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ISSUE:  116
DATE:  July 22, 2003
TITLE: Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Istanbul Turkey - Culture Crash
TIP:  E-mail on the road. 

LOCATION: Istanbul, Turkey

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Hobo TRAVEL TIPS -  Istanbul Turkey - Culture Crash
Issue 116 Hobotraveler.com – July 22, 2003
http://www.hobotraveler.com
A Hobo trip around the world. Year 6

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Read this online and open the links easily.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/newsletterhobo116.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
     Istanbul, Turkey
~ HOBOGUIDE.COM (Go this way)
     BREAKING WAVES
     - The clash of culture.
~ HOBO ECONOMICS 101
~ TODAY’S TIP
      E-MAIL ON THE ROAD
      Managing multiple accounts.
~ EXTREME HOBO TRAVEL
       Scott’s Bike Around World
~ TODAY’S TIP FROM THE - “Peanut Gallery”
~ HOBO QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
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~ 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.

All journeys have secret destinations of which
the traveler is unaware.
- Martin Buber

~ HOBO SLANG

House dog
- A fellow who goes about hunting jobs cleaning
windows beating carpets etc.

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~ HOBO PHOTO GALLERY
Better to read the stories first.

Sultanahmet - Blue Mosque - Aya Sofa - Tram
http://www.hobotraveler.com/116istanbul01.shtml
Gazebos - Trams - Pastry
http://www.hobotraveler.com/116istanbul02.shtml
Backpackers Street
View from roof of Admirals Guesthouse
http://www.hobotraveler.com/116istanbul03.shtml
Wall around city of Istanbul, Turkey
http://www.hobotraveler.com/116istanbul04.shtml
Joseph - Worlds greatest carpet salesman.
Next to the Four Season Hotel
http://www.hobotraveler.com/116joseph.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/116istanbul04_3.shtml
Etc... Park and Misc.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/116istanbul04_2.shtml
The reason I came to Turkey - Kabob
http://www.hobotraveler.com/116istanbul05.shtml

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~ HOBO STEW (A Dish of Meat and Vegetables)

ISTANBUL, TURKEY

Hello Sir, How are you?
Where are you from?

This is the normal and constant greeting one
encounters walking in the tourist area
called the Sultanhament. The Turkey carpet
salesmen are a creative bunch, and will never
give up on in some way of enduring themselves
with you so that you will share a small glass of
hot cherry or apple tea, become your friend.
Play a game of backgammon and sell you a
carpet.

It is a nice contrast to most countries where
the tourist is just a dollar sign. They want your
money, but they realize that selling themselves first
is the path to a sale, and for some of them a
night with a foreign lady.

I am on an European wannabe street, where
everyone drinks and overlooks any Islamic
non drinking commands. Down the hill from
the "Blue Mosque" which tops my record for being
the largest religious building I have encountered
in my travels. Religious tourist attractions are
probably the number one attraction in all countries.
Whether a Catholic church, a sun god monument,
or an alter to sacrifice a virgin to the sun God. Most
tourist attractions are religious in essence.

A great city. Half in Europe and half
in Asia and a crossroads of civilizations.

It is not cheap here like South America or
Southeast Asia. I am hoping that leaving this
city of 12-14 million people will lower my daily
cost. My standard of living has dropped in my
attempt to live on a budget of 15 US Dollars per day.
The rooms are basically the same as most places
I have visited. 4 concrete walls and a light in the
middle of ceiling. A bed and no closet. I pay 11 dollars
a night here after a search and negotiations.
The same in priced room Thailand or Peru
would have air conditioning and a closet.
Although because of the cobblestone streets
and the great hospitality it wraps the place in
illusion of higher value and standard.
More or less though the worlds largest
colony of Bed and Breakfast's.

The street culture, a little dirt, a little crime,
and a normal society is missing so far and
make this world surreal and out of balance.

I will soon leave this tourist nest and go
south for a beach. So what is new?
I am always off to the beach.

DIFFERENT SHADES OF INK
Are you worried about fanatical Muslims
on a Jihad to kill the Christians.
One man explained that if you place ink in
milk, water, or juice and than the shades of
the ink will change. Sounds good.

Christians can use the word Crusades.
Moslems can use the word Jihad.
It is tempting to let down my guard and
buy the shades of ink story. But he knows
and I know that a Jihad has a real side
and a Crusade is just a history lesson.

Today's go this way is about
BREAKING WAVES.

Today’s tip is on:
E-MAIL ON THE ROAD
Managing multiple accounts.

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!

BREAKING WAVES

Istanbul was just another large tourist city
until I walked to the sea. There is an obvious
clashing of waves. They have constructed a
wall to hold back the water, and they have
constructed a wall to holds back cultures.

Sounds sort of racist.
What do you mean?
"Holds back culture."

100, 500, 1500, 10,000 years ago,
they was honest. They invaded lands to
and forced the other to adopt their language
and culture. By the sword or by the priest.
The would force it down your throat and into
your mind, or cut your head off.
Whatever worked.

There is a loud breaking of the waves.
As the European culture slaps up against
the Middle Eastern culture.
As Christianity smashes against Islam.
As the horse meets the camel.

Marco Polo went this way,
The United Nations plans for a trans-Asia
highway. East meets west.
I am on the path, and sometimes called
the Silk Route.

WALLS ARE PRACTICAL!
There is a wonderful wall thousands of years
old that has protected Istanbul, and held back
cultures and kept their culture inside.

I have a fascination for walls.
My first was in Cartagena, Colombia.
Constructed to protect the city from
pirates and  their wild ways.
Walls are everywhere. The Great Wall of
China. The Berlin wall. They used to work
very well, and keep the cultures in their own
playground and when the wall fell, the loser
was forced to change. It was clear and simple.

As the waves of culture meet. One will win.
There is always a battle being fought in
all the world for your mind and will.

Istanbul is in the center and trying to be
neutral. Not taking sides. What good fun.
Watching the world.

My money is on MTV.
10 - 1 odds the winner.
Everyone in the world wants a TV,
that is universal.

NOTE:
There is a lighthouse in Istanbul
to keep your ship from crashing.

Wall around city of Istanbul, Turkey
http://www.hobotraveler.com/116istanbul04.shtml

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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~ TODAY’S TRAVEL TIPS

E-MAIL ON THE ROAD
Managing multiple accounts.

Want to travel, but cannot figure out
how to manage all your e-mails accounts?
Most people lose their ability to e-mail the minute
they leave home. Because ONLY their personal
computer will work...
They must have a their own ball and chain
they carry called a
"Laptop" that enables them to answer e-mails.
No laptop. No e-mail. Why? This is just too
STUPID.

E-mail is a dramatic advancement in the
world of communication.
An asynchronous method to be a friend
or answer your employees questions.
The internet is everywhere.

But... How?
Want to keep your personal address
separate from your business address?
Want to walk up to any connected computer and
communicate with the world

One great challenge of travels is to send
and receive e-mails around the world.
Sending and receiving e-mails from friends,
while being on the other side of the planet
is both difficult and confusing. Every year
this gets a little easier and there is a temptation
to ditch the my laptop completely.

I recommend using a Yahoo.com e-mail account
when traveling or at home. Yahoo is more versatile,
mobile, and the interface is technically superior
to your "company" account that comes with a nerd from
the IT department that says theirs is the best.
Is your business account really the best?

THE TEST
Can you walk up to any internet connected
computer in the world and check your e-mail?
If the answer is NO. Why?

There are 2 biggies in the world of free
e-mail accounts. Hotmail.com and Yahoo.com
There is not a dramatic difference between
the two, but after many years of having both
I have discovered a PAID feature that is
outstanding with Yahoo Mail. And the solution
to a big e-mail dilemma. How to manage
multiple accounts?

I signed up for "Mail Plus" a while back.
It cost 30 dollars a year.
This was the result of losing e-mails
because my host server for HoboTraveler.com
went down again. The result is that all incoming
e-mail bounces back to the sender.
Aaagh!

Yahoo.com is more dependable, and if their
machines are busy e-mail appears to go into a holding
pattern until they can be processed.

But.... I would have signed up a long time
ago if I would have known.
I can MANAGE all 4 of my e-mail accounts
from one place.

I can receive all the e-mails in one box.
Filter the spam. Delete the Trojan type virus and
protect my personal computer.
Than REPLY using the correct reply address
I choose and not the default.

This is the big deal if you have a lot of
e-mail accounts. Say you have one for work
and one for home. You can keep them separate.
Collect or download to and work in one box.
Online on any connected computer in the world.

I can clean up my world online, than download
to my personal computer using the account
as a pop server.

I recommend Yahoo Mail.
http://mail.yahoo.com
Work offline or online.
Folders
Filters.
Dependable.
Easy
Organized
FREE or paid.
Pop & SMTP

I understand this is a little technical.
But for those of you with the same problem.
This is the solution.

Yahoo is not paying me to say this.
I just need to tell someone about the ability
to manage 4 accounts at one time.
Plus how would I get paid from Yahoo?
Getting a personal e-mail back from Yahoo
is probably impossible.

Life is good.

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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On year 6 of Hobo trip around the world.
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~ EXTREME HOBO TRAVEL

SCOTTS BIKE TRIP AROUND THE WORLD
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.

Observe cultures. They are not the same!
The window to a world is seen by
who is standing in line to take shower
and who opts to not take one today.

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The more modern the country.
The worst the internet cafes.
I believe they assume they are modern.
Little do they know.

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