Guatemala Travel Stories, Page 44

Tired of Listening

Tired of Listening
I read small brochures, read about tourist offers continuously, I have been searching on the internet for Hotels in Panajachel, Guatemala.

I sometime think the good people of the planet just gave up trying to compete with the scoundrels of the tourist industry.
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Antigua, Guatemala.
One hour from Guatemala City
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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I am amazed at the offer made, and I am amazed at how many people, maybe the majority bite the stories told by scoundrels.

I often think, scoundrels like scoundrels, this must be the reason, I personally am tired of listening to bad deals advertised.

My solution is always to just walk into a city or village and hunt for all the good people hiding, but most seem to have taken the train out of town. I think they are tired of competing.

Tired of Listening


Did You Write Today Andy

Did You Write Today Andy
Wade of OpenRoadSong.com is visiting here in Antigua, Guatemala with me, the other day he asked,
- Did you write today? -

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Antigua, Guatemala.
One hour from Guatemala City
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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I am not clear why, just felt like a strange questions to me, I had to think for a moment and then said,
- Yes, I guess I blogged three times. -

I have almost no recollection or memory of writing blog post, it more or less is something I do, not think about, it is not writing to me, it is not an effort to think to write, it is more a response to my day.

The idea of calling it writing was weird in a way, but he is correct, it is writing, I suppose, but I am still not sure it feels like writing.

Never thought of posting these comments as writing… never had a person ask me if I wrote today.

This post here, tool less than three minutes to make and publish.

Did You Write Today Andy


Cowboy Pets Animals Cafe Coffee Guatemala

Cowboy Pets Animals Cafe Coffee Guatemala
Took a bus about five kilometers to Pastores Guatemala and walked back, took photos of a coffee factory, rivers and discovered that Pastores Guatemala is know for making leather Cowboy Boots.
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Antigua, Guatemala.
One hour from Guatemala City
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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Antigua Guatemala Cowboy

Antigua Guatemala Pets Animals

Physical Features Maps

Cafe Coffee Pastores Guatemala

Pastores Guatemala

Cowboy Pets Animals Cafe Coffee Guatemala


Roman Alphabet World

Roman Alphabet World
Maybe called the Latin Alphabet, I could never have predicted how much I pay attention this alphabet and its implication.

There are countries that use this alphabet and countries that do not, I always remember Vietnam using the alphabet and I was suddenly able to read street sign when I left Thailand.

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Antigua, Guatemala.
One hour from Guatemala City
Friday, April 4, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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The words often made no sense to me in Vietnam, however they made the job of learning the Vietnamese language easier by years ago changing over the Roman or Latin Alphabet.

We are working on HoboHideOut.com there are cities that can have A B C D navigation easy and the others…

The United Kingdom now has this A B C way of searching for cities, and something my mother’s age should be able to understand. I do not think the idea of search has penetrated, while she does understand searching for something alphabetically.

United Kingdom List of Cities

We are on and interesting geographical learning path, follow the letters of the Alphabet, we find out is with us and who is not, who more or less spells the same. It is not that simple, but you get the idea I hope.

The Wiki does not make this clear, they truly went over the edge in clouding the path:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin_alphabet

Roman Alphabet World


Watching a Real Traveler Eat

Watching a Real Traveler Eat
Mira and Wade of the blog OpenRoadSong.com are the real things, I know, I watched them choose a restaurant and eat dinner last night.

They walked into a restaurant here in Antigua, Guatemala, looked at the menu, then decided it was maybe too expensive for the menu choices.

Walked out of restaurant with no remorse, guilt or shame, yes I seen two travelers yesterday.

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Antigua, Guatemala.
One hour from Guatemala City
Friday, April 4, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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A person on a true budget, really making their own decision, not controlled by the social forces of the world, eats what they can afford to eat. Being a Traveler is like stepping of the path all the other people of the world are walking and roaming the planet freely. However, more importantly we slowly take of the coat of fitting in, or needing to be accepted by the world. We report to ourselves, not to any social norm that says be part of the crowd.

We do not have to behave like Americans; we become slowly children of the open world, owing allegiance to no one culture.

Walking in a restaurant reading the menu, then walking out without purchasing anything is common for a traveler, tourist choose restaurants for what is on the menu, traveler choose restaurants that allow them to continue to travel, more important to afford to travel then to eat tourist priced food.

They also refused the drinks; there is nothing more expensive than sugar water with a label. I was happy, I was part of the group.

Normally I go with a few tourist travelers with backpacks, they order double to triple what I eat, and of course have to have a soda or beer, regardless of the price.

They bought me dinner, it is not cheap, a traveler is buying days of travel time when they save money. This is like being on a diet, everyone continually pressure you saying you have to eat something, they want you to be the same as them.

Watching a Real Traveler Eat


Hotel Fan in Eyes Travel Tip

Hotel Fan in Eyes Travel Tip
I have a couple of photos to explain how a fan can blow in your eyes for 8 hours of sleep, or lying around in bed watching television in the Hotel. Next thing you know, your eyes are hurting, dry, in pain, and you have to know the cause, it is the fan.

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Antigua, Guatemala.
One hour from Guatemala City
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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This is the bed, the fan is a swing fan, IF the fan was mounted on the wall behind the head of the bed, and the fan would blow on my feet or lower body. However, because mounted on the side, it points directly at my face. Well, when I am really hot, an instant sense of relief, but over eight hours of sleep, I am in pain, my eyes dry out, and I start to have some misery. Watching television in the room becomes a pain.



I have tied up the fan so it point more at my feet, short of remounting on the wall, it is still not good. Truly, hotels do not think about all the needs of people, that is why you like your five star hotels for about 10 times the prices. I just choose rooms well and it solves some of these problems, but not always.



Second part of this solution to dry eyes was for me to buy some goggles that look like eyeglasses, inside these glasses are clear lens, big, wide, fat lens, I can see easy, but covers my eyes.

In the end, this room has some problems. A floor fan is usually the best, because when really hot, I can point at my face and head to cool off fast, and then point at my lower body to sleep.

The overhead fan is usually a need for goggle fan, you know, the center of the room, above you head shown in all the tropical movies type.

Stop Dry Eyes

Hotel Fan in Eyes Travel Tip


8:00 AM Site is Up Again

8:00 AM Site is Up Again
We are very nervous, HoboTraveler.com and HoboHideOut.com were down before 8:00 am in the country of Guatemala, then suddenly came back up at 8:00. The site was up by a proxify.com and in India, plus was showing traffic on site meter.com

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Antigua, Guatemala.
One hour from Guatemala City
Thursday, April 3, 2008
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The page of our host was up, ours was not, we did this complicated tracert hobotraveler.com in DOS and found it stopped a the router as it enters or leaves the USA.

Was I blocked?
Was there a squeeze program put on the bandwidth so the host can save money, this is really a mess, as there is no way to just check them and see if they are serving pages to the world. I need to be in all countries at same time.

I have this real fear that Internet Providers like AOL.com, or Host, or some big relay router can just shut off or block countries, continents or sqeezed the bandwidth and the USA public never knows...

8:00 AM Site is Up Again


Antigua Guatemala Apples Flowers Villas

Antigua Guatemala Apples Flowers Villas
The daily dose of photos from Antigua, Guatemala, as I try to send five links per day with 50 photos.

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Antigua, Guatemala.
One hour from Guatemala City
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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A Cold Apple in Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala Flowers

Antigua Guatemala Bus Times

Antigua Guatemala Chicken Bus

Antigua Guatemala Villa de Antano Hotel

Antigua Guatemala Apples Flowers Villas