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Look into their eyes

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By Andy the HoboTraveler.Com

ISSUE:  057
DATE:  February 01, 2002
TIP:  Look into their eyes
LOCATION:  Iquitos, Peru





I say to people, “Say Hi, to everyone”.
This is normal advice I give to travelers all the time.
You are alone in the world, and there will be a time
when you need a friend. So by all mean try your best to
be a friend to all people great and small. You may find
that a casual hello can be of great value when you need
a friends help.

There is another thing you need to do.
Maybe even more important.
Look into the eyes of people you meet.

I have traveled for a long time, and not been robbed.
The reasons are not simple. But a mixture of a lot of small
and large things I do, or do not do that protects me each day
in my adventures.

I will say, and continue to say...
“I will one day have everything I own stolen.”
It is what happens when you travel for years.
One day you return home and all your possessions are gone.

But the best way to avoid this
is to....
Look into their eyes!
Look into the eye of friends, and people you meet.
Look at them with the eyes of a lost sheep,
a deep penetrating glare. Like a small child confused and lost,
wondering where his mother is and why she left?
Open your eyes.
Pretend you are Spock on the television show Star Trek
and do a Mind Meld.


Your first contact is important.
Make a connection with the people you meet.
Look into the people you meet and do not allow them to avoid
you or run away. I can scare people sometimes when
I do this, and maybe they should be scared.
But I am looking to see if I should be scared also.
Am I safe?
Are they with me or against me.
Are they friend of foe.

Make fun, and jest about this, and ignore my advice.
This is not important.
“I stay in nice hotels!”
But all travelers or tourist get robbed.
More rich tourist staying in expensive hotels get robbed then
hobos living in 5 dollar a night places. The tourist are
the ones that should heed this advice the most.
A hobo cannot survive long without learning to see and
feel people. We must and do learn to trust our instincts
and develop a keen sense of who the people around us are.
And what they want.

Try this at home.
Look into the eyes of the person across the aisle from
you at work. What do you see?
Good, bad, or indifference.
Is that person there to help you or take from you.

Make a instant judgement.
Yes, they are on my side and will fight to protect me.
No, they are not on my side and they will not fight to protect me.

Please try to look for the good in their eyes,
but still willing to walk away when you see the bad.
Trust your instincts, and make the judgment.
I know you are told not to judge people, but do it anyway.

If your Hostel or Hotel owner will not protect you.
Why are you living there?
We pay money to be safe, but it is not the money
that make us safe, it is the person behind the eyes
that keeps us safe.


And also.
In their eyes is another adventure.
and another story to be told.

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Have fun! Life is Good!

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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