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DATE:  January 13, 2004
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LOCATION: Hampi, Karnataka, India

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A lot of photos - The world unedited...
Right Click - Open in New Window.

I am only giving you half of the photos of Hampi in
this newsletter and in the next I will write about Hampi
in the "Go this Way" section and arrange all the links in
one location.

HAMPI RUINS OR ARCHEOLOGY SITE

Where to find the books on Hampi?
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137booksonhampi.shtml
End of Bazaar Walk to Bull and Monkey Hampi Karnataka India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137endofbazaarwalk.shtml
2nd End of Bazaar Walk to Bull and Monkey - Hampi India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137endofbazaarwalk02.shtml
Sasivekalu Ganesha Hampi India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137ganesha.shtml
Main Bazaar Hampi India Humpi
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137hampimainbazaar.shtml
Queens Bath Hampi India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137hampiqueensbath.shtml
Boats, River Crossing in Hampi River India Karnataka
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137hampiriver.shtml
Hampi Main Temple Virupaksha Temple
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137maintemple.shtml
Queens Bath Hampi India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137queensbath03.shtml
Hampi - Walk from gate away from Bazaar - India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137walkawayfrombazaar.shtml
Water Pond Behind or Next to the Main Temple in Hampi India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137waterpond.shtml

This link has the complete story and all photo links of Hampi.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/138hampi.shtml
I have made a small map of maybe some help.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/138maphampi.shtml

HAMPI - GADAG - HOSPET

Drunk Sadhu in Hampi India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137drunksadhu.shtml
Farm Fields - Beggars - Water Tank - Park
Hubli Karnataka India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137hampi01_01.shtml
Beggars - Homes - Muslims - Wedding Party
Gadag, Karnataka, India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137hampi01_02.shtml
Muslim Friends - Cow - Road Sign - Police
Archeology - Gadag, Karnataka, India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137hampi01_03.shtml
Cabinet Maker - Water Tank - Sunflower Fields
Gadag, Karnataka, India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137hampi01_04.shtml
Beauty Parlor - Massage - Boys in Black Dresses
Ferris Wheel - Hospet Bus Stop India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137hampi01_05.shtml
Bus - Riverview Restaurant - Shackle - Girl in Pajamas
Hampi India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137hampi01_06.shtml
Watering the dirt for dust - Bus from Hospet to Hampi
Karnataka, India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137hampi02_01.shtml
Drinking Water - Kids Photos - Rickshaw in Hamp
Hospet India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137hampi02_02.shtml
Hospet Street Toilet - Puppies and Mom - Swastikas
Hampi India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137hampi02_03.shtml
Electrical Wires and Bike Rental Hampi India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137hampi02_04.shtml
Train Tracks and Little Beggar girl Hampi and Hospet India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137hampi02_05.shtml
Babu - Chicken Tika - Backpack Locks - Hindu Beggar Boy
Hampi Karnataka India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137hampi03_03.shtml
Hampi Toilet India or Humpi India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137hampitoilet.shtml
Rangoli or Maybe Rangole in Hampi India
Hindu Symbols placed in front of Houses.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137rangoei01.shtml
1st Page Shackle Seamstress and person that
Helped Andy HoboTraveler.com to Make Backpack Organizers.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137shackle_02.shtml
Page 2 Shackle Seamstress and person
that Helped Andy HoboTraveler.com to Make Backpack Organizers.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137shackle01.shtml
Drinking Water in India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/137waterdrinking.shtml

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WHAT PLANET PLEASE?
Greetings from a strange new planet!
Hampi, State of Karnataka, India

I have finally got my brain around India and feel very relaxed
and crazy. India is the most insane, but the absolutely
easiest country to travel in all my stick-to-the-poor-countries tours.

Very hard to get in trouble here, and this is good because the
country is full of too stoned people… oops, I mean to say at
least 80 percent of the foreigners have smoked so much Marijuana,
Gangha, Bhang, Spliffs, Chillums, Weed, and a Lassie drink full
of the stuff, that now I have discovered the real reason people
visit India.

The Marijuana is very cheap…. Hehehe. a.k.a. Dope.

I am again one of the clean bloods in the middle of pollution.
My blood after not drinking, smoking, drugging, etc for some
16 years has got to qualify me as good Religious Zealot for
any brand or make. I like to tease the Muslims about this by saying,
“I be good Muslim. I no drink. I no smoke. I like Chicken.”

This is a rub, a push, winding them up, or teasing and joking
with them. I explain to them I do not smoke cigarettes. I explain to
them I do not drink. I explain to them I do not do drugs. They act
the same as most Europeans and at least 80 percent of the
USA people.
“Are you crazy?”

It is fun and crazy at the same time to explain this to a person
that spends his time feeling guilty for sneaking drinks, smoking,
and trying to be pious that I do this as normal all the time. I may be
crazy, but I do like the skin I am in, and do not think God is lost.

I will have to say thank you to William Sutcliffe that wrote this
absolute too realistic book about India called,
“Are you experienced?”

It is one of the must read to be part of the gang books of India.
There is always a list of these books in each country or continent.
These books can really be annoying if you do not like the books.
I tried to read that One Hundred Years of Solitude or something
like that all the time in South America. I found is so depressing I
would have had to start doing drugs again to enjoy it, but nonetheless
is one of the merit badge books to read on South America.
The “Are you experienced?” is a must read in my opinion about India.
This kid writer plays stupid in the book, but is probably a
“Real Traveler.”

I won’t start on the “Real Traveler” crap as I am definitely under the
impression that Tourists and Travelers have mated and the
offspring is running about the planet. I shall try my best to refrain from
making distinctions between the two because it is ludicrous, but
can be a fun conversation for sport only, because in the end we are
all both tourist and travelers. I keep hoping we could all be friends.

I spent both Christmas and New Years here in Hampi,
State of Karnataka, India. A few e-mails from friends and family
were my only real indication that these “Western” Holidays were
in progress. I suppose the drugs, and drinking increase moderately
in Hampi on the Holidays, but I do not call that Holiday Cheer.
(The party was in Goa.)

Hampi was wonderful for the Holiday Season with just the perfect
balance of all the countries and cultures of the world. French, Swiss,
German, Israel, Italian, and even a few of new “Russian” Travelers
were here to smell Hampi. They are starting to come out in force so
this is good. There was the perfect sprinkling of cultures to have
a nice balance.

The demographics of Hampi as suddenly changed as there has
been a migration of long white pasty cheeked people, that are overly
drunk, and overly abundant in India leaving Goa to say the saw India
in Hampi before they Lemming back to Gokarna or Kerala again, so
I am going to leave very soon before the country with P envy
arrive too much.

The migration patterns or routes of travelers I have learned are
extremely predictable in India as everyone stays on the path. I often
feel very naďve and under-traveled when I talk with other travelers
because I hate to read all the travel literature, guidebooks, or
study a country before I visit a country.

I have this image of a bunch of young wanks sitting around in
London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Vancouver, or maybe Seattle
passing around a marijuana joint and planning trips. I am probably
one of the stupidest travelers in the world when it come to knowing
all the inside reasons for visiting a country prior to visiting the
country because I am out of the country, and do not attend the
circle meetings, but more likely I am lazy and cannot be bothered
with trivial details.

I think there is a good reason to visit any country and what could
be the perfect country for me could be the worst for you.

India is such a joy after having to lug my backpack around Europe
for a couple of months. I love the cheap countries for travel in
comparison to the USA or Europe because of the convenience.
In the rich countries I have to walk for miles or kilometers,
(According to how you think?) with a full backpack, while in India
I can just pay 40 Rupees, 1 Euro, or 1 Dollar U.S. and I have this
Motorized Rickshaw Taxi Driver that wants to be a guide drives
me to secure room that cost 3 Dollars, and is a perfect place
for Hoboes.

(The room security is the best in the world for people that carry a lock.
The 5 Star is probably the worst.)

The water is great here; the toilet situation has taken an all time
low. The dust and horn beeping is epidemic. Noise pollution is
a problem here and I am pretty much sure the word in English
for trash bin does not exist in India.

If you feel guilty throwing trash on the ground,
DO NOT COME TO INDIA!
There is nowhere to throw trash except the ground. I spend
many a day in a quandary wondering where it goes?

I have never used one of them travel sheets, or backpack liners
in my life, but I am very glad I bought this Duvet in London and can
say that you should bring a backpack liner to India, as I am very
worried about their personal hygiene here.

So why so long in Hampi? I have designed and made about
9 new products of specialty travel gear to sell on my webpage
here, I am so happy. Traveling is very inconvenient and you
I never at home. I walk around in travel gear shops I only find the
gear I do not need. So I have been here in Hampi making an
India woman very happy by paying her to make all my dream
travel products on my wish list.

She is happy because she has earned 3 times the normal
salary for one month with some Yank that refused to pay here
too little or negotiate to a level where we will hate each other. I
made some really good bargains for me and a really good
deal for her and we are both happy. I paid her way too much,
but extremely cheap in U.S. dollars.

She also has been the perfect person to pay in a round about
way to explain to me the ins and outs of the India families
and cultures as I spend time eating, talking, and laughing with
her family.

I would suppose I should be happy that I have all these new
ways to make money to travel, but I really just love the new
gadgets I have created. I have made travel life easier for me.

I will tell you one example. I made the world most complicated
water bottle holder that will take a 2-liter, 1-liter, a short one,
fat one, or any size bottle. I can attach it to my backpack or
carry with me on my shoulder. I can attach it to my belt loop and
not loose it on the bus. It is my 2nd test design for this water bottle
holder and I am very excited. While everyone wants to buy an
expensive water bottle to carry, I want the holder. I find that 97
percent of travelers carry purified water in disposable plastic
bottles. I do the same, but maybe refill the bottles. I am a prime
candidate for dysentery, but not.

I suppose I should talk about India more, but the photos and
the captions will tell the crazy stories better.

For all you clean freaks of the world I am working, studying,
creating, and evolving a world of ideas or tips on how to keep
this Hobo body, bed, and the whole Hobo camp clean in India.

I would tell you where I am going, but I have change my plans
so much, I am not sure why I even think about where to go in
the end it is better for me I just leave. Thinking and planning
is for people with return tickets. I bought a one way ticket.

India is perfect in many ways. Too much crazy, too much dust,
too few women, too much cultures, and too much people,
but in the end this means.
Too much to do!

I still am trying to convince the beautiful Israel girls here
that I am Kosher…

Oh yea.
On this page is where I collect the books the gang of travelers
feel obliged to read to be “Real” something. Please tell
me of any needed additions.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/books.php

Today's go this way is on:
TOP 10 TRAVEL WEBSITES FOR 2003
- The year in review.

Today’s tip is on:
Same - Same! Top 10

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

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TOP 10 TRAVEL WEBSITES FOR 2003
- The year in review.
By Andy the HoboTraveler.com
January 2004
Published from an Internet Cafe in Hospet,
State of Karnataka, India.
Newsletter Number 137
of Hobo TRAVEL TIPS on year 7 of my world travels.

Hello,
Travel became a little more complicated this year for me when I
jumped off the path and made my own with a month trip to Iraq,
but what was really great about this trip was I found some new
travel site players and got my priorities better aligned.

Money talks and bull@#$ walks.

I said this with some Iraqi and they claimed the phrase for their own.
The phrase tells me that all the noise is noise, so tell me the truth
or take a walk.

So when I went into Iraq and got an alignment on my travel priorities
I found that facts were my only true friends and I could not be bothered
with the dandy sites. I needed real help, while most people are,
“Just looking.”

The big boys have been causing real headaches this year as they
learned how to sell the top 10-50 search results and are now
steering you towards the advertisers and away from the best
information. Try to keep your eyes open as sites make an ugly
transition from being helpful to just a sales pitch.

These are my Top online Internet sites and available anywhere
in the world. But PLEASE visit the library; books are still your best
source of facts. I would carry hundreds of books, but still very
heavy in my backpack. I am still waiting for the e-book to stop
crawling and start walking.

These are my choices for 2003 of websites or pages needed
and are a great help to me an expert world traveler... a.k.a.
Andy the HoboTraveler.com

1. SHARED
ENCARTA.MSN.COM OR ENCYCLOPEDIA.COM
http://encarta.msn.com/
http://www.encyclopedia.com/
FACTS - MAPS - DESTINATIONS
Guidebooks are for opinions; the experienced traveler needs
facts, figures and accurate maps more than opinions. An
encyclopedia is the first place to start your research. I read
the Encyclopedia Britannica constantly on my laptop in the
12 x 12 concrete rooms I live in on the road.

2. GOOGLE.COM
http://www.google.com
SEARCH
I have realized that I rely more on Google.com to find information
for a specific destination when I need an “Answer to all my questions”
site for the area. I use Google.com to search for the homemade,
and often not so pretty, but full of facts sites.

3. CIA - The World Factbook 2002
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/
FACTS - MAPS
Great raw data and facts - A Map, the Flag, the population, type
of government, a few warnings, etc., a specific way to discover
the underlying details that help you to understand the why of a country.

4. ABOUT.COM
http://www.about.com/
FACTS - SEARCH - MAPS - NEWSLETTERS
This is a great site to find the top pages on a specific travel subject.
If you want to go to Bolivia and want some down to earth information
and without the hyperbole this is the place. Note that I also
recommend you subscribe to newsletters offered.

5. HOSTELWORLD.COM
http://www.hostelworld.com/
HOTELS AND HOSTELS
How much is a cheap room in Katmandu, Nepal? A search engine
of "Budget Hotels" for the world that allows you to make reservations
with the cheap sleeps. This site helps the small hotel compete with
the large chains and you should keep you eye on this site. I have used
the service and recommend because I believe it one of the best.
This reservations system is for anyone, and not just backpackers.

I use their reservation system on my Website.
If you book here and I earn enough for Ice Cream!
http://reservations.bookhostels.com/hobotraveler.com/

6. MAP SEARCH
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/
or http://www.google.com/
MAPS
After I know some information about the place. I know the cost
and I can afford to live in the destination. I then need a map, or
lots of maps. There is NO great general map or atlas site for
the world. I recommend you start with National Geographic
maps, and than do a search in the Google.com for the specific
map for your destination. Note: Buy a great country map and
bring with you, they do not sell them on the road.

7.
HTTP://THORNTREE.LONELYPLANET.COM “FORUM”
http://thorntree.lonelyplanet.com/
FORUM - ASK QUESTIONS - (Warning! Lots of BULL@#%*)
The Lonely Planet is one of the world’s largest guidebook publishers,
but I am not recommending this site as a guidebook, I want
you to visit the Readers Forum.

I offer this as a top travel site with a serious warning to be careful.
I want you to visit their forum that allows you to ask personal
questions and other readers will post answers, but please take
care as there are often tour operators and obnoxious readers
hanging around causing problems, but if you are going to the end
of the earth and there is no guidebook this may be the only place
you find guidance.

8. TOPICA.COM
http://www.topica.com/
LEARNING - SUBSCRIBE TO NEWSLETTERS
This is a site to find newsletters to subscribe to, or a place to publish
your personal newsletter. Newsletters are the easiest and best
way to research a subject. A good newsletter will collect and give
you digested materials, with what is NEW or News inside the letter
 I choose a few newsletters on a subject a year in advance and
read the letters from the writers.

Topica.com is my choice and helps me avoid receiving junk mail.
Yahoogroups.com is a good source and worth mentioning, but
Topica.com is my favorite. I use Topica.com for my travel newsletters,
but also have some mirrors in Yahoogroups.com. I worry about
Yahoogroups.com will try to hard to sell and this is distracting
and sometimes annoying for the reader.

9. JOHNNYJET.COM
http://www.johnnyjet.com/
AIRPLANES - TRANSPORTATION
Johnny is the collector. He collects all the links you need to book
airplane tickets or enjoy your trip so you do not need to hunt for
sites. This is an airfare sales site with a personal touch.

10. VIRTUALTOURIST.COM
http://www.virtualtourist.com
DESTINATIONS - FACTS - HOTELS
They came in under the radar this year. I like a site that invades
my world because they have answers to my questions. I was
surfing around in Google.com try to find answers about Iraq. This
site was one of the few “Professional Type” sites that I discovered
mixed in with the homemade versions. A Professional site
normally does not compete well with a homemade site for
information and facts, but Virtualtourist.com appears to be
reporting on the world and not just the USA and Europe. A top
site will provide me with answers on the world and not just the
easy moneymakers countries of Europe and the USA.
Virtualtourist.com is a world-class site.

FORMER TOP 10
http://www.escapeartist.com
http://www.ease.com/~randyj/bestlist.htm
http://www.ease.com/~randyj/index.html
http://www.airtrek.com

MENTIONED
http://www.frommers.com
http://www.budgettravel.com
http://away.com
http://www.undergroundtravel.com
http://www.concierge.com
http://www.artoftravel.com
http://www.lonelyplanet.com
http://www.letsgo.cm
http://www.leisureplanet.com
http://www.footprintbooks.com
http://www.fodors.com
http://www.dhl-usa.com/resources
http://airtravelcenter.com/
http://www.travelocity.com
http://www.travelnow.com
http://whc.unesco.org/heritage.htm
http://www.yahoogroups.com
http://www.blogger.com

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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SCOTTS BIKE 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.

You can tell you been in one location too long
in India when you recognizer the cows.

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~ HOBO QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

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COMMENT OR QUESTION:
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A couple of issues back a person wanted to
know how to connect in an Internet Cafe with
a laptop computer.

ANSWER:

I am working on a complete tip to publish in
the newsletter, but I have successfully connected
with my computer. But this was brain dead easy
because I have an RJ45 slot on my computer.

This work. Andy January 9, 2004 Hospet, India
I have 2 RJ connections.
I used the large one.
I removed the cable from the back of the computer in the internet cafe.
I plugged it into mine and it worked.
I have Window XP
I have and RJ45 connector.
The TCP information is done automatically.
This was done on a dial up connection from a cellular telephone.
There were 5 computer on a local area network.

I will be posting updates and notes on this page:
http://www.hobotraveler.com/computerhowtoconnectinternetcaferj_45.shtml

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COMMENT OR QUESTION:
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Dear Hobo,

Love your site keep it up!

Some reactions to your comments on
guidebooks, especially "Lonely Planet".

They reflect the cultural bias of the writer and editor
which shows a Liberal/Leftist/Feminist slant.

For example "LP" complains that Chiang Mai has too much
"crass commercialism" which ruins it for them which sends me a red flag.
Chiang Mai has many vendors, merchants and malls.
The "Night Bazaar" and the malls are crowded with shoppers
and vendors eagerly selling their goods.
I see nothing wrong with people buying goods at a fair price
and enabling the seller to pay the rent, buy food and pay the bills.
The "LP" wants people to remain free of Capitalism which has
freed people from serfdom and enabled good things like
universities, orchestras, museums and leisure time. They buy
into the "happy native" myth like in "Dancing with Wolves",
they only see the good things of ethnic culture,
( music, handiwork, art) and not the bad
(clitorectomy, infant mortality and illiteracy).

If it were up to them we'd be eating bark and living in a cave.
The "LP crowd also has a problem with Heterosexual Men
being sex tourists and going to SEA to satisfy their sexual needs.
While there are inequities in the prostitution trade most of the
Women are there by choice and are making much more than
they would being retail workers. The "LP" is strangely quiet
about Gays/Lesbian doing exactly the same thing, guess
Heterosexuality is not PC enough for them.

Claw

ANSWER:

I use the Lonely Planet guidebook and find it helpful.
It is quite annoying that they allow or constantly insert political
or social opinions in their books under the guise of being a guide.

I keep nudging, if not hollering that I am annoyed. I consider this
type of demagoguery or pandering to popular, trendy, or fashionable
type of beliefs as the worst form of capitalism. Making statements
that are popular whether real or unreal to endear themselves and
therefore sell more book.

I am under the same suspicion and that women in Thailand
like their jobs. I could not ever or did not ever see any pimps
or anybody coercing them into these places or jobs.

I also believe the AID percentages are full of crap also.
I believe the AIDS percentages are the number of people
that enter a place that already believe they have AIDS.

What to remember in my opinion and it is only my opinion
is that the Lonely Planet is selling books. I have the choice
and the responsibility to choose. I wish I had more choices.

I do think it is my responsibility and moral obligation to tell
my truthful opinion. I often find that guidebook writers are just
wankers that wish to be famous, and would say the controversial
opinions to sell their desire to be listened to. I just told you
my opinion on Prostitutes in Thailand. I am 100 percent positive
that about 50 percent of women would call me a jerk on this
idea. But maybe they have been prostitutes... ? I have only
saw them in Thailand? Hehehe...

I could care less what people think of me and when typing
on my computer pretend I am talking to myself and for some
reason you are captive inside my brain. This unfortunately can
also be true of a guidebook writer. They could and may believe
all the crap they write. So from that I would induce the concept
of wankerism... Please mis-trust any popular believe unless
in some reputable fact source like he Encyclopedia.
Newspapers, TV, Guidebooks are not for facts.

Note: Capitalism is the solution to poverty.
More jobs and more money for food.

I thank anyone that is crazy enough to leave the comfort
of their own homes and create jobs in other countries.
Not my idea of fun.

Note that it is also good to laugh at ourselves.

I also sometimes in favor of more males as homosexuals
because that means there are more women available for
me! I also like John Wayne as a role model.

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