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Is a Photo of Andy Needed

Is a Photo of Andy Needed
When I first started traveling, I put my photo on the site; I took it off in the country of Colombia because somebody tracked me down. This was before there were Blogs; I was just starting to write Travel Newsletters, the site was nothing, truly small.

I do not enjoy talking to people because they think I am famous, I want and need friendship, I do not need groupies. I search for real friendship.

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Pucallpa, Peru
Saturday, February 7, 2009
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I would like some of the regular readers to comment, I want to hear some feedback.

The reason I am probably going to put my photo on the site is for two reasons.

1. I want to make great Travel Tip Videos and it almost impossible to find models or people to help me. I truly do not like hiding, I am an honest person, and to put on a mask seems sneaky. Videos have become easy to make, they are great way to explain complicated travel ideas.

2. To take my two Travel Sites to the third level of success, I need to be a little more open. If I want to have a Tripadvisor.com size site, I cannot be anonymous, I must say who I am and admit it, the world wants to deal with real people.

I have never really tried to be hard to anonymous, and a few readers have found photos of me, called my parents home, and wrote me personal letters.

However, I had a life before my travels; I was a big time Real Estate Broker in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I had my picture on the signs; I had this big 4 x 8 commercial signs all over the city. People want to know who they are dealing with; it was good business to show my face. People make judgments on how a person looks, feels and comes across when they meet them. I did not like this type of fame.

I am again in a business, I cannot just act and will not pretend this is not a business, I am a Travel Writer, I own a couple large Travel Sites. I am a professional Traveler, and a voice within this travel media, however I am probably one of the only ones that does not wish to be famous.

I admit, I want the money that goes along with the fame, I do not want the glad hand shaking and the politics that goes along with people wanting to say hello.

Moreover, safety, it is sometimes dangerous to be an honest person; there is no freedom of the press. I have had about five friends tell me to take down a couple post about the King in Thailand, they worry that I could go to Jail.

I am good person, I like me a lot today, and soon I will figure out how to place photos of me on the site. I hope to facilitate a way for me to stop the photos in a moments notice.

This is a business decision; there is a need for transparency when you are the owner of large business.

My friends, I truly want some feedback, give me some opinions or ideas, is there something I am missing?

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Photos of Small Airplane in Peru

Photos of Small Airplane in Peru
Jets are boring, however small planes are exciting, when I flew to and from Breu, Peru I was in a small passenger, plane, I think a Cessna. I am not addicted to knowing about planes, however the plane trip was one of the highlights of this trip, landing on a grass airstrip is always a good rush.

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Pucallpa, Peru
Saturday, February 7, 2009
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A bad photo of the plane, I took a video of the plane landing and hope to post it soon. These MOV files of my new Canon Camera is kicking my but, these files truly are not easy to work with.



I sat right behind the two pilots; I was able to look at all the dials on the dashboard of the plane.



The instrument panel in the airplane.

Travelers are addicted to the rush, the never ending new combination of feelings.

Are you addicted to the "Travel Rush?"

Planes

Photos of Small Airplane in Peru


Take Photos Before Video Travel Tip

Take Photos Before Video Travel Tip
Writing a travel story is a package deal, you need photos, videos, and take notes so you can write an interesting story.

Before you start capturing a video, it is best to take a few still photos of the subject so you can explain either by photos or by video.

It is best to take the photos before the video, sometimes the whole situation changes.

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Pucallpa, Peru
Saturday, February 7, 2009
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You do not want to put all your eggs in one basket, better to have two choice, therefore better to take a few photos and make a video. There is not always enough time to Blog when traveling, sometime the internet connection breaks, there are numerous problems to solve.


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Iquitos Peru Expat Wally Lloyd Dies

Iquitos Peru Expat Wally Lloyd Dies
A friend of mine, Wally Lloyd was found hung in Iquitos, Peru the other day. There is a little mystery as to whether he killed himself, or someone killed him, nonetheless it will not change the fact, that Wally Lloyd is dead.

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Pucallpa, Peru
Friday, February 6, 2009
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I set up a Hostel in Iquitos for another man, I made Wally the Manager, he was a good guy. He was the same as most expats, he drank too much, he arrived confused, and lived confused. However, all in all he was harmless, truly a good guy.

Wanted or unwanted, the truth is I wanted Wally as a friend, and when I went to Iquitos last time, one of the people I hoped to sit around and talk with most was Wally. He we busy, he lived a long way away from the center of Iquitos, we just did not have a chance to sit around and talk about nothing, now I have a regret.

I am never sure what happens to Expats, one day they are light hearted, living the good life, and the next day they bring the serious world of their homeland to roost in their new home. I left a serious world, I escaped a too serious world, to live the life of a wanderer. Wally left England for a new world, now the new world has killed him.

Becoming to serious can kill you, just a couple of years ago Marvin in Manila, Philippines was stabbed to death.

The Prime Directive of travel it to enjoy yourself, and truly I jest when I say this, because to me, this is the obvious Prime Direct of life. We must do more things in a day that make us happy, then things that make us sad, it is need, not a want.

William Grimes has a local Blog Post with more information one Wally to read.
Iquitos Peru Blog

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Iquitos Peru Expat Wally Lloyd Dies


Dugout Canoe Trip on Yurua River Peru

Dugout Canoe Trip on Yurua River Peru
I started a motorized dugout canoe trip from Breu, Peru to Dulce Gloria the other day on the Yurua, River. It took us two hours before the boat was even close to functioning correctly, here is a video showing the removal of the gas tank. It is a good example of conceptual problems.

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Pucallpa, Peru
Friday, February 6, 2009
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I have been on the rivers of the Amazon Basin many times; I traveled from Manaus Brazil to Iquitos, Peru. I traveled from Coca, Ecuador to Iquitos, Peru, and another trip up river from Iquitos to Capitan Clavaro a small village. I have lived about two months of my life going up and down these rivers.

There is not a challenge for me.

I will not go into detail, however when you travel with anyone from a guide to your best friend, there is a need for intuitive understanding between the two people.

I was doing research, to continue on this journey after a half day of observation of our relationship lead me to know it was also possible to destroy my goal by proceeding.

My goal first goal of going to Breu, Peru was to learn the conditions that exist, this goal was already accomplished before this extra boat trip.

The goal of the boat trip up the river was to collaborate that there was more than one family that had departed the no contacted tribes and was now living with other normal tribes. I went to the village of Victoria and met another few families; the primary goal of going up river was accomplished.

Within every goal, there is the assumed goal that we do not wish to destroy the opportunity to achieve other goals. To proceed further up the river would have destroyed opportunities to achieve other goals of this project to understand no contacted tribes. Samuel had goals, they were contra productive to my goals, they were 90 percent in violation of my project goals, and to proceed would have just been a farce that could ruin years of work by me.

Dugout Canoe Trip on Yurua River Peru


When to Worry About Lice Travel Tip

When to Worry About Lice Travel Tip
Head lice make me nervous, even thought I know the cure is rather simple; I still have no desire to get lice. I was walking through the Pucallpa, Peru market the other day and spotted this comb.

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Pucallpa, Peru
Friday, February 6, 2009
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When you see this comb being sold, it is time worry about lice.

This is a lice comb; the distance between the blades is small to allow a person to comb out the lice.

People sell needed products; these are small identifiers that help you understand when to take more care.

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The Cultural Benefit of Travel

The Cultural Benefit of Travel

I want to change the world, and the world wants to change me, travel allows me to stop trying to change the world, and the stops the ability of the world to change me, I must make choices to accept or refuse ideas, there is no reason to accept.

The influence of culture, customs, beliefs, religion, government, social status, race and every word or vision creates a human. Nature gives us the body, then we are nurtured, we are a product of the sum total of all our influences.

Introspection is difficult when there is overwhelming amount influential information entering our world travel opens the window of introspection.

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Pucallpa, Peru
Friday, February 6, 2009
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Continuously changing culture stops the gushers of influences, there are few influences that can travel with us, and they all diminish over time. When a person travels for over one year, this person slowly becomes his or her own person, a truly unique person.

The longer you travel, the less you care about any culture, when I return home, the only culture that still has great influence, I feel as if I have joined the army, my life is institutionalized.

I believe all the crap about travel teaching you tolerance, first, a person cannot even begin to travel unless they are extremely tolerant, tolerance is required to travel, not learned, all the rules of my primary culture are violated daily.

What I have learned is to be more intolerant of culture, I can ignore they rules, their customs, their influence, in reality, I am neither tolerant nor intolerant, I refuse to play the game.

I have escaped the box; I am outside any regular culture. When I say comments that create extreme anger in readers, I now realize I have violated cultural rules. There are rules of morality that make sense, however the rules of culture are irrational.

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Breu Peru Questions and Answers

Breu Peru Questions and Answers
I have left Brue, Peru where I was learning about “No Contact Tribes” of Peru and I am not in Pucallpa, Peru with clean sheet and food.

My mother seems to have become concerned about Breu, Peru, I know why and now that I have left Breu, I can answer her questions and help readers to better understand this jungle location.

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Pucallpa, Peru
Thursday, February 5, 2009
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MOMS QUESTIONS

Does everyone have Electricity or just the workers from outside?

Answer: Everyone in the village of Brue has electricity for about 2-3 hours per night, from about 6:30 until 9, the times varies, however the electricity is stable. They have a very good generator and all the lights of the village come on at this time, there are even street lights. It is a very strange city, however this is the Yurua, District center, more or less a county capital for the area. They are trying to colonize or control this area, and have set up a base for all these type of actions. I tend to think they want to make sure they can collect or control future lumber, petroleum or other natural resources.

Interestingly, there was no light switches, all the lights came on, there was no way to turn them off.

Electricity was a major problem for me doing reasearch, I was not able to enter the photo of data into the computer as fast as I collected it. Immediate entry of observations allows researchers to accurately explain and impart the feelings. To return to Breu, I will set up solar and batteries whereby I can use my computer for up to 10 hours per day. The internet in Breu is great, there is top notch and cutting edge for a village of this nature.

How do they get boats and do lots of people have them?

Answer: Boat are dugout canoes, they seem to have a socialized type of use in the village of Breu, however in the other villages I am sure whoever is truly motivated cuts done a tree and makes one, the use a special axe and cut dig out the log until it has the shape of a canoe. The motors are curious, many people have gas Peca Peca motors, however they have no employment, it appears that from time to time they earn big lump sums of money, either from the sale of lumber or free money from the government.

Does this place have a church or meeting place?

Answer; The village of Breu has a church, however there is no pastor, I did not see any worship in this village. It is curious, because very high powered missionaries are going up and down this river with expensive planes they privately own, yet the major entrance area has no obvious worship.

Is there a person of Christian faith there who talks to them.

Answer: I am sure from time to time missionaries try to come and talk with all the people up and down the river, truly not as simple as that. The missionaries have an agenda and often want to suck money from people. They both provide help, and also at the same time keep the people dumbed down.

Was there a funeral for the person who died?

Answer: Yes, they have a community room at the Yurua District building, at night they have a satellite televisions and in this room the Yuminawa Tribe held a funeral with a lot of wailing, they buried the person in handmade wooden casket. There is big separation between the actions of tribes and the mestizos.

Most important, do the kids go to School?

Answer: Yes, they are a couple of organized schools here, they were not in session when I was there. Try to understand that this area is more or less a welfare village, they whole city lives off the money given by the Peru government, working on projects for the Peru government. Therefore there is no motivation to better themselves, they more or less are welfare families.

Do you have to be very careful what you say and do in order to stay safe yourself?

Answer: Yes, whenever a person is in an isolated area, the locals enforce a strict social code that does not appreciate outsiders having opinions. I did not explain fully to the locals the problems I had with Samuel my Boatman. He was a good guy, but not truly helping me, more the welfare mentality of the world.

What do you eat?

Answer; Truly this village has mass malnutrition problems, they do not grow food, and the majority of village along the river do not grow food.

Food in the village of Brue, are Rice, Crackers, Cookies, Plantains, a type of Banana, Canned Tuna, Onions, Hotdogs, Eggs, Spaghetti, Garlic, Beer. The majority cannot afford Tuna or Eggs, therefore Spaghetti and Rice are the major food eaten. The only fruit I saw was the big Plantain, a type of Banana, however they may be other when in season, however I only saw fruit on the Military Base, they eat better. I only saw onions and garlic, I was not able to buy any other types of vegetables. Truly these people were mentally slow, they were energetic, they reminded me of the people of Niger in West Africa.

MOSTLY do they read and write and does the government provide these things and perhaps a meeting place for whatever type of faith they have.

Answer: I would guess that about 20 percent of the people can read and write well, however these were the people who came to Breu to work in the village, not the locals. I saw one person reading a newspaper in the week I was there, nobody was reading books or other materials. I guess I did see a couple of Christian Bibles.

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The village of Breu, Peru will soon be reached by the Lumber business, I was told the Village of Victoria already has a road that leads to the village. This road is made and maintained by the lumbermen, they want to haul logs to Pucallpa or other villages whereby they can shipped to the bigger markets.

There is migration away from these areas if they can figure out a way to leave, the ones that stay are living off the easy money of the Peru government. The lumber industry is the only clear source of income available and nobody seem interested in growing foods, they like to go hunting for food, and spend 90 percent of their time lying around talking. This village is normal for the world, it is not special, however the lack of food is unusual and the incredible amounts of money being invested by the government is also rare.

The Peru government is doing a good job, they will slowly create an infrastructure that can allow trade between Brazil and Peru to grow, and make a natural pathway to Brazil from Peru.

I personally believe the Lumber business should be encouraged, taxed and helped to proceed. Contrary to any ideas the world has, this business is not going to stop, it is highly profitable and there is a demand, it is similar to prostitution, you can outlaw it, however when a person finds a way to earn money they will.

I expect that the Non Governmental Organizations will soon be large employers as soon as these type of workers can live in good comfort with adequate air conditioning and beer at cheap prices.

If farming does reach this area, like the moonshine workers, they will start to grow Coca Leaves for the Cocaine Trade, In the majority of areas close to the Brazil Border, there are Coca Plantations, the call them “Cocaleros.” Truly more dangerous areas than the no contacted tribes areas, or the lumber business. Mafias thrive in this area, corruption is rampant, everyone is on the take, they are nice people, but the business of easy money always thrives quicker than hard work.

All in all, Breu is a nice village, mentally slow because of bad food, however making great progress to colonize and create and infrastructure between Brazil and Peru.

The alternative is to do nothing, keep the village stupid, dumb, and incapable of leaving their tribal traditions. Death of children in tribal areas is always rampant, they percentage of child deaths is high, and of course they have babies like rabbits. The tribes have little desire presently to do more than sit around or go hunting.

Luckily the cost of Beer is expensive, and strangely they are not good at making moonshine, they truly are not motivate to work. Life is easy, life is simple, any money they earn is spent for enjoyment or simple foods, they are not lacking in anything truly, and are eating the same as they have for the last 1000-10,000 years, now they have rice and spaghetti.

One the lumber roads reach this area, it will start to prosper and food, medical and education will prosper. However, the same as Tibet in China, the smart people will continue to leave, and the mentally weak will stay.

This is truly a horrible place to live on the planet, except for the fact it is nice and quiet and the noise pollution has yet to reach Breu.

Tourism is a possible way of earning money, however only explorers like me can presently go there now, people who are willing to live on crackers for a week, have mosquito bites, do not worry about Malaria and are willing to fight if needed.

Big groups can enter this area safely, there will be protected and cared for providing they spend money foolishly as they normally do, paying about 10-50 time the needed amounts of money. I do not encourage this type of spending, it just make the welfare mentality worst, and they will sit around waiting forever for the next big paying tourist.

This is a great path to take to Brazil, and would recommend this for any truly adventurous backpacker who is tired of obeying the Lonely Planet Guidebook and following all the other lemmings.

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