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ISSUE:  050
DATE:  November 20, 2001
TITLE:  Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Ecuador - Avoiding Danger
TIP:  Avoiding Danger - Remember you have choices.
LOCATION:  Ecuador


Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Ecuador - Avoiding Danger
Issue 50 - Hobotraveler.com - Ecuador - November 2001
A hobo trip around the world. Year 4


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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

I have a small favor to ask. I have friends from overseas who are
Camping their way across the Country. They have asked me if I know where they
might be able to go without spending large amounts of money. I said I would try
my friends and family for accommodation. They travel light and bring all
their own camping gear, and only require a small place to set up. I have
given them your name and email address in anticipation that you won't mind. I
have enclosed a picture to help identification when they turn up.
Please Help! ! !
Thanks for your consideration

Thanks to Nancy of Houston, USA or Pie De La Cuesta, Mexico
No seguro, no se exact.


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I am in Ecuador. Where a USA dollars buys twice as much,
and a room cost 3 dollars and 50 cents. I think the basis for
long term travel could separated into to 2 categories.

1. Underdeveloped Nations Travel and
2. Developed Nation Travel

Some people use the term “Third World Travel”, but my
research compels me to believe this term is essentially racist.
So I am traveling in underdeveloped countries.
The disparity between the cost of living of developed and
underdeveloped makes me become a rich man in comparison.

I read the book the Ugly American. It was not what I was
expecting, and a professor warned me that the book was not
the same as people use the term. In the book the Ugly American
the actual “Ugly American” is a hero. What happened?
They made a movie, and changed the concepts. I did not get to
see the movie. I think Marlon Brando is in it. I am quite fortunate
to have lots of intelligent friends that I would call real intellectuals
guide me. There seems to be a rift in the world, that if you have a
strong opinion you are therefore intelligent also. hmmm?

The term “Ugly American” is loosely in my definition a person
that travels selfishly. Wanting the country to adapt their culture
and they do not have to adapt. I would earmark these people
by the ones that do not learn the language, and are always telling
you about the restaurants they went to, and the places the seen.
Never talking about the people they met, and if they do talk about
the people they always say they were so nice, and great. Not ever
getting to know the good and the BAD of a country. Staying in the
cocoon of their people, customs, and hotel. Always taking they tour and
being helped by the locals to avoid reality. In the end they
develop an unreal or they become “Ugly” because they are
not listening or learning what is real. A make believe world.
Where everyone tells them what they want to hear.
I estimate about 90 percent of the travelers, and tourist are this.
Including me way to often.
I would also say the “Ugly Europeans”, because only about
5 percent of the traveler international are people from the USA.
It appears that the world groups any white person in the same
group. “Americans”.... hehehe

Ecuador is a beautiful country, and full of good and bad things.
Europe is very difficult to travel in, and South America is very
easy. Mainly because it is do cheap. Here I take a taxi, in
Europe I walked. Here I stop and get a room, in Europe I got
a reservation. You must plan very well. Here it is sort of haphazard
on planning. This make life very comfortable. I will talk more
about Ecuador in the next section. A taxi from the airport
was only 5 dollars. I never took a taxi in Europe.

I wanted to go to Thailand, but felt I would be trapped in a 4
country region. Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.
I could not go north because it would cost too much,
and I could not go into Indonesia because of the large population
of Muslims. The do not seem to be very fond of people from the
USA right now. Kind of a love / hate relation. They want everything
from us, but do not like us. This is normal. But really they like the
USA for the most part.
“Emulation is the greatest compliment”

Well, the war on terrorism is moving along good.
We are killing all the bad guys, and I think this is good.
People that want to walk around killing random people need removed
from the earth. I could say this in more diplomatic words, but
I really want them dead. The world will never be safe until
this type of abusive thought and actions is removed by the good guys.

DANGEROUS thoughts of lots of people:
All rich people are bad, and corrupt.
All poor people are good, and do not have the opportunity.
I am always smarter than my father and mother.
All war is bad.
Anything big is bad.
NONE of these are true statement!

These beliefs cause me to laugh, but I must take them
very serious. These opinions are what caused this stupid
war. Some oil rich people (Arab Nations) got a lot of scared
and hungry people to displace the blame off them onto another nation.
How dysfunctional can you be?

I keep thinking of a Jim Croce song:
The words said:
Don’t spit into the wind.
Don’t Tug on Superman's Cape
Don’t pull the mask off an old dog ranger.
and don’t mess around with Jim.

A Knight is sworn to valor
His heart know only virtue.
His blade defend the helpless.
His might upholds the weak.
His words speaks only truth.
His wrath undoes the wicked.

Dennis Quaid - Sean Connery

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Right in the middle of the world.
A place where the sun is always close.
A place in the center of the tropics.
Where bananas are common and people do
not have to work hard.

Tropical countries are great. Although you would
think it is very hot all the time, it is not. Quito, Ecuador
is about 2800 meter high. This makes it cool in the night
and warmer in the day. I need to wear a sweatshirt
or light jacket a lot. But to find the heat all I have to do
is go down the hill to sea level.

I am sure some of you would not agree that they do not
have to work hard in Ecuador, but let me explain.
When you are live in the tropics it never get very cold.
Therefore you do not need to pay for heat, electricity,
or even a house. You can live out under the stars, and survive.
All that is absolutely necessary is some food. This will cost
about 1 dollar a day. So as long as you do not think you need
a TV and car, and all them other fun gadgets life is easy.

The competition with your neighbor here is less. Not very many
people have that much, so everyone is on the same level.
This make life easier. It makes it easier for the traveler also.
The cost of room is about 3 dollars night. This is a nice room.
I have a hot shower and privacy. The Grand Hotel Quito in
the old part of Quito is great. They have 2 TV rooms, a ping
pong table and a kitchen to use by the guest. I can spend my
time talking with people from all over the world. If I want to talk
Spanish. I can talk Spanish. If I want to talk English, I can talk
with all the Europeans.

There are few people from the USA, so I do learn
a lot about the other cultures of the world.

So what is there to do in Ecuador?

It is a small country. If I go North. I can visit Otavalo.
On Saturday they have a market with handicrafts made by
Indian artisans. I am not sure what is more fun. To look at the things
they are selling, or to look at the beautiful people that are selling
the things. Dresses up in long skirts, and their long black shiny hair wrapped and
arranged perfectly. There is a traditional color or cloth for each
specific village. If you try real hard to learn about them, you can start to see
the patterns. One person will be from one place, and another from a
neighboring village. They look similar, but they are each unique. Lot of
colors and meticulously dressed.

If you wish there are a few volcanoes and mountains to climb in Ecuador.
I like volcanoes. Not because I like to climb, but usually next to a
volcano is are sometimes hot water springs, or maybe a pool. If you go south of
Quito there is a small town called “Banos”. This means bath in English. There
are hot water baths, or pools below the volcano. You can rise every morning
and go take a hot dip in the pools. Blending in with other tourist and
the local Indian population taking their morning spiritual uplift. What a
life. Get up, take a hot swim. Walk around in the shadows of high mountains
and volcanoes. Flirt with a few Indian girls. La Vida Buena.
When you stop and take a look around. The air just seems cleaner, and
the life seems simpler and purer.

The beach! I am going to the beach!
I went to Mantanita the trendy hippie beach North of Guayaquil and
South of Manta. It is nice, but not that nice. The beach is sort of wet
all the time, and not the deep soft sand that I enjoy. Mantanita is
perfect though to meet a few hippies from around the world, smoking marijuana
and selling jewelry, and learn about dreds.

I will go to Muisne. A beach on the North coast of Ecuador.
There are 2 major cities close to there. Esmeralda and Atacamas.
Tourist cities I think, but popular places for those of you that just
have to have the air conditioning. People from Colombia come down to visit
here because it is close, and the more well to do Ecuadorians.
So a great place to mingle.

Muisnes is the place I am going. I have to travel first to Atacamas.
That will take about 8 hours on an all night bus. I will leave Quito
about 11:30 at night, and arrive in the early morning. This make
the trip comfortable, and quick because of sleeping on the bus.
plus it is safer to arrive in a city in the morning. I will then proceed

South down the coast by bus. At some point I have to stop, and take a
boat across a river to Muisne. I think it is an island,
but then I am not sure.

Andy? huh, what do you mean you are not sure?
It is not that simple. I have these guidebooks, but they are not
always correct. I have what other people tell me, but they are not
always correct. I can get on the internet search, but they are not
always correct. If I knew what I was going to see, and experience
it would not be an adventure, it would be normal life.
So I will leave Quito and not know where
I will sleep or live the next night, or weeks.
I like a life less normal.

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I think a good traveler learns from experience both
logically and instinctively to avoid danger, or problems.
I suppose with age people slowly grow tired of repeating
the same problems, and expecting different results.
This idea of how to avoid danger is not easy to explain, and
I believe maybe impossible for some people to understand.
The reason it is difficult to understand it that it requires a person
to make good judgments.

I say sometimes, that my only claim to travel fame is:
“I have not been robbed in 4 years of travel”.
I do consider this an accomplishment. Almost all my regular travel
friends have had something they valued greatly stolen.
Whether their whole backpack, or just a camera.
So I sit around a wait for my turn. I hope I can make good
judgments and avoid losing my computer and digital camera
but I am sure one day they will be stolen.

So on with the show. How to avoid danger?
Or more appropriate... How can you make good choices?


Remember... You always have choices.
There is always more than one option.
If you have an itinerary written in rock, then I suppose
you will get robbed, mugged or worst. A great plan must
allow for changes do to unexpected problems.
Lots of travelers sit in hostels and complain all day
when it rains. I know they had a plan, and the rain interrupted
their plans. I laugh. The planned that it would never rain.
So to be a smart traveler you must allow for change, and
not demand that the itinerary is followed.

List your choices.
This just seems to easy to me, but I guess it needs to be
said. Whether you write them in your head, or on a
sheet of paper is not that important, but you should say
to yourself. I have X number of choices.

I will give my real life choices on coming to Ecuador.

I had 3 choices.

1. Go to Thailand.
2. Go to Pakistan
3. Go to Another location.

As I was looking through these 3 locations.
I had a feeling. hmmm Thailand sounds fun, but
I want to also go to Indonesia, but with this war
on terror happening that is not a good place for hobos.
Pakistan requires that I have a lot of money to be safe.
I do not have a lot of money, so take that one off the list.
“Another Location”?
What location?
I know I did not want to return to Europe right now.
I do not have enough money, or a boat to sail through
the Caribbean.
Australia sounds good, but naa.... Later
So in the end. I say to myself.
What sounds fun?
Ecuador sounds fun. I love Ecuador.

So what happened.
In reality the choices came down to 2 alternatives.

1. Want to, but am a little confused on how to do it.
2. Not confused on the choice.

So in the end, if you have to think, and deliberate.
Ask all your friends if it is safe, or correct, or what
they think? If you should go? Or just a complete
analysis paralysis.

Don’t do it.

The choice with the least amount of thought or planning
is the safest and probably the best.

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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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