Mexico Travel Stories, Page 3

To Enjoy One Luxury

To Enjoy One Luxury
I have these research projects, Beaches, Malnutrition, Eco-Tourism, Culture, Backpacks, and Development and slews more.

The problem is the information I need is probably some University Library and not on the Internet, I think maybe the Beach project could be on the internet… truly the least researched and published project on my list, and competes with the Backpack one.

I think of one outrageous luxury, to somehow have the books I need shipped to me, then ship them back.

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Acapulco - 8 Miles north of the City
Pie de la Cuesta - Playa Luces
Laguna de Coyuca - Barra de Coyuca
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
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Ok Google.com, I am ready, tired of waiting, I do hope soon you put the Libraries of the world on the Internet so I can download all the boring textbooks I think I need, but do not want to carry.

The biggest luxury in my life is I pay three dollars per week to have my laundry cleaned; I do not enjoy the spiritual experience of washing my clothes by hand. 50 cents U.S. is the going rate per pound globally or one dollar per Kilo to wash clothes.

To Enjoy One Luxury


The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
I awoke this morning to the clatter of thoughts bouncing around in my head about Theodore Roosevelt.

Theodore from a Dutch culture, lived in a time that may have past, a man trying to live and define what it is to be American. The thought that woke me was, he did not waste his life, a man who truly had some Noble Thoughts and actions.

He spoke French, German and probably Spanish; he wrote I believe over 10 books, one set called The Winning of the West I would love to find in one of these Mexican Hotels lying on the floor.

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Acapulco - 8 Miles north of the City
Pie de la Cuesta - Playa Luces
Laguna de Coyuca - Barra de Coyuca
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
By Edmund Morris



I found this book, thanks to Stan G, who left the book he was reading, sitting in the Fort Wayne, Indiana Airport. USA. I hope to return it to him as he may be missing the book, however only after I am positively finished with the book.

The clatter is still in my head; I think of the American election that is now being run and wondering, did any of these prospects to become leader of the free world sit at a desk, dwell on one issue, obsess to the point of walking around in circles at night while the world sleeps like Theodore Roosevelt surely did.

Then write a book about it, one of the first books Theodore wrote was
“The Naval War of 1812.”

I feel quite sure the present candidates obsess on how to manipulate, manage, and massage the minds of the American and World public to convince us they can change the world. I think Theodore obsessed on how to change the world; he just wanted people to get out the way so he could.

I sometimes think about a title of a book, it would be called.
“How the World Works.”

There is this denigrating insult continuously stated, inferred, and injected into emails, blog comments that I do not understand the world from a global perspective. I find in intriguing to read emails originating in the USA, England, Germany or Europe whereby they are sitting at home telling me about the global world, while I am in the process of walking the global world.

Theodore Roosevelt probably traveled to more countries than my meager 77 before he became President and truly understood how the world works at ground level.

I do respect McCain, and thank him for paying a price in a Vietnam Prison, however I am still have not heard words that make me want to study his life.

I have many a reader, many a person explain how they traveled to Europe, took a plane here and there, trying to tell me about some Airforce One Trip they took and how they understand the world.

The “I rented a car” thing always tells me the true story.

I try to explain, I think I explain, hmm… hope to explain, if you want to know the hearts and minds of a people, a culture you have to get a little dirty and fly at “Ground Level One,” you need feet on the ground, butt on the bus, walking in the dirtlands, you need truly annoyed until you enjoy the real culture of the world, where the hearts and mind could care less you exist.



Map of Theodore Roosevelt chasing three men who stole his boat in the Badlands of Dakota, March 30 to April 11, 1886.

Hey, I wonder what his record is for not taking a shower?

This map makes me feel puny, just another person who talks too much and does too little. I can sermonize, moralize, get preachy, talk too much, however I think at the end of the day I want to be like my guy Theodore, a little too obsessive, a little too much over the top, he truly seems like a guy you could not shut up. Roosevelt was shot during a speech in the campaign of 1912. But he continued, saying, “I will deliver this speech or die.”

I just want to world to find their Noble Thought, like Wendy in the book or movie Peter Pan searching for that Happy Thought, it would be nice if people would search for their one Noble Thought, then one day, who knows, they may just become President, or at least somebody, someone their children are proud to call Mother of Father.

Theodore strived to be American, this is vague, confusing and forever unclear as to its meaning, what does it mean to say, I am an American. I walk around in foreign countries, my name here in Mexico is Gringo, not Quebecqua, but Gringo, and there is a difference. I am looking at the USA from the outside, when I walk or fly at ground level one in the dirt lands of the earth I feel the pressure of world pushing at my heels. Theodore and many before him and after created this American image, whereby I am not Canadian or European, I am American and what this means is they take a small pause, the world looks, they expect a little more from me than others. I do hope all these wanna be Presidents know the world does expect a little more, I hope within each of these possible Presidents has one Noble Thought they hold untouchable by the mess they got themselves into, I am sure the world is looking.

I got something to go do…

By the way, just to reassure people I have not gone over the top, I thought about writing a book called.
My Beach Life - My Other life

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt


I Speak Spanish This Time

I Speak Spanish This Time
When I started traveling, maybe escaped is more accurate, I was a normal Gringo, I was afraid of Mexico, my Spanish was funny and I obeyed the Lonely Planet Guidebook.

I am thoroughly bored with Pie de la Cuesta, this is not a Target Rich environment and the Mexican girls here eat too many Tortillas.

I think fat tourist have invaded Pie, or maybe Montreal’s version of the San Francisco Latte bunch, whatever… this beach is burnt. I need to find that is not Gringoized, Tourist inflated priced, serve me Taco Bell and call it a Mexico Beach place.

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Acapulco - 8 Miles north of the City
Pie de la Cuesta - Playa Luces
Laguna de Coyuca - Barra de Coyuca
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
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I need to find some Lonely Planet toting Euro-Trash girls lying around in Bikinis or step outside the guidebook. My one friend says he is flying this direction, Wade is down in Honduras, it seems that gravity is pulling me South towards Guatemala.

I am thinking of just wandering South in my hop manner, very slow, maybe 2-4 hours trips, I think maybe five to eight hops and I could be in Guatemala and leave the Taco types behind. Puerto Escondido, Puerto Angel and others big beaches are on the path south, I am now trying to find those non-in-the-guidebook beaches. I have not seen anybody with any sense in the last week I have been in Pie de la Cuesta.

I speak Spanish this time, I am not the least bit worried about the Macho Mexicans, they are wimps compared to Africa Macho. I will still always walk on the other side of the street from any Mexican cop, as they are globally the kings of problems. However, I think it will be rather easy and entertaining to push my way down the coast of Mexico and just step off the guidebook paths. Note, I do not have a guidebook this time, however my primary trips in Mexico include the Lonely Planet and I paid tribute.

I Speak Spanish This Time


Perpetual Travelers Life

Perpetual Travelers Life
“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.”

Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936)
Indian-born British writer and poet.

My friend wrote explaining ideas about perpetual traveler’s life; I found it interesting to have him address the concept of change. I find I have a throttle control on the changes in my life as I can travel fast or slow, if I am bored, I just step on the change pedal, if I am too excited I hit the breaks and stay inside the room more.

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Acapulco - 8 Miles north of the City
Pie de la Cuesta - Playa Luces
Laguna de Coyuca - Barra de Coyuca
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
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I think people romanticize this travel life, there is really nothing loving, caring, and cuddly about being a perpetual traveler. It is more the proposition of make chaos your friend.

Change is normal, I do not think being a perpetual traveler is normal; however, it for sure is a life less normal… hehehe

12 HOUR OF BOREDOM
I continually deal with abrupt change, I recently spent 12 hours in the Airport in Korea, whereby a person could become frustrated bored.

12 HOURS OF CHANGE
Last week I went to the Fort Wayne, Airport at 4:00 am, they cancelled my plane, put me on another flight whereby I change planes in Atlanta, and then again in Mexico City, arriving in Acapulco. The bag did not arrive; I had no change of clothes, went to the beach about one hour away and found a room after walking around for two hours.

I am not sure, maybe take a test, tonight after work when you are on the direct path home, suddenly turn and find your way to the largest airport around. Look at the flights arriving and departing, sleep in the airport.

If you are happy with the idea of not leaving the airport, and also happy with the idea of leaving on the next plane. If both thoughts seem like happy thoughts, you could brag to your friends.

It was a good day.

Perpetual Travelers Life


Mexican Mangos

Mexican Mangos
I asked a girl walking by, she said I was taking photos of a Mango tree, I hope so, it sure would suck if I put the wrong name below the photo of this plant.

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Acapulco - 8 Miles north of the City
Pie de la Cuesta - Playa Luces
Laguna de Coyuca - Barra de Coyuca
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
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I was trying to walk up this small mountain at the entrance to Pie de la Cuesta tourist area and found this Mango Tree.



Mangos on tree just up the big hills at entrance to Pie de la Cuesta, Acapulco, Mexico.

I read this book by Lonely Planet on how to be a Travel Writer, not much meat to the book, but the one emphatic notion I remembered, truly the book in a nutshell was to not be cliché.



This is Pie de la Cuesta or Playa Luces north of Acapulco about 7 dolars in taxi or 50 cent by bus, about 30-45 minutes. The land on the strip faces the setting sun better than in Acapulco.

I would suppose a photo of the Sunset is very cliché, while a photo of some Mangos are semi-cliché.

I was trying to climb this small mountain that would have a great view of Pie de la Cuesta so I could adequate explain this beach area, I did not make it to the top as I am just too fat from the easy life of Thailand and Philippines.

In a way it is nice to be in more difficult country like Mexico where I need to walk more because of the inherent difficulty of the culture, or the just general lack of providing economical services and goods. There is about five times less to buy here in Mexico than in Asia, there is five times less enterprise, there is just not much being done, sort of stagnant.

Up at the entrance to Pie they are selling used clothing, the same as in Kpalime, Togo, interesting how the two culture are very similar in development.


Mexico Favorite Foreign Tourist Destinations

Mexico Favorite Foreign Tourist Destinations
Mexico was the number one travel destination for American Tourist in 2004 according to Department of Commerce.

Wonder if they know the spelled the name of the country Colombia wrong? I got this data from the Encyclopedia Encarta.

This information is of negligible value, unless you are like me and semi-look for list of countries to not visit. I was scrounging around try to figure out why the prices of Mexico are five time higher than when I was here 8 years ago, just takes the fun out of going to Mexico when you have to pay a lot of money to live in globally non-competitive quality of rooms. What you get for the money is on the lower rungs of the world, however I truly doubt anyone cares.

I guess in a way, I try to think in these terms:

Which countries are easy to go hang around in?

I think I would have to remove Mexico from the list, revise my map on the index of HoboTraveler.com and not include in Barefoot Hobo Travel. HoboTraveler.com

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Acapulco - 8 Miles north of the City
Pie de la Cuesta - Playa Luces
Laguna de Coyuca - Barra de Coyuca
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
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U.S. Travelers' Favorite Foreign Tourist Destinations

2004 Country/Region Visited Number of Travelers (in thousands)

Mexico 19,360
Canada 15,056
U.K. 3,692
France 2,407
Italy 1,915
China 1,805
Germany 1,750
Jamaica 1,258
Japan 1,067
Bahamas 1,012
Dominican Republic 957
Netherlands 930
Spain 903
Hong Kong (China) 738
Ireland 738
Costa Rica 629
India 629
Taiwan 629
Australia 602
Brazil 602
Republic of Korea (South Korea) 574
Switzerland 520
Columbia 438 (Oops, I did the same when I first went there.)
Greece 438
Philippines 438

2004 according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, ITA, Tourism Industries.

Mexico Favorite Foreign Tourist Destinations


Internet Opens Manana

Internet Opens Manana
I have written numerous times about Manana or the idea that Tomorrow may never come in Mexico or the Latino world.

I ask the man at the internet café if he was open Saturdays and Sundays and he says yes. Strange, I came at 9:30, then 11:30 on Saturday and he was not open even though he said he was.

I suspect off and on, and when we want is a more accurate time schedule

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Acapulco - 8 Miles north of the City
Pie de la Cuesta - Playa Luces
Laguna de Coyuca - Barra de Coyuca
Monday, March 17, 2008
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I never feel sorry for anyone on the planet, it would be foolish. I just open my eyes and see the reality of life, not the noise.

Internet Opens Manana


Roosevelt Versus Theroux

Roosevelt Versus Theroux
I am reading two books, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris and The Happy Isles of Oceania by Paul Theroux.

I cannot help but think that Paul Theroux is an American wanting to be British, and Roosevelt was a British guy wanting to be American.

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Acapulco - 8 Miles north of the City
Pie de la Cuesta - Playa Luces
Laguna de Coyuca - Barra de Coyuca
Monday, March 17, 2008
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I have been laboring away with the Paul Theroux book now for over a month, while the Roosevelt book will not last the week.

I find Paul somewhat is like a textbook on how to travel, full of small insights, if I can finish his books, and when I do, I guess will I feel better educated.

I think when I finish this Roosevelt Biography, I will feel more inspired, and both men were on a journey to somewhere.

Roosevelt Versus Theroux