Niger Travel Stories, Page 3

I am Sick in Niamey Niger

I am Sick in Niamey Niger
Niamey Niger West Africa
Monday, October 16, 2006

I am feverish, hot and cold, a little dizzy and having problems here in Niamey, Niger.

Niger people are number 177 on the HDI, Human Development Index. In reality, being last means translated.

We do not care.
We are ruthless, selfish and most likely to piss on you foot.
Manners at a minimum.

In worst situations, babies die, women are beat, on and on.

To me, developed or not developed mean….
IF I was in Norway, and I fell over in the street, they would care. They would do a drag hunt search of the city, very quick to discover who I am.

I am worried I would fall over in the street.

Here in Niamey, it would maybe happen; there is no guarantee, that the hotel would every report me missing.

The bottom line is this.

C.A.R.E. Interventional is to give CARE where the people of a country refuse to care.

I was reading a description of primitive people by Michael Crichton in the book State of Fear.

Ok, I cannot remember every how to spell his name. Michael Crichton, Crighton, etc. Michaels was explaining that this in touch with nature, kind, and living together in peace is NOT tree. Primitive cultures are ruthless; they will spend their whole time trying con or make a bad deal with you.

People think I do not care, I am bad, or I am lazy. No, I am overwhelmed with information to put on the internet. The explanation of how dangerous it is, is more important to post, than to make sure the name is spelled right.

Prioritize safety; most people cannot prioritize their safety. They ride a bike on a road that is very dangerous, when they could walk, OFF the road. However, it is also a control issue; they desire to be in control.

I look at a hotel first for safety, location, transportation, last on the list is comfort. To live in a motel whereby I have to walk 2 kilometers in the dark to return home, because there is no Motorcycle taxis is dangerous.

What the first thing the ONG or NGO, Peace Corps appear to do, they get a Cell Phone, and I have not seen one NGO or Peace Corp without a cell phone.

Is this for a person to call from Home, no it is the delusion of safety. However, how will the call, if they fall over in the street, pass out and someone after about one-half hour picks them up.


What the world needs is a guide, to instruct them on how to be safe.

I travel alone; this is dangerous in the 177 out of 177 country, that is proved to not care about people. They care the least.

There is this system, whereby I can register with the USA Embassy in countries. Now, I do not do this either, it to me, opens up a list of CIA, Embassy, Stupid people who have no clue how to find me.

I do not trust the USA embassy in another country, mainly because there is nobody inside who is from the USA, here is would be staffed by Niger people, the 177 of 177 worst.

I make websites; I want to make websites that help people. IF I use the website, then I would know it is valuable to me.

I presently only use a couple of pages of my website.
News and Around the World Airplane information.

Air fare:

Fast Way to Check World News

Empathy, I think on how to empathize with travelers and tourist, if I stopped and worked to make money on a big site, I would stop the ability to empathize. In the end, to manage and put information up of value on the internet while moving, from location to location is to say the least almost impossible, not for me, but Joe Blow yes.

To Care is easy, to change or do something of real value is difficult, I am watching the NGO ONG making Niger into a welfare nation. I have only seen one organization working on solution. This is sad; the goal here is to create a welfare nation.

The goal of this organization is to help people take care of themselves, price, honor, and no begging.

Eden Foundation.

I am Sick in Niamey Niger

The Work Day in Niger

The Work Day in Niger
Niamey Niger West Africa
Sunday, October 15, 2006

Today is Sunday in Niamey, Niger, more or less a day of rest, as is Saturday. The Hotel is empty, the staff is not working, the World Vision office across the street with maybe 30 workers is empty, no NGO-SUV-TOYOTAS to be seen.
90 percent of the country is Sunni Muslim.

Therefore Sunday is not a Holy day, however they have adapted the world strategy as has most of the world. Monday thru Friday is workday. They do not work much on Saturday or Sunday.

FRIDAY as best I understand is a holy day, so kick that off the list of workdays.

Here in Niger from 12:00 Noon until about four or five everyone stops work and an in reality, they never start again. This is sort of an African Mexican siesta.

Now, you need to pray five times per day, so a couple of breaks in the morning….

Men normally do not work, the women appear to do almost 90 percent of the work, and the children do a lot of the harvesting of crops.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, the do not work and fast, they cannot drink water, and in the 100-Degree temperature, they had better not work.

All of this leads me to say to Maegi in Zinder.
- You only need to work three hours, that is all it would take to NOT be number 177 out of 177, as listed, or the bottom of the Human Development Index.

He said,
- Work is a sin. -

I said,
- What? -

It is the love of money.
I said,
- Well, do not worry; I do not see anybody sinning here. -

As best I can figure, the women are exempt from the bead counting, and the going to Mosque, therefore do 90-95 percent of the work.

Asking questions about this is taxing, not easy, sensitive, and only about 15 percent of the population can read.

I guess nobody in Niger will read this…

The average age of death is 42; I suppose they should retire early.

The Work Day in Niger

Dear Exile

Dear Exile
Niamey Niger West Africa
Sunday, October 15, 2006

I received this book in the Natitingou Peace Corps office, the name is,
- Dear Exile -

By Hilary Liftin and Kate Montgomery

I kept trying to think, why I was annoyed, it finally hit me today and I looked up the word in the Dictionary to be sure.


1. absence from your own country: unwilling absence from your own country or home, whether enforced by a government or court as a punishment, or imposed for political or religious reasons
2. somebody living outside his or her own country: somebody who is forced to live in another country, either for personal or political reasons or after being ordered to leave as a punishment
3. banishment from home or country: official expulsion from a home country or area, sometimes to a specified place, as a punishment

I try to read books, I would much rather read fiction than non-fiction, and I especially despise travel type books. This is supposed to be the correspondence between two good friends, one in the USA and one in the Peace Corps for two years.

The Peace Corps has about a 25 percent drop out rate in the first few months as I have been explained, and the person can go home anytime, no questions asked, at the cost to the US Government. In addition, they are flying into Africa often on Air France, the last airlines on the planet I would check for good prices.

I am also reading this book,
- No Mercy -
By Redmond O’Hanlon

I will probably get the No Mercy finished, I cannot be bothered with the girl in a free will choice to be in Africa, and it is not exile.

The world is being sold a bill of good, Africa is different, but so far, I am lost, it is not that dangerous or even lonely. It is just labeled,
- Africa -

I am getting many emails about how can I travel here and how can I do this, and the problem is French mostly, hard to speak French. I am thinking even Nigeria is probably good, and it is supposed to be one of the most corrupt countries on the planet.

The No Mercy book is more or less maybe an actual trip where the author needs SEVEN pages of one to two line references to explain where he got his material. That is many references for a travelogue of your own trip. He must have really added many extras.

This is ok, it is educational and probably accurate, and however I am finding that many travel books are just long research documents explaining the country.
Exile make me think, poor girl, you volunteered, now you are not happy. Amazingly, volunteers want to do fun things, as if helping anybody is happy work, the people who need help, I do not want to touch, half way talk with, or associate with, and they will probably steal anything they get near too. Peace Corps is a breeze compared to really helping street bums. Africa has a severe looking street bum, I have seen cities full of NGO - ONG and there is this bum actually in the sewer digging around. In Bassila, Benin, I could not believe it, I have seen many. Boumkombe, Benin had one under the tree, dangerous to photograph, these people have nothing to lose by attacking me, and they have nothing as Bob Dylan said.

Extreme exaggerations is a book, everything anymore is catastrophe, the poster on the wall, outside the room says,
- Stop the Massacre -

They are talking about poachers in the jungle park, massacre is a little to strong I think, and I do not trust people that lie.

But all is a lie, people are immune to the advertisements, they do not even complain, they just placidly think, it is normal to lie, the ads, CNN, BBC and everyone just is doing it, and the bad part, they will quote these lies to another person. A need for some critical ability to analyze the world is needed.

Note, my life is probably better here than in South America. Do not read anything in to it, it is not what you think, the hotels are really too good. I feel like I am pampered.

Dear Exile

Greed is Needed

Greed is Needed
Niamey Niger West Africa
Sunday, October 15, 2006
I was perusing through hundreds of emails trying to write people. I have discovered there are many emails from people, who want to advertise, associate, talk with me, discuss the opportunities, etc,

The new way of writing is this; they put in the subject line,

From a Reader…

I laugh, then they say, can we talk this week on the telephone, I will often write back, if you reply, I will get a SIM card and you can call West Africa, of course, they did not know I was in Africa, but they was reading….. Hehehe

However, is a business at the end of the day, and I need to pay attention to business. It is becoming increasingly hard to find ways to deal with these inquiries. 90 percent are just weak, and do not really give me opportunities I need, or they recommend I give up something that works, or fix something that works very well.

If I were greedy, I mean, if I loved money, this would be easier, or when I was desperately in need of money a few years ago, I would be writing every one of them.

Now there are also the companies that want me to send those Videos for FREE. To make a video of a place would take about 4 days, I do not need to work four days, and it just would involve four days of figuring out the situation. Time of day, light, sound, how to take a video and not get the crap slapped out of me.

I am not just going to start sending them videos, I think I will put up on my own site first… hehehe and I can make the money from content.

But nice idea, I think they need to pay.

A whole new art to learn, the big problem is memory, I have 256 K of memory and take about two Meg photos with my Sony 12X camera.

I have taken eight small video in MPG format, they are crap, one is ok, but the pictures get fuzzy quick. I need to hold the camera extremely steady, and walking through a market or jostling around where people run into me is not the best situation. On the back of motorcycle is good, but still bouncing. From the bus window is ok, I am finding that taking at a bus stop when we stop to pick up people is s good opportunity. I can hold the camera steady, I am high up in a bus, the bus is stopped, and there are normally many people so the home video is not boring,

I am coming up with many ideas on how to do this without getting in trouble with the people in video. I am now trying to find some glasses with a camera inside, whereby I could film what I am looking at, nobody need know I am filming.

If I upgrade equipment, I could convince people I am some super pro and they would suck up to me and help. Everyone wants to be famous, but I do not like people who want to be famous.

Greed is Needed

PDF Books for Africa

PDF Books for Africa
Niamey Niger West Africa
Sunday, October 15, 2006

A Niger man who spoke a little English told me, when I asked,
- Why do you speak English? -
He replies,
- It is the language of business and travel. -

I said,
- Yes, except for North Africa, and than it French, I must learn French to travel in North Africa. -

I found maybe five English books in this NGO-ONG home stay, type hotel here in Niamey. There is about 1500 German book here, because this place of for German DED Development. The sign on the door is about German Development, you would think I am living in their office.

Five books is a lot, I found many maybe 2000 English books in the Natitingou, Benin Peace Corps office. The guidebook says in the Galion Hotel in Lome Togo they have a good selection of books. I am reading an English guidebook, and it neglects to say,
- They are in French. -

I really do feel like the only tourist in West Africa. However, this is great, in a way, can get extremely lonely. Niger is a lonely desert of nothingness to do; I can only talk with the men, because of the Islamic religion. It is bad enough talking to illiterate beautiful black girls in Benin, Togo, Ghana or Cote d’Ivoire, but in Niger, the conversations with the illiterate is abound. A good conversation can happen if I find a person living here from Africa. I met a diplomat’s son from Algeria, the other day in the internet café.

I do not find the NGO - ONG or Peace Corps friendly, I have been trying to experiment with a few I have seen .They come to this Jo Jo Market area and buy vegetables, an amazing selection. I try to see if they give me a nod of the head, eye contact, etc, I have never had one say hello.

Bleak and not so friendly white people and the black men 99 percent of the time just want my address so they can write and get an invitation to the USA. I say,
- I am not going to invite to the USA, and even if I did, this is not going to help you, it does not work that way, you are mistaken. -

What do I do, I get my intimacy by staying out of Niger, and reading. The problem is this….

1. Books weight a lot, heavy to carry.
2. Books take up lot of space.
3. I must carry at least seven and here in Africa to insure I always had a book, I would need to carry 10-15.

This is too much, so I have a backup.

PDF Books
I have 55 to 75 PDF books most I do not want to read, but I can read.

Problem with PDF books.
1. I need electricity in the room for my computer. This is not a problem normally in West Africa, but I am told in Guinea in the far west close to Senegal is electricity is a problem.
2. When I want to read is at night, when I may not have electricity is early in morning and after seven or eight at night. If generators, like on an island or small town, they turn the city on and off. They did this in Bassila, Benin.
3. PDF Files take up a lot of memory, putting them on my computer is dangerous, it is fine, but I want to back them up, to put one gig of books on the internet is a problem, to download is a problem, but I back up on 2 Gig flash stick or thumb drive. I will soon need a five gigs stick and that is expensive. Not for me, but for the casual travel, yes.

I have 55 Book more or less, I got them by downloading, with E-mule, and I doubt this is legal.

Used books on the planet go from about 50 cents US to about 3 dollars, many countries try to make you pay more, but I normally find enough in this price range. I like free, one for one exchange.

I would easily pay 3 dollars for PDF book to download, I do not know if I can buy books, I know after 3 dollars for books, I will roam around more and look in hotel more. The cost of books is getting ridiculous and living in a hotel and paying 10 dollars for a book just seems out of whack.

I was just thinking yesterday, there needs to be a very expensive shipping and help service in the USA for expats and research persons.

Example: I am doing a research on Africa medicines; I discover a great resource book on the internet. I have six week in Africa and I am moving around. I am going to Lome Togo on Thursday; please have it sent to this hotel now. It will take three to four, to five days to arrive by Fed Ex, not overnight normally in funky places.

The Fed Ex is not a problem; it is the person in the USA that is a problem. Friends, and other people are not dependable, they just cannot see that one or two days is a lot, it is two days of sitting in my room really, doing nothing. If I am done with a city, there is nothing to do, I am ready to leave.

Here is a good option, I can go to garage sales in the USA, buy a hundred books for 10 cents apiece, and they are incredibly cheap. Packs them up and send to Hotels in South Africa, where by the owners are French, I have never met another country, yes, I did, and I met American women in Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire.

This is why I need Hostels of my own or homes of my own in strategic locations; I can provide the proper services for a hotel. I am in this DED place and they supply the proper services for an Expat, a kitchen, laundry facilities, books, common areas, like an exceptionally good hostel with no people in it, I do not know where or what they do, but nobody is hanging around here. Presently there is a black man and his children, some Italian, and no Germans, the place will take people off the street, anything for a buck.

Find Ebooks, in PDF files that I can buy or download, collect about 100 of them, and then I can travel Africa for one year, as I read about two books per day.

Then comes the out in the desert problem, how do I charge my computer with solar power, when there is no electricity, what if it is raining for two weeks.

The copyright of books really do put people in a dilemma, I think 3-5 dollars is fair for an e-book, but I do not think more is fair, and I want to share with my friends, like a normal book.

I believe one dollar saved it the same as earning three dollars. Easier to save one dollar than to earn three dollars. I have some researchers, who eventually will go through massive amounts of books and data to find the locations of book exchanges, then we can have master list where a person can get English books.

The could save a person from becoming an alcoholic in Africa, this is what people do here for entertainment, they drink.

PDF Books for Africa

Niamey Niger SMTP is Open

Niamey Niger SMTP is Open
Niamey Niger West Africa
Saturday, October 14, 2006

POP and SMTP, terminology that in the past was well known by people, however, I almost never hear anymore.

SMTP is probably my biggest headache while traveling; it has become less of a problem with high-speed connections, but still a problem.
I will not bore you with the details, I write emails offline, or I write replies to emails offline with no connection, go to an internet café, and then send them.

I want to communicate with the planet, however, SMTP
(Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) The standard e-mail protocol on the Internet. This is open or closed, never know until I try. Download is always possible, but to send is not, then there is the Norton Stop any emails problem. I got rid of Norton; I think that problem is solved.

Africa is a mess still, I forgot how it felt 10 years ago when I started to travel, I am in a state of nostalgia as I travel around Africa. I remember the same problems in Mexico, Central America and South America.

Life has become easier on the internet with high-speed connections, the dial up use to block most anything, now normally the SMTP is open.

I am thinking, I am wondering, how do this slowly to think NGO-ONG work, or do they?

I am writing emails back and forth with many friends and people all over the planet continually. I sometime have to wait a week to send the emails I write offline, then I hit an open internet café, I unload them. Really, make the person I am writing and me need to have good memories and communication skills. It also separates the slow from the fast brains.

It is sad, but the majority of executive types I write, or write me are not capable of communications with a person who does not reply back in three hours. They cannot stay organized enough to reply.

I have to remind them, explain so many times, I think, why would I want to do business with slow people, seems slow.

I find some super bright people by default, the only ones I can deal with, the others just get annoyed at my emails, they are not McDonalds fast, what can I do, I am in Africa.

I think of big corporations, executives, and researchers, I am blasting away, able to keep up and onslaught of information exchange with the world form anywhere on the planet. Then I see some post on the internet where the man looks like he was kicked by an elephant and wants to say how his life was difficult traveling in Africa. Yes, the internet is down, but life is not that difficult here, it is the French language that slows me down the most, I cannot say, I want to buy this and that, and with a twist.

I am sent ways to connect, but nobody ever tell me, is the SMTP open or not. I see WIFI systems of the planet, available in Five Star Hotels, I do not have problems in Big Cities and normally the bush does not have Five Star Hotels and if it did, I am not in the bush, or jungle.

I do not know what to call the outside the city of where I am at in Africa, I think I should call it the scrag ground. It is crap for anything normal or the land of nothing, the area with trees as been stripped of the lumber type trees and all that is left is scrag. I have not seen one monkey, and if I did, I think they would eat it. Yes, I saw a couple in cages, but even South America has a few running around lose. Where are all the monkeys?

I want someone to somehow make a website showing the internet access on the planet for one-two dollars. I could care less about the Hilton and the bar access or the 10 dollar a cup of coffee WIFI access in Starbucks. I want a normal internet café with SMTP that is open.

Then to make it easy in Africa, I need to download a PDF or TEXT file, of all the locations.

I think of little palm type computer files that would be great.

Niamey Niger is not so interesting, after you get bored with the NGO - ONG world; there is nothing to think about. The business here is charity, the making of a welfare nation.

I try to not talk to people on the dole or welfare, they seem depressed and tend to want to borrow money, and I like rich girls.

Niamey Niger SMTP is Open

The Pain of Writing A Guidebook

The Pain of Writing A Guidebook
Niamey Niger West Africa
Saturday, October 14, 2006

I could write a guidebook on Africa very easy, there is enough information already in books, internet, encyclopedias, etc, all I need to do is travel these smaller countries very thoroughly and collect, compile and digest he information. It is a fact-collecting job, not the most exciting job on the planet, but ok.

The pain is this….

I have traveled a long time; I have read the guidebook for years. They do a darn good job of it, but there is always one problem that arises. The guide on a specific country is dependent up on the writer to pick and choose what is important. A rich, everyone is poor perspective and all I get to read is restaurant and bar reviews, like maybe Hong Kong or Macau guides.

Here in Africa, I am fighting, I know the guidebook writers drove cars and did not feel the pain of walking the distance to the hotel, plus they were probably fluent in French. I am amazed when they give me the address in English, and it is not worth a darn here, an English name or address, needs to be in French in most of these countries.

Nevertheless, simple things, the expected cost of taxi from Airport to the hotels area, I consider essential. I spend more money by accident on taxis in the first day, because I have no way to know, I have a few ways, but I know I pay too much for taxis from the Airport to the Hotels. The guidebooks just seem to think this essential information is not needed.

Therefore the pain of writing a guidebook is the checklist that needed, what questions must be answered always. You cannot leave to the guidebook writer, they may be rich, or poor or just do not see something as important. But I am thinking about guides, I think about danger first.

There is a big push in Guidebooks to tell you how to ride a bike or sometimes to hitchhike. Riding a bike is dangerous in a third world nation, riding in a car is dangerous, walking the street is dangerous, but sharing the road with a car in Niger scares me to death, and I think Iraq is safe.

Yet, the guidebook in the name of fashion does not say, hmm…. Homemade beer in Boucombe the Somba area of Benin could be dangerous, nope they just recommend.

I do not want to scare people and I would ride a bike in Niger, and I would drink the drink, if I drank. However, there is a trendy nature to guide writers and a way is needed to warn of objectivity problems.

My friend just wrote a way to sneak or go to Machu Picchu for maybe 20 dollars, even though the admission fee is 40. I could not read it and it may be different.

I do NOT want people to just fly off the handle and go to Africa; there are some parts or people in Africa that are extremely dangerous. I know there are probably countries or places that are too dangerous to enter. IF I go, am I telling everyone to go, I went to Iraq, two months after the major fighting ended, am I telling you to go.

Writing a guide to Iraq?

Obviously, it would be a good idea to give a very thorough and complete list of ways to be killed or kidnapped in Iraq.

However, they kidnap people in Mexico and South America also…?

I need a complete checklist of dangers, so I do not just accidentally leave out one, because I do not think of it, I need a check or tick list of possible dangers that exist. Now, I can do this on the internet and large list are not a problem, in a 225 Trade Size book, make for selling on a shelf they edit out save-your-life information.

I have a system for all these problems, and am thinking how to make it a series of checks and balance, whereby a person has their subjective opinions scrutinized, filtered and make them work to think, asking many questions that can be gathered by years of experience of just a new perspective.
I love it when the new virgin traveler, just comes off the plane, and give me great advice, he or she may say, wow, look at that… and say and opinion I never even thought about. This happens often, every person has some insight, the goal of a guidebook is not to discover the insight and for me, their lack of insight, but to cover all bases, all questions. The job of an editor is to do this, and the audience is the critic, I would guess nobody comes to Africa enough to really give a lot of feedback to writers or editors. Not important, the goal is to cover ever aspect of problems, solutions and to make life fun.

I can tell the world one thing, you cannot pay enough to stay safe, in the end a guide from here is about as worthless as tits on a boar hog. The responsibility of safety should always be your own.

Today there was a breakthrough on the information curve of the staff of I finally explained and have pushed through to the other side. The technology is available and in use on the site is connecting with my dream of giving people an online guide.

The problem is this, the guide must make me happy, I am the hardest person I know to keep happy for a guidebook, but I have too much experience, 10 years of reading them, I can critic one to the end of days.

The Pain of Writing A Guidebook

Niger The Rich Get Richer

Niger The Rich Get Richer
Niamey Niger West Africa
Saturday, October 14, 2006

A low-level anger, frustration, stresses, maybe I feel something, I try to know why, and it is not simple.

I was born to working class folk, factory workers from Indiana; both my parents worked all their lives in factories. My father, mother, under pressure from the world, with five children they needed to work.

There is rage in my system, there always has been, there may always be, I do not care much, I see it now as motivation. It comes from the frustration of being less than others are. On hindsight, I know my family lived better than most, my parents were exceptional parents, and they sacrificed whereby I could have the better life, all my sisters and brother went to University, and all are one-step above in the class system world than my parents.

I am told,
- God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, and the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. -

I accept that I have rage, anger, frustration in myself, the reasons why are not important, the important thing is to not take my low-level anger out on another person. To not punish another, because I feel less than, or feel the desire, to push another person down, so I feel better. I know, it does feel better to know I am more powerful than another person.

I think this is a psychobabble buzzword, to empower the person.

I feel sad, no matter how well I type, how well I explain here, my mother and father will read this.

Mom and Dad, as I have told you many times,
- You are the best parents I have ever met on the planet. -

I wish I were joking; I come from a family that is Leave it to Beaver wonderful and could be the model for the show,
- The Walton’s.
My Brother reminds me of John Boy; my sisters are all some little girls running around in the fields of glory and flowers.

I became an alcoholic, I am 110 percent responsible for this, but the sins of the son are felt, and taken on by the mother and father. I must accept this, I cannot stop my parents from feeling guilty, inadequate, and afraid or whatever, not important, they will deal with their feelings, they are ok, I cannot change how they feel.

I can maybe reassure them,
- They are the best parents I have ever met on the planet earth. - and I met a lot of parents I have yet to find better. My mother would be quite disappointed in me if she thought I was breaking one of the Bibles Ten Commandments and lying. I am not lying, I truly believe this.

I was born a lucky sperm, in one of the most perfect places on the planet to live, where life is John Boy wonderful, then I went out and became an alcoholic, go figure, I had everything and still could not be happy.

Why, why, why am I thinking about this?

I keep thinking about the D.S.T. office and the man, Soufley Ajdoffo, the Director of this office.

I saw a man, that wanted to punish me because I was rich and he feels inadequate. He took his power, and punished me, he felt empowered and made an irrational decision, he held and irrational decision and demanded, he wanted me to agree with him, I never did, walked out of his office, and knowing to myself
- This man needed punished for his actions. -

It is irrelevant whether I feel bad, I am an ex-alcoholic, I deserved the punishment I received, I deserved anything and everything I got for being a jerk at one time my life. D.S.T office of Niger and I guess they want me to get my money back.

It is interesting to talk with people from Sweden or maybe Norway, here are some of the most highly developed countries on the planet, and I can see they feel they are competing with the USA. I often become annoyed, finally, I say, yes you are right, we the USA should listen to Sweden or maybe Norway, they do know better. However, after we listen, we should then,

- Be careful, we may just come over and buy you. -

This puts the fear of God in them, they normally just shut up, this is their essential fear, that somehow the USA can just come in and no matter what they do, and the USA can run over them and pay the money to buy them, dominate them. No matter how correct they may be, the USA can dominate them.

I accept, when I travel, that no matter what I say, think or do, even if I am 100 percent correct. When I enter a country, I am in danger.

I am from the USA, the most powerful country on the planet. When, I say I am from the USA, the person feels, I can see in in their eyes, I can feel their pain,
- You are more powerful than me, and I am less than you. -

This is my rage, I was born a factory workers son, I went to University and continually had to listen to persons who had the easy life, came from parents of Doctors, Lawyers and well to do parents, say,
- Listen to me. -

The goal is to listen, when they are correct, agree, when I am correct, then I have the wisdom to try, the hope is here, in my insides, I am able to stop any frustrations, rage, or over sense of feelings, and look at the opinions of others, when they are correct, say, believe and agree, you are correct, I am wrong, when I am correct, be strong enough to fight for my opinions.

The solution to all of this, is to somehow with any person I meet, say to them,
- Ah, relax, we are the same, I put my shoes on the same as you. -

Amazing how just sitting down on the curb and eating one of these Iced Yogurts in the dust and dirt says to people,
- I am just like you. -

They often come up, sit around, happy, sharing the moment, then they think, I need to try to get something from him, he is richer than me. The poor always see this, and then never can forget, they want what the rich person has, they want to be rich, and they want to be…

Well, sitting on the curb together, they ask me for money or here they say Cadeau, or gift in French. Then I say,
- Work. -

I worked for my money, you work for you money.

Now, if you are an NGO, that did not work for you money, you was given you money, this may be morally difficult to do.

I have no remorse, I worked for everything I have in life, I deserve to benefit from all my work, and I deserve 100 percent the success of It is I at 6:54 AM on Saturday woke up and started typing on this computer. I am the one who paid the price, not you, not someone, not some big power, nobody is giving me this.
I also do not want to punish the boy, I want to say, I am like, you, there is no excuse for you, and you need to work.

I love my parents, they have taught me to work, that only by working can I get ahead, that with work I can change my stars.

I always think of the movie - A Knights Tale. - when the little boy, being given to a rich man, the Knight to be his manservant was floating away on a boat, never to see his father again. I felt the pain, I am being deserted.

He says to his father,
- But how shall I come home? -
His father has told him to go off with the more powerful man and to change his stars.
His father says,
- Follow your feet. -

To return to my family, my parents, to my paradise, all I ever have to do, is,
- Follow my feet. -
And I can return to my Father and Mother and a paradise like no other place I know.

Soufley Ajdoffo, the Director of this office, is an evil man, who needs punished. Not for what he is doing to me, I could care less, I almost gave him 20,000 CFA more, to show him, I am rich and he is poor.

The point I kept trying to make, is you are punishing your country, you are saying to the world, the rules to not apply in Niger, that the,
- Visa Touristique Entente -

I said, you make the
- Visa Touristique Entente -
Worthless, it become just an empty joke, something everyone worked hard on to make, something that would allow thousands if not millions of person to use, to travel as tourist to FIVE countries,
- Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Benin, Niger, and Burkina Faso, what a wonderful trip, with Ghana in the middle, but Ghana making life simple for tourist. -

Because the person at the Gaya border of Niger and Benin, at the police station in Gaya, because two men want me to pay 20,000 CFA and then I come and talk with Soufley Ajdoffo, the Director of this office the D.S.T. office here in Niamey, and he says, or thinks, you are from the USA, we will punish you, you are rich, I am poor, you need to pay.

Justice is what is needed, not this fourth grade mentality, Soufley Ajdoffo, the Director of this office was and is acting like a fourth grader, he is a child, he is not a leader.

A leader, see what is correct, tries to work for the side of corrects, what is good, what is just, even if it hurts himself.

Note, IF I work real hard, somehow make news, make web pages, get the attention of people in all these Five countries, I will guaranteed I can never return to NIGER. It would be too dangerous, The powers that be, Soufley Ajdoffo, this man would want to hurt me, maybe kill me, no amount of rational psychobabble, I am right and you are wrong would stop him; he would try to take revenge if possible.

It is complicated, confusing, and when you take a Goat herder in the middle of Iraq, give him Billions of dollars of oil money, you can make a world-class dangerous person. He wishes to punish the world, and in the process punishes himself and his people.

I needed punished, deserved to be punished for having four DWI, or Driving while intoxicated, or drunk. I paid the price, and I am still not forgiven, I will never be forgiven, that is horseshit if you think people forgive you, they never do.

However, the reality in life is this, we do something we pay, and we do something good we may be rewarded. Life is not fair, life is what it is, sometime justice prevails, however you can change you stars, if you believe it is possible.

In Niger, the rich get richer and the poor may get poorer. This is not true, the poor do not normally get poorer, and they continue to improve.

What is true is the rich protect the status quo, make sure they stay in power at all cost, and the only way to do this is to keep the poor and the uneducated, stupid and power. Never, allow them power enough or money enough to challenge the rich.

A sense of justice does not come along with education.

I am working on a list of how to be a responsible traveler. I was frustrated.

Why, I discovered there is some organizations that has already thought of this, and to boot, I read in from the rich kids who traveled Africa written in the Lonely Planet West Africa from guide writes driving around in cars, and me in a Bush Taxi, not called a Bush Taxi. Therefore, the sloppy, rich kids have already beat me to the punch.

So maybe I can throw some support their way, if they are doing good work, I will support, if I can help.
Two Organizations listed:
British one called
- Tourism Concern -
- Rethinking Tourism Project -

In a perfect world, I would go a do searches, give you nice links here, I may when I finish the tip, however, presently I am in the ever fourth grade classroom of Niamey, Niger, and it is become onerous to do this. I hope that and the miracle of the internet is a good person can read this, and add in the comments; the proper links and help the cause of responsible tourist.

I may as time goes one, find their website and continue to revise and reevaluate my opinions write them an email saying,

I am Andy of, I have traveled the planet for 10 years and over 75 countries, I think I qualify as a tourist. I may be one of the ultimate international tourists.

I would like to help, give some ideas and observations, maybe help me to learn, and to maybe help you see the consequences of irresponsible tourism.

Blah blah blah

I have done this on other issue; I try to write Compaq Computers, now because of being with HP, Hewlitt Packard…
I cannot find the correct spelling on my machine, my nemesis the world of Acronyms. I have an HP Pavilion Zt3000.

Thanks to Encarta Encyclopedia, I can search, the spelling is
- Hewlett Packard -

I write them and say, I think I am a great test subject, I have been carrying your computer around now for 10 years, I am now on my third Compaq, two were Compaq and now this one is Hewlett-Packard, I guess this is now the same company. Whatever, I want to be a test subject; I can tell you all the problems I have while using your computer under the worst of conditions.

They never write back and they never even respond, Nonetheless, I continue to recommend, I do not stop, and it is still the best computer I know of for travel. Mainly because I can find a Hewlett-Packard repair center in other parts of the world and I cannot find a Dell, or Sony, although Sony is getting big enough on computers, I may find one soon. Sony is smart, I like their cameras, but cameras are throw away items, if one breaks you have no choice, throw it away.

A computer will break, and you need to debug it

Ok, enough, the point here in all of this is a good ideas is a good idea, the correct or just idea needs protected and encouraged whoever is the messenger. The reason Niger has problem is because the elite, the rich, the ruling class protect their position and have the power. They need to have reason and justice prevail, but for now, they will revel in being him at the bottom of the HDI - Human Development Index, and they may deserve to be there, and for that, they are 100 responsible.

I do not expect Hewlett-Packard Company to listen, and I do not expect Niger to listen, but I will do my part and tell the truth.

Being a responsible tourist is difficult, to be a responsible NGO is critically important, the ONG NGO organizations in Niger are 99 percent wrong and 1 percent correct. They seem to be doing 99 percent wrong and 1 percent correct; they are 99 percent irresponsible and 1 percent responsible. Niger is 99 percent irresponsible and 1 percent responsible.

Or they are 177 on the bottom, they are irresponsible and not caring people, and they are the worst, of the 177 countries listed by the United Nations in the HDI the acronym of Human Development Index, Niger strives to retain the lead, they are the worst developed country on the planet and I think they deserve the ranking 110 percent.

In addition, I believe 200 percent that anyone can change their stars, actually to not lie only 100 percent possible.

Someone is now saying, what is his agenda…?
Today, to be the best person I can be, and listen.

Niger The Rich Get Richer

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