Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things can not be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
---The Innocents Abroad Author: Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
This quote was in Mark Twain’s conclusion to book The Innocents Abroad Part 6. Chapter L. to Conclusion
I think about this quote by Mark Twain, nothing is clear to me. Today, I went searching for answers, I often think that he was quoted out of context; maybe the world has twisted his words.
You are an Ass
I enjoy Mark, only a genius can call the people an ass and have them love him, I suspect he was highly hated while alive.
"We wish to learn all the curious, outlandish ways of all the different countries, so that we can ‘show off’ and astonish people when we get home. We wish to excite the envy of our own untraveled friends with our strange foreign fashions which we can’t shake off...The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become, until he goes abroad. I speak now, of course, in the supposition that the gentle reader has not been abroad, and therefore is not already a consummate ass."
—Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad, 1869
My Theory on Tolerance
Travel does not make a person tolerant; travel is a test of tolerance. I used to think my friends were somewhat innocent, now I think of them as dumb, and need to tolerate them, I traded acceptance for tolerance, because I am not longer innocent.
Dumb and Dumber
I just had two of the most frustrating days of my life, I must have accidentally prayed to learn tolerance, and therefore God gave me some incredibly stupid things to tolerate. Bend over, pay too much, wait too long, and then be grateful, that is tolerance, right? I was burnt, I was not even able to write on this Blog, almost said F#%K it, but what the hell, why not.
1. Six month Visa to Ghana for 200 USD.
- Proper value of 50 USD
2. One way plane ticket with Air Nigeria from Dakar, Senegal to Accra, Ghana for 620 USD.
- Proper value of 220 USD
3. Living in Auberge Via Via for 27 per day USD after Weekly Discount
- Proper value of 13 USD per day.
I have to admit, just when you think things could not get dumber, they take a leap to higher levels. This video below illuminates the reasons you should never travel, it is highly possible you turn into a certifiable idiot. I used to think my friends were smart, I must avoid Facebook… they are proving me wrong.
Please track this girl down and slap her silly, I just do not care, she never learned a thing about travel, she is on drugs.
Dakar / Yoff / Senegal, West-West Africa --- Friday, March 18, 2011
Having Fun with Body Language in Dakar Senegal
60-93 percent of communication is non-verbal between humans, when there is no common verbal language, this can be 95-100 percent. The people of Dakar, Senegal speak the "Wolof Language." I thought Senegal would be easy for me because I speak French, the average person here does not speak French, they speak Wolof.
Therefore, in Senegal, I speak Body Language 95 percent of the time; it is the only common language between the Senegalese people and me.
How fluent are you in Body Language?
I am an extreme extrovert, I verbally try to talk with 50 percent of the people near me, if you are close to me, I say hello. I try to talk with body language with 95 percent of people; I accidentally ignore about 5 percent.
Just because I am trying to communicate verbally or non-verbally does not mean they understand me, although I am 100 percent sure body language is more effective.
Breakfast is included here at the Auberge Via Via in Yoff, Senegal. Therefore, around 7-8 am everyday, I sit down drink my Orange Juice and Baguette with Chocolate, and start the day out with a severe sugar buzz.
Everyday, Sirah the Senegalese girl who is the receptionist stops at my table and says hello, looks at me and smiles, she waits until I look and reply. Everyday, the Belgium manager walks to the corner and avoid me, and does not say hello. Fatim, the day girl who is the waitress comes up, stands by my chair, brushes close to me, and touches me, she does not talk, and she is trying to be secretive. The men that work in the Hotel are under the control of the "Dominatrix" manager from Belgium and they are confused around me, more or less Alpha Male.
People walk close or they walk away, there is always somebody screaming at me in body language here in Africa.
Bah the Girlfriend from Ivory Coast
The girlfriend I am going to visit soon in Ghana from the Ivory Coast is body both verbally and body language shy. She is often aggressive both verbally and with body language to people walking that enters here personal space. I am the exact opposite; I will give a smile and a hug to anyone the needs or wants one.
I introduced Mabel above to Bah; I forced Bah to sit down in her shop while I ate some peanuts and talked. I purchased a Soda for Bah; she loves Soda, so that slowed Bah down long enough to become friends with Mabel.
I Love this Photo of Bah with Mabel
I have seen many older women hug Bah; this makes me happy, I finally accepted that is was fear and shyness that can make her so cold and not open.
How fluent are you in Body Language? Why does this photo make me happy?
Understanding body language is important for travelers, with every move I make, I am communicating something to people.
When I am moving towards a person, I am saying, you are OK…
When I am moving away, I am saying to the person, you are not OK.
Maybe Senegal has Most Beautiful Women on Planet
I used to say that Colombia had the most beautiful women on the planet. I need to return there and check, I am not sure, I think it may be Senegal. Please, I beg all Christian Missionaries to come to Senegal and convert the women of the country to Christianity. Truly the women in this country are foxes, they are thin, tall, wiggle when they walk and almost totally untouchable. The religion says more or less, you can dress and be sexy, then when you marry you need to cover up, advertising prior to marriage is fine.
Hey WOW great post with interesting content, historical quotes, video, Body language paragraph and a pic of Bah and Mabel thanks for each. Senegal eh? Using the Miss Universe Contest as one way of judging The Philippines have the post top 5 with 8 and Columbia and Puerto Rico are tied for the most wins at 6 each. I'm heading for the hill country with waterfalls and day treks before checking out 2 or 3 more of Sri Lanka' beach scenes and hopefully shed even more weight. Have Fun Enjoy Life Andy!