Guatemala Travel Stories, Page 8

I Have Time for Perfect Thoughts

Yes, of course, the word "perfect" and the concept are more about dreams than reality, I know that, but I can try.



I have been observing this woman as she meanders from safe place to safe place, hiding from the world in plain site, but still living in the streets, obvious to everyone, but not seen.

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San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Saturday, May 29, 2010
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com

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I am grateful, I know there will always be misfortune, and accidental twists of fate, but today as I watched her, I knew I could have a perfect thought.



I know I live a lifestyle, I have the life, I have the ability to think about this woman for as long as necessary, and the perfection is just that, I do not have an excuse to stop thinking. I have no solution for her plight, however, I do know with a perfect thought there is hope, and if we all had perfect thoughts, ones that never ended, I know we could find a solution. I am grateful I do not have to stop thinking, or even have the desire to remove her from my mind.

I Have Time for Perfect Thoughts


Mom I am Still Alive in Guatemala

My mother wrote me,
"Are you ok?"
"You have not blogged in a couple of days."



I wrote her back, explaining I have been working on writing a book, and I am busy. What can I say; I can only write about two hours per day, or maybe about 1000 words, after that my writer’s juice is gone for the day.

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San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Thursday, May 27, 2010
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com

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I have written 7000 plus words, I suspect the book will hover around 25,000 words, and should be completed in about 60 more days. (I know the math is incongruent.)



I have finally found my motivation, or anger, maybe my frustrations. There is something that has inspired me, whatever the reason, I am writing a book.

What is the book about?
I will explain how any average person who can afford 500 dollars per month can move to Paradise. More or less the step-by-step process of doing this, all in one book, and not spread all over the HoboTraveler.com site, as is now the case.

My Revelation
There are two major types of writers who explain living abroad.

1. One destination writers, saying something like "Move to Thailand." Writers, that seldom do live in more than about three countries and their sites turn into I am going to sell you real estate sites.

2. Sell the Dream writers, I will not mention them, but there is tons of Bloggers and writers who write books about how to travel or live, they all propose that travel is the only life, sort of delusional selling to the masses.

Why do they all stop if this life is so great? I am not going to stop living in Paradise, and there is a simple reason, because I am in Paradise, that is an essential difference, and a good reason to write a book, I do not stop traveling because I truly do have a life in Paradise.

If you want something to do Mom, go look at my photos, I have all the Cuba and Ethiopia photos up now.

http://www.hobotraveler.com/photos/

My motivation is more about, I feel that everyone in the world would benefit by taking a break, a pause, a caesura, that sabbatical, that time in your life when you stop, look at your navel and say,
"Why am I here?

There is an epiphany that happens, when we leave our native countries and look back in, I am not talking about the grateful persons, not the people that are angry and leave. I love my country more now than when I left, but I have my eyes wide open. Plus, generally, people have eaten this buy music so long, they are clueless to understand the difference between a needs and wants.

Mom I am Still Alive in Guatemala


I Really Want to Do This

True travel is torture, I do not enjoy moving, plus moving is expensive, what I truly enjoy is what could be called:
"Sequential Country Living."



Sequential Country Living
Sequential living is when a person moves to another country, then while living in one country makes plans to move to the next in sequence. The person must choose the next city, hotel or apartment, figure out the cost, the visa and the transportation to the next country.

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Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Sunday, May 23, 2010
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com

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Call to Action
1. Cost of Transportation between cities
2. Visas
3. Expatriate Hangouts
4. Cost of Rooms
5. Communications - Internet
6. Clothing
7. Choose type of Transportation
8. Travel Time between Cities
9. List of People who live or have lived there.
10. Internet Forums
11. Choosing the Method of Entering the City
12. Guidebooks



First of all, I know, I do not change cities, I change Hotels. There are many methods of entering a city, and I must optimize my chances of enjoyment, by making good decisions. Generally, I just land in the city, however, when the country is very expensive, I would try to find people to help me make these choices.

Many people, if not the majority of people go on vacation, with a game plan or itinerary that makes travel torture. The longer you stay in a one city of country, the more enjoyable it becomes, however after maybe two or three months, a person often needs a cultural change.

I Really Want to Do This


If I did Not Work I Would Go Crazy

I need a project, a job, or something to occupy my brain, or my mind would wander off into never never land.



Man walking down Santander Street in Panajachel, Guatemala.

I have spent the last 12 years talking and living with people on vacation or retired, and finally have to admit, the majority are searching for a job.

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Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Sunday, May 23, 2010
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com

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A picture of Sai Baba hanging on the wall in an Apartment in Panajachel, Guatemala.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sathya_Sai_Baba



When the Mind Wanders
1. Search for God
2. Search for mystical, but refuse to call it God
3. Drinking or Drugs
4. Shopping
5. Fashion
6. Sports

I think is natural human nature to work, and I think it is unnatural to not, that is to day, people will work at keeping busy all day, and that is healthy.

Give a person a lot of time, and they will sit around and think about how to make money from the people around them.

If I did Not Work I Would Go Crazy


Daily Photos Added for You

Subscribers to this travel journal are now being sent a link daily to the photos I take daily., and you can easily share them on Facebook.com.



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Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Friday, May 21, 2010
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com

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Photo Journal
We finally have an easy way for me to upload to the internet and show photo pages. This means you can follow along and see what I saw yesterday that prompted me to take a photo.



My mother for years has been saying,
"Send more Photos."

I enjoy taking photos; however do not enjoy making internet pages about photos, so this new process is a great breakthrough for HoboTraveler.com. I have always known that people would rather see photos than read my writing.

I am now uploading approximately 15,000 photos that will be on that can be found here:
http://www.hobotraveler.com/photos/

I am going to focus on finishing a book I have been writing, while allowing readers to see daily photos.

Daily Photos Added for You


Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous in Guatemala

I enjoyed Sunday Brunch at Club Ven Aca on Lake Atitlan near the village of Jaibalito, Guatemala, it was pure luxury.



Club Ven Aca on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, swimming pool, hot tub, restaurant and the life of luxury for less than 5 dollars, I truly do live in Paradise.

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Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Wednesday, May 19, 2010
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com

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Three US Dollars

This is half an order of crepes, the two women I was with decided they needed to share, and I decided I needed to photograph the focus of their enjoyment.



Please Keep this Secret
My friend Mark came down to visit, when he went home friends and family asked him where he lived and how much it cost. When he said his room was seven dollars per night, he said,
"They got this glazed look over their face, and their brains stopped working."

I was laughing as he explained this to me over a free telephone call using Skype.com. I said to him,
"I can show photos, tell them, and readers and friends do not believe me."

No point in telling them, showing them pictures, there as some people on the planet that need to spend their money foolishly.

Clubvenaca.com

My friend John is coming down, I told him, you could get a two-bedroom house for 250 Dollars per month.
Belle Cottages

Alternatively, here is a studio style house for 150 Dollars per month, or you can buy for 25,000.


After 12 years of continuous travel, I am happy to say, I am in no danger of losing Paradise because nobody believes me. Personally, I know I deserve a life less normal, and I deserve the best the world can serve up, and I get it.

Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous in Guatemala


Bragging about My Parents and Country

Yesterday my parents celebrated 58 years of marriage.



My parents are everything good about the USA, and I am a lucky man.

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Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Wednesday, May 19, 2010
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com

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What can I Say?
I know, sense and feel that telling my great news interrupts the worlds desire to be cynical and jaded. Yes, it is possible to love and be love, and there are good people on the planet.



I cannot change the world, and when I hear stories about other families, I am grateful for mine.

I appreciate the USA, and I am grateful to be born in the USA. There is nothing that makes a person more grateful than to leave the USA and look back. I have never encountered better parents or country and maybe I know a little.

Bragging about My Parents and Country


Travel Headsets that do Not Break

I use my computer headsets to make telephone on Skype.com and to watch movies.



I have carried this type of computer headset in my day bag now for over one year without breaking.

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Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Wednesday, May 19, 2010
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com

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The ear clip will detach if there is too much pressure inside my backpack, but I just put it back on and continue to use.



Large Headsets Break
Many people think, what the big deal is, I will just buy another set, well try to remember,
"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more,"
- Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz Movie.

Travel Headsets that do Not Break