Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - 200 Issue - What I have learned - Lome Togo 200 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 GPS: Global Positioning Satellite Longitude - Latitude 06 Degrees 07.128 North / 001 Degrees 12.605 East
Hello, 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. -
Hello, ...is said by safe and peaceful people.
Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com September 4, 2006 "Life is Good"
Lome, Togo West Africa
QUOTE 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
QUOTES - Travel answers the questions you did not ask - Andy of HoboTraveler.com
ORDINARY WORLD 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.
WATER 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.
PLASTIC BAGS Refuse one plastic bag per day, I can easily refuse two. Whey recycle, refuse first!
UGLY - Corrugated Steel Roofs, asbestos is better. - Smog colored sidewalks - No zoning laws areas, 90 percent of planet.
DANGEROUS WALKING - People walk on the road, because sidewalks are full of vendors.
POPULATION GROWTH 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.
HIDDEN TAXES - Cell Phones - Purified Water - Lottery - Bribes - 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 person.
RICE PADDIES - GLOBAL WARMING - 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.
GOD 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 - 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
GLOBAL WARMING Maybe we should talk about it in 500 years, world trends take a long time to be seen. Scientist can be very stupid.
RACE RIOTS Exist where racial and culture diversity exist.
INTIMACY I can be an intimate friend with a person I have known for 5 seconds, I only need to accept it is possible.
LOUDSPEAKERS 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.
HUMANITARIAN WORK Every time I enter a poor country, there are always these rich people begging for money 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.
HOTELS Need fitted sheets that stay on the bed. A 5 Star Hotel needs or lose a Star. Check your mattress and pillow, is it clean.
ORPHANAGES Employment agencies for NGO's and people who need to make the resume or CV look good.
SUSTAINABLE MEANS 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.
BOB MARLEY 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.
TIME Cannot be purchased, must be stolen.
SMART PEOPLE - 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
INTERNET - Interactivity is the miracle. - Asynchronous is the benefit.
CONTEXTUAL ADVERTISING 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. Example: Google.com/adsense
WORK Talking is more important than work.
GANG CLOTHING 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.
GOVERNMENTS A fancy way to extract money from the fiefs.
RELIGION OR CULTS There are religions that should be called Cults
RAIN FOREST 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.
HEALTHY TEETH Fluoride 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.
WAR 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.
CRISIS 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.
CELL PHONES A way to tax the poor. I am curious how many Presidents of underdeveloped countries own Cellular phone companies that are monopolies. - Thailand ..
BUSINESS - 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.
POLITICALLY CORRECT An encouragement to lie.
SLAVERY - 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.
RESEARCH 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.
CERTIFIABLE CRAZY There are many people that are crazy. Their country needs to care for them.
CLEAN WATER - 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.
HOSTEL A hostel is best defined with a kitchen, that has a stove, with a common room that has some people talking, just like home.
NO PAY TOILETS A civilized government allows people to urinate for free.
GOVERNMENTS 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 are correct. Remember this... Americans came from Europe, we are generally Europeans living in the USA.
UNITED NATIONS A bunch of poor countries voting to have the rich countries give them money.
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.
POVERTY Anyone that says they want to stop poverty completely is not to be trusted.
CRUEL PEOPLE 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... http://www.hobotraveler.com/2005/09/africa-enslaved-by-love.html
FASHION More important to poor countries than, food, shelter, and clean water. Motorcycles and Cell phones are fashion
COPYRIGHT Test of whether country is honest, my guess is around eight countries will protect a copyright or are going to obey a treaty.
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.
SUICIDE BOMBERS 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.
Hello, 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 randomly.
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.
COCKTAIL CONVERSATIONS 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 of coffee.
PEOPLE ARE THE SAME I have found that almost all people are the same. The bosses are different.
CLASS SYSTEM 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.
WORLD CULTURE They are losing their culture. A sort of “Gone with the wind.” They are afraid, and angry.
90 PERCENT 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.
STOPPING GLOBALIZATION This is like telling the sun not to shine. If you want to stop globalization. Stop watching MTV. Stop traveling.
ECO-SYSTEM 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 clean air.
POPULATION GROWTH Get them a retirement plan ( Care of old people ) So they do not make children to take care of them.
AIDS Check them all for AIDS. Just too simple to stop.
DEATHS Cars and motorcycles are the the biggest danger in the world.
TERRORIST Monitor and stop your own people. Send them TV’s they will implode. Need a second Muhammad to rewrite the rule books.
CORRUPTION Cameras & Guns Shoot the corrupt people.
POLITICALLY CORRECT Another word for liars.
POVERTY Work. There are lots of jobs.
EDUCATION: Relax... Ignorance is bliss They all want to watch sports. Leave them alone.
CRIME Church / Camera
CLASS SYSTEM 1. Abolish kings 2. Sit the Religious leaders down and tell them they are not God. 3. Dictators / Kill them or early retirement.
HUNGER Leave the place. Move closer to water.
DRUGS What 3 so called intellectuals will do while playing the bongos.
BALDNESS Shave your head, before it goes out of fashion.
WEALTH Tax them a straight 10-5 percent sales tax.
OVER POPULATED JAILS SYSTEMS Put them all in solitary confinement. They will not go back. Public shame
JOBS Move - Work - Better statistics or real ones Take away the dole and welfare.
FRIENDSHIP 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 book?
“Think outside the box.” Hell, Get out of the box silly.