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ISSUE:  113
DATE:  June 17, 2003
TITLE: Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Current Events Travel
TIP:  Current Events Travel
LOCATION:  In the USA and preparing to go to Iraq

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Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Current Events Travel
Issue 113 Hobotraveler.com – June 17, 2003
http://www.hobotraveler.com
A Hobo trip around the world. Year 6

Read this online: Easier to open the links.
For Hotmail.com... This is good Idea
http://www.hobotraveler.com/newsletterhobo113.php

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~ HOBO TRAVEL QUOTES
      How I feel today...
~ HOBO PHOTO GALLERY
      Better to read the stories first.
~ HOBO BLOG – A daily log of my travels.
      http://www.hobotraveler.com/blogger.html 
~ HOBO STEW (A Dish of Meat and Vegetables)
     Location of Hobo and opinions
~ HOBOGUIDE.COM (Go this way)
      Iraq Preparation
~ HOBO ECONOMICS 101
~ TODAY’S TIP
      Current Events Travel
~ EXTREME HOBO TRAVEL
       Scott’s Bike Around World
~ TODAY’S TIP FROM THE - “Peanut Gallery”
~ HOBO QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
       http://www.hobotraveler.com/formlettereditor1.php
~ HOBO GOSSIP and/or Jaded Remarks

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~ HOBO TRAVEL QUOTES
How I feel today, or a start down
the proverbial travelers path.

”In the day we sweat it out in the streets
Of a runaway American dream
At night we ride through mansions of glory
in suicide machines
Sprung from cages out on highway 9,
Chrome wheeled, fuel injected
and steppin' out over the line
Baby this town rips the bones from your back
It's a death trap, it's a suicide rap
We gotta get out while we're young
`Cause tramps like us, baby we were
Born to run”
- Song by Bruce Springsteen / Born to Run

~ HOBO SLANG

Barnacle: A fellow who sticks to one job a year or more.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/hobo.php

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~ HOBO PHOTO GALLERY
Better to read the stories first.

INDIANA JUNGLE
http://www.hobotraveler.com/112current01.shtml
Deer
http://www.hobotraveler.com/112current03.shtml
Woods of Indiana
http://www.hobotraveler.com/112current02.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/112current04.shtml

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~ HOBO STEW (A Dish of Meat and Vegetables)

IRAQ PREPARATION

Hello,
I took a break from writing this newsletter.
It was a nice break. But I am anxious to
make some noise.

While in the USA I made some special preparations
to go to Iraq. I have slowly became a little bored with the
normal types of trips, and thought an extreme adventure
was needed to relieve the day to day monotony.
So a trip to Iraq… I suppose I need a little more excitement
than the average traveler, but that is life, and life is good.

To enter Iraq is not the same as most countries. At least
that is what the embassy says, they tell me it is difficult to
enter, but it would not surprise me in the least that when
I get to the Turkey / Iraq border it is very easy to enter.
I call a lot of borders,
“Walk across borders.”

A walk across border is when nobody stops you
from entering or leaving a country. There is a post, but no
one seems to care whether you enter or leave
This is common between two equally poor countries.
There is no reason to emigrate, or immigrate so the border
is wide open, and you can walk across. The borders
of the USA are not walk across borders, but in some ways
the border between the USA and Canada is a lot simpler to
cross than the border with Mexico.

I receive USA government travel warnings,
I received the information in this link on April 25, 2003
in my email box telling me who can enter Iraq.
http://travel.state.gov/iraq_warning.html

WHO CAN ENTER IRAQ?
In the letter, blah, blah, blah it said.

“U.S. passports are not valid for travel to, in or through Iraq,
unless they are validated by the Department of State,
with the limited exceptions for 1) American professional
reporters and journalists on assignment in Iraq, 2) certain
persons providing humanitarian and other critical services
in support of the Iraqi people, or U.S. Government personnel
and contractors on official assignment in Iraq, and
3) U.S. citizens residing in Iraq since February 1, 1991.”


WHAT NO HOBOES?
So you got to do, what you got to do!
2) I do not want to save the world.
I do not want to work, or be a contractor.
Hoboes are not big on work.
3) I have never lived in Iraq.
- They left out soldiers, but I guess they assume
a soldier can enter Iraq, and it is implied.

So… Seems the (1) “reporter or journalist on
assignment in Iraq” is my hole in the fence.

ANONYMOUS HOBO
I cut a deal, and this talk radio station WOWO in
Fort Wayne, Indiana said they would help me to be
“Andy the Hobotraveler.com”
and not my real name, and they gave me a
“PRESS PASS.”
http://www.wowo.com

Sounds professional, but I be hobo.
I traded them a weekly call to their station from
the other side of the planet for a piece of official
looking plastic with my name and photo on it.
Seems like a good deal, but who is paying for the
call was left wide open? Maybe I will call collect.
hehehe

I have a computer, and a printer, and could have
made up my own press pass for HoboTraveler.com.
But I may need a contact here in the USA when
I get to the border of Iraq. The Radio Station will
help me jump through the hoops.

I have called up about 15 official type telephone
numbers here in the USA, and so far no one seems
to have first hand knowledge of what is really
needed to cross the border.

The rules to cross a border can change by the minute.
I know these government pages will give you a list
of things needed to enter a country. I find this to be
a guide only and not really accurate. I have entered
probably 20 countries where it said,
“Exit ticket needed to enter.”
This has never been enforced for me.

NORMAL CHECKLIST
This is what I will carry just to be ready.
1. Copies of passport.
2. 5 Birth Certificates.
3. 8 Passport size photos.
4. A smile.

The smile will get you further than all the
rest.

My plans are to fly to Frankfurt, Germany.
Go by land to Czech Republic. Then south by bus
to through the Eastern European countries to Turkey.
I will sit on the border of Turkey and Iraq until I know
the path is clear than enter.

MAPS – Germany, Czech Republic, etc.
http://www.atlapedia.com/online/maps/political/Poland_etc.htm
MAPS - Hungary, Romania, etc.
http://www.atlapedia.com/online/maps/political/Hungary_etc.htm
MAPS – Turkey, etc.
http://www.atlapedia.com/online/maps/political/Turkey_etc.htm
MAPS – Iraq, etc.
http://www.atlapedia.com/online/maps/political/Saudi_etc.htm

Of course all of this will change or it
would not be an adventure.

Just for fun, lets go see what the USA Central Intelligence
Agency ( CIA ) has to say about Iraq.
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/iz.html

I will soon be sending links with lots of photos of strange
people, places, and things. At least to me, they probably do
not consider themselves strange.

Note, I have purchased a deck of cards of all the wanted
war criminals. I will keep my eyes open. Maybe I can collect
a bounty.

Today’s – Go this way is about
THE JUNGLE OF INDIANA

Today’s tip is on
CURRENT EVENTS TRAVEL

Just another day in Paradise!
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE...
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.

X Hobotraveler.com was HERE!

Life is good.
The Hobotraveler.com

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~ HOBO ECONOMICS 101
MONEY NEEDED TO BE HOBO

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~   Hoboguide.com GO THIS WAY!

THE JUNGLE IN INDIANA

When I was you, I dreamed of being Tarzan and
living in the jungle. The word jungle after 45 countries
has lots of meaning to me, and the idea of Tarzan is
not quite the same, but a jungle is a jungle. Or what
is a jungle? Maybe it has something to do with “Jane.”

The other day I was driving down a country road in
rural Indiana. I entered a stretch of road where the trees
hung over the road. I said to myself,
“I seem to have to entered a jungle.”

Wait a minute, I am not on the Amazon River of Brazil,
or in Ecuador. This is not Guatemala. Costa Rica is
way south of here, and Laos and Thailand are way
off lands. I am confused. I had this clear feeling I just
entered a jungle. Maybe I am waking up and back
on the Mekong River.

Nope… as I shake my head to get my bearing.
Good ole Indiana, and the land of Hoosiers.
But that sure looks like a jungle.
Feels like a jungle.
Sounds like a jungle.

So if it sounds like a duck, walks like a duck,
It must be duck.

What does a jungle feel like?
Just way too much green.
Everything is green. You are surrounded by green.
And you have trouble walking.

When you walk up to enter a jungle you say to yourself
first,
“Let see, how do I enter this?
Is there a path, or do I need a machete?”

I SAW A JUNGLE IN INDIANA!
I dwell on this word jungle. What is a jungle?
It to me is not the type of trees.
I suppose a maple tree jungle would seem weird?
But something green, is in the end, something green.
The type of tree is not so important, but the quantity
and density of the overwhelming sense of green is
what's important. This was a green spot. Wet and full
of colors, and shades and feelings of jungle.

INDIANA JUNGLE
It can be dangerous to walk in this jungle.
There are rattlesnakes that live in these woods.
A native that lives in the jungle may not like you
wandering around, looking and snooping. It is not
your home. And just the same in rural Indiana, a
native that lives in the tribe called “Hoosiers,”
dressed with strange clothes, and funny headdress,
“John Deere,” and again the green color
for camouflage may come and look at you. The locals
have their local weapons, called shotguns that they use
to kill Pheasant and Deer to eat.
The look up at me strangely, and talk with a
different tongue.
“Howdy.”
I must be in the jungle.

INDIANA JUNGLE
http://www.hobotraveler.com/112current01.shtml
Deer
http://www.hobotraveler.com/112current03.shtml
Woods of Indiana
http://www.hobotraveler.com/112current02.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/112current04.shtml

Just another day in Paradise!
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE...
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.

X Hobotraveler.com was HERE!

Life is good.
The Hobotraveler.com

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Article written by Andy the Hobotraveler.com
On year 6 of Hobo trip around the world.
Budget Travel, Jobs, and Adventure, etc
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~ TODAY’S TRAVEL TIPS

CURRENT EVENTS TRAVEL

Volcanoes, Bombings, and Hurricanes.

I am cynical way too many days of my life.
When I watch BBC or CNN I get this gut level feeling.
Or my “Bullshit Meter” goes off….
Beep…. Beep…. Beep…. Gong.
That was bullshit.
Resonates in my head.

Translated:
I think they are purposely distorting and
mis-representing the story….

Translated again:
They lie.

But here I am. Sitting here on this side of the planet
and they have this reporter with a microphone looking
serious and telling me this story from their side
of the planet. It would be pretty arrogant for me to sit
here and say they are lying.

Well, so be it.
I am arrogant.

Although, I have had some experiences that make me
this way. I have sat in a room. Watching the television and
suddenly BBC does this story. They start telling me about
this event… “Current Event” that is in process or occurred the
day before. My ears perk up, and I pay attention, trying catch
the odd detail that tells me exactly where this happened.
Than I realized, that they are talking about my present location.
I think to myself,
“funny, I am here, and that was nothing, where
did they come up with that?.”

But the story has made the stupid, into the stupendous.

SMALL PLANET
I entered Ecuador just days after they had a military
coup. Protest in Peru. Volcanoes in Nicaragua,
Ecuador. Narco Traffickers blew up the road from
Bogotá to Medellin Colombia.
I was in Malaysia when there was the bombing in Bali.
In Chapis Mexico 25 Indians was killed.

I was very close. It was possible to get on a bus
and go the location. On this small planet that is
the third rock from the sun we now have forms of
transportation that can shoot you from one side to the
other side in less than 24 hours.

I tell my friends and family,
“Relax, If I need to come home, I am only 24 hours
away from anywhere on the planet.”

But that means that you are also only 24 hours away
from any “Current Event.”

So, my advice, and recommendation is that the next
time you are watching the TV and a volcano is erupting
or they are having the running of the bulls in Spain.

Say to yourself, or your spouse,
“Lets go see for ourselves!”
Current Events Travel

I am going to Iraq to see for myself!

Just another day in Paradise!
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE...
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.

X Hobotraveler.com was HERE!

Life is good.
The Hobotraveler.com

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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Article written by Andy the Hobotraveler.com
On year 6 of Hobo trip around the world.
Budget Travel, Jobs, and Adventure, etc
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http://www.hobotraveler.com
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~ EXTREME HOBO TRAVEL

SCOTTS BIKE TRIP AROUND THE WORLD
Scott has made it to the Beaches of Thailand.
Archives of Scotts Story
http://www.theargonauts.com/argonauts/dennis_scott/archive.shtml

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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.

Check in with your embassy.
It will make it easier to prosecute when
you get in trouble.

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~ HOBO GOSSIP and/or Jaded Remarks

I think that a person that hangs around in the chat
room or forum talks more than they travel.

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"Thank you, Lord, for thinkin'
'bout me. I'm alive and doin' fine."
I’m alive and doing fine.‘
Song by: Five Man Electrical Band

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