Usa Travel Stories, Page 26

INDIANA WANTS ME - VISITING HOME

Hello,

I am back in Indiana after 24 hours more or less of plane travel. I was lucky and got bumped or agreed to get bumped and they gave me 200 in Delta Plane Dollars, and took me by taxi from South Bend to my home, it was actually a better way to go than my normal Fort Wayne to home trip, so I was really lucky.



I came Bangkok to Tokyo by Norwest / KLM

Then from Tokyo to Atlanta by Delta

Atlanta to South Bend by Delta - Was suppose to be Fort Wayne.

Same Same, but different.



More or less 530 U.S. Dollars for a one-way ticket from Bangkok to Fort Wayne, Indiana. I purchase the ticket less than one week before the flight.


MY OPINION - DON'T SHOOT THEM, BUT DON'T MISS

(CNN) -- International condemnation followed Israel's killing of Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi in Gaza City



I would say as an independent USA citizen about the killing of Hamas leader today.

"Don't shoot them,

But...

Do not miss."



Good job Israel.

Anyone that declares war on me is my enemy, to deny this is live a life of fear, lies, and hope for the tooth fairy. I suppose we should have learned a lesson from the way Hitler invade the surrounding countries in his region, but I do not suppose that people learn from their mistakes or we would not make them or allow them again.



One this I learned from spending 35 days in Iraq.

CNN and BBC and most television stations make up the news as they wish to earn money, and do not report the news.


SENT BY THAI FRIEND TO ME

1. Three irrevocable things in your life are....

Word

Time

Chance



2. Three undeniable things in your life are....

Serenity

Honesty

Hope



3. Three gems of your life are.....

Love

Self esteem

True friends



4. Three uncertainties in your life are ...

Dreams

Success

Fate



5. Three things that deteriorate your life are...

Liquor

Arrogance

Anger



Kind hearts are the garden

Kind thoughts are the roots

Kind words are the blossoms

Kind deeds are the fruits



Hmmm. I think she was trying to tell about the word

"Arrogance."

Lesson a day, what can I say?


PURCHASE SONY VIDEO CAMERA

Hello,

I purchased a 350 video camera yesterday. I am hoping to copy filmed situations in Iraq and send back on CD Roms. I have not checked my system yet, but I am 90 percent sure I can do this. I will film an event. Download from camera to computer, than burn a CD rom. Mail home.



Making films of places is not my idea of fun. Espcially when the whole world wants to do this. Most countries are full of people with camcorders filming the place. I do suppose that Iraq is a little special, so I am going to capture the moments. I do not think there will be many tourist. Maybe a few granola for lunch bunch types working for NGO for way more money than they are worth.



I suppose what will be different than the news. Is I will film the truth with no agenda. I own nobody, anything.


LEAVING TODAY

Hello,

I am leaving today at about 3:45 from Fort Wayne, Indiana to Istanbul Turkey. I would think this will be a 180 degree change in cultures. Although Turkey is part of NATO, but is also more or less Muslim. Fort Wayne is know as the City of Churches. (Christian)



Got up very early. 3:20 am.

I wake up early, but today was very early. I guess I am ready to go and have a lot to accomplish before I leave.

The temporary job I had in the USA is still taxing my energies. Still some lose strings, and I will have to call home from Turkey to guarantee that some of the jobs are accomplished.


FORTNIGHT CORRRECTION

I thought that a "Fortnight" was the night before. It appears to be 14 days.

Not an American English Term. I guess the journalist mention before was around long enough to leave the room.


7 YEARS OF HOBO TRAVEL

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FACTS ON TURKEY

I normally check out 2 sources first to learn basic facts about a country. Learning the facts is my priority. Than learning opinions or guidebook writers opinions afterwards. Most travel writings are permeated with bias. These 2 sources are more factual and more dependable. Here are links to the 2 sources I use first.

An Encyclopedia page and the CIA page.

Encyclopedia Article on Turkey

CIA Factbook