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ISSUE:  045
DATE:  September 07, 2001
TITLE:  Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Switzerland - Language Cheat Sheet
TIP:  Language Cheat Sheet - 200 most needed words to travel:
LOCATION:  Lucerne, Switzerland

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Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Switzerland - Language Cheat Sheet
Issue 45 - HoboTraveler.com - September 7, 2001
A hobo trip around the world. Year 4
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Lucerne, Switzerland Europe
12 Eggs: 4.56 S Francs or 2.78 USA - Sold in Box of 10
Bread: 2.50 S Francs or 1.50 USA for loaf of whole wheat
Hostel:   ?
Exchange Rate: 1 US dollar equals 1.65Swiss Francs
English Spoken - Medium need for German.
Younger persons speak rough English


Hello,

I can surely say the life is good. I am in Switzerland
at Ski Resort on the top of a mountain.

I took a train from Ghent Belgium with my friend Pascal
to Brussels. My plan was to stay the night in Brussels,
enjoy the city, and be off the next day by Eurolines
bus to Luxembourg. I did not have reservations and soon
bounced off 2 hostels. One had a group of a couple hundred people,
that reserved beds, so was completely full. The other had a rule
that said after a certain age you must rent a room. I really did not
want to pay 21 dollars USA for room in Brussels. Big city
and all that. So I changed my plans. went to the Eurolines
office and paid an additional 100 Belgium Francs to leave that
afternoon at 7:00.

Me and Pascal walked around the city. Lots of architecture, and
such. Main point of interest, begin a somewhat lude little statue
of a boy.... Better just look at the photos.
http://www.hoboguide.com/belgiumbrusselboypissing.shtml

I have not been impressed with the hostels in Europe so
far. Feeling more like a tourist hotel than a hostel. No family like
atmosphere, or kitchen. The give you the dorm bed, but none of the real
money savings features. Plus you get to pay additional for everything.
Sheets, etc

Everyone needs to be real careful on the add-ons, and all the rules.
Most 20 year olds seem to be putting it on their parents credit card,
so I know who will feel the brunt of that.
But if you are a party person. Europe is party, or bar scene.
All of the hostels have had bars in the bottom so far. I do
mean ALL I have entered.
(About 7)

BIG MAC ATTACK
Claiming all sorts of things, and denying any desire. Pascal talks
me into going into a McDonalds to eat. He does not get to go
to McDonalds much, and learned a taste for them in Australia.
I used the toilet for free, and was quite happy. Before I forget
for you money conscious hobo’s. Carry a bottle of water in your
backpack. Belgium does not seem to have water fountains anywhere.
You can probably save 2-3 dollars a day. About 1/3 the cost of room.
Think about it, you could live 1/3 more time in Europe it you carry
a bottle for water.

FUN PHOTOS
http://www.hoboguide.com/belgiumbrussefun.shtml

FEW OTHER PHOTOS
I took some other photos of Brussels. There is a beautiful square in
the center of the Brussels. Good place to sit, and look at people.
http://www.hoboguide.com/belgiumbrussebuildings.shtml

STORE YOUR BACKPACK
One real good thing for you day trippers in Europe is the lockers
in the Train Stations. Although not really cheap. 3 dollars USA.
It does allow you the ability to visit a city in the morning. Stash
you backpack. Walk around the city, and catch a night train
out of the city. That way you enjoy the city, sleep on the train.

HIT AND RUN STRATEGY
I am considering a hit and run strategy. Find an economical hostel.
With kitchen, laundry etc. Then take day trips by train to the other
cities in a country. The countries are all small, so this would work
pretty good. Or even stay in a cheap country, and go in for the
day or night to an expensive country.
I am also thinking about buying a van...

BROCHURES OF EMERGING HOSTELS
Pascal made me wait outside a hostel. Me carrying about
30 kilos of backpack, while he looked at brochures for other hostels.
I had to concede later after I had put my backpack in the
the lockers that he was correct. There was a lot of brochures
of the hostels that were not in the guidebooks. They appear
to have better prices. So we returned to the 2 hostels we
knew of and grabbed up all the hostel. He does not like to use
guidebooks. So his strategy is to grab all the brochures. Throw
away the ones with no prices in them, and keep collecting.
Every city he enters, he recommended I collect more, and
keep them for future cities. There were a few good ones for
Italy, Switzerland, and London.

LUXEMBOURG
No bathroom or cards for telephones.
I totally bounced off Luxembourg. I wanted to call the hostel. The
telephone needed a card. It was late at night. No place to buy a card
and off course the information desk was closed.
You need a reservation for hostels. I said forget it, and got on
the train.

POSTED TO SOME FORUMS OR MESSAGE BOARDS
I went to a couple of the guidebook forums, or message boards
and posted that I wanted some work helping people with there WebPages.
Got a response from one person.
“Not too good of webmaster. I see”
Must have wanted me to have better graphics, more formal, and business
like... You know the type. Boring and a lot less unique visitors.
Everyone’s an expert, always ready to put in some
words of encouragement.

GOOD NEWS (Expert)
On a better note, Topica.com the company that host
this newsletter has upgraded my newsletter title. They added
the word “Expert” to my listing. They have my newsletter highlighted
as one of their recommended travel newsletters. It is
on the front of their travel section below the Disney letter.
I wonder to myself...What is an expert traveler?
My only real claim to fame, is I have not been robbed
in 3 1/2 years. Have computer will travel...hobo
http://www.topica.com/channels/travel/

INTERESTING SWISS TRIVIA
I have made it Switzerland. Feels like I’m a German speaking
guy walking into a small town restaurant in a farm community in
the Midwest United States. Or maybe a walking into a store
that sells Rolexes and wearing Jeans & T-shirt.

DRAFTED
They Swiss Militia is Compulsory for men.
The funny part is they can bring their guns home with them.

WEATHER IN SWITZERLAND
They tell you the snow report not only in when.
But to what altitude it will snow.
Example: There will be snow about 1600 meters.

CONSTITUTION NEUTRAL
The Switzerland Constitution is suppose to stipulate
that it is always neutral. I am not sure of this, just
a Swiss person telling opinion.

WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE
1975 Women get the right to vote.

RACIAL EQUALITY
1994 made racial discrimination, racist propaganda, and
denial of the German Nazi Holocaust illegal.

URBAN
76 percent living in the country. About the same as the USA
and directly opposite of the rest of Europe.

END OF NUMBERED BANK ACCOUNTS
1997 Sanctions on Swiss banks other countries starts the end to people
hiding money in Switzerland. Lead by opponents of stance
on holocaust assets. The end of the money pipeline, no
more cheap money to lend...

COMPLEMENT FROM JOHN
Hobo John has a way with his compliments
“Your writing is growing..... Even a BLEEP-damned
idiot can learn to do something if they practice it every day!”

MESSAGE FOR VERONICA / ECUADOR
Veronica from Quito Ecuador.
Warning: Pascal thinks a lot about you, but be warned he
eats very strange foods.
Bread Rolls with butter and salt
Sliced bread in dipped in egg, then fried, with catsup spread
over the top.


PAGES AND PHOTOS OF SWITZERLAND
http://www.hoboguide.com/switzerlandmelchseekurhaus.shtml
http://www.hoboguide.com/switzerlandundergroundbunkers.shtml
http://www.hoboguide.com/switzerlandtrain.shtml
http://www.hoboguide.com/switzerlandskilifts.shtml
http://www.hoboguide.com/switzerlandmelchseereinhards.shtml
http://www.hoboguide.com/switzerlandbikes.shtml
http://www.hoboguide.com/switzerlandarchitecture.shtml
http://www.hoboguide.com/switzerlandclimbing.shtml
http://www.hoboguide.com/switzerlandcows.shtml
http://www.hoboguide.com/switzerlandfishing.shtml
http://www.hoboguide.com/switzerlandflags.shtml
http://www.hoboguide.com/switzerlandhistory.shtml
http://www.hoboguide.com/switzerlandmarmots.shtml
http://www.hoboguide.com/switzerlandmechseefrutt.shtml
http://www.hoboguide.com/switzerlandmelchseegemsy.shtml


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WHAT IS THAT NOISE?
Brown Swiss

Taking a nap, and sleeping hard after a long trip.
I was suddenly awaken by the loudest and strangest of noise.
“What is all that racket?”

Jumping from my bed, and running to the window.
I see COWS.
Large bells, small bells, and VERY noisy bell.
What I believe to be Brown Swiss were being herded down
the mountain from their summer pasture. 1-2 Groups of 15-20 cows
would slowly work their way down the mountain daily. Led
by a man with a small hat, and a couple boys.
http://www.hoboguide.com/switzerlandcows.shtml
The Swiss cows are a great reason to go to Switzerland.

Switzerland is a country where urban life is normal.
Zurich the largest city has between 350-400 thousand
people. The total population of Switzerland is between
7 and 8 million.

Switzerland is separated from Europe by mountains, cost,
and a sincere desire to be neutral in all their affairs.
Keeping all the drudgeries of life outside their country.
A place where minorities are rich, married, or in the kitchen.

I feels like I’m a Foreign guy walking into a
restaurant in a farm community in the Midwest United States.
Or maybe a guy walking into a store
that sells Rolexes, Blue Jeans & T-shirt.

Switzerland is Gods country.
A land of rivers and lakes.
Mountains and Ski Resorts.
A place where world leaders abscond,
living in peace, drinking a 2 dollar cup of coffee
and eating the cheese, and drinking the beer.

Maybe it will help you to...
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE...
Be a hobo, and leave your mark.
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He is TRYING to set a world record, by being the oldest person to sail
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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.dclark.com/
http://www.captainclark.com/ (David's son)
My story on him: A man
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LANGUAGE CHEAT SHEETS

I have learned Spanish, and a little Portuguese. I also
studies French for one year in University. When you travel
you encounter a lots of languages.
But, I do not want to learn every language.
People avoid countries because they do not speak the language.
I am in Switzerland at the time I wrote this newsletter.
They speak Swiss German. I need to learn some words
so I do not feel so stupid. For example: I feel stupid when
I cannot say THANK YOU.

There are thousands of words in any language and is overwhelming
for people. You can take a class, and when you visit a
foreign country you are still lost.
Why?
In my opinion they teach you the wrong words.
Learning a language has to be practical.
Example: Knowing the word apple is not that important.
You can point at an apple if you want one, you do
not have to know the word.
But if you need to find a toilet, it may be better to
say, or point at the word on your list. Although you can
say these by pointing, or demonstrating, like a game of charades.
I have seen lots of people do these gestures. Good fun, and great
entertainment. The people looking for the
airport are always fun to watch.


100 MOST NEEDED WORDS
I have prioritized the words that I feel are most important.
These are words that are needed. Like toilet, or
bus station, or how much. After you have memorized
the first 100 you can try the second (100-200) hundred. After that
you can learn the numbers This list is a work in
process. So there are mistakes, and the list is
evolving. I am a traveler, not a person sitting in an
office typing on my computer.

WHAT THIS IS NOT
This is not trying to teach pronunciation.
This is not trying to teach you sentences.
This is not learning a language. It is a
CHEAT SHEET
It is a minimum survival list.

I speak English so my list started in English, but it can
be used conversely. For instance if you Speak
German you can look at the German word and next to it is
the English word.

HOW TO USE THE LIST
1. Select the language combination you wish.
2. Bookmark, or make a Favorites. If you do not have
a computer. Save this email in your e-mail box
3. Print the list. (You may wish to print a blank list for new words)
4. Turn the paper over and print the second hundred
5. Carry list in your pocket.
6. Review the words.
7. When it gets old... Print another.

The best way to learn the list is to:
CORRECT THE TRANSLATIONS

You can point at the word, and ask for help !
You can read a sign, and look for the word.
You can review the words with a native speaker.
You can try to say the word.
You can take notes of words on how to pronounce the word.
You can add words that you feel are important.
You can have your friend ask you the word in your language, and you
answer.
You can lose the whole list, and return to the page to print it again.
You can change countries, and hope we have added more languages.

PRINT THE LIST
I have posted these list on internet pages. For ease of
printing there is nothing on the page except the list, and the
corresponding translations.

HINTS ON COMMUNICATION
1. Point at things you want.
2. Point at the words you wish to say.
3. Carry a dictionary.
4. Learn this phrase in the new language.
“How do you say this in (LANGUAGE) “
Then point at the object you wish to learn.
Every person you meet becomes a dictionary.
5. I find it helpful when people write the word for me.


FORWARD THIS TO YOUR TRAVELING FRIENDS
If you have a friend that is going on a trip.
Do them a favor. Forward this e-mail to them.
I hope to collect most languages, so if the
language they need is not yet available, look for it
in the future.

CORRECTIONS AND SUGGESTIONS
FOR YOU REALLY NICE PEOPLE !
I am looking for some really helpful people that
speak wish to help translate into those tougher languages.
Just print out a blank page English only page

First hundred:
http://www.hoboguide.com/languageblank100.htm
Second hundred:
http://www.hoboguide.com/languageblank200.htm
Then fill in the blanks

LINKS OF IMPORTANCE
Table of contents of language combinations
http://www.hoboguide.com/indexlanguage.shtml
50 ways to learn a language
http://www.hoboguide.com/languagewaytolearn.htm
Blank to add your language
http://www.hoboguide.com/languageblank100.htm
http://www.hoboguide.com/languageblank200.htm

FIRST 100 GERMAN
http://www.hoboguide.com/languagegerman100.htm
SECOND 100 GERMAN
http://www.hoboguide.com/languagegerman200.htm


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Hobo’s mark your locations so we remember.
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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On year 4 of hobo trip around the world.
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TODAY’S TIP FROM THE “Peanut Gallery” Fun tips
Here's a little tip from me, to you, as an experienced traveler

If in doubt, keep your mouth closed
Cultural Safety Lesson !

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