Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Baghdad to Paris - Babylon - Dangerous Clothes


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ISSUE:  124
DATE:  September 16, 2003
TITLE: Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Baghdad to Paris - Babylon - Dangerous Clothes
TIP: Dangerous Clothes
LOCATION: Paris, France

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Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Baghdad to Paris - Babylon - Dangerous Clothes
Issue 124 Hobotraveler.com – September 16, 2003
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A Hobo trip around the world. Year 7
Write Andy a HoboTraveler.com

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~ HOBO STEW (A Dish of Meat and Vegetables)
     Location of Hobo and opinions
       BAGHDAD TO PARIS
~   Hoboguide.com GO THIS WAY!

       BABYLON, IRAQ
~ HOBO ECONOMICS 101
~ TODAY’S TIP
       DANGEROUS CLOTHING
~ EXTREME HOBO TRAVEL
       Scott’s Bike Trip Around World
~ TODAY’S TIP FROM THE - “Peanut Gallery”
~ HOBO QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
~ HOBO GOSSIP and/or Jaded Remarks

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BAGHDAD IRAQ PHOTOS
http://www.hobotraveler.com/123_02cia01.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/123_02cia02.shtml

PALESTINE POOL PHOTOS - BAGHDAD IRAQ
http://www.hobotraveler.com/123_03palestinepool.shtml
GUARD SLEEPING AT PALESTINE
http://www.hobotraveler.com/123palestinesleeper.shtml

BAGHDAD TO BASRA IRAQ BY TRAIN
http://www.hobotraveler.com/123_04basratrain01.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/123_04basratrain02.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/123_04basratrain03.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/123_04basratrain04.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/123_05basratrain.shtml

BASRA SEA PORT
http://www.hobotraveler.com/123_06basraport01.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/123_06basraport02.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/123_06basraport03.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/123_06basraport04.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/123_06basraportkris.shtml

MY SOLUTIONS TO IRAQ
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124iraqsolutions.shtml

IRAQ HOTEL INFORMATION
http://www.hobotraveler.com/123_02baghdadhotels.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/123hotelnajafiraq.shtml

BAGHDAD TO ISTANBUL TRIP
http://www.hobotraveler.com/123_07baghdadistanbul01.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/123_07baghdadistanbul02.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/123_07baghdadistanbul03.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/123_07baghdadistanbul04.shtml

PARIS PHOTOS
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124_01klmtoparis.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124_02morrisonfood.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124_03israel.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124_04israel.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124_05israel01.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124_05israel02.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124_05israel03.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124_05israel04.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124_05israel05.shtml

BABYLON IRAQ IRAK
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124_06babylon01enter01.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124_06babylon01enter02.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124_06babylon01enter03.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124_06babylon02center01.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124_06babylon02center02.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124_06babylon03leaving01.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124_06babylon03leaving02.shtml

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~ HOBO STEW (A Dish of Meat and Vegetables)

BAGHDAD TO PARIS

Hello,
They are not as far apart as you think.
Roughly the cost is 300 Dollars USA. Better
to think of distance in Dollars then in Kilometers.
If you really travel a lot you will also think in hours.

Why am I in Paris? As Jimmy Buffet says,
"Blame it on a woman." But alone...

The biggest difference is that Paris looks older and
has trees. Baghdad is older by age probably but
hard to find anything preserved. The Kings of France
have somehow maintained their presence longer.
I would say that they both the Dictators and Kings must
have used a lot of cheap or free labor.

They call Paris the city of lights. I think of Las Vegas
when I think of lights, but maybe they are correct.
I would call Paris the "City of Balconies."
Every building is built so that there is a window with
a balcony facing the street. If not facing the street then on a
courtyard. So lots of balconies looking at other
balconies.

The sidewalk cafe is everywhere and people watching
is the rage. You can sit and wonder who and why
they are walking in front of you all day? This is enjoyable
with the women of Paris having a flair for a clean belly
look with a wild edge. They are not quick to smile or laugh,
but when finally the egg is cracked they are warm and
friendly in way that needs a reservation.

There is Wine and drink to make them talk available.
People say that Parisians do not drink much.
I think they do not know how to count.

Paris feels good. For a place that is so crowded.
They do very good at making the place livable.
There are more living units per square kilometer then
I thought possible. I could live on top of the train here
for 50 dollars a day. It is more expensive then the USA
but the women are friendlier. So life is good.
Paris is easy to like once in a life.

I have taken lots of photos of Paris already and yet I still have
not shown you all the photos of Iraq. So there is
a glut of photos to view from both locations. This takes a
lot of work. Not taking the photos, but placing the captions
below the photos. You will notice I do not work hard.

I am looking for free room and board in Europe.
Or to rent a room centrally located for 300 Euros a month.
If you know a place I can flop. Please click
on reply and write me. Please make it a no brainer,
I cannot call or sit around writing e-mails for weeks
in the worlds most expensive city. I can at best.
Go there.

Maybe a hotel that would like an assessment from
a guy that has stayed in over 500 different rooms.
I could talk a week on why and why not stay in a hotel.
Nope, I could talk a month.

Life is Good!

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BABYLON, IRAQ - IRAK
Babylonian Bab-ilu, Old Babylonian B(b-ilim,
Hebrew Bavel, or Babel, Arabic. Babylon one of the most
famous cities of antiquity. It was the capital of southern
Mesopotamia (Babylonia) from the early 2nd millennium
to the early 1st millennium BC and capital of the
Neo-Babylonian (Chaldean) Empire in the 7th and 6th
centuries BC, when it was at the height of its splendour.
Its extensive ruins on the Euphrates River about 55 miles
(88 kilometres) south of Baghdad lie near the modern
town of Al-Hillah, Iraq.
- Encyclopedia Britannica

I was there. Not impressed.

I have read my computer encyclopedia Britannica
until I am blue in the face. I had Born Again Bob
give me the Biblical reasons and read a few pages
in some book he had about the city. Most of this is
symbolic in nature and the true city is gone. Lots of brick
walls now.

They have rebuilt or replicated much of the city
I saw very few things that appeared original.
I am sure historians and theologians would
enjoy the city of Babylon.

But in my opinion. For your first choice.
Go to Tikal in Guatemala.
The Mayans.
Now that is a civilization that is impressive.
(Not Inca)

Babylon is not the subject for the layman or common
travelers or tourists. But for Historians, Theologians
and Archeologists.

Babylon is about religions and maybe saying you was
there. I was there and recommend it, but not for the
viewing, but for the history. If you are the studious type
and would be very willing to spend a week researching
this ancient city. Then you are ready to go.

I do not think this place is for everyone. This place is
about a world past, with lots of cultures that came and
went and died.

BABYLON IRAQ IRAK
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124_06babylon01enter01.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124_06babylon01enter02.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124_06babylon01enter03.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124_06babylon02center01.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124_06babylon02center02.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/124_06babylon03leaving01.shtml
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DANGEROUS CLOTHING

It is hard to believe,
but fashion can get you killed.
Not very likely, but very possible.

Most countries of the world look down on
short pants. Only long pants on men.

Most countries of the world do not allow
you to go topless at the beach.

HOW STUPID AND NAIVE!
This is unsophisticated.
No. People have fashion they enforce
with guilt and sometimes violence.

Remember in the movie "Pretty Woman"
and Julia Roberts was refused service and followed,
then helped by that Hotel Manager?

This is social pressure.
Do you want a stripper to enter your store?
Some of you do, but your hoping your wife is
not in the store at the time.

WHEN YOU DO NOT FIT IN?

Are you an outsider. Do you like to be different.
Do you demand your freedom to have dress, act,
and be yourself. Be careful. Some people may
teach you a clear lesson about their culture.

Sociologist study and use a good word.
If you can get a grip on this word, you may
learn why people treat you badly.

NORMS:
Also called Social Norm, rule or standard of behavior
shared by members of a social group. Norms may
be internalized—i.e., incorporated within the
individual so that there is conformity without external
rewards or punishments, or they may be enforced by
positive or negative sanctions from without. The
social unit sharing particular norms may be small
(e.g., a clique of friends) or may include all adult
members of a society. Norms are more specific
than values or ideals: honesty is a general value,
but the rules defining what is honest behavior
in a particular situation are norms.
- From Encyclopedia Britannica

ENFORCEMENT OF NORMS!
I believe that tourist and travelers disappear.
People write my webpage...
Have you seen my son or daughter?
No one tracks travelers in the world.
If you are just the average person you could
just disappear and no one would ever know.
So I do believe that almost all cultures will
KILL YOU.

Movies are great for examples.
Remember the movie "Easy Rider"
A bunch of rednecks came and killed one
of the riders. I think Jack Nicholson.
In the end they killed all of them.
(There is a difference between Movies and
real life. If a country does not talk about it,
then it is worse!)

EVERY COUNTRY HAS ITS REDNECKS!
Hey dingaling. ALL countries have Rednecks.
We make movies, but the world is basically
the same. So maybe a better way to look at
these Jihad fighters could be...
"Rednecks"
They do not want anything different.

This newsletter is a the result of me talking with
a young man in Erbel, Iraq. I was in the Kurdish part and
in many ways the safest part of Iraq. But he was
saying that if a girl was a prostitute,
"They would kill her."
There appears to be 0 prostitutes around there.

There is clothing that violates a culture.
You can violate a custom. But maybe not twice.

To really have trouble because of your clothing
is difficult. Most people want your money more then
they care about how you dress. But lets not be
idealistic and think the world wants or is the way
you want to live. The way you live and dress
can be dangerous.

I have known many women that played a game of
seduction and love with a man in another country then
decided it was time to walk away.
Then discovered they could not walk away.
It was too late, they was raped.
(Mexico, Costa Rica)

SOLUTIONS
Look around. Dress like the locals.
If you are the only one dressed or doing the
things you want to do. You are the problem.
The world is not perfect. Do not make them prove it.

RULE OF THUMB
If you cannot marry or intermarry easily with the locals
in the country. Then it is probably more dangerous
on how you dress and act.

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

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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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Paris - I wonder...?
Maybe Dine and Dash?
The reason they say,
"Visa, don't leave home without it."

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QUESTION:

A reader wants to know about knives.
I lost the original message. But the question was good.
I will paraphrase.

READER WROTE:
The knife is considered standard equipment or gear
for the traveler. Do you have trouble carrying or
traveling with a knife. What happens at airports and
checkpoints?

ANSWER:
Yes. The Swiss Knife is considered standard equipment.
Now there is the Leatherneck brand also or something
like that.

But for me. No. I do not want or carry a Swiss Knife.
I guess I do have a very little one that I got at the factory
in Switzerland. But I almost never use it. A steak knife is better
for me. I want a knife that can spread butter, or cut rope easily.
But more important then this. I want to clean it easily.
A small Bowie Knife with a letter shield would be ok.

The standard pocket Knife is difficult or almost impossible to clean.
I carry all the parts of a Swiss knife and the cost is less.
I have a pair of small pliers I carry. I also do not like the idea
of losing or having someone steal a months worth of living
in one spot. It is suppose to be practical, but is impractical.
You have all your eggs in one basket. Better to have a spoon,
a knife, a can opener, steak knife, etc. Leave out what you
never use, and you can buy anywhere in the world.

AIRPORTS
Put in your carry on. It is not really even a problem.
In the USA you need to be very cautious now and pack
a knife in your checked in bag. But you can go anywhere else in
the world easily without a worry. Do not carry it in your pocket.
Carry in your small carry on bag.  The checked bag is better.
(I am not sure about Israel?)

I just came all the way from Baghdad to Paris.
My bag was never searched. Ever! The carry on bag is the
security problem for airplanes. They should be abolished.
But with baggage handlers that resemble apes I am
not sure how I would ever check my computer.

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In places where people are unfriendly and
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