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ISSUE:  028
DATE:  February 15, 2001
TITLE:  ANDY’S TRAVEL TIPS - Visa’s - Pipa Brazil
TIP:  Visas:
LOCATION:  Fort Wayne, USA

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ANDY’S TRAVEL TIPS - Visa’s - Pipa, Brazil
Beijo - Kiss - Happy Valentines
Next Stop (who knows?) up the coast...
Hobotraveler.com
Volume 1, Issue 28 - Hobotraveler.com February 15, 2001
My trip around the world.

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* FUTURE NEWSLETTERS TOPICS
* HOW I AFFORD TO TRAVEL
* UPDATE ON A HOBO’S LOCATION
* HOBO CHEAP HOTELS AIRFARE TOURS
* EXTREME HOBO ADVENTURE (David Clark Sailing around the world)
* HOBO WORLD CONTACTS, People around the world to help you.
* HOBO EXCUSES. Why my WebPages, and newsletter are bad?
* TODAY’S TIP          Visa’s
* TODAY’S TIP FROM THE “Peanut Gallery”

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* UPDATE ON A HOBO’S LOCATION

Hello from Braziiilllllllll

Early to bed, and early to rise. A great way to watch
the sunrise in Brazil.

I call myself a “TRAVELER”, and after watching the sunrise
on the Atlantic Ocean, and the sunset over the Pacific Ocean,
I feel this to be very true. Brazil is the country for sunrises.
“Let’s go watch the sunset”, or sunrise I have heard many times.
People on the ocean enjoy this entertainment.

Watching the sunrise is pretty much a solitary activity,
or romantic if shared with another person. But always a great way to
start your morning, with dreams, wonder, and a good reminder
that we are very small, and the world is very big.

Great pictures of the sunrise:
Had to run down the beach to keep the fisherman in between me and the sun.
http://andylgraham2.virtualave.net/mac30.shtml


Watching the sunset is a social event. I have watched the sunset in
many places, and much easier to do than the sunrise. It does not require
an alarm clock. Just hang around an west coast beach long enough
and you will understand. When the sunsets, in every place, I have
every been, the world stops for an instance. The people smile, and
look around at each other, and talk with their eyes.
“Wow, thank you, that was beautiful”
and maybe the clap. Yes, you will know .
“Life is good”.

So far the best place I know to watch the sunset with other people are:
Key West, Florida. USA, Pie de Cuesta, Mexico. (8 miles north of Acapulco),
In fact the nickname for this beach is “Sunset Beach”. Mantanita, Ecuador.
Del Mar, California. I got to watch the dolphins jumping, and surfers at the
same time there.

I have been recently to Maceio, Praia France, Barra de San Antonio,
Porto de Pedro, Japaratinga, Gaibu, and Pipa.
Pipa is great place to see dolphins, and to maybe
“Swim with the dolphins”

Observations on Brazil:
All television and movies are in Portuguese. No subtitles,
I have not seen a movie theatre. (Pascal... I am having withdrawal)

The 3 B’s in BBBrazil

Bom (Good)
Bonita (Pretty)
Barato (Cheap)

All meals seem to include a 10% TIP, so make sure
you have enough money, That does not mean it includes
good service.

Difficult to purchase good snorkeling equipment, but
a great place to snorkel. There is a reef all the way
up and down the coast. You should probably bring you own
from home.

Boogie boards, and surfing are everywhere.

“Boogie Rental”, or Dune Buggy rentals are everywhere also..
Not a very good deal, but seems to be the fashionable activity
for the true tourist. This is not YOU renting a boogie,
It is YOU renting a boogie to ride in, with the driver..
It is good, if maybe you want to visit 5 places in one day

This is a, “Carry you own PEPPER country”.
If you like powdered pepper (like me) on you food.
Bring a pepper shaker they do not have them here. The do sell
it by the kilo. (Less also) by the way. It cost about 10 dollars USA,
for a Kilo (2.2 Pounds) of Pepper.

The asking room price triples for Carnaval, not double. So you need
to locate a room at least 4 days before the start.
“Aluga Se” signs are everywhere. “FOR RENT”.
I think everyone on the beach rents their house, and moves
away for week. They rent the Rooms, as a 4 or 5 day package.
24-28th February. When you ask for a price, they
always give you a one price package.

Nice webpage on Carnaval
http://www.carnaval.com/

I just purchased a Hammock, I will sleep in that for the 4 days.
It will cost me 2.50 per night, and not 30 dollars per night USA.
I can store my computer with the owner of the campsite.
There are a FEW campsites in Brazil, but there are lots of beaches to
sleep on. Camping is probably the cheapest form of travel, If you
can find a shower, and bathroom.

The beaches of Brazil are fantastic. The best so far...but those
other traveler are talking about the beaches of THAILAND

Life is good

Andy the Hobotraveler.com

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* EXTREME HOBO ADVENTURE
Last year I went through the Panama Canal with David Clark.
He will soon set a world record, by being the oldest person to sail
around the world solo. I will give updates until he arrives.
77 years old.

David's WebPages is:
http://www.dclark.com/
http://www.captainclark.com/ (David's son)

Press Release
http://www.hobotraveler.com/worldrecordsdavidclark.shtml
My story on him: A man
http://www.geocities.com/captainclark_2000

MOLLY MILLAR SINKS (Newsletter 27)

DAVID LOOKS FOR NEW BOAT.

QUOTES:

“Typical of his character, he doesn't spend much
time licking his wounds. He said he will finish this goal
"if I have to swim."

“Well a ham operator, Deon Erwin (ZR1DQ) has formed a group
of people to give David all kinds of assistance. On arrival he
was accommodated by Trevor (ZS2BV) in East London. He
was given an airline ticket to get back to Cape Town. They
have found sponsors for clothing and a 5-star hotel room when
he returns to Cape Town. "The David Clark Boat Project" was
started by Matt Greyvenstein (ZS1MJJ) two days ago following
a discussion on the air. Deon tells me that Matt has immense
enthusiasm and is driving the project.”

“It is a great demonstration of the "goodness" of people.”

HOW MICKEY (THE DOG) IS LOST AT SEA

“The ship was by that time within a few feet of "Mollie Milar"
ready to attempt a rescue. A large line with a "monkey fist"
(large knot) was thrown down. Mickey was put into a sling to
bring aboard first. With a lot of wiggling and squirming he was
able to free himself of the sling before he reached safety and
was lost at sea. David had all he could do to get himself up the
side of that ship at this point, and limited time to do it”


HOW THE LEAK STARTED

“David does not know for sure where the leak started and did not
discover it until the bow of the boat was pretty flooded. The bilge
pumps couldn't begin to keep up with the inflow. He said that the
water was deepest in the engine room because most of the weight
was there, but the floor boards were floating around in the boat
and it was listing to the portside with the rails underwater.
It was very fortunate that there was a ship close by.”


RAISING MONEY TO CONTINUE !!!!

“a bank account is being set up for him in Cape Town
to accept donations for replacing the boat.”

“If any of you (or anyone you know) would like to send in a
donation, please make it payable to David Clark's World Record,
and mail it to:
David Clark's World Record,    P. O. Box 4467,   Moraga, CA 94575”


ANOTHER WORLD RECORD

I receive and e-mail from
Hotel Galapagos & Scuba Iguana
wanting to know how old was

Harry Pidgeon

when he sailed around the world.

Read this link for another great traveler.
http://www.iowa-counties.com/etcetera/Harry_Pidgeon/index.htm


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TODAY’S TRAVEL TIPS    VISAS

*WHAT IS A VISA
*INTRODUCTION
*REQUIREMENTS TO GET VISA
*ENTRY REQUIREMENT LINKS
*HOW TO GET A VISA?
*THE BEST SOURCE OF INFORMATION

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*INTRODUCTION

Hello,
I thought “VISA” would be an easy subject to talk about,
but I was wrong. There are about 270 (mais ou menos) different countries,
or territories, islands, etc, in the world.

So there are 270 different answers for each country.
What is that, 270 X 270 combinations possible..?

It’s important to understand, and remember.
The requirements change for every country you enter,
The rules to enter for a citizen of the USA, are not
the same rules for a person from Ecuador.

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*WHAT IS A VISA

DEFINITION FROM DICTIONARY:
An official authorization appended to a passport, permitting
entry into and travel within a particular country or region

I will add:
The name tourist card, and Visa are used interchangeably.
The Visa is needed also to: LEAVE THE COUNTRY....
It is not always attached.

These term are used by travel agents, other travelers, and
the world, as if everyone understands the terms. Do not feel stupid,
but make them define, what they mean. The word VISA changes
for every country. If you do not understand, it is you that
will not enter the country.

When talking about a Visa, or Tourist card, or we say
“I need to get my stamp”.

The thing to remember.
“YOU NEED PERMISSION TO ENTER”
“YOU NEED PERMISSION TO LEAVE”

When you enter a country. 2 things usually happen.
1. They make you complete a small form.
2. They take a rubber stamp, that is use with ink, to
mark you passport. Sometime they take a sticker, or
stamp and place in you passport.
(Make sure to request double the days needed)

WARNING: THE STAMP IN THE PASSPORT IS
NOT THE ONLY THING YOU NEED TO HAVE TO
LEAVE THE COUNTRY.

They will often hand you back the form you filled out,
and it will have the stamp on it, and the number of day.
You must provide that form to leave the country. There can be fines,
detained, and other hassles, if you lose this paper.

A. KEEP ALL PAPERS IN YOU PASSPORT UNTIL YOU LEAVE.
B. THEY DO NOT HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR AT THE BORDER.
C. ALWAYS CHECK IN AT THE BORDER, AND “Get Stamped”
D. ALWAYS CHECK OUT TO LEAVE, AND “Get Stamped”

This advice may at first seem silly. Like how could you cross a
border without being stopped. I just entered Paraguay to
get “My Stamp”. I had to pretend that I was staying for
a long time to get it. If they knew I was coming back the
next day, they would not have stamped my passport.
Lots of borders are wide open.
At the border of Ecuador, and Colombia. I had to force the
bus to stop so I could get out, to get “My Stamp”
They would have taken me to the next town, They did
not see the reason to stop at the border.

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*REQUIREMENTS TO GET VISA

UNDER-DEVELOPED COUNTRIES HAVE TROUBLE
GETTING A VISA.
If you are from a country where lots of people leave and do
not come back.

You will have to prove you have MONEY, and you are
leaving something of value in the country. Like a wife,
husband, or a house. The idea is that you will come
because of you ties.

I have a friend that wanted to go to the USA from Ecuador.
She needed:
1. Own a car
2. Own a house.
3. Have 300 dollars in a bank account for 6 month.
4. Have a credit card.
This was the requirements of the USA for a person from
Ecuador to enter the country.

If you are from USA, Britain, German, etc
Here are some normal type requirements:

Requirement:
$25 (business) fee. I
AIDS test
Anti-malarial
Anyone with a criminal record (including a DWI charge)
Cholera
Company letter needed for business visa
Financial Responsibility
Hotel reservations
Letter of invitation
Medical examination
Money
Onward ticket
Passport
Photo 2 x 2 passport type.
Picture ID
Proof of round-trip travel required
Proof of sufficient funds
Questionnaire ( I had to fill out a lot to enter Chiapas Mexico
SASE for return of passport. Self Addressed Stamped Envelope
Smallpox immunizations
Sufficient health insurance and funds
Travel itinerary
U.S. passports are not valid for travel in, to, or
    through Iraq without authorization from the Department of State
USA money. At the border of Honduras / Nicaragua. The only accepted
      US dollars from foreigners. No Honduras, or Nicaragua money.
Voter registration card
Yellow fever vaccination
(BRIBE)

If you need a shot, vaccination etc. You can usually get them
at the border.

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*ENTRY REQUIREMENT LINKS

COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD

Here are 90 plus links on Visas, Passports.
Please submit at the bottom of page, and I have missed.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/passportsvisas.shtml

USA Citizens
http://travel.state.gov/visa/americans1.html

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*HOW TO GET A VISA?
You will never know what they want?

Easiest to hardest methods:

1. Ride in a bus that is crossing the border.

2. Walk up to the border. They will tell you what you
need. Or probably just send you on through.
20 countries. I have never been asked for proof of money,
or an onward ticket.

3. Check with the closest country to the border:
Example: I got my Visa for Venezuela, when I was in
Cartagena, Colombia.

CHECK ENTRY REQUIREMENTS WITH THE
CONSULAR OFFICIALS , (EMBASSY)
OF THE COUNTRIES TO BE VISITED WELL IN ADVANCE.

4. Travel Agent should know. (only in you home country, and when
actually buying a ticket)

5. Check the embassy (COUNTRY TO BE VISITED) in your home country.
Note: Also check with your embassy (YOUR COUNTRY)
Be very careful here. If for example you go to the USA embassy in
Quito, Ecuador, and ask for information on Sweden. You may
get totally wrong information. Make them give you
PRINTED MATERIALS.. bulletins. pamphlets.
Do NOT trust the word of the clerk.

6. Go to the airport, ask the ticket counter. What is need to
enter the country. (Note: This is the ticket counter for the country
you want to go to. They usually will not let you enter a plane unless
you papers are correct.

7. This is a possibility, Could be easy.
Pay a VISA service in YOUR COUNTRY to get you a visa.
Lots of the links on the page of mine, are for this.

8. Send me a plane ticket.... hehehe. But you have
to take me with you.

9. Walk into an embassy Barefoot. Blah Blah Blah etc.
Look nice, and look rich.
(This type of behavior, will make you life real difficult)

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*THE BEST SOURCE OF INFORMATION

GUIDEBOOK.

Go to the bookstore.
Buy one in your language, written for people of your country.
Go to the library...Borrow one...

Enjoy, and do not worry.
Governments help tourist to enter.
Spend money...
Spend money...
Spend money...

and LEAVE

Have fun! Life is Good!

As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.

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TODAY’S TIP FROM THE “Peanut Gallery”
Here's a little tip from me, to you, as an experienced traveler.

A person is not late, if they come 30 minutes after the
arrange time. in lots of country.
I would say they was early.
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