Usa Travel Stories, Page 5

Warm Clothes on Bus Planes and Trains

Warm Clothes on Bus Planes and Trains
Travel Tip

A mistake often made in the Tropic is to wear shorts, swimwear an other skimpy clothing on the Bus, Plane or Train. I recommend you always wear long sufficient clothing to be comfortable in a very cold room on all trips. Air conditioning is often extremely cold whereby many passengers are uncomfortable and plane are normally cool. Just become it is extremely hot outside does not mean the Bus, Plane and Train are going to be hot.

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Orland, Indiana USA
Friday, February 20, 2009
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Many travelers board these forms of transportation and spend the next hours of their life in misery freezing.

Warm Clothes on Bus Planes and Trains


Indiana Reinstalls Andy’s Smile

Indiana Reinstalls Andy’s Smile
I believe it is possible for travel to remove the smile from my face and make me jaded.

They blame this quote on Kurt Vonnegut, however Mary Schmich wrote,

“Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard.
Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel.”
- Sunscreen by Mary Schmich

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Orland, Indiana USA
Thursday, February 19, 2009
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I was out last night with my friend Scott; I caught myself laughing and said to myself.
“Great, I found my smile.”

In Guatemala the locals say hello easily, however in Peru the people were hard. Contrary to any misguided advice you hear, it is impossible to ignore the people in our lives. After a month in Peru my smile was slowly being removed and I needed some maintenance work done on my face.

I am sitting right now in the Coachlight Coffee House in Angola, Indiana and about 50-70 percent of the folks who enter say hello. I truly was a lucky sperm to be born in this city and raised in the small town of Orland. The world can give me a good beating, it can make me jaded and mistrusting, however I can always return to Indiana and know is possible to trust people again.

Sometime we need to install the smile on our face, who was it Peter Pan who needed to find his happy thought so he could fly again.

Sometimes we need to remove the emotional vampires from our lives by driving a smile through their chest. Amazing people here in Indiana, USA, all I have to do is look at people and they smile, this is truly a strange place on the planet.

Happiness

Indiana Reinstalls Andy’s Smile


Continental Airlines Baggage Handler

Continental Airlines Baggage Handler
I looked out my airplane window towards the back of the plane and I spotted this man using a handheld bar code machine checking every bag that entered the plane.



I flew with Continental Airlines from Peru to Chicago, Illinois.

Seems like a good idea, they should be able to count every bag and insure that the proper number of bags are on the plane if this little computer works to my specifications.

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Orland, Indiana USA
Thursday, February 19, 2009
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I worry about planes in the USA and their handling of the bags.

One time I had a 20-minute layover in Tokyo, Japan and my bag made the transit. I then spent eight hours in the Atlanta airport and the bag failed to make the transit.

Luggage, - Airplane

Continental Airlines Baggage Handler


Nationwide Internet in USA Travel Tip

Nationwide Internet in USA Travel Tip
I have more problems in the USA finding internet access than any other country on the planet, Internet Cafes are scarce or non-existent.

How do you find Internet Café in the USA?
Give up, not a good option…



Photo of me using the Internet in the Angola, Indiana Carnegie Public Library. The connection was extremely fast, however Yahoo Messenger was blocked, and therefore my business need of talking to Boy Genius in Indian was not possible.

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Orland, Indiana USA
Thursday, February 19, 2009
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If I was traveling in the USA, this would be my tactics.

I would drive from coast to coast in an old beat up van, set up with curtains on all the windows so I could sleep anywhere there was free overnight parking.

I would buy a palm computer with WIFI access, so I could quickly test a connection. The word “unsecured” means nothing, in today’s world you must actual gain access to guarantee you truly have free internet.

Whenever I passed near a library I would stop and see if there was free internet access.

Whenever I got near a Motel, I would pull into the parking lot.

I would stop into computer stores along the road and ask if they knew free hotspots.

Coffee shops would be my last choice, however a good option if all the above failed.

When I was in one city using the internet, I would find the address of the Libary in the next city on the path.

I would randomly use the internet, I would not make special trips to any of the above locations, when I passed a likely option, and I would try to use the connection. However, please be aware, at any location check the connection, before you buy the coffee.

Warning, many free internet connections in the USA not-to-cleverly block many great uses for the internet. Do not assume anything is possible until you check it.

Hmm, I would probably do some couch surfing, hoping the girls of the USA liked my photo.

Internet

Nationwide Internet in USA Travel Tip


Obama is a Black USA President

Obama is a Black USA President
I am truly going to enjoy the next four to eight years of having President Obama for a President. The world new reporters are going to take the idiocy of being politically correct to even higher levels of insanity. This is like watching a reality show, however, this time instead of being faked, it real.

I am impressed with Obama, he appears to be genius in his ability to explain bad news and make people feel good. I truly enjoyed his announcement of spending three quarters of a trillion dollars, it was like he was doing us a favor, and everyone was happy.

Like someone coming up and saying,
“Your wife is dead.’
You say,
“Yes, thank you, I know, it is not a problem.”

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Orland, Indiana USA
Thursday, February 19, 2009
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Heaven is Where:
The Police are British,
The Chefs are Italian,
The Mechanics are German,
The Lovers are French
and
It's all organized by the Swiss.

Hell is Where:
The Police are German,
The Chefs are British,
The Mechanics are French,
The Lovers are Swiss
and
It's all organized by the Italians.

Where doe Obama fit into this?

I always consider this statement one of the most intellectually astute explanations of culture I have ever read. These types of around the barn explanations of people are going to thrive in the next few years, I am sure Obama is up for the game, he is genius with words.

He just sent 17,000 more soldiers to Afghanistan and everyone is happy, this is just too cool.

Politics

Obama is a Black USA President


Verizon Blackberry Storm Interview Tomorrow

Verizon Blackberry Storm Interview Tomorrow
A public relations person for Verizon contacted me a month ago asking if I would like to test the Verizon Blackberry Storm. This type of product is the future, I would love to learn about it and appreciate this offer, however I am not sure it is feasible for a true global traveler.



www.verizonwireless.com/storm

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Orland, Indiana USA
Thursday, February 10, 2009
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I claimed ignorance, I have only seen maybe five of these Blackberry devices in my life. Product knowledge is learned in two ways, first by company advertisements and second by referrals, since I do not live in the USA I know very little about the Blackberry.

I have an appointment Friday at 11:00 am to talk with a man by the name of Jason in Fort Wayne, Indiana to demonstrate and explain the benefits of this electronic device. They are offering to allow me to carry one for a few months, then I must send it back by prepaid Federal Express pack. I am going to Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and other countries in this region of Africa.

I would like some reader questions and feedback, is this Verizon Blackberry Storm going to work for me?

Cellphone, - Internet, - Email

Verizon Blackberry Storm Interview Tomorrow


Psychics in America

Psychics in America
When entering a small town, village or burg of the USA one should expect to see a few signs announcing the Christian Churches. I was semi-depressed to see two signs as I approached the city of Angola, Indiana.

There is a large sign as you enter the city coming from the North, then as you enter the city, like a new Church on the block, there is the office that does the Psychic Readings.

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Orland, Indiana USA
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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Welcome to the new world.

I just left a primitive area of Peru where ignorance, superstition, gossip, and misunderstanding thrives. I return to the USA and truly the same mentality thrives.

Psychics in America


Lonely Planet Guidebook USA Travel Tip

Lonely Planet Guidebook USA Travel Tip
Travel Tip

How would "Andy a professional Traveler" find cheap rooms in the USA? I would buy a Lonely Planet guidebook for the USA, or maybe Roughguides.com, or maybe Let’s Go, nonetheless I would not travel in the USA without a guidebook. Oops, I probably would go to the Library and check out all three of them...



LonelyPlanet.com/usa
RoughGuides.com
Letsgo.com

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Orland, Indiana USA
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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About five years ago I met up with a friend from Argentina here in the USA, we took a trip to Bloomington, Indiana to see Brown County while the fall leaves were turning brown. Every Hotel we visited was outrageous, I thought about it and said,
“Let’s go to a bookstore and read a guidebook.”

We opened a Lonely Planet to the USA in the bookstore, found the chapter that included Bloomington, found a cheap Hotel and went to the Hotel and got a room for half the price of the others.

In the USA, it is possible to check out one to three Guidebooks from a Library, go on vacation, then return the book after you return.

is my Internet solution to this situation, presently guidebooks are still the best way to find cheap room on Planet Earth. Yes, it is possible to find the stray hotel, however to consistently find cheap rooms, the guidebooks still are the best resource.

Guidebooks, -

Lonely Planet Guidebook USA Travel Tip