~ TODAYS TRAVEL TIPS
When I was young in the USA.
My Mother had candles and kerosene lamps
in the house, or outside in the garage. When the lights
would go off, for whatever reason. Problems with
the electricity company, or a big storm. Or even
that thing of great curiosity for Europe. The TORNADO.
My mother and father would light some candles,
and my Dad would arrange a Kerosene Lantern.
For us Kids... 5 of us. That was lots of fun.
I am sure now, that my parents did not see it as being
lots of fun, and probably more a pain in the neck.
I have found a few times also, that primitive life is not
The first time the electricity went off in Mexico.
I smiled and felt good. Remembering my childhood
and talking with my brothers and sisters.
But sadly that feeling did not last forever.
After a weekly or daily experience in Mexico.
I started to prepare as my parent had in the past
for the times when there is no electricity.
There are lots of reasons for no electricity.
Storms, Camping, or electricity shortages. Or you can be on
a island, and it is very difficult to run lines to the place.
Or their is a generator and they use them only night.
Sometimes all the people steal electricity and there
is not enough money collected that month and they
shut the electricity off for the last few days of the month.
I LIKE ELECTRICITY
I do no need electricity to live, but It doe make life
easier and happier.
MY 2 PROBLEMS
There are 2 major problems for me when there
is no electricity.
1. I cannot read my book at night.
2. I cannot cook water for coffee in the morning.
I have solved both problems more or less.
I have already written about the alcohol cooker
and now have made a special one made of steel.
NEWSLETTER ON ALCOHOL COOKER
BUT TODAYS TIP IS ABOUT CANDLES
Candles are best used for romance, although not the
reason why candles were invented. But in Thailand
and many parts of Asia they can be necessary.
So I decided it was time to by a big package of them.
Normally one is enough to carry, and I can buy others
when needed. Candles are heavy, and I do not carry
them unless I need them. They sell them in all countries.
THAILAND IS A CARRY A CANDLE COUNTRY
I now have about 10 candles in my backpack
because the lights go off so often.
That will last a few nights of no lights. Normally
I go to bed early when there is no lights.
But I may read for a couple of hours.
THE WAYS TO HAVE LIGHT
There are lots of ways to have lights or electricity
when you need it or want it. Starting with the easy
and pragmatic way of candles and ending with
carrying a generator of your own.
Candles - Easy and common.
Kerosene lamps - Big, Breakable and messy.
Flashlights - Great, but expensive for batteries.
(Note if you have a battery charger... Good system)
Propane Gas Lights - Excellent light, but more for long term living.
Oil - Good but messy and difficult to find.
SIGNS OF NEEDING CANDLES
1. They sell candles in every store
2. The light go off all the time.
3. Corrupt country.
4. Electrical lines strung badly.
5. One light bulb in center of room, because
electricity is a new thing.
Also when you hear the words like
Underdeveloped or Third World.
That means that. It is underdeveloped.
I do not like the term Third World. and
try not to use it, but you will hear it often.
The term implies or states there are some
superior classes of people. This is not true.
But if you hear these world. You may need
CANDLES ARE GOOD
My light of choice to read is candles.
What was good enough for President Abraham Lincoln
is good enough for me.
I have found a very simple system that
Ole Abe did not probably have at his avail.
On the deserted beach of Koh Chang, alone
with the tranquility that only crashing waves
and an ocean breezed can give me, they decided
it was time to shut the generator off for the night.
No girlfriend in sight.
Not ready to sleep, and laying alone in the bed.
No romance or need of a candle for romance,
but still wanting to read my book.
KNOW WHERE YOU HIDE THEM?
I go to my PRE-DETERMINED location to find
my candles and lighter. You need to know
where they are in the dark. When they shut the
lights off. Finding a flashlight, matches, lighter
or candles can be very entertaining.
I find the candles.
I find my lighter.
I light a candle.
OUT IT GOES
A pleasant cool ocean breeze.
I try again. Then crawl to a deserted corner
of the bungalow. I light it, then look around.
I have no desire to read on the floor in the
corner of the room. I want to lay on the bed.
The cool ocean breeze entering the room
and slowly stirring my mosquito net, and me
reading by candle light.
Everyone complains about Coca Cola, but
today I was happy. I see a large liter size bottle
on the floor. I was using it to lift weights.
The lightbulb goes off in my head.
The is not enough light from that to read
but it did give me the proper idea.
I take this large clear plastic bottle.
I cut a large slot in the side.
I dripped hot candle wax on the bottom, and
created a puddle of wax. Placed the candle on
the hot wax. Waited for it to cool.
I placed the plastic bottle on the window edge.
I now have a candle protected from the wind
and the clear plastic amplifies the light and make
life good. Life is always good, but maybe better at
I then put 2 more candles in the bottle.
Be careful on the heat. You may need to cut the whole top
off to allow the heat to disperse, and not melt the bottle.
I now have a great little candle lantern.
My mind can return to the adventure of my book.
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Just another day in Paradise!
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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.
Article written by Andy the Hobotraveler.com
On year 5 of Hobo trip around the world.
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