Thailand Travel Stories, Page 51

Geography R Us

Geography R Us
The verdict is in, Americans do not know Geography, and by the way, either does any of the people from other countries. We are all about the same, we all use some form of tunnel vision that sees only what interest us, and we ignore the rest of the world Geography.

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Friday, October 19, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com --- Promote Hotel
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Our life experiences is what teaches geography, yes some countries study geography of the planet more than others, and a person that reads National Geographic Magazine has education that is better.

Geography curiosity, or curiosity of Geography. Hmmm, that is about worthless, the pivotal things is to have a curiosity about people, then you are curious about Geography. I guess a people watcher, a person that can go to a big mall; sit on the bench, just muse about people endlessly would be a good candidate to be good at Geography. Why spend days studying maps unless you want to know about the people.

I am in a constant state of amusement as I coordinate with my techie the Boy Genius Techie in India to put code on our HoboHideOut.com Hotel site. Here is person that somewhat dwells on the USA culture, however somehow just does put much value in a State of the USA.

If you click on this link.
USA Map

Ooops where is Indiana, I mean, how can I go look at a map of Indiana or just a blank page waiting for Indiana Maps to appear, or some automated Google Earth Maps. Somehow the state of Indiana is not there, but we have put most of the smallest villages possible, but no Indiana.

The tunnel was made, the dictate passed down be the big ME.
- WE are making a Hotel site of… every CITY in the World.! -

I did, I made the tunnel, I put my 10 dollars on the table and said, this site will have every Hotel in the planet, and every city in the planet, and I demanded that we create a way to collect a hotel in the smallest place imaginable. And not only this, I am demanding a way to say, if a person in a house wants to rent a room to Swedish Girls, they should be able to place this on the site, and compete neck and neck with the Five Star Resort.

I have made the tunnel, Boy Genius is looking through the tunnel, and his vision is Tunnel, it is Tunnel Vision as they say. He is thinking CITY, this is the Tunnel I made.

I suppose we had to do it, we had to go to the smallest before we could back up and say, lets look out the window at the State of Indiana as we pass onto the smallest little city of Superboy, the Smallville USA, the Village in Laos, up in the mountains, nobody stops but some old Military Truck full of Rice Farmers.

Every city deserves favor… I truly believe the small cities of a county are the lifeblood of a country. The are the identifiers of people. I do not believe if I go to Germany and stay in Frankfurt, I am seeing German culture, yes a form. If I want to find out who Germany is, I must go down to the smallest of Gods people and say,
- Hello, I am Andy, what is your name? -

Where is the smallest of Gods people, in Smallville USA, they are in Germany in the village of… DARN, I cannot remember how to spell the village in Germany I visited. That place where the Grocery Store closes at 6:00 pm and all is quiet, just a few corner bars. This is the problem with HoboHideOut.com, today, not tomorrow, or the future, but today we are in a tunnel of design, If I know the exact name, the state, the county a person can find their city, this is not how a person travels though and not the only path, but a good path if you know 100 percent where you are going, not likely…

I found it, the village of Seitingen a place where I found Germany, it is on the site of HoboHideOut.com… hehehe, but for sure, only the makers of the site know how to travel the tunnels and paths to this village. If you go to this German Village, I hope to help you find a room, and say Hello to Sabine, my German friend I met in Ecuador, in a nowhere place, on a beach, Smallville, USA, nobody cares, but yes, someone cares, I do.

My Germany, the German people I want to know, the people I know live here.
Seitingen Germany

A blog post from Seitingen, Germany. In another time, I remember.
Other Life’s of Andy

I am having fun, making my dream of finding a room in a small village in Germany Hotel site. Because I want to go to the small places, and say,
- Hello, I am Andy, what is your name? -

I need a way to find a room to sleep.

Ok, the bottom line though Geography is the core or HoboHideOut.com, we must show easy paths to find the smallest of the smallest and allow a person who knows nothing about Geography and could care less, how to find the great Uncle living in Ireland, and find a room… EASY, if it was easy, everyone would make these Mega sites, instead they just give me the Five Stars off the top, and forge the cream, the small cities where a boy like me was born.

Google.com is winning because everyone is allowed to play, and Yahoo.com is losing because the said, no, only if you pay, only if you give us money, only if this, too many rules, the basic fundamental profit model that works on the internet is…
- A site that helps all helps the site to thrive. -
This has been Yahoo.com problem, the reason why Google.com gets about 80 percent of search traffic, Google.com allows all to enter, and does not just say no, Yahoo.com started to want 300 dollars more or less per entry, and they wrote their doom check.

I suppose you get the minds of the smallest, the rest must follow.

or maybe Contact Andy

Geography R Us


Changes Made to New Backpacks

Changes Made to New Backpacks
I wrecked my two backpacks in Togo when the Motorcycle Taxi guy hit a pig, and I have scars. My body is healed, the backpack were using rope to closes as I redundant designed. However, I decided, time for a change. I do not volunteer to be a victim of temptation robbery so I needed cut these new bags up.

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com --- Promote Hotel
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This is my new trolley tramp roller coaster Backpacks. I am going for the wheels, not yet up to what I want, but I am tired of carrying 80 pounds or 40 kilos, I think I am getting nerve damage from the straps. The wheel need to be wider apart and bigger for mud puddles.

Both bags cost 1400 Baht or about hmm 3 x 14 = 42 US dollars. Not bad for two bags, and will last about as long when I reinforce them and add some fixes. I was going to make backpack with three rows of stitching and not the standard row of one on my design.



This is the smaller carry on size, not really, but I think I can try, the wheels will help pretend to be carry on size. Carry on is an ok idea, but getting it under the seat, in the rack above, this is the problem. This is 24 inches high, about 2 above what they say they will take, and it is too fat. This is 12, and I think 8 inches is desired and 10 are acceptable and never trust airlines….

Most carry on bag I see are about 14-16 inches fat, and I know will not fit in that steel cage they show, but rarely use. 60 percent of the passengers would have too big of bags, impossible to use, and the pilot for sure has too many bags.



This has four to five pockets on the outside. There is zero way to lock these pockets, as is standard on the too nuts to sell backpacks. Backpacks are made 90 percent for trekking and used 90 percent on buses and planes. This one has admitted it, it has wheels, but this is a knock off, I purchased something called check-point brand, and I wanted red and blue so they bring out Lowe Alpine that was the same bag, just different color, this is NOT a Lowe Alpine bag, probably made by little Asian people in Vietnam, I hope Thailand.



Tall or height is not a big problem, too fat is, this backpack will need to go under bus seats, above train seats, and in baggage compartments of cheap and expensive airlines. It cannot not be plump, the front pockets had to go, and I left one pocket on the right so I could wear this on the front of my body and pack a guidebook. This one is fat.



They look naked, but this is good, I lost too much color, hard to recognize my bag from a distance with black. Notice the ONE outside pouch for a guidebook.

NOW! I have only one zipper to lock, and I am safe, secure and I can lock this to my bed, keep girls out of my bag when they stop over to say hello. The house cleaner cannot do some temptation theft, as all is snug as a bug in rug inside the bag, with no pockets in free open range.



This is called a padlock slider, THE NEW BAG HAS THIS. I am always searching for the ideal one, I have only seen one, the best one on the planet so far. This photo is far from ideal, the tab pulls will break off, and this is just to stop the people without a knife. I will replace the small lock with a round steel loop so I can use a bigger lock or put two locks on this and use a bigger lock.

Ideal Padlock Slider or Best I have seen

Every bag is ok, they just need modified, and really a big army duffle bag would work good, if I was only using one bag, and not two, no computer and nothing breakable.

I wished Thailand wore shoes, and not sandals, hard to get repari made in non-shoe countries.

or maybe Contact Andy

Changes Made to New Backpacks


Letting Go of Control

Letting Go of Control
I am 100 percent sure I control nothing, and when I think I am in control, I know I am delusional. When I finally admitted I was powerless over my life, and life had become unmanageable. I then was in good shape to know, darn,
- Life is Good! -
When I am not in a fight to control it.

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com --- Promote Hotel
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There are our places of power, there is our ground, let the enemy come into our playground; we want them on our playing field. We want the home court advantage.

I was just having a Skype.com conversation with an overwhelming intelligent person from the USA. He has a war chest of internet links, toys, and ideas on how to travel when outside the USA. This is an amazing collection of small hints, ideas and advice on how to go outside his world and still live in his world.

More or less, he knows how to find his world, in other worlds fast.

I was laughing as we had a conversation about WIFI hotels. I more or less despise owners of WIFI Hotels, as they are empathy impaired, somewhat sterile with left one missing.

However, I am in one of the first WIFI hotels in my life that actually works, 90 percent of the Hotels features are in my acceptable range, and I have some workarounds that get the last 10 percent up to snuff, as I carry things like lights, extension cords, ways to keep the sheet on the bed, clotheslines to hang clothes where there is no hangers, etc. my war chest of ways to make a room work.

I am in GREAT shape, both home and on this unusual WIFI internet in a Hotel that works. ! This connection is a kicker, and I am at warp speed, no need to Beam me up Scotty this planet is nice, I think I will linger a while.

I am in a POWER position.

What is funny is the people in the USA leave a very high power position, the go into the world and return to a power position. I am normally in a very powerless position searching for a powerful place.

I can actually, while I am here, find two to three prospective hotels in the next city that would fit my need about 50-70 percent, hard to get up to 90. Note, if I paid 40 dollars per night in Thailand I could get all my benefits I want, but then for what reason at 40. For this price, I would go travel in Europe, and have more to see of interest, or in the USA, and have an even better package of Benefits. There is no doubt the cheap motel for 30 dollars in the USA is better on a basic room level than a 30 dollar hotel in Thailand, but when you leave the room in Thailand that is where the world changes.

I wish people were in Mali in a 12 dollar hotels, with a wildly slow internet café for about a month, and then try to tell me it is easy to find a fast connection in the next city.

To find a good internet WIFI connection that is at a good value in Thailand is a lottery of Thai headaches unless I just buy a way above the headaches and pay USA prices to live in Thailand.

Nevertheless, the bottom line is this, if you want high-speed connections then you better find them before you leave your high-speed connection. Then you will be happy to learn about 80 percent of the Hotels mis-represent their connections, so only one in five really works. Or you are living in a place, only a hermit would love.

Power to Power, this is the move you want to make, and finally you will have to admit you are powerless. I suspect that some people spend five weeks preparing to go on a two-week vacation and I am being kind not saying one year.

IF you have many personal problems, many personal creature needs, if you want to be in control, stay home, life will be better, you will not have to go home to have a vacation.

The world is a big mystical out of control situation and works just fine, but it has very bad WIFI at less than 15 per day for the hotel, or the normal price of an average hotel on the planet, and does real well when you get above 50, and there is no reason to leave a good country for a better value country and why travel for good value.

If I spent 50 dollars per day, I think I would spend about a year traveling around the USA. If I spent 100 dollars per day, I would go tour Europe, but I am young, and Europe is boring.

However, as my friend German Escobar in the Platypus Bogotá Hostel in Colombia says,
- Andy, you can travel Europe when you are old, it is easy. -

Europe is easy on 100 dollars per day; at 25, it is extremely annoying.

Plan your power plays, from a position of power, plan your search for your next position of power, and then plan on everything going wrong, SNAFU.

or maybe Contact Andy

The USA and Europe are about control, not my cup of tea, I gave that idea up.

Letting Go of Control


No Longer Need to Kick City Boy Butt

No Longer Need to Kick City Boy Butt
I am from a town of 400-500 people according to who is counting and whether we include the illegal Mexicans working at the Chicken Farm. I am a Hoosier, by any definition, I am a hick, an unsophisticated person who came from the country. The Farm.

Now, my home city, a.k.a in the world it is a village is on the map. I had to own the map to make it happen, but now a person with a Home Stay will soon be able to rent one room to people in nowhere, center of USA, where people go to church and say excuse me, thank you, hello and goodbye in this island of a town.

Orland is on the MAP

Thank you Google Earth, I do appreciate this too much or in Thailand Mak Mak.
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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
By Andy of HoboTraveler.com
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What this means in small town USA, where Superboy lives in smallville as anywhere, we want to be a somebody, not a nobody, and we know we are not dumb, we are just naïve, we do not understand, gangs, violence, and treating people with no respect. It just did or does not compute.

I am removing the desire to kick some city boy butt and explain in smallville terms how respect for people works, the end of my personal problems. Maybe, … I hope not, would not have anything to think about.

or maybe Contact Andy

Superboy on WikiPedia.org

No Longer Need to Kick City Boy Butt


I do not Travel to See Religion Crap

I do not Travel to See Religion Crap
I do not go look at Temples, Mosque, the Wats of Thailand, Voodoo, yes I stroll around, look at small, but to get a good view or to understand too much... You kidding me, I might get something on me, I think the guy down belows lives in these places, religions give me the creeps. God is good, when I do not feel the presences of good, I take a quick step, not that simple, but it is that simple, what I feel is good is simple.

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
By Andy of HoboTraveler.com
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A great video of the shell game that is being played in the world. Under some shell is the bean, they hide the reality of War. The modern world is a fantasy, 80 percent of the planet is a developing nation using Religion to cause problem. Read up on Marx, a failed idea, an d always corrupted, but insight and understanding was his talent, his solution just does not work, good try though.

I have no problem with the good Gods, it is the people in management... right now as we speak Buddhist Monks in Burma are involved in something, why is a Monk involved in violence, they at that first lays chip, and could not stop themselves from going to door number two.

or maybe Contact Andy

Thanks to Craig of www.travelvice.com for sending the video to watch.

I do not Travel to See Relgions Crap


Burkina Faso Girl

Burkina Faso Girl
This photo has been sitting in my photo blog box for weeks, this small girl was just too cute. I do wish they would not grow up. I think I took this in Oradura, Burkina Faso, between the city of Bobo and the Malie Border.

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Tuesday, October 16, 2007 Andy of HoboTraveler.com
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I am at the mercy of the small children of the planet, they just can do not wrong. It is interesting to observe, there is this nature - nurture thing and for sure, children learn to be creeps from their parents. They just start out happy, then take a left turn, when they should have went right. I know I am supposed to take photos of children suffering, I just did not see many, easier to find the happy ones in West Africa.

Tomorrow I cut all the outside pockets off my two new backpacks.

or maybe Contact Andy

Burkina Faso Girl


No Hollywood Showers

No Hollywood Showers
That is some advice, I refuse to follow. I was thinking about my dip shower, where I take a dipper and pour water over my head. This is very eco-friendly, or at least this uses about a third of the water of a normal shower.

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com
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50 percent of my showers are dip showers; I never get a good Hollywood Shower or as Tom Clancy taught me in the book the Hunt for Red October. I normally get cold showers. I believe cold shower are very unhealthy, I believe that a very hot shower is the best thing that every disinfected a body on the planet. Hot water to wash dishes, hot water to bath, hot water to clean clothes. This in my opinion kills them little things I do not understand.

40-70 percent of the world takes cold showers, washes dishes in cold water, and washes clothes in cold water.

However, anyway you do it, a Hollywood Shower is not hug a tree, save the planet, stop the Kyoto people from harping too much. I know that the energy use of a Hot Water heater in the home is about 10-25 percent of the house energy use…

However, for me, I want to take that Hollywood shower, that

Submit URL for Hotel or maybe Contact Andy

No Hollywood Showers


Why I do not use Travel Guides

Why I do not use Travel Guides
I am not sure, cars are the most dangerous, and for sure, food poisoning is a travel danger, however these two are hard to avoid. Nevertheless, to pay a guide to lead me stupidly into danger is not what I do. A few tourists died in Thailand in cave, today or yesterday with a flash flood. The rain is dropping suddenly like buckets in Thailand, nobody should be going into caves, but I suppose they were told, as is the world policy on danger.
- No problem. -
We make cheap!

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Monday, October 15, 2007
By Andy of HoboTraveler.com
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I read the headlines; I have a nifty toy that sent this page to me. World News

The headlines read something like.. Tourist Killed in Cave

I was bombarded today with tourist in Thailand being killed in Caves in the south of Thailand. There were a couple of Thai people, as I understand, they were probably the I-Speak-50-Words-Of-English, and therefore I am a qualified guide Thais. This is the world standard for guides, not a person who knows, it is a person who speaks English. When I am on a tour I find the nerd who read everything before, and knows more than the guide to talk with, because lets us face reality, talking English is does not qualify you to go into caves or be a guide.

This is the blind leading the blind and typical stuff for guides.

This has nothing to do with Thailand, it is worldwide, there are some real dangerous tourist activities and not just dumping a bus full of people in a market to be robbed of cameras. The dangerous ones are also full of tourist who cannot evaluate danger; therefore, I guess Darwin is still in business.

or maybe Contact Andy

Why I do not use Travel Guides