I am tired of Travel Fantasies
I just finished reading the book Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer. I was struck by the honest-seeming descriptions of the difficulties he found in his first 2 years there. He tells how the place smells, noone washes, he's living on the cold ground and fears being robbed.
By the end, he has a very romanticised view of the place. However, he will still occasionally stick in a very scathing paragraph or two, explaining ho he struggled with some of Lhasa's more 'backward' customs.
Was refreshing to read a travel book that isn't all sunny days and beautiful views.
And That's definately why your site is so interesting and so useful. You tell the truth about facts, and you give your honest opinion. Lonely Planet doesn't tell me what the toilets are like in India. AndyHoboTraveler.com does.
Ash, that line was good, wish it was not about Toilets.
"Lonely Planet doesn't tell me what the toilets are like in India. Andy HoboTraveler.com does."
I am proud when someone says something like that, I know I am doing my life goal correctly, which is to be an honest and good boy. I would hate to die one day thinking people would remember me as someone who told fantasy stories. Paul Theroux can be good, the just talks.
I am thinking about Ash, AsiaBill, Hoz and Bob L comments and the comments even when they disagree are trying to help clarify our world. I believe we all hide or close our eyes sometimes, and I know for me, sometimes I should just keep my mouth closed.
When I explain or maybe expose something as simple as the toilets in India to readers, the test needs done.
"Ahimsa." = No Injury.
I weigh this continually when I talk about countries, I believe all things should be brought from the dark into the light. While the world more or less try to enforce people to keep the dirty laundry in the closet and deny it exist.
Shame is a good thing, I think we should put people in stockade in the center of the town square. When I speak of India toilets, I am trying to shame the country, not a person, not one specific person. Shaming one specific person seldom does any good, the person only gets his or her epiphany from indirect correlations.
On the other hand, there is needs for boundaries and walls, a good glaring response by me can slow down and tell readers what is allowed and not allowed.
I have not delusions of changing the world, I try my best to be honest, open and instructional, sharing my experiences of how I see and feel my world.
I am responsible for me, not to how you react to words.
Writers who write glamorized stories of countries are natural born liars, I have no respect for these people.
Thank you Jim for these two links, I truly appreciate the championing of people like this man "Bindeshwar Pathak." Sometimes, an indignant India person will get on this blog and berate me for talking about real situation.
A real problem can only be solved when it openly discussed. India covers up, refuses to admit, tries to pretend they are modern.
Thanks for showing a solution to problems.
I do not believe travelers should try to save another country. I do think higher developed countries should encourage the lower to develop.
More or less a Rich person can and should encourage people to have the same level as wealth.
Hmm, I would say "Complaining" is better than trying to work for further changes.
If I am in the USA, then working towards further change works.
If I am a foreigner say for example in the Philippines, then complaining is more effective.
Why, 99 percent of problems in a country are cultural. For example, the family and churches of the Philippines somehow convince Filipino people to have many children. The family are not good here, they are abusive, there is nothing good about the family here in the Philippines, small girls become prostitutes daily to send money to their parents. etc.
This is stupid, incredibly stupid.
If they stopped having babies, the creation of new jobs would reach parity and the whole quality of life would improve.
The Tibet people give all their money, energy and spirit to the the Dali Lama idiot, they prostrate themselves for miles as they give money to the Buddhist temples.
China came in an offered them medical, roads, infrastructure, I have been to Tibet, I do not think you can ever convince a Tibetan person to return to the OLD culture.
Yes, we love the old culture, however old cultures enslave people.
I can do my best to shame the WHOLE culture, I can change one persons life. I know the NGO, they spend their whole time getting drunk and screwing the countries.
I can help one person, if I am here, not from the USA.
President Obama will complain about an Africa country during his administration, this will shame the country, the country will change. Obama I doubt will change the USA, I know he will dramatically change a whole continent called Africa.
You cannot pay your way to change, you must change the culture.
Africa has "Hope." if one Black American in the USA can become leader of the free world, then they can do anything.
Complain, please do not be arrogant to think you understand a culture and get inside and waddle around like the truly in-business-for-money NGO's of the planet. They are raping whole countries and continents.
To have an educated person hang around with an uneducated person makes the mean education rise. In the end, television is going to improve the life of people more than anything else, they see the nice cars, they become envious and they want them.
We are what we hang around with, we become the people who we hang around with, and with that, .... Ooops, I should get the hell out of Dodge, before I become Filipino full of shame and non-effective ways.
Change happens one person at a time.
Complaints can change whole countries.
Thanks Obama, go after Kenya and work your way towards Niger and Mali, stop the French from continual raping of West Africa.
Germans, wow can they complain, but my gosh, they are developed. Now, trust me, happiness is up to the individual, not the country.
Having children to insure a pension plan is the number one problem on planet earth, almost all problems have this as the indirect, however essential cause of problems.
Thanks Bill, what wrote was clear, truly with the United Nations would get with the game plan.