I have the solution finally. It is almost impossible to carry a wash rag in my backpack. It gets too smelly. Unlike a towel that is only slightly wet, a wash rag is very wet. I cannot get it dry by the next time I leave. Just a hassle. I purchase a very light sponge, and it wringes out almost dry. Much lighter then a wash rag and does a good job. A cheap and easy way to clean my world or grime or persistent culture.
Trying to get it clear in my mind about Barcelona. I have decided that this time of the year, it is the best place in the world to come and meet Swedish people. I have only met 3 people from Barcelona, but I have met tons of people from Sweden, Ecuador, and Peru. A couple from Holland. Oh yea, one girl from Colombia. I just have not met many people from Spain here. The 3 people I do know from Spain are... 1 the woman that is the owner of the Apartment I live in, and her 2 friends. I suppose the guy at the food store is sort of my friend. He does now say hello. It is not a Hola Amigo city.
It is an International City. I have decided that some cities have nothing or very little to do with the culture of the country. New York, Rio de Janeiro, Chicago, Miami, Barcelona, Paris. They are really about looking at churches and buildings, and partying. Also a great place to meet women or men from other countries, or I suppose for some to test out the local drugs. But this is definitely an International Tourist City. It is owned lock, stock and barrel by the tourist. Cancun is like that, there is almost nothing about Cancun that is Mexican. Oh well, I do like Swedish girls on the beach, so I am not complaining.
I am going to meet up with a friend that I met over the internet in India.
- tho. I finally got my passport in the mail today, so no more worrying about that, and Indian visa is easy to get and I'll do that Monday.the majority of my anxiety stems from the fact that my flight arrives in
Bangalore at 10.30 at night, and i fret a little about exchanging money that late, getting a taxi and getting to a safe place so late at night.
MONEY - Use and ATM card or bank card. The money should come out in whatever currency they have. This has worked in all the countries I have visited, except Iraq. I had trouble a few years ago in Nicaragua. It would only take the Plus system and I had the Cirrus. I now have both. But there are many systems. The debit or credit card is not really just Visa as best I understand or Mastercard. I has a little symbol on the back that says the type of card. I have 2 Visa cards now. One is Plus and other Cirrus. If one system is down I can use the other and still get money.
I almost never exchange money. I get the money from the bank machine. It seems to always be a good rate. I do carry about 200 Dollars USA. I have not carried a traveler check in 6 years. I can not think of any reason to carry one. I suppose if I was buying plane tickets every week. I would. Because it is hard to get more then 300 dollars a day out of the machines. I have to pay attention to the local and my home bank maximum. I never use a credit card in another country. But if I did, it would be for a plane ticket, and hopefully only at the airport. Using a credit card is dangerous to me, in any country other then your home country. I paid for my easyjet.com card with a debit card. There is a limit on the card. Unlimited credit cards can cause problems. A debit card does the same, but I have to transfer money into it. Safer.
VISA - I do not have a Visa for India. I do not have a guidebook. I think I can snag a guidebook cheap inside of India, so I am waiting to buy a Lonely Planet, Footprints, or Roughguide, or whatever is the current best flavor there. I am hoping that I can get a visa or the permission. A Visa or Tourist card for those of you wondering is the permission given by the country to enter. It changes for each country and for the country you are from. There is no set answer. It is necessary to know from what a country a person is, and to what country they are going. The only thing I can say is they normally have a way to quickly enter because most countries want you to enter. Especially the poorer countries.
Peter is an expert on lots of countries. I will pick his brain on a lot of countries when I am in Bristol soon.
I am leaving on Wednesday for Bristol, England. What happens the last few day in a country or a city is that I start thinking more about the next place, then the place I am located. This make is difficult to enjoy the day. I start seeing the bad about a place more then the good. Harder to accept a place when you know you are going to leave.
Barcelona is centered around the street the ¨Ramblas¨and this is a total tourist street. Full of people and the things that tourist people do. This is interesting for awhile, but after a few years of living in tourist places, I find it is better away from the tourist. I must accept that I am both living traveling and a tourist at the same time, but for me if I miss something. So what. This is not a tourist mentality, they feel they must see everything.
I have been listening to the Swedish people say to me a phrase about Barcelona,
¨It is easier to buy hash here, then to buy food.¨
I have to admit there must be some truth to that. The food stores are always closed.
I think the European Union will break apart these small monopolies.
I used the blogger spell checker on this. I had to go through after and fix all the letters back to English letters. So much for that idea. This is a Spanish computer I am on. I was trying to improve my spelling.
Trying to get this blog to yahoogroups.com working.
IT WORKED! I can make a box to subscribe to blog.
Here is an email to send to until I get the box working.
Thanks CHRIS for the whats up and help.
It is cloudy today in Barcelona so I decided to go look for some bike pants. What I am seaching for is a Tienda de Desportes. I also want deep sea fishing hooks for my backpack organizer. Number 11 hook. Large.
But off I went walking and asking. After about 2 hours of walking I found a small shoe or sports store for clothes and shoes. They had the pant. 42 Euros in my size.
Aaagh! Where is Walmart when need him? Hey Wally'
I have a rash on the inside of my leg from walkng and heat of Iraq. I purchased some special cream for what or who knows what types of funny things on the leg. It is working good. But the constant and constant and constant walking of Europe is not helping. I though to myself. I need to get rid of the rubbing. Biker have this problem all the time. So they have very ticket and slippery pants to solve the problem. So off I went. But this to me is 10 dollar solution and not a 40 dollars solution. So I do not know. Maybe I will use duct tape. (That is sort of a joke.)
The deep sea hooks are more difficult. I found some for .70 cents each down by the Beach.
But to send them home would be so expensive... Well. Life goes on, and life is a beach.
Hope the sun starts to shine or I will go crazy today on the metro.
Maybe I could sing in this little spot they have for Musica. They have musicians in the walkway at Passeig de Gracias and they collect coins. Some are pretty good. I am not good, so maybe they will pay me to stop. I used to do that in Mexico with the boys playing guitar on the bus. Pay them to stop.
Carlos of my hosting company.
The are very good, and helpful. They are techies and that is forgiveable.
My friend Chris said or is explaining to me how to connect the blog to Yahoogroups.com
So this is test...
Did not work.. Chris! or anyone. How do I connect blog to my yahoogroups.com letter.
I am making another that will notify people of my blog. For the really crazy people.
Send to hoboontheroad DELETE_THIS_AND_CHANGE yahoo.com
Sorry abou that adddress. But I do not like to volunteer for spam.