Mexico Travel Stories, Page 4

A 10 Year Old Traveler

A 10 Year Old Traveler
I have a vexing problem, it is not obviously clear how long I have traveled, however it has lead me to an interesting word game.

We I think are in the 21 St Century, I guess we have finished 20 and working on the time period from 2000-2100.

I think and feel I have finished 10 years and I am working on the time period between 10 and 11. So am I to day, I have traveled for 10 years or should I say I have traveled for 11, it is strange quandary and totally irrelevant.

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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
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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Whether I have finished 10 and am working on 11, or to say I am in my 11 year of travel seems prone to word games. This whole thing become vexing because I never took off to travel, I am more or less and accidental traveler, I started to travel and just forgot to go home, or never wanted to go home. I did not move to another place, I did not leave a place; I was visiting Pie de la Cuesta and just could not bring myself to return to work. I suppose a continuous sabbatical from life is a closer definition of my travels.

I took time off from what is normal life and decided to live a life less normal…
I feel close to sure, not too sure, but relatively sure as of March, I am not sure at the beginning or end, but something March; I finished my 10 full years of travel, a decade of no decisions. I think travel is a leap year of life, a place where time needs some extra space.

A 10 Year Old Traveler


I Maybe Search for Equality

I Maybe Search for Equality

“Equality, this chimera of the peasantry, exists only among noblemen.”

Jules-Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly (1808 - 1889)
French novelist and critic.
Les Diaboliques, "Le dessous de cartes"

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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
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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Chimera,
I never heard of this word before, it means that equality is a wildly unrealistic idea or hope or a completely impractical plan.

Yo Conozo la playa Pie de la Cuesta.

I know the beach Pie de la Cuesta; I lived on and off this beach for a year or so, and got to know many of the locals, the hotel owners as I walked the beach.

The word to know is different in other languages than in American English, it is more along the lines of saying, I understand this beach. Like saying to your children,
“I know what you are up to.”

Pie de la Cuesta is the same as any hometown, anywhere, it is full of petty jealousy and people who wish to be first class. I do not think a person can live in a hotel without accepting the hotel defines their class whether they like it or not to the others around, I find I rent a room, while the vast majority rent a status or class.

I have been enjoying my re-focused view of this beach and maybe I do understand more why I travel now, it is because I search for equality. I search for a place where I fit in, where I am not a square peg that some kid is trying to force into a round hole. I am now 52, I am old enough to accept now, I do not fit in, and never will.

This is ok, even good, I now know some of the reasons I do not fit in and I am closer to finding somebody to talk with… In a way, I think the whole world is searching to become a somebody, and reality we need to accept we are a nobody, then we can be ourselves. I search daily for small conversations, for people who wish to enjoy the day. What I find for the most part is nervous types, paranoid that I want something of them, or I do not want to buy from them, it is weird that so many people cannot just relax and enjoy the world walking around.

I think I search for equality, to be on the same level as all around me, I think the art form of doing this is I need to adjust my status level to the person I am with, and not keep my person status level. When I am with a person that feels of low status, I have to become low status with them, when I am with a person of higher status or they perceive this, than I need to become of higher status. I guess when I am with a person who wants to be of higher status than me or lower status than me, I must also allow them to do this, an annoying bunch of variables.

I do not feel myself to be low status or high status.

I remember as a young man walking through some very think wood on the way to the Fawn River. Mike says,
“This is where we separate the Men from the Boys.”
Scott pipes up.
“I quit.”

I always think of the insane brilliancy of this, when given an opportunity to compete there is always the third option to maybe be magnanimous enough to not eat the temptation, to somehow keep everyone equal when for sure we are not.

I am a nobody, yesterday I was a somebody, now I am a nobody, who somehow knows I must make everyone feel like a somebody because in reality then just refuse to accept they are also a nobody.

I Maybe Search for Equality


Solitude or Noise

Solitude or Noise
I was walking down the beach yesterday, the sun is setting and a Guapa girl was sitting in the sand, waiting for her boyfriend to get off the cell phone.

I wanted to say,
“Please Sir, leave the beach, I can hear the noise in your head.”

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Acapulco - 8 Miles north of the City
Pie de la Cuesta - Playa Luces
Laguna de Coyuca - Barra de Coyuca
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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There is nothing worst than a deserted Island, nothing worst than being in solitary confinement on an island or beach, a person really could start to talk to the soccer ball like Tom Hanks in that one movie.

However, the noise I hear in other peoples head is often a roar, the insane, asinine, indifference to the world, total incapable of introspection, lack of self-awareness of people, gasping and grasping individuals is appalling. I really wish I some days I was not a Betazoid, this empathy thing is noisy.

A few minutes later, I see the girl running down the beach with a dog following, she goes and looks at this Catholic Church on the beach, and I think she is drawn to good decisions; however is living with a bad one.

Solitude or Noise


Living the Travel Topics

Living the Travel Topics
My site HoboTraveler.com is my collection of travel topics, then under each topic or subject a person can choose a country and submit links or comments.

There is a small line in the sand between what is travel and what is living, they are really the same, a person is still living when they travel, they did not stop.

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Acapulco - 8 Miles north of the City
Pie de la Cuesta - Playa Luces
Laguna de Coyuca - Barra de Coyuca
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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I sometimes become annoyed with readers, comments and people who write to tell me I need to stop travel; I see this close to saying,
- Hey Andy, stop living. -

I do not know why they say this, mainly these types of comments come after I complain or admit I had a bad day. It is amazing leap of idiocy to believe I would go home and not have a bad day. Yes, traveling can be challenging to the nerves some day, and for sure, I do not enjoy watching some things I see the people doing on the planet. However, a bad day traveling will always be better than sitting at a desk, looking out the window and listening to some drone complaining about the weather, sickness or their wife or husband.

I continue to collect subjects and topics about travel, however the line becomes blurred between how to explain and give tips on how to travel ones life and how to live ones life, there is just not a lot of difference.

Either way I breath, wake up, drink coffee, go to toilet, have a good day or bad day, one is just more interesting than looking out your window at the world passing you by.

Living the Travel Topics


Pie de la Cuesta Waves

Pie de la Cuesta Waves
The waves of Pie de la Cuesta are crashing, banging, and fighting the shoreline, making one hell amount of noise. I am about 50 meters from the ocean with a huge set of building separating me from the waves, still it invades my space.

I know this beach, I know most every hotel on the beach, and I have been laughing at the evolution of this beach. I think I have one of the cheapest rooms on the beach, yet one of the best.

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Acapulco - 8 Miles north of the City
Pie de la Cuesta - Playa Luces
Laguna de Coyuca - Barra de Coyuca
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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I could talk for days about the rooms on this beach, however after traveling for 10 years, I think the best rooms are probably on the Lagoon side, not on the Ocean side, still on the freshwater lagoon, however the noise is less, more shade, and more quiet.

Funny, they have paved the road, now the cars fly by so fast it now is like Acapulco, maybe I move there. Ok, this beach has outlived it shelf life, it has evolved from a nice Mom and Dad beach to something else, time to find the next one. I will stay a couple of weeks until Easter passes and the price of hotels go from some sort of high season crap, back down to,
“we are empty all the time, yet say we are full.”

My room has two 4 x 8 window with screens, the overall size of the room on the second floor is about 20 x 20, this is a huge room, the cross flow ventilation is great and the sun never shines on my room, there is always shade. The room was designed correctly; the price is just cheaper because he has not finished the hotel, a few things outside look awkward and under construction.

Pie de la Cuesta Waves


Acapulco Pie de la Cuesta

Acapulco Pie de la Cuesta
I am about 8 miles, maybe one-half hour from the city of Acapulco, about one hour from the Airport.

A beach with dangerous waves banging the surf, called Playa Luces, or Sunset Beach by the Gringos, the place to watch the Sunset than clap to thank the good Gods.

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Acapulco - 8 Miles north of the City
Pie de la Cuesta - Playa Luces
Laguna de Coyuca - Barra de Coyuca
Friday, March 14, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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Collectivo Taxi are 10 Peso per ride or one dollar... Shared Taxi.
Bus is 5 Peso of 50 cents USA

Need to say Pie de la Cuesta - Peeeah day lah questa



Spring break has not hit this beach, however in a few days Mexico City will invade for Easter or Pasqual.

The price of room is tourist nuts, the cheapest I have found so far is 17 dollars and most are over 20-25 and this is globally priced nuts. Going price for all the room on this beach in a global pricing structure should be 10-15.

17 dollars and I have yet to see a well designed bikini in three days here.

Acapulco Pie de la Cuesta


Another Day in Paradise

Another Day in Paradise
Walking the beach, ignoring the culture or loving the culture is still…

Just another day in Paradise.

I enjoy walking, like shifting the mind into Granny Gear.

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Acapulco - 8 Miles north of the City
Pie de la Cuesta - Playa Luces
Laguna de Coyuca - Barra de Coyuca
Friday, March 14, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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I am pounding the keys of my computer, I am now up to about 525 different types of beaches. I now remember the beach.

Yo Conozco el Playa.

Gracias a Dios

La Vida is Buena

Another Day in Paradise


Keep the Fraction Constant Budget

Keep the Fraction Constant Budget
Here is a travel budget for the person who wishes to escape from home.

“I had to keep the fraction constant.”
- Theodore Roosevelt -

“My Father … told me …
If I am going to earn money, I must even things up by not spending it. As he expressed it, I had to keep the fraction constant, and if I was not able to increase the numerator, then I must reduce the denominator. “
- Theodore Roosevelt -

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Acapulco - 8 Miles north of the City
Pie de la Cuesta - Playa Luces
Laguna de Coyuca - Barra de Coyuca
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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When a person decides to escape they often seem to forget they do not have a job, they spend money that ordains they will surely stop traveling the planet. One day maybe this person will enter into negotiations with themselves.

“Self, I say self, I want to continue to travel, I do not want go home.”

“Ok, self, but you are running out of money, you only have enough to travel for six more months, then you must go home.’

“No, self, I refuse, I will not go home, I do not want to, I want to continue to follow my feet.”

“Ok, then what are you going to do?”

“I do not know self, I do not know how to earn money, they only pay about five dollars per day here in this country for labor, my room rent is 10 dollars, what can I do?”

“Well self, I think the first call to action would be for you to find a room for 2-3 dollars, so you can at least have hope of never going home and admitting defeat.”

“I agree self, decreasing the amount of money I spend is a lot easier to do than to earn money, even if I teach English they will not give me enough money to afford diddle.”

‘Yes, I must somehow learn to live as cheap as the locals, and then hope to find a way to increase my money.”

“Yes, seems like a plan, self, you can live on the same budget as the locals, then if in desperation you need some cash, you can always work at some menial labor, the Hotels always need some reception person who speaks English, you could do some trade for a sleeping room.”

“I suppose you could also translate Restaurant Menus.”

“I am not gong home self. I will cheap it down until I can take this six months of money and turn it into two years. By that time I hope I can figure out a way to earn money and travel.”

“it’s a plan”

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I hear the talk, and listen to wanna be somethings, they say something about travel, but I just hear noise. Then one day I hear them say something about not spending money, I then start to believe them, I start to think, maybe, just maybe this person is a traveler and not some delusional party animal that will not quit drinking to go home.

I hear many a person list of exceptions to not spending money, they say something like I will put in on the credit card, or it is only five dollars. I think to myself, five dollars is two days in a hotel, it is not a coffee in Starbucks, it is two day of living on some beach looking at bikinis.

I am on the beach where I had the first argument with self, I am on a beach by name of Pie de la Cuesta. I guess you could call this Ground Zero for HoboTraveler.com, this is the place where I started running away from home, I planned my escape on this beach. I traveled away from home, away from drudgery of reporting to work, from saying I have to get up and go to work, I now have traveled so far away from home, I found my home.

I am a Traveler, I am Andy the HoboTraveler.com, found a life on this beach, so I must say Thanks to this beach, pay homage to my first new home on the road.

Thank you Pie de la Cuesta.
Andy a Traveler


Keep the Fraction Constant Budget