos from my days spent here.
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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Saturday, April 12, 2008
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Marios Rooms Panajachel Guatemala

Restaurant Panajachel Guatemala

Greenwashed Panajachel Lago Atitlan

Razor Blade Barb Wire

Coffee Depulper

Guatemala Hotel Room Greenwashed Depulper


Paying 20 US Dollars Per Night for Hotel

Paying 20 US Dollars Per Night for Hotel
I am the King of the Five dollar Hotel; I thrive on Five dollar Hotels of the planet, and cringe when I pay Ten dollars, knowing this is an expensive room on Planet Earth.

I was having a good laugh at myself today when I told an English girl that I was paying 20 U.S.A. Dollars per night for Hotel Room. (150 Q) I then here this older couple in the back say,
“Wow, that is a lot.”

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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Saturday, April 12, 2008
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I was quizzing an English-speaking person, who lived in an apartment close to me; I am guessing she pays about Five Dollars per day or less, maybe less. She has been hanging out in Pana and is working in used bookstore; I thought maybe she had a clue about Wireless Internet. Well, no luck on WIFI.

She was said she had a hangover, however was able to tell me the whole scoop on every English Speaking AA meeting on the lake. It is an extremely populated expats community that has AA meeting in English so is rare, I have only seen in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Back on subject, I am paying 20 U.S. Dollars per night, WIFI, Free Breakfast, Color TV, Cable, Fridge, Hot Water, Private Bath and best of all it is quiet.

What has happened to Hobo, well nothing really, I am pragmatic person, I get done what needs to be done. I have to admit,
- I have a business. -
- The business is two large Internet Web Sites.-
HoboTraveler.com and HoboHideout.com

The glue that makes them work is the internet, the deeper I stick my hand in the glue, up to my elbows if possible, the better these pages advance to funding travel trips like buying a sailboat, or being a ski bum in Switzerland.

I have not problem with money, give me as much as you like, I will spend without remorse. I would stay in any place that is fun and works; normally a five-dollar hotel works best for me, and seldom more than ten dollars. To pay 20 it has to have internet in my room, my production goes up 300 percent when I have it in my room.

There is no pride in going cheap, there is no pride in paying a lot, there is pride in getting a good value, and I am presently paying about five dollars more than what I would say is a great value. I am paying 10 dollar more than needed to get the same at Marios Room, I just am paying the 10 dollars to deal with the cultural difficulty making things work, some hotels work easy, and other you have to push. I do not feel like pushing to get what I pay for, I just want to work.

300 percent increase in production, the leverage of the time I actually work, I like to walk around, enjoy life.

I was laughing at myself; it is normally me saying,
- Wow, you are paying 20 Dollars that is a lot. -

It is a lot, I can get great room here in this city and maybe more culturally fun for Five Dollars, my present hotel s more like Chubby American place to hide hotel, but it is very clean, nice and pleasant in a Chubby American Hideout, it is a great hotel.

I really miss the Mayan girls cleaning the hotel, cannot seem to find them…

I think maybe 20-25 Dollars is about my upper limit of price on the planet, I do not care if I am in Europe, America, anywhere, after 20-25 Dollars I feel a little cheated, I just do not see that one room in a building should rent for 750 dollars per month.

25 x 30= 750

I was trying to tell a person in Mexico who wanted 75 Dollars per night, this is nuts.

2250 a month rent for a concrete room is nuts, I should hope I could get a furnished apartment with Bikinis around the pool for that with extras.

The bottom line is this, over about 750 US Dollars per month and I would say the monthly rent on a global basis is nuts.

I am 100 percent, fully cognizant, full aware, I can rent room around Lago Atitlan for the month for around 150 per month, and it is the business, which causes a problem. How do I get internet installed…

I cannot be bothered…

Too funny, a bunch of bags with wheels is presently entering the hotel, I always wonder why the cheap hotels have Guapa Chicas and the expensive ones have Big Bags with Wheels, I like the Wheels, I do not like the Big Bags.

Paying 20 US Dollars Per Night for Hotel


Photos of Volcanoes Orange Peeler Guatemala

Photos of Volcanoes Orange Peeler Guatemala
A few more photos of Cashew Apples, then I left Antigua and took a Tourist Shuttle for 4 U.S. Dollars to Lago, Atitlan. Checked into Mario Rooms at 90 Quetzals or about 12 Dollars. The place has WIFI, but I left when it was having problems.
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Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Friday, April 11, 2008
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Links to photos of Antigua, Panjachel and Lago Atitlan Guatemala

Cashew Nut

Guatemala Photos

Road from Antigua to Panajachel

Volcanoes of Lago Atitlan

Orange Peeler Machine

Photos of Volcanoes Orange Peeler Guatemala