Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - 200 Issue - What I have learned - Lome Togo
September 4, 2006
TIP: What Andy of HoboTraveler.com has
felt, observed in 9-10 years of travel and 74 countries.
LOCATION: Lome, Togo - West Africa
Global Positioning Satellite Longitude - Latitude
06 Degrees 07.128 North / 001 Degrees 12.605 East
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200 Issue of Hobo Travel Tips Newsletter
I am sitting down typing on my computer today.
I only did this one time, not a big deal.
Then I proceeded to repeat this 200 times.
Today, I have done it 200 times. A group email to my
friends that now has over 11,260 friends.
I have posted a blog over 2100 times...
The blog is different than the newsletters.
The first newsletter was written
January 2000, in Panama City, in the
country of Panama.
I am writing this from Lome, Togo,
in Western Africa.
Thank you to everyone that has joined me in
this life, there are many more to live.
This is my collection of short thoughts, my attempt
to explain how I interpret the world after 9-10 years and
over 74 countries
of continuous wandering around
the planet wondering
where I am,
it is how I feel today.
I know nothing... I only feel, think, and observe.
This letter is guaranteed to bore 99 percent of the
readers and hopefully do something to the 1 percent.
Assume I am lying, it will make you feel better...
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
I am a lucky sperm, my parents were born in the USA.
I thank the good Gods every day for my family,
my friends, my country, the USA, made me.
A question for you, is the USA the best nation?
Not important, it has many choices and opportunities.
When a person makes in in the world, they go to the USA.
I can change my stars daily, because I was born in the USA.
-- My Mother did not raise no fool.
-- I will not look a gift horse in the mouth
Andy, Hobo, a lucky sperm.
My first goal, and continual goal is to learn how
to earn enough money to travel forever, I probably
have accomplished this goal, however, I will only will
know when I die.
If I could have one wish, I would wish that today and
everyday the first person I meet, the last person I meet
in this day, the next, the last day says,
- Hello, how are you? -
Then I would say to all of them,
- Life is good. -
...is said by safe and peaceful people.
Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com
September 4, 2006
"Life is Good"
Lome, Togo West Africa
I have realized, I would have been a better person
if I had never traveled, all
my illusions of the planet
would still exist.
Andy of HoboTraveler.com
- Travel answers the questions you did not ask -
Andy of HoboTraveler.com
85 percent of the people on the planet live in
what they call undeveloped nations.
USA, and Europe is only a small part of planet,
they are over-developed.
Ordinary is earning less than 10 dollars per day.
The USA and Europe are not ordinary.
Everybody needs water, without water we die.
100 percent guaranteed.
Hot water may double you life,
Amazing how many things die, that need to die
in hot water, disease, fungus, viruses, etc.
Hot Water, maybe the boiling water is a fountain of life,
countries who clean their bodies in cold,
wash their dishes in cold, are not as healthy.
Refuse one plastic bag per day,
I can easily refuse two.
Whey recycle, refuse first!
Vitamin enriched foods and drinks
The easy to purchase, popular foods need
to become healthy to eat.
- Corrugated Steel Roofs, asbestos is better.
- Smog colored sidewalks
- No zoning laws areas, 90 percent of planet.
- People walk on the road, because sidewalks
are full of vendors.
People have 10 babies,
they NEED to have 10 babies.
The need one of the jerk babies to care
for them when they are old. They must
hedge their bets, they need to have 10.
No retirement or pensions is the problem.
USA - THE RULING CLASS
6 Billion people on the planet 6,000,000,000
USA has 3 Million 300,000,000
300,000,000 / 6,000,000,000 = 5 percent
5 percent of the people rule 95 percent of the
planet, add in Europe and 10 percent rules
the 90 percent.
- Cell Phones
- Purified Water
- No Price Tags on Items
- Toll Roads
HERO WORSHIP IS THE FUTURE OF A CULTURE
A person will wear a T-Shirt of someone they want to be,
they will spend their whole life copying the behaviors of this
RICE PADDIES -
- I think it is possible the rice paddies are causing the problem,
if there is a problem. The earth is covered with water as
ever possible piece of land in many countries grows rice.
This is more common than the destruction of the rain forest.
Actually I think is all a bunch of crap... Global Gossip is real.
SUBSISTENCE FARMING IS GOOD
- Subsistence hunters and gatherers.
- Subsistence pastoral people.. sheep, cows, goats.
They goal was to make a balance diet of foods.
Hedge your bets, better to try, I believe 100 percent
in the word God spelled wrong as Good. It has never
failed me when I work for God as Good.
I do not argue with God, I know what is good and bad.
I do good as best I can, with no excuses on why this
or why that, or exceptions to Good.
SUBSISTENCE BUSINESS IS BAD
- Subsistence cell phone card sales.
- Subsistence small convenience stores.
- Subsistence water sales.
- Subsistence clothing sales
- Subsistence motorcycle taxi
- Subsistence lottery ticket sales
The world is abundantly full of business that do
not make enough money to live about poverty.
- Subsistence tourism - ONE month per year at Christmas
the business will boom, and they wait 11 months again.
Tourist destinations are trendy, there is a boom in a
location, fortunes are made. Everyone opens a business
and never stops, this goes on for years hoping it returns.
Example: Acapulco, Mexico, Lome, Togo, Dili, East Timor
Bali, Indonesia, Angeles City, Philippines
Maybe we should talk about it in 500 years, world trends
take a long time to be seen. Scientist can be very stupid.
Exist where racial and culture diversity exist.
I can be an intimate friend with a person I have
known for 5 seconds, I only need to accept it is possible.
Electromagnetic device used to convert electrical
energy into sound energy. I would like to know a
world before they had loudspeakers.
Converts sane person to insane.
Every time I enter a poor country, there are
always these rich
for their country, while they pay nothing.
99 percent is not effective.
MOTHERS AND FATHERS
Tell them you love them, you will be glad you
did when they are gone.
Need fitted sheets that stay on the bed.
A 5 Star Hotel needs or lose a Star.
Check your mattress and pillow, is
Employment agencies for NGO's and people who need to
make the resume or CV look good.
Easy to do.
Takes little to convince.
Anyone can afford.
BOB MARLEY AND CHE GUERRRA
Heroes to the clueless, with delusions of adequacy.
Some mothers did raise fools.
His way of life is destroying the black world,
and anyone that believes in Bob.
Now they are slaves to the culture of Bob.
Probably the biggest social problem on the planet
a culture of smoking dope and being lazy.
Cannot be purchased, must be stolen.
- Own a dictionary and use it regularly.
- Subscribe to a newspaper or buy daily.
- Know they are wrong
- Carry a mosquito net when traveling
- Sit on the toilet seat
- Interactivity is the miracle.
- Asynchronous is the benefit.
The person who thought of and invented this
type of internet advertising should be given a Nobel
Prize for something. Contextual advertising is paying
to put every book, every story, every idea, every good
and bad idea on the Internet. The collective knowledge
of ours species will be free for everyone.
Talking is more important than work.
Religions where their colors, their gang colors.
There is special clothing to be part of their gang.
They notify you they are special,
do not F * K with them. Do not be fooled.
A fancy way to extract money from the fiefs.
RELIGION OR CULTS
There are religions that should be called Cults
It is hard to destroy a rain forest, there is too much rain.
A mass of vegetation will return within days, not the same,
however -same - same, but different.
Coca Cola should insert fluoride in all
drinks for stronger teeth.
South and Central America would smile.
4-7 PERCENT PROBLEM
- 4 percent of the population will not work.
- 1 percent will work, if you take them to work, they need forced.
- 2 percent want to work, however do not know how to find work.
4-7 PERCENT OF THE PLANET
will never work, so relax, this is normal.
How do you define war, how many person have to be killed?
The present day wars are insults, should not be called more
than a violent police action.
GOOD ADVICE TELLS THE PRICE
Do not write me without including the price.
SITUATIONAL CRISIS ON THE PLANET
- New Orleans
- Locust eating all the crops
- Natural Disasters, Volcanoes.
Heard every day on CNN and BBC.
Crying wolf on a daily basis.
DEATH BY TOURISM
- Tourist Stops - Mexico Taxi
- Bali Bombs - Tsunami
RELIGIOUS WOMEN CHATTEL
Various religions of the world consider women chattel.
Personal property and as with property you are free to dispose of them.
A way to tax the poor.
I am curious how many Presidents of underdeveloped countries
own Cellular phone companies that are monopolies.
- Thailand ..
- Religion is a business
- NGO's is a business
- Missionaries is a business
POSTER OF LEADERS
I trust nobody that wants there picture on
a huge sign as I enter a city. Statues are acceptable
after they are dead.
An encouragement to lie.
- Philippine, Nepal, India, China workers going to
Singapore, Korea, Japan, Dubai.
AFRICA SLAVE SHIPS
Africa is still waiting for the boat, they feel
like the better life is on the other side of the ocean.
Slaves to their dream.
99 percent of research does nothing.
Never explained, told, or shared with the
people they studied. The implementation
of the study is the only thing important, if not
just a bunch of words on paper.
There are many people that are crazy.
Their country needs to care for them.
- Impossible as long at the United Nations ignores the fact that
the purified water companies are owned by the presidents, prime ministers
and leaders of the governments in the world.
DRINK THE WATER
I believe every tourist or traveler drinks the water.
It is impossible to not, unless you wash your own dishes
in extremely hot water and never eat in a restaurant.
DRINK THE WATER
I am living proof it will not kill you.
75 countries and counting, I drink the water.
If it taste bad, if it smells, I do not.
A hostel is best defined with a kitchen, that has a stove, with a
that has some people talking, just like home.
NO PAY TOILETS
A civilized government allows people to urinate
Governments are to collect cash
AMERICAN STEREOTYPE ARE SOMETIMES CORRECT
I traveled with a few American and met
a few Americans while traveling
and have realized some Stereotypes
Americans came from Europe, we are generally
Europeans living in the USA.
A bunch of poor countries
voting to have the
rich countries give
USA AND EUROPE
20 percent of the people thinking they are 80 percent of the planet.
Last count, 6 billion, only about 700 million live in the USA and Europe.
Anyone that says they want to stop poverty completely
is not to be trusted.
Give money to people, removing the desire to work.
The person never says, to their children,
- Once, I built a bridge, once I killed the bear,
I am very proud, they learn to say, give me money.
It is cruel beyond belief...
More important to poor countries than,
food, shelter, and clean water.
Motorcycles and Cell phones are fashion
Test of whether country is honest, my guess is around
eight countries will protect a copyright or are going to obey
RECYCLE CENTERS ARE BEST
- Containers of Germany and Spain, they
have the best systems. Of course we can mine or dig
up the waste fills of the planet, there is world of wealth buried.
COMMISSION AUTO IS FUTURE OF AUTO SALES - LOTS
You put your car on a lot, you walk around,
you can then call the owners of the car you like.
The lot give you the keys to test drive.
Smart leaders can organize an army to conquer
the world. Hitler was smart, misguided, but smart.
A suicide bomb is Darwins theory of
Natural Selection working properly.
CNN and BBC
Does CNN and BBC create crisis, so they can
sell advertising to the NGO's? I went to Niger,
there was NO famine, it was made up. A crisis
of Malnutrition yes.
THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE
I plan, plot, and design for the future, but I do not
dream of the future. Today is good, what has
tomorrow go to do with today.
Andy of HoboTraveler.com
"Life is Good"
100 ISSUE OF HOBO TRAVEL TIPS NEWSLETTER
My 100 issue is published below as it was originally was
written 100 issue before the two hundredth issue.
More ideas, but already said...
100 issue of Hobo Travel Tips Newsletter
December 7, 2002 -
This is the one hundredth issue of this
travel newsletter. The first official issue was
sent on January 1, 2000 when I was in Panama
when the USA gave the Panama Canal to Panama.
I suppose I should try to say something
halfway profound, if that is possible. I suppose
a spontaneous profound statement is really
not possible. Those type of comments happen
My travels have taught me many things.
I am not sure what to say..........?
I like travel.
Every day is different.
It is hard to get real bored.
I am trying to think.... hmmm
What have I learned from travel?
MY BIGGEST LESSON
I can work one month or two a year
in McDonald and live very nice in Guatemala
for the rest of the year and not work.
Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Laos, Cambodia
and many many more. Probably 90
percent of the planet.
By the luck of the draw I was born in
a country that earns more money
in one hour than almost 90 percent
of the world earns in 1 day.
I AM RICH
This is the reason to travel.
Quality of life.
This means I will never have to
work hard again for the rest of my life.
I will have time.
AM I A BETTER PERSON?
Not really. Not enough to say its a reason
to go travel
I AM GRATEFUL
I was born in the best of all worlds.
Safe, clean, and people that say
hello to you as you walk down the street.
My account is full.
I have enough subjects, and
conversations for the rest of my life.
I can talk a little about everything.
This knowledge and 1 dollar will get me a cup
PEOPLE ARE THE SAME
I have found that almost all people are the
same. The bosses are different.
I have discovered that maybe
Australia, New Zealand, and sort of
the Scandinavian country there is NO
class system. In the rest of the world.
You have First Class seats.
Second Class and Coach.
AMERICANS ARE PEASANTS
This is the first world attitude and
way they treat people from the USA.
Seen and not heard.
A peasant rebellion.... hehehe
Wear your flag.
They are losing their culture.
A sort of
“Gone with the wind.”
They are afraid, and angry.
I suppose 90 percent of the world
feels they are second class and do
not deserve to be King. Someone
needs to tell them the jail door is open.
LAND OF OPPORTUNITY
It is easier to make a million in
these underdeveloped countries.
This is like telling the sun not to shine.
If you want to stop globalization.
Stop watching MTV.
Send them all trash cans.
Increase the value of a beer bottle.
Make some really really large
clean air machines, or purifiers.
Or like an air conditioner, but
Get them a retirement plan
( Care of old people )
So they do not make children
to take care of them.
Check them all for AIDS.
Just too simple to stop.
Cars and motorcycles are the
the biggest danger in the world.
Monitor and stop your own people.
Send them TV’s they will implode.
Need a second Muhammad to rewrite
the rule books.
Cameras & Guns
Shoot the corrupt people.
Another word for liars.
Work. There are lots of jobs.
Relax... Ignorance is bliss
They all want to watch sports.
Leave them alone.
Church / Camera
1. Abolish kings
2. Sit the Religious leaders down
and tell them they are not God.
3. Dictators / Kill them or early retirement.
Leave the place.
Move closer to water.
What 3 so called intellectuals will do while
playing the bongos.
Shave your head, before it goes
out of fashion.
Tax them a straight 10-5 percent sales tax.
OVER POPULATED JAILS SYSTEMS
Put them all in solitary confinement.
They will not go back.
Move - Work - Better statistics or real ones
Take away the dole and welfare.
Talk to people that smile and laugh
and walk on the other side of the
street from the others.
THE PROBLEM WITH WESTERN WORLD
They work to much.
I laugh at myself for writing this letter.
Fun and real solutions.
But I am more positive everyday that
in the whole scope of thing. I am not
that important, and in a free world.
That is good that neither of us will
become the King or Queen.
I have lot of people tell me to read more
and learn more, and all these others
deficiencies. I have found they really
want me to be more like them, and
less like me.
If I keep my picture off the webpage.
Drink a cup of coffee in the morning.
Remember to say where I am located....
(I am in Thailand on the Mekong River.)
Walk a lot.
Read for fun.
Think for fun.
Write for fun.
Try to think and say what I think.
Ignore what is politically correct.
Do more things in the day that makes
me happy, than things that make me sad.
I have a good day.
I try to remember Rod Stewarts subtle advice..
“A winks, as good as a nod, to a blind horse”
He is saying.
Wink at the girls
It works better than a nod of the head.
When was the last time you read a
“Think outside the box.”
Get out of the box silly.