Mom I am Still Alive in Guatemala

My mother wrote me,
"Are you ok?"
"You have not blogged in a couple of days."

I wrote her back, explaining I have been working on writing a book, and I am busy. What can I say; I can only write about two hours per day, or maybe about 1000 words, after that my writer’s juice is gone for the day.

San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Thursday, May 27, 2010
By Andy Graham of


I have written 7000 plus words, I suspect the book will hover around 25,000 words, and should be completed in about 60 more days. (I know the math is incongruent.)

I have finally found my motivation, or anger, maybe my frustrations. There is something that has inspired me, whatever the reason, I am writing a book.

What is the book about?
I will explain how any average person who can afford 500 dollars per month can move to Paradise. More or less the step-by-step process of doing this, all in one book, and not spread all over the site, as is now the case.

My Revelation
There are two major types of writers who explain living abroad.

1. One destination writers, saying something like "Move to Thailand." Writers, that seldom do live in more than about three countries and their sites turn into I am going to sell you real estate sites.

2. Sell the Dream writers, I will not mention them, but there is tons of Bloggers and writers who write books about how to travel or live, they all propose that travel is the only life, sort of delusional selling to the masses.

Why do they all stop if this life is so great? I am not going to stop living in Paradise, and there is a simple reason, because I am in Paradise, that is an essential difference, and a good reason to write a book, I do not stop traveling because I truly do have a life in Paradise.

If you want something to do Mom, go look at my photos, I have all the Cuba and Ethiopia photos up now.

My motivation is more about, I feel that everyone in the world would benefit by taking a break, a pause, a caesura, that sabbatical, that time in your life when you stop, look at your navel and say,
"Why am I here?

There is an epiphany that happens, when we leave our native countries and look back in, I am not talking about the grateful persons, not the people that are angry and leave. I love my country more now than when I left, but I have my eyes wide open. Plus, generally, people have eaten this buy music so long, they are clueless to understand the difference between a needs and wants.

Mom I am Still Alive in Guatemala

Page Turner

Mom Graham, I look at all your pictures constantly. ALL we really want to know is if you are alive and well. If your brother Jerry or your sisters, Kandi, April or Bambee have a bad time of some sort I know their spouses or their kids will be on the telly giving us all kinds of details. You my son have been very considerate in keeping your dad and I informed on your where abouts and what is going on in your life. We really appreciate the fact you do this. Of course your boy genius, Andrew let us know one time too when you kinda diappeared off the face of the earth so that is really great of him. We have been really concerned about Ally, our grandaughter, who is in Africa and not doing so great so I guess our minds turned to you when we saw no bloggs for a couple of days. Gotta remember, we really are just two old parents with too much time on our hands who love you more than you can ever realize. Thanks for the blogg.

John Tadpole

Andy, I blieve you have found a niche for a book. Knowing your writing over all these years I think you may have a good chance. You are so right about most of the travel stuff, it is not for people who might actually move to paradise or at least spend major parts of a year in paradise. Keep it up and keep us informed. Thanks, John


Glad to hear that you have started on your book!

The flood of baby boomers who are reitring, or soon to be, will be flush with pensions and looking for adventure. They will be ripe for enlightenment and who better to lead them than the "boy next door".

Live in paradise for $500 a month? Andy, tell us how to do it! Please include some first hand accounts of those trailblazers you meet who are leading the way.

Page Turner

Mom Says. I am really happy you are writing a book BUT we sure miss those bloggs. We have been busy with our 2 brand new great grandbabies but I wish you would write a few little bloggs.


OK, now I just gotta save $390,000. The rat race continues :S