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ISSUE:  043
DATE:  August 17, 2001
TITLE:  Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Ghent - Brugge Belgium - How To Protect Things You packed.
TIP:  How To Protect Things You Packed
LOCATION:  Belgium


Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Ghent - Brugge Belgium - How To Protect Things You
Issue 43 - HoboTraveler.com - August 17, 2001
A hobo trip around the world.


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I try to keep all the hobo’s in camp happy,
and in hope of making life easier for you...
but more for me. I have added, or separate 2 things.
I am separating my personal observations from stuff
written on specific locations.

The: ~   HOBO STEW ( A Dish of Meat and Vegetables )
Will be just my opinions and observations with a more
cavalier perspective.

The:   ~   Hoboguide.com GO THIS WAY!
This section will on tourist attractions with photos and

I keep reading my writing on other sites, and think
they would have and easier time hacking up my work if they
did not have separate my opinions from the explanations of the
local region. Plus in reality it will be simpler for me.

“Chisme” The word gossip in Spanish:
The gossip is this, or the why. Most websites or travel magazines
have one reason for travel articles. To create interest in their
readers, so that their advertisers can sell tours, airfare, and
other travel stuff. This newsletter cost me nothing but the time it
takes to write, and a few dollars in the internet cafe. Therefore I can
be not dependant upon advertisers and can do as I wish.
But....There is always a but.
The tour magazines, and WebPages need people to write them dreamy
travel articles where there are only nights in white armor and the
bad guy never wins. So to save these guys some energy in separating
my thoughts that do not help sell tours from those that do. I have
done it for them. Plus again, it is simpler for me.

Any helpful thoughts, observations, or opinions are appreciated. Please
just reply to this letter, and it goes directly to my email box.

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Brugge, Ghent - Belgium Europe
12 Eggs: 1.26 USA or 58 Belgium Francs - Sold in Box of 10 or 6
Bread:   1 dollar USA for loaf of whole wheat or 47 Belgium Francs
Hostel:   9.78 dollars USA or 450 Belgium Francs


“Sometimes our light goes out... and is blown again into flame
by an encounter with another human being.
Each of us owes the deepest thanks
to those who have rekindled this inner light.”

TV Show - Young Indiana Jone Chronicles about
Albert Schweitzer - Produced by George Lucas

Some day’s I have to say
“Thank You”,
Credit to luck, or divine intervention I have
had the wonderful opportunity to meet people from all over the
world. Each day is a new adventure. Whether a happy encounter
with a new friend in the most unlikely locations, or the sad
encounter with cultural prejudice.

The events of the world are close and more real.
I cannot not help but think when in the last week a bomb
explode in Israel, or another bomb Great Britain.
“Are all my friends OK?” I really do not care why they are
fighting, or angry, but more important that all my friends are

I took the train to Brugge round trip the other day to look for a Hotel
to trade some internet work in return for a free room. Before I left
Ghent, I stopped at a copy center to print makeshift business cards,
to save the energy of writing down my name, webpage, and email all the

I walked up to a store full of copiers.
I could see this guy in the window. Working... I knocked on the window.
Trying to get his attention. Only when he heard me shout in English
and not Dutch did he pay attention. He started laughing, and was very
jovial.  Small person with dark hair, and a friendly smile. He opened up a boxed
case on the door jam, and proceeded to wind up a chained gate that covered
the windows, and protected the business from robbery. He diligently opened
the door, and proceed to tell me the store would open in 10 minutes. I looked
at him, like hmmmm. What do you want me to do? Stand in
front of your window for 10 minutes? He gave in, and proceed to
very generously help me to use his computer to type out some fun
business cards.

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Talking, and asking me questions. Thinking I was from the south of the
USA I explained to him that my Midwest accent was not a southern accent.
He was welcome to call me a Yankee, but advised him to be very careful
if he happened to meet a person from the southern USA. The may not
take kindly to being called a Yankee.

He was good fun, and told me in just a few minutes that he
spoke a dialect of Ghent Dutch, and his father came from Algiers
as an immigrant. Which account for his dark features, and maybe
his appreciation of history, and life. He was a source of history of
Europe, and Belgium. Telling me about the “Marshall Plan” that just
gave my mind more questions, and how this plan after World War II,
created a relationship with the USA that was why he needed to speak
English. Then explained about southern Europe history and an invasion
into Spain in the 6 century by the Arabs, and a place to visit in
Spain. I think he could have told me stories for hours.

Exchanging email address’s, and promising to return to finish our
conversations, I told him I had to do my hobo job for the day, and go to Brugge to
take pictures, look for a job, and place to stay. And that I would return
to have lunch another day, and exchange stories, and a laugh.

Just about to leave. An out of the side of my eye, I see the USA flag.
Looking closer at his coat rack, I see that it is not a coat rack, but
a human size, red, white, and blue USA flag colored Statue of Liberty.
Presently being used also for a coat rack. I persuaded him
to take the coat down, and stand with the statue for a picture


I looked at him, and said with my eyes Ok tell me ..Why?
He said this did not have much to do with the USA, but more
to do with what it signifies. He said is was a symbol of
the birth of freedom throughout the world,
and the Bill of rights of the USA constitution was an freedom outline.
Telling me in 2 minutes a clear story about freedom.
I looked at him intently, placing my hand on his shoulder,
and told him to be careful. He sounded like a real flag waver,
and was not always a great way to win friends
in Europe. He waved me off, and we kept on laughing.
I am sure this guy never met a person that was not his friend.

I left the store energized, and my flame rekindled. Thinking how
one chance encounter could make my day. Thinking that I had
already had more than my fair share of good things happen that
day, and the sun shined pretty bright as I boarded the train with a
destination to Bugge Belgium. Laughing later when upon arriving
in Brugge to rain, and clouds, the weather had changed quickly
as it often does. But very happy to had a chance encounter and
grateful to live the life of a
hobo in Europe.

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I am moving west toward the North Sea or the ocean coast of Belgium.
This week I will move to the city of Brugge one of the best preserved
medieval cities in Europe. Medieval or the Middle ages was after
the fall of Roman Empire, somewhere between the 5th and 15th century.

Then maybe later in this week I will visit Oostende on the coast.
The ocean coast from the south to the north has a long history of
invasions. The guidebook, buildings, and people teach me, and reminds
me of events in current history. I feel I am avoiding the English
Channel because I do not wish to remember June 6, 1944, D-day when for
vague reasons it was necessary that thousands of people killed
each other. The thought of this event makes me both sad, and angry.

D-day was not the first battle to fought on these beaches.
Oostende was the last Dutch stronghold in Belgium. Between
1601 and 1604 the town heroically resisted a Spanish siege,
in which 40,000 Spanish were killed.
So history tells many different stories.

History is everywhere. There are statues of Emperors on horses.
Tall steeples on churches, the parapet walls of castles, and
and buildings 100’s or 1000’s of years old.
Always a mixture or small separation between past and present.

Brussel is in the center of Belgium. The train goes almost 180
kilometers, or about 130 miles straight west to the North Sea.
The English channel is south of the North Sea, and the North Atlantic
ocean starts after you pass all of the islands of Great Britain. When you
board the train is says Oostende or Brugge. We pass through some small
villages, and the train stops very briefly. After each stop, the conductor comes
by to punch the tickets of new passengers. Making me move from the
first class section to the cheap seats. I was just following the other

Looking out the window of the train you will see the building start to
change. Slowly changing from a 3 story row house to a mix of 2-3 story houses
that are in clusters, separated by trees, and small gardens. I am amazed at
the large number of houses with gardens. Very flat land, and small
fields of corn, or pasture for milk cows. The soil appears very fertile, and there
abundance of green. It rains a lot in Belgium, and I carry an umbrella most of the
time to be prepared, but this much rain helps the land produce lots of vegetables,
and field crops.

Lots of cute kids on the train with blue eyes. They are curious, and I
can easily attract their attention. I can easily pass for a Belgium person,
except when I speak. So to have a little fun with the children. I speak
English. Their ears perk up, and they look a me, then at there mom. Looking for
permission, and explanation.

Arriving in the Brugge, and deboarding the train I encounter the hustle
and bustle of of tourist. Brugge is a very popular destination full of tourist,
while Ghent is more normal Belgium culture. The trip took about 35
minutes from Ghent to Brugge, and Oostende is another half hour more or less.
Trains are smooth, and efficient, and I do not see any reason to rent
a car, or complicate your life. The train takes one directly to cities,
and there is no need to search for parking, or to know the road signs.

The majority of Belgium people speak English. There is no reason to
carry a dictionary of Dutch, or worry that you will not be able to talk, or
ask for directions. Most people younger than 50 years old have studied both
English and French in high school for years. My only inconvenience
with the language is an occasional sign written in Dutch, French, or
German, and not English. Leaving Brugge and standing in the station,
I finally realized that the word “Sporen” was the gate to leave.

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I helped David Clark with the ropes going through the Panama Canal
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,
The story continues....
77 years old, he found a new one. YEA !

If you would like to see his return from his
around the world sail, or attend the party.
David B. Clark, Captain of Yacht Mickey.

David's internet WebPages is:

http://www.captainclark.com/ (David's son)
My story on him: A man

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Is your suitcase unbreakable?

If not, then this hobo tip is for you.
Hard, durable, heavy luggage, has been replaced by lightweight
flexible materials.

For the modern hobo budget traveler the backpack is the standard
gear of choice, and if you travel long enough something will
get broken, or destroyed. For the adventurous hobo’s that plans
suddenly change from a bus trip, to hitching a canoe ride
there are many types of hazards.

A good budget travel needs to be ready for unanticipated problems.
There are many things that happens. Ranging from a simple
drop of your bag by the taxi driver, to my friend that had her bag
fall out of the baggage compartment of the bus while going down
the road. Being prepared can minimize the loss. There are many
types of dangers. Dropping, falling, throwing, dust, vibration,
or subjected to rain, floods, oil, and other spills.


Shaving Cream.
Travel Electric Razor
Disposal Razors (Just the top part breaks off)
Alarm Clocks
Light Bulbs
Electric socket for light bulbs.
Coffee Jars
Spices, Popcorn, Mate, Rice, Eggs, raw and boiled. Bananas.
Eye Glasses
Paper Bags that are around food.
Hot plate
Salt and Pepper Shakes. Spice shakers.
Water bottle.
3. 5 Floppy disk
Batteries corroded
Water Bottle

Backpackers buy equipment to climb Mount Everest
and find themselves in an Amsterdam Hostel.
Simple things like coffee, eyeglasses, and you water
bottle can become major headaches if not packed

You day bag, or rucksack that you carry on your front,
or with you in the bus, train, or airplane is the safest location
for valuable stuff. I carry my digital camera, computer,
and computer disk with me. The chance of a careless baggage
person ends when I am in control of my bag.

When things are put in baggage compartments, storage rooms,
tops of buses, then you loose control. Choose the place where
you leave your backpack carefully. When the backpack leaves
your site is when the trouble starts.

Probably the most important principal of packing safely.
The most dangerous places are in the top, and
the bottom of the backpack. The safest location
is in the center, and closest location to your back.

Wrap you cloths around valuable packages. Separating
hard things from other hard things with your clothes.

Toothpaste is pretty safe for the most part. Except when
you pack it with a fork, knife, pens, or even toothpicks.
Take care that the things are compatible.

Saving space at all cost will not protect valuables.
Space is needed between delicate objects. A very
tightly rolled T-shirt is not always soft. When packages
are packaged commercially, they use Styrofoam chips,
or bubble wrapping. This give space, that allows for compression.

If one bag is good. 2 time is better
If one shirt wrapped around that glass souvenir, then 2 is better.

Check twice, that the lids are screwed on tight, bags are zip, or
twist tied closed.

The things that get broken, are the things you forgot to pack,
and add at the end. I first take everything in my room and put
on the bed. After EVERYTHING is collected. I put in small bags
and containers. Make sure you check the shower !

“I will send home any souvenirs”
A common statement by travelers. The experiences ones will say.
“If it gets home is will be safe” Not all countries are safe.
Commercial companies can be safe, and they are experienced
in packing, and some sell insurance.

If you find yourself worrying about a valuable, or precious souvenirs.
Send it home, or do not buy it.
I will be away for over one year. I choose my souvenirs to use like
T-shirts, or small like coins.

At the end of the day, the person that does not have lots of lost,
damaged, or broken things in their bag is the person that choose
wisely what they buy, and carry in their backpack.
The hobo backpacker makes a sacrifice when living on 3-15 dollars a day.
A tourist may spend 3000 dollars in 2 weeks,
and hobo budget traveler will live for 6 months.
The money is the same, the time is different.
Choose carefully what you buy, or carry.

Pill bottles
Shampoo bottles with screw on lids
Plastic coffee jars with screw on lids.
Hard holder for glasses.
One gallon zip lock bags.
Hard plastic drinking cup
Electrical tape
Twist Ties like used on bread bags.

They do that... They pop open !

If for some reason, you decide you are going to carry
something delicate for the next 3-6 months.

Although this explanation is extreme, realize
I am trying to teach you all the ideas possible.

Take some toilet paper, and wrap around the glass figurine.
Place this inside a hard plastic drinking glass. Take a plastic coffee
and place the glass inside the jar. Making sure there is not too much
tissue, and loosely packed. If it can move a little but
not too much this is good. Take electrical tape and
wrap around the screw on lid at the seam. Make a minimum
of 3 wraps around. This tape can be used over and over if
it is electrical tape. Put this in one gallon plastic bag
and wrap around the jar. Tape it shut. Now do it gain, and
put the seam in the bottom of the bag. Tape it shut.

Now roll up this coffee jar, plastic encased jar in a towel, or
couple of shirts. Place that in the center of your bag, closest
to where you back would be. Then surround with all your clothes.

If water sensitive use some rice to absorb water.
If bigger. Find bigger containers.

Everything on the list of things to bring can be found in
almost any country in the world.


Airplane luggage checked in airplane
Top of bus
Taxi drivers.
Getting into a boat.
Rainstorm when your bag is on top of bus
Back of bus when people are sitting on top of your bag.
When your bag falls off a bed, car trunk, car boot.
People who sit on your bag.
Train overhead rack. Tie it so it will stay up there.


Forks, spoons, knives
Pens, pencils
Tacks, Nails


Airplane baggage people: They are the absolute worst.
Taxi Drivers - Throwing my bag to the curb.
I am dangerous. I got in a hurry and dropped my computer bag.
It only fell 1 foot, but caused minor damage.
We was catching a truck in Colombia. They wanted to store the backpacks
on the tarped roof. When the young boy tried to pick up my bag it was
heavy for him, and he dropped it.
I was getting on boat on the river near Livingston, Guatemala.
The guy wanted me to throw my backpack to him. I kept trying to hand
it slowly to him, but he would not help me. In the end. I threw it at
It totally knocked him over on his back, and I said “Ninos”
The Amazon River ride was difficult. We was packed in like cattle, and
they would walk over your bag. Sit on your bag, plus water would come
in on the floor of the boat below our hammocks.


Do not allow people to help you carry your bag.
If you do have help. You carry the most fragile backpack.
If it is breakable. Carry it with you on the plane, or bus, train.
If you backpack is very heavy. Do not allow it to be carried.
Keep your bags low, things that fall break.
Be the last one on the bus so your bag is on top of the heap.
If they are unloading the bus, or train. HELP them with your bag.
The higher the place, the greater the fall.
Storage rooms. Put it low, so it does not fall off a shelf.
If you stand up your backpack on your bed or on chair, It can fall off.
Store the really delicate stuff in your carry on.
If you put something on the floor. It can get wet. Rain, Shower that
leak. Spills.
Space is necessary. Too tight, and thing will still get smashed.
Tape is shut with electrical tape.
The more the layers of plastic bags the less chances of a leak.
Bags will squeeze, leave a little space around stuff. To accommodate the
Those carts at the airport. Do not your small bag in the compartment at
the top.
When you take the your large backpack off. The cart can fall over.
If they are going to put your bag on the top of the bus, check that they
have a rain tarp.
Do not sit on your backpack unless you are sure what is inside.
Do not pack things that break.


SHAVING CREAM: I tape the lid on with electrical tape, and put inside a
coffee jar.
TOOTHPASTE: I always have double bagged in 1 gallon plastic zip lock. I
use these
to hold all my shower supplies.
ELECTRIC TRAVEL RAZOR: I really like these devices. But they will stop
if they get wet and rust. I keep them in a plastic peanut butter jar, or
coffee jar.
DISPOSAL RAZORS: The tops break off easy. Especially the cheapest one.
I put them in a plastic coffee jar.
ALARM CLOCKS: I keep this in my boy scout type campfire dishes. Wrap in
rag, and put in between plates, or pots.
LIGHT BULBS: I put the light bulb into a plastic glass. I put a rag
around it, and
inside my aluminum pot for coffee. Note: The airline has totally smashed
2 or 3 times.
ELECTRIC SOCKETS FOR LIGHT BULBS: These are pretty cheap, so I do not
worry much, but usually it goes in a plastic coffee jar. In the center of
the other stuff.
Coffee collects water. I transfer the coffee from the normal glass
into a plastic coffee jar, or buy the one that is plastic. I put the jar
a plastic bag.
Pill or vitamin bottles. Take special notice that they are a soft type
of plastic and not the hard type. Do not use pop off types.
Carry in your hand. When you get tire of carrying them.
Throw them out the window, or eat them.
Buy a hard plastic case. It is just too expensive. You have to do this.
I have a padded case. I carry this with me in my small rucksack, or
carry on backpack. If it was very small. I could put it in a plastic
coffee jar
and carry in there for safety. Be careful of condensation.
These come in paper bags. Plastic bags around the plastic bags is better.
Pack all your clothes around them. They do get punctured easy. This stuff
cheap, and avoiding a mess is the highest priority. Do not buy more than
you will eat in 2-3 meals.
I put it in the lower part of my back, Put a aluminum pan on the heater
Then use a Frisbee on the outside. I also use the Frisbee for a plate.
I have special bottles: SEE Bottles that leak newsletter.
I then put them in a plastic zip lock.
Bottom of my backpack. In a stack. Place in cloth bag, and wrap around.
Water is the biggest problem.
These are little grenades in your bag. The ones you buy are good, but
the 1 liter purified water bottles must be kept in pockets on the
of the bag, and watched all the time, or carried in your hand. Do not
ever pack inside your backpack.
If possible buy the ones with the plastic slide door, and not the
The aluminum will bend. I use to have a nice flexible, holder. My disk
got ruined all the time. I use a soft, but hard plastic case. The hard
case you buy the disk in do not work. I put on top of my portable
Or with my books. It has to be a flat spot.
Tough. Too big. I have a special carrying case. But they still get
That hard plastic case is brittle.
I am going to write a letter just on film, and developed pictures. The
camera you carry is of little importance, but the pictures are worth
a fortune in memories.
Keep out of water. Bag them, or just be careful.
I had my watch in my money belt. A cockroach ran across my table
in Maceio Brazil. I used the money belt to kill the cockroach. I open
my money belt later, and found the crystal of my watch broken.
Wear the watch, or put in plastic coffee jar when carrying, or just
have a very cheap watch. An expensive watch just make you a target
for robbery.
Plastic one quart or liter bottles will break, leak, or puncture. Either

carry in your hand, or put in an exterior pocket of your bag. Do
not every put deep inside your backpack.

There are many ways to protect things in your backpack.
Devices, and containers can be purchased at any good
backpackers store. The ideas here utilize things you can find
anywhere in the world. I do not always pack up as my example,
opting for a simple method of only putting stuff coffee jars.
I carry cooking oil in my backpack, and that does get the full


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“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.

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