Worst - Best
Delhi, India Asia
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
What the Worst or Best of Travel?
I would say that the Paha Gang area of Delhi is the second most, or second dirtiest area of tourism on the planet so far in my opinion. While Varanasi, India is the dirtiest on the planet so far in my places I have visited.
The site HoboTraveler.com is a collection of approximately 150 of the top topics or subjects that apply to a traveler, and in this situation tourist.
How this site evolved is I wanted to make navigation for a site. A person does not know the navigation for huge sites when they start, they must evolve, change and adapt. I think they call this site architecture, however in reality the terms or jargon are not important unless I want to study.
I started making a list of subject of importance to travelers, in a way I am trying to reverse list topics for my Top Traveler Sites of 2006 or Top Travel Sites in general.
Generally the Top Travel Sites in a way should be in my opinion the Top 10 needed subjects. Top ten to me first is about needs and safety, however as I read or study this topic or search for idea, I find that most travel writers want to make the Ten Most Popular, this is to me a huge difference.
Worst - Best
In my list of 150 most needed subject or in the index page of HoboTraveler.com is one of those topic I added later, yet has gone nowhere. This topic is the Worst - Best.
I have done little work on this subject, I do think about it, however a very difficult subject, however, probably the most desired topic of Tourist. A person will sit in their home or office and dream of places to go, of the best beach, the biggest party, the most hedonistic place on the planet. The most interesting architecture or the most or best spiritual places on the planet.
Many would say that India is the best spiritual place on the planet, this then starts the problem. It is an opinion, then an opinion is a comparison. How can on person decide which country is most spiritual? How do they go to 252-309 countries on the planet, then make the decision.
There was a sign in Pokjara referencing the New York Times 1000 places to visit before you die, and they seem to be saying something about a Fish Tail Lodge. I keep looking towards the place, and thinking about walking to the Hotel, however it seem like one of the worst locations and designs for a hotel on the lake. While the View Point Lodge, a sort of grubby looking place on the other end seem to have a great location. These are all opinions and truthfully the Fish Tail or whatever the name is could be the best Hotel in Pokjara for you, while at the same time it can be the worst for me.
I am thinking of descriptors or adjectives or hmm, are these adverbs. The definitions below. (2) I find or think I am of adjectives when I say the Worst or most, however maybe descriptors or identifiers when I am talking about navigation of a website.
modifier of verb or adjective: a word that modifies a verb, an adjective, another adverb, or a sentence, for example, “happily,” “very,” or “frankly”
word qualifying noun: a word that qualifies or describes a noun or pronoun
computing describing thing: something, for example, a word or phrase, used as a key to categorize records in a database so that all records containing the key can be retrieved together
something that identifies data: a symbol that identifies, indicates, or names a body of data
When people complain about the navigation of my website they are expressing a belief about how I have designed the architecture or chosen descriptors and identifiers. I know I have fortunately chosen the best, because I am capable of adapting, evolving and modifying the site into a larger site. It think the term is scalability.
2. variable: used to describe computer graphics fonts generated by an algorithm that permits the size to vary proportionately over a wide range
3. expandable: used to describe a computer, component, or network that can be expanded to meet future needs.
The Scalability of HoboTraveler.com was designed perfect, what is horrible is the lack of alternative methods of navigation. Nope, I am wrong, the problem is clarity within the bounds of size. The size of the site and the multiple sections of interest, causes a convolution of mindsets.
We are making a site of all the Hotels and Accommodations on the planted called HoboHideOut.com
There is about 8 Million cities in a very approximate way, and I am wildly guessing however about 20-70 Million Hotels, Guesthouse or types of lodging on the planet.
The navigation for this site is easier to decide on than HoboTraveler.com because generally people think of in the same terms or ideas.
Funding and ideas is the problem, there is needed enough money to pay for the collecting and categorizing of ideas to make a good site. However, there also somehow needs to be some insight or empathy into what the visitors are looking for in a site. It would be hoped, and desired that I can empathize with other travelers to make travel sites. I often am fully aware of what people want to hear or think about in a travel site and ignore them as boorish people, readers or visitors hoping they will go away.
I am fully aware that a soap opera can make a lot of money, yet I am not going to produce a soap opera in this life. There are subjects I am interested in and others I am not passionate about.
Talking about how dirty the Paha Ganj area of Delhi is good fun, to live here is not. I truly believe people that love India are somehow getting in touch with their misbehaving child. They are getting to break all the rules of civilized people in one country, they can deny their religion, they can urinate or defecate in the streets, they can go for weeks without showering and they would be normal. They can talk religion in the most confused and in my view stupid manners and call it a spiritual awaking and probably is they just is anger.
Worst - Best
Togo 2nd Worst Toilet Design
Atakpame, Togo West Africa
Saturday, May 5, 2007
I am nominating this toilet design as my present choice for Second Worst Toilet Design on the Planet Earth.
This toilet is located in the
Atakpame, Togo West Africa
Hotel de l’Amities
3000 CFA for Private room with Shared Bath
GPS reading taken April 25, 2007
07 degrees 31.315 North
001 degrees 08.952 East
297 Meters of altitude above sea level
This toilet does not function properly as a toilet. This toilet fails to accomplish many goals of a toilet connected to public water supply. This toilet is connected to the city water.
The goal of a toilet is to flush away or slowly wash away any human excretion or other debris. The way this toilet is designed, the water does not wash the bowl of the toilet, anything to the front of the bowl whether urine of feces remains, because the water does not wash the bowl. The second goal of a toilet connect to water is to wash or flush all excretions past a trap or water catch, then the fresh water replaces the dirty water, and create a fresh water buffer between the sewer gases and the toilet area, this is not accomplished either. The water does run, but it does not wash away, is jut runs slowly and half cleanses. The water is not fresh water or the water is not replaced.
Being that there is the idea that if your turn the handle, start the water running and it will clean the bowl and this does not happen, this entitles this toilet to be my second worst toilet design on the planet. Please do not confuse this with being the worst toilets, the worst toilet without long introspection are in Mexico, whereby some hostels even advertise they have toilet seats to attract clients.
The First place contender is in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia or maybe Ulan Batar, as you wish, the Hostel I was in there is my number one choice for worst toilet design.
Note, that fortunately the toilet was not used much in the Hotel l’Amities, and the staff would clean it regularly, under heavy use this toilet would be a problem child.
Note, man toilets are of simpler design and require a bucket flush, if this toilet removed the water supplied to the toilet by public water supply and gave a bucket of water, it would not qualify as the second worst design on the planet for toilet design. The installation of the water into the toilet and not functioning as the goal of toilet desing, sort of a false hope, and African Almost make this a contender.
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Togo 2nd Worst Toilet Design