I will leave tomorrow for Cairo, Egypt and try to find a way to go to Niger, I may have to fly by plane to Nigeria or Burkina Faso or other places nobody ever talks about, however they exist on maps. This country is surrounded by countries or has borders with many countries, this reminds me of Germany as it has many countries on its borders.
The Visa to Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Beni, Mali etc are the problems, the plane flights are not clear and I have found the best way to leave for Niger would be to fly to France, it is annoying how travel websites prioritize only on the major countries of Europe or popular with tourist, I do weigh the value of a website heavily on how they cover the whole world not just the popular. It is very easy to collect information on France or Germany, however difficult to find the answers for Niger.
There is a theory, however hard to explain, however it is the idea that the closer I am to a country the more information I am able to receive, the easier it is to find Visa information, the easier to understand, because the information stops being traveler gossip and turns into actual travel experiences told to me in conversations in the Hotel. It would be very difficult to travel if I lived in Five-Star Hotels as the travel conversations would be almost worthless, I need the ability to learn from travelers, the noise they make, the ideas they impart, however when they are far away from a country they will also tell myths, lies, and preconceptions, however when I get closer to the country the real information starts to be revealed.
I am using Cairo as the base to go to Niger, I am also though going to Cairo, Egypt.
I will be in Cairo on Sunday Night.
I was laughing, the two very serious photographers returned to the Hostel, I overheard them talking in the toilet about having a computer in Israel and ... I am not sure, as I left, however...
I think this Paranoia is weird, are they up to something or doing something?
My friend Anna was using her batteries or trying to make sure the batteries in her camera were completely dead so the border police could not look at the photos, I am lucky because if there was problem the photos would already be on the internet and they cannot delete.
However this sort of Paranoia is interesting, the guilty do feel guilty however what are these people up to and why are they trying to interfere in the country of Israel. I for sure think Israel should be Paranoid, I do think they are surround by 200 million people who want them exterminated and I do not think Europe would stop these Arab countries.
So I understand searching me and all that, however why do people want to help overthrow a country or why do they want to do things like support a monster that blows himself up in a crowd of innocent people. I can understand and appreciate them wanting Palestine to have their own country, I believe the I-Hate-My-Father persons are taking this obsessions too far and going after any authority.
Well, for sure there are people in this Hostel that Israel should keep their eye on, and for sure I am in a Hostel that Israel will or should keep their eyes on, so because I am in this Hostel I am guilty by association.
However for sure I am sure that people are going to search my bags... I hope they do, I do not want some bombs going onto the plane, so I hope they search all the bags extremely well and suss out the problem.
I am not paranoid, I consider it interesting and hope a girl searches me, making it more interesting.
I really think the world is a little too serious, I am thinking Palestine is one of the more modern areas on the planet, however I still need to go nose around in the areas after I return from Cairo and/ or hopefully Niger.
I suppose these are professional photographers, however they are too involved and too intense for me to be bothered, I do wish I had one of them 1500 Cameras they have, I guess they use Nikons, I have been looking at the Canon.
The advantage is speed of taking photos and the extreme zoom lens, the disadvantage is for sure when you pull out a huge camera the world knows you are taking a photo, when I took this they just ignored me as a non-consequential and tourist... go figure.
I am at this kitchen table in a Jerusalem, there is this every present feeling I have like I am in some old Vietnam movie where there are these journalist holed up in a hotel, drinking all night and waiting for something to happen. I do not think the Gaza thing is much of drama story, however extremely important for the world.
I am only positive of one thing... I am in an Un-Holy or unhappy place, the person here are not looking for the good of life, I must leave soon.
This is a hard comment to make, harsh and condemning, shall I make the comment that this is an Un-Holy place? I have thought it, therefore I think it and feel it, is it true, this is the point, I am just a person here visiting, how can I make a blanket comment about a place. I can make any comment I wish because I am only talking about my feelings, they are real to me.
I do not feel God here, I feel I am surrounded by well-wishers with smiles on their face, looks in their eyes, people in the Hostel walk around some with this I am working on the side of the right, I am righteous, this is scary. I am bewildered though as there is almost nobody here that is talking of having a God or believing in the Good of a benevolent God, they talk more from the like people from a Self-Help groups which I know way to much about as I am not over 18 years sober, there are people in these groups that believe by going and saving others they can save themselves.
I personally am still thinking I am in remission and the work needs to be done for myself, I am, and always think, I make this website to make enough money to travel, where I can chase girls and have the good life. I am able to spend the winters in the tropics. This is my goal, however as I pass around or through the planet, I see and smell distress, I can move towards or away from this, there will always be anger and frustrations.
I was thinking or laughing to myselfs, is there something about the Volunteers of the planet that says they must be frumpy or not so pretty, is there something about a techie that means they have to be a nerd, is there only some sub-classes of person that can enter a group. Could a very handsome and beautiful man be Jesus or Muhammad, does a person have to be downtrodden week and oppressed before they can do good works?
I am just laughing to myself and making sure I stay prioritized, I am a tourist, a traveler, and a person that is having fun wandering around the planet. My mission is to help myself and enjoy life, then to help others to enjoy I hope a similar life, maybe give some methods or ways for travelers to come and be a hobo the same as me, maybe I hope in the future to allow them a way to earn the money to travel the same.
I am not here to save the planet, there is a small set of words used or I have heard people say.
"I am only positive of two things, there is a God, and I am not him."
The work to save the planet is not my job, my job is only to be a good boy today and to be the best example possible, then not berate, then forgive myself and others when I screw up something. I am sure I am making some of them comments as I type that would annoy someone, I am sure people are not (waying - weighing) me by my intentions, however they for sure will weigh me by how I spell word.s... oops, the word Weigh is not Way, how can I do that, it is like my mind does not obey. I really wish I had a really beautiful... Better say Dutch, or Swedish, Israeli girls are not acceptable in my present location, there are none here, oh yea a couple, maybe. I wish I had a wonderful girl to edit this so I did not feel a little guilty when I push the publish button that I am making you work to read my ramblings.
So I am in this bombed out Hostel, that would only be fun to be in because it feels like a bombed out hostel, it is has never been bombed and it may have never been cleaned, however it sets the perfect mood for a bunch of person who wish to save the world. I really have the impression they want to exterminate all the Jewish people and really will never be happy until they are completely gone.
I asked a person here, is the Gaza disengagement good.
The Palestine want them to leave.
Around 8500 people are leaving.
Does the person say yes?
Nope, she says, no.
This is difficult, there is no progress being made in the minds of anyone here in the Hostel, there is a sincere feeling in me that they wish to punish and take revenge upon the Israeli people. For sure the Israeli people and country does very bad and outrageous things, then again a suicide bomber in my mind is never acceptable. Who is most outrageous, who cares, not me, these people are not reasonable, there is no solution I can feel or see, the only way either side may be happy is when all the other side is dead.
My gut says, for sure the Palestine want genocide of the Israeli people, and the Israeli people do not consider the Palestine capable of humanity. Therefore they need to be told how to live. These are generalizations and with a good generalization this is only generally true.
However there is the exceptions, please do not be anal and tell me, or write me with specifics that prove the a generalization wrong, one specific does not prove anything, just that you know an exception.
Obviously I am thinking too much, I really like Tel Aviv and the beach life, maybe I should take the bus there today. I am only here presently because I have free internet, and have over 250 photos that I wish to publish, send out my newsletter and star anew on a new subject.
Some lady called me a Journalist today, annoying, and for sure there is no way I collaborate or track down the truths to subject properly, I am just a guy that searches until I am positive for myself that I have found my truths, this is all we need to find our truths, then again there are those with delusions of adequacy that talk to much.
Who am I... I am a Hobo, hehehe, who in their right mind would listen to a Tramp, Bum, or a Hobo that goes from place to place looking for work.
Here is the organization that these people are working for in the Hostel, my gut tells me they are supporting the suicide bombers about 20 percent, they say no, however there is no harsh comments against the bombers, therefore a tacit agreement, and some call the martyrs, and for sure that means support.
If you have nothing to do, click on it and have fun, I highly recommend you go look at something different as this will only lead to confusion, and that to me is the devils only friend, however some of you wish to know what I am referencing and I would not want to give you cognitive dissonance, or leave you hanging in normal terms.
IF - by Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting;
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating;
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings- nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!
- Thanks for this, and for that, and all the things,
that may, or could, or should be done, in advance.
Thanks for this...
Thanks to Kim for making sure I remember just
"Life is Good."
I wonder... was Rudyard Kipling a Hobo?
This is supposed to be the stone where Jesus Christ was laid after taken down from the Cross.
A painting on the wall behind the stone.
A small chapel with a cross in front.
A tomb and the sun coming from the ceiling.
I am learning more each day about Jerusalem and the Gaza Disengagement, here is a map of the Gaza Strip in Israel and a place to post photos.
The Hostel I am in is full of anti-Israeli people or Pro-Palestine people who all want Israel to leave, not that simple however I came with my friend Anna from Iceland and she was a volunteer, therefore I realize I have met now only two other tourist. Everyone here has some form of Political agenda. I have never talked less Politics in all my life, I just consider the conversations in the Hostel to have taken and all time low for intellectual pursuits.
I wanted to club and American boy last night who sat and berated his girl friend for at least one-half hour and more because she reads an Israeli newspaper, I think it is this one, although I could easily be wrong, there was one sitting her the other day, now I do not see it.
It is interesting how a person can say,
"It is stupid."
and call names of anyone that would read a paper, I kept my mouth shut because the girl was a victim and she was his girlfriend, this is a place where people are oppress and some of them ask for it, I really am not sure who I avoid more oppressors or the self-appointed victims.
Well to say the least he was rampant on saying people were stupid and the name calling reminded me of my friend Dave in Thailand who was instructing me about hate mail or bad mails I receive, saying that when an email starts by calling me a name or insinuating I am stupid or something than there is not a reason to go on with the email.
This has been somewhat good advice however it is possible for a very angry and difficult, name calling person to make a good point, so I try to weigh the number of comments of such before I just discount the email. This is a provoking email and only meant to try to make me angry, not a lot of value.
The American boy who was trying to tell his girlfriend she was stupid was to me stupid, so I want to do the same as him, however I want to call him stupid... hehehe
His problem was a California, I am smarter than you problem, he is part of a culture that believes they are more aware than others, if it is possible for one region or place to have the general mentality smarter.
I was told the other day from a person that says he is a free-lance reporter that the Hostel is busy in the morning with reporters preparing to leave to cover the Gaza story. I am glad to say that they do not wake up an different than usual travelers so I can use the internet easily.
Gaza or Gasa Disengagement had the deadline last night at midnight, it is about 7:21 AM presently here in Jerusalem and nothing is happening here as best I can feel, I am not sure what the reporters want to see.
8000 people are being moved from Gaza and the land will be given to the Palestine people, I am not sure if this is good or not, I thought until I came here this was a really great idea. However nobody here is happy or looking at this as a positive movement. I think most of the people in the Hostel are viewing this as just one step to the elimination of the Jewish people...
I really think they all want them dead, I am not under the impression that they want them to also live in peace, this is sort of a scary mentality to me, I do not see them giving or offering solutions where both survive and live. This may fuel more violence in the area, I hope not and I hope the Palestine people accept this and try to work towards two separate nations, however I feel an evil here and I think they will only be happy when all the Israeli or Jewish people are dead, I do not care of the rhetoric I hear, they want them dead and gone.
Israel is putting themselves though on the moral high ground and if the Palestine people do not behave the world will have trouble believing they want peace, this can be a huge problem.
Israel is for sure not behaving either, there are massive amounts of Jewish zealots who believe that God has gave them this land.
The bottom line and what makes Jerusalem not so Holy Land is that there are three factions who believe they are the rightfully possessors of this area.
Jewish Islamic and Christian.
They all are working in the name of God, they all worship the same God, and just a different path.
I think my mother would say,
"Why can't they share."
Good question, my answer would be,
"Mom, they are not of God, they are of the Devil."
You can feel and see it, this intolerance and I am more correct or more just than you mentality is difficult. How can you have peace when compromise is not part of your mindset because you know or believe that God or you are one hundred percent correct.
Truthfully I do not care, the Christian Bible in the New Testament said,
"Let the dead bury the dead."
This to mean let those who are dead deal with those who are dead, let the things of man deal with the things of man and go on with the God things or Good things of life, my life is good so I am ok.
I just had a reader post a comment that they seen a challenge taking place in the Sacred Valley of Peru, I posted a rumor that they were maybe going to film Survivor in Peru.
Here is the original comment and the post for those of you who follow Survivor.
The city of Jerusalem makes my survival instincts blair, this place is creepy and full of people that want to fight and argue. I personally believe that the good Gods on the planet create temptations where a person can have faith and keep the path, or they can stray. This place is full of temptations to be angry and fight, the path to salvation is narrow.
The good person chooses a road to happiness, tries to warn or witness that the path of obstructed, not to stop them, however to instruct, however temptation is sort of a good Gods way of allowing people to show their faith, or their true nature.
If you are of good report, then no problem, come on and visit, if you are searching then better to stay away, do not lead yourself into temptation or make the choice, there is always a choice.
Everyone here in the Hostel is self-absorbed, except for the young boy manager and the owner strangely, however the rest are very intent on being intent on something, I am personally ready to stop this and go for cup of coffee number 2.
Here is a sign in the toilet of my hostel on the wall, I am impressed though with the quality of the graffiti, however quite sad that someone is interested in the word Anarchy.
Definition of Anarchist:
1. Supporter of anarchism: somebody who rejects the need for a system of government in society and proposes its abolition
2. lawless person: somebody who tries to overthrow a societyÂs formal system of government or behaves in a generally lawless manner and encourages others to do the same (disapproving)
I consider the greatest of all sins to cause division among men.