ANDY’S TRAVEL TIPS - After Robbed Feb 25 2001
What to do after you are robbed?
Next Stop - CARNAVAL BRASIL or Brazil
Issue 29 - Hobotraveler.com February 25, 2001
Hobo trip around the world.
~ UPDATE ON A HOBO’S LOCATION
6°12’ SOUTH OF THE EQUATOR... Altitude 0
Praia Pipa, Brasil ( Praia = Beach )
How I go to work?
I wake up, Make my coffee. Take a walk to see the dolphins.
Return and play on my computer, Arrange some
WebPages. My eyes get tired, so I take a nap. Wake up
and decide to hunt for some food, Later, I collect my nose
cream, book, one liter bottle of water, blanket, and off I
go to the beach. I choose the perfect spot. Good scenery
nice view of ocean, and I read. Inspect the different colors,
and styles of bikinis, so I know the latest fashions. So when I return
home I can tell my sister. Go home and play on my computer
(do things like write this letter), Go and talk with people from
Brazil, one from France, and a few from Chile, oh yea,
some from Argentina. What is that 4 languages.
I guess, Argentina and Chile speak the same, but it does not
seem the same. Later, I walk around, and look a people.
Go to bed,
Another hard day in paradise
(Quote from Stan)
This will be my schedule for the next couple of weeks, as I hang
out in Brazil, and enjoy Carnaval. I am sure soon there will be
DANCING N THE STREETS,
or more than normal.
Compare that to your day, and dream a little.
Life is a comparison. I compare my country to yours, You tell me
why my country is different than yours. I tell you why it is the
same. Compare Brazil, to Argentina. People from
Argentina are always saying Brazil is cheap. I feel like it is a little
expensive, but then I compare Brazil to Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador,
and Peru. This country is expensive, but it is also cheap.
I recommend you compare, then decide why we are the same,
and not why we are different. It makes it life easier, Plus that
idea of WORLD peace, could happen.
Compare -- discover what we share in common.
Brazil Beaches are great.
To enjoy you need to:
Walk barefoot (Do not use your shoes for one week)
Listen to Bob Marley music, (Not difficult, because it is everywhere)
Feel Sticky, from the salt breeze coming off the ocean
Have some one explain how they make their hair in to dreads, or rastas.
Look around breath deep, and smell marijuana on a daily basis.
Sleep in a hammock between two palm trees all night.
Hear the sound of a coconut dropping, and wonder... How close was that?
For fun, whether you need it or not, sleep under a Mosquito Net.
Carry a surfboard ( Note: It is not necessary you surf. You will be sexy)
Dive into waves until you eyes turn red,
and they skin on you hands turn all white and wrinkly from being
in the water for so long.
Then lay on the beach, and cook till well done.
Talks someone beautiful into rubbing cream on you
Have a drink that requires you drink from a straw, that is inside
a pineapple, or coconut.
I highly recommend you see how little you can do in a day,
and not how much.
If you have trouble, get one of the locals
to teach you., Just follow them around for a day. The pace
of tropical, never gets out of first gear, and that is good, and
could be bad, if you COMPARE too much. Better leave
some of them comparisons at home.
I am between
23°27’ north of the equator TROPIC OF CANCER
23°27’ south of the equator TROPIC OF CAPRICORN
Commonly know as the TROPICS.
I am in a TROPICAL land.
I am in the land of bananas and monkeys.
If you are sitting at work, reading this letter, Maybe you
should PLAN YOUR ESCAPE...
Help me get a vacation from this newsletter
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NOTE: I met a couple traveling around all of South America
in a car. Plus they have been in 60 plus countries
Life is good.
~ EXTREME HOBO ADVENTURE
Last year I went through the Panama Canal with David Clark.
He is TRYING to set a world record, by being the oldest person to sail
around the world solo. I will give updates until he arrives.
His boat SANK, but the story continues....
77 years old.
QUOTES FROM 2/16/2001 UPDATES FORM LYNDA
“I'm sure that most of you are aware that on February 8th (last week)
about one hundred and fifty miles northwest of Cape Town on the last
leg of the voyage, a leak developed in the Mollie Milar and she began
to sink. I lost my faithful companion Mickey, but I was rescued and
am now back in Cape Town doing everything I can to raise funds for
another boat to complete the voyage and establish the world's record
as the "oldest person to singlehand around the world."
“I have found a 34 foot steel sloop that I am convinced will do the job
and carry me on to Ft. Lauderdale.”
“It all depends, of course, on how soon I can raise the $30,000.”
“Lynda and I would appreciate any contribution, regardless of the size,
that any of you are willing to make. Please make checks payable to:
David Clark's World Record and mail them to:
David Clark's World Record, P.O. Box 4467, Moraga, CA 94575 (USA).”
“After I get back I'll be making motivational and music presentations.
The emphasis on my presentations will be two things. All our dreams
are achievable and the fact that people all over the world have been so
great to me.”
END OF QUOTES
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http://www.captainclark.com/ (David's son)
My story on him: A man
TODAY’S TRAVEL TIPS
What to do after you get robbed?
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
I think that is how the saying goes. I am not sure who
said it, so I will blame it on Benjamin Franklin. I am sure
someone can tell me the history of this phrase.
There are time, when all the planning, prevention, care
in the world is not enough. YOU GET ROBBED.
Whether a 20 dollar bill by the maids,
or everything you own, getting robbed is not fun,
and for some very traumatic.
I received an Email from a person that was robbed.
HERE IS THE EMAIL, WITH THE COUNTRIES REMOVED
Username: Chris XXXXX
UserTel: xxxxxxxxxxxx or xxxxxxxxxx
Date: 23 Dec 2000
Hello, I am an WORLD citizen wow just went for a job interview in
A COUNTRY. I accepted the job, and to celebrate I extended my
trip with a lay over in A CITY for a few days. When I was being
dropped off at the Air line terminal the Taxi driver drove away with
everything I own. EVERYTHING. My suits, leather jackets, watch
,camera $1,000 in cash and my plane ticket. THE AIRLINE would
not let me fly home without my ticket. My parents had to wire me
$2,000 to get another ticket to come home. They also made away
with all of the Christmas presents I purchased. I bought all of these
items mainly with a check card, so I don't think that I am insured.
I am 24 years old and I don't have renters insurance either. My parents
do still help me pay my rent, I don't know if I might could be covered
under their homeowners or not. In all I lost around $14,000 and I
am devastated. If you have any ideas or help please call me even if
it is collect. Thank you. Happy Holidays---- ANYONES NAME
THIS COULD BE YOU, OR ME !!!
I ( Hobotraveler.com ) hear stories on a regular basis of people getting robbed.
Some countries, or some cities are worse than others, but the rules
are the same.
TREAT ALL THE COUNTRIES, AND THE CITIES THE SAME
The caution that you have in the most dangerous country will work
good in a safer country. ALL countries have crime.,
I have had the experience to talk with 2 people, that just got robbed of
Everything. They were angry, sad, maybe crying, and very scared.
They keep saying,
“What am I going to do?”
“What am I going to do?”
“What am I going to do?”
I ( Hobotraveler.com ) could tell stories of theft for every country visited.
Backpacks getting stolen is normal news.
I collect stories on how people got robbed. That I am slowly going to publish
on the internet. in the hope that real stories, can explain how to prevent
I have NOT had my backpack robbed YET --- 3 years.
If you have a story.
Please go to this link below, and SUBMIT you story directly to the page.
Please tell a HINT on how to prevent..
What happens in the modern, safe cities is the robber
get more, because the person feels safe to carry more.
This person was in one of them modern cities in Europe.
So what do I do. I just got robbed.
“What am I going to do?”
“What am I going to do?”
“What am I going to do?”
IF THEY STEAL EVERYTHING
People sometimes have everything stolen.
Some even have their clothes stolen.
(1) THE CRIME SCENE (Where it happened)
a. Talk to the people around you?
b. Make a reward for passport? Tell them you will pay
to get the passport, or other stuff back.
c. Ask other travelers for help, money, ride, room.
(2) GET STABLE, OR GET SAFE !!
a. Go into a hotel, and get a room. You are foreigner.
Tell them your story. Someone will help.
b. Borrow some money if possible from other travelers,
NOTE: (Foreigners asking for money walking down the street,
is a common SCAM. San Jose, Costa Rica, has this a lot )
IDEAS, IF YOU CANNOT GET A HOTEL
a. Sleep at the airport
b. Sleep at the bus station.
d. Talk to the jewelry salesman, or street vendors, they always know
how to live cheap.
(3) CALL HOME, OR CALL A FRIEND (Collect)
Call home, or you wife, or good friend. Tell them you are safe,
This will help you:
a. Relax and feel like you are not alone, and there is hope.
b. Start you friends, or family to organize to help you.
c. Tell them how to contact you, (Telephone number of hotel)
(4) WHAT INFORMATION TO COLLECT.
a. Where you embassy is, in that country.
b. Where to make a police report.
c. Where a Western Union office to wire money (My first choice)
d. How to wire money to a local bank (Have the owner of hotel, help you if
e. Business CARD(S) of hotel. Telephone, Address
f. Where is the local internet cafe
g. List of your credit cards, banks, etc.
h. List of Plane tickets lost.
i. List of documents you need. Passport, Visa, Driver License, etc.
(5) NOW THAT YOU HAVE ALL THIS INFORMATION
Call Collect. (Email is too slow now)
(6) CONTACT YOU OTHER FRIEND, AND OFFICES
This will make you feel good.
LIST OF PLACES
American Express office
ATM or Automatic Teller Machine, (Bank Machine)
Stores to buy clothes, and backpack.
Visitors information center
(7) GETTING YOUR MONEY BACK (Notes, and ideas)
c. Purchase travel insurance
d. Insurance offered through credit card.
Stolen from Hotel, Bus, Airplane (Get them to pay)
Tell them you are going to call...
Go to the local tourist offices and do the same.
a. If you do not have anything of value, they will not get anything.
b. Insurance can cost more than the value of your backpack.
c. Prevention.... Have your friends subscribe to this newsletter.
I write about this stuff all the time. Forward to them.
WHAT IS THE WORST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN.
You do not know the telephone number of any friend, or family to call.
DO you carry around an address book?
If everything get stolen. your address book will get stolen !!!!
If your are saying to yourself.
“I am very smart”
You are the one who will get robbed.
HOW TO PREVENT?
Go to an internet cafe,
TAKE WITH YOU:
American Express offices in the country.
Consulates in the country
Credit Card numbers
Embassy in the country
Travel Agents (yours)
Traveler check numbers
Visas for the country visiting
and anything else I missed
SCAN THEM INTO THE COMPUTER
(NOTE: JPG format, or JPEG format ONLY)
EMAIL THEM TO YOURSELF as “ATTACHMENTS”
Yes you can e-mail to yourself.
I write myself daily
ASK FOR HELP. The internet places know how to do this.
Help other travelers. SUBMIT
INSURANCE LINKS (How to buy)
HINTS ON INSURANCE (What to know)
ARE YOU GOING ON VACATION SOON?
WILL YOU EVER GO ON A VACATION?
DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS GOING ON VACATION?
DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE THAT GOES ON LOTS OF VACATIONS?
FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO THEM (Now !!! )
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.
How to get up for the sunrise in Brazil.
Sleep in a hammock outside you room, or tent.
When you hear drunk people coming home from the bars.
Its time to: