Travel Must be an Escape to a Better Life

Encouraging people towards a better life is responsible, encouraging you to endure torture is irresponsible.

Change is a horrible experience, I have been watching the face of Bah, she is in agony and pretends she is not. She left her home in Ivory Coast, took a bus to Ghana and is living in a Hotel; the last week has been torture. Maybe I should say, she is on vacation, or traveling, I have encouraged her to travel and I feel bad. I encouraged her to move to a better situation, for a better life. It always feels the same to me, today she is still in agony, she needs to stay in one place for a week, and if her life is truly better, she will be grateful.

There is a war in Ivory Coast, and she is happy to leave, however, I until she stops moving, adapts, the travel equation is still lopsided.



Best Travel Movies?
I have an area on this site where I write about travel movies, a few minutes ago, I realized how prejudiced and biased my list is, there is little objectivity, and the list assumes you love travel.
Best Travel Movies

I would guesstimate, the Chevy Chase or National Lampoon's Vacation series alone, which portrays travel as constant problems was more popular than my whole list of movies. I try to separate and explain that travel is both good and bad, however normally travel is lumped as one, as if travel life is always good, while in reality there are three aspects to travel.
National Lampoon's Vacation series

Three Parts of Travel

1. The time it takes to travel to the destination. (BAD)
2. The time it takes to adapt to the new destination. (BAD)
3. The enjoyment of the destination. (GOOD)

3 > 1 + 2

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Ghana, West Africa --- Monday, March 28, 2011

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The Travel Equation

3 > 1 + 2

The enjoyment of the destination needs to outweigh the negatives of the emotional pain of the trip there, and adapting to the new location. Translated, a one-week trip to Thailand from the USA could be the worst week of your life.





Bah purchased four bars of soap in Cape Coast, this is a Rubik’s Cube moment for me. I asked her again today,
"Why did you buy four bars of soap?"
She replied,
"Long time."

I believe this to mean, she wants to guarantee we have soap for a long time. Now please try to understand, Bah’s first language is French. Therefore, I talk with Bah 75 percent of the time in English and when I want to be sure she understands, I talk in French. This means I am never positive I understand her, especially when asking simple questions. I have been asking too many questions for years, and I know people do not enjoy trying to justify or explain their small decisions. I used to believe that everyone thought about decisions, however now I believe 90 percent of decisions are reactions to temptations, and only 10 percent were well thought out.

I believe she had the money, was tempted, and purchased enough soap that she would never feel insecure. She likes this soap, and I believe she wanted to feel safe, four bars made her feel safe, and I am happy, she feels affluent.

Three Ghana People have Called
I have not used my Ghana SIM card for three weeks, within the first two days of turning on the cell phone again three people in Ghana called me. I know they do not read the Blog, therefore this was almost eerie in nature, and do these people sit around calling numbers for something to do?



How many Parasites in Ghana Water?
There bags of drinking water in Ghana was tested.
Results
Seventy-seven percent of the samples contained infective stages of pathogenic parasitic organisms. Common pathogens identified include, Microsporidia sp 14/27 (51.2%), Cryptosporidium parvum 17/27 (63.0%), Cyclospora cayetenensis 16/27 (59.3%), Sarcocystis sp. 18/27 (66.7%). Rotifers 5/27 (18.5%), and Charcoat Leyden crystals 12/27 (44.4%). Ninety-three percent of the samples contained unidentified impurities/artifacts. 29.6% of the samples contained at least one type of parasite, 14.8% contained at least 2 types of parasites, 25.9% contained at least three types of parasites, while 29.6% contained four types of parasites.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1976297/

Travel Must be an Escape to a Better Life

tropicalguide

I was in combat in the late 1960s, BAH has been through trauma, hopefully she does not have ptsd! She is not traveling for 'pleasure', she is a refugee from a conflict zone, at least, keep that in mind. salut saludos


Gadget

Water?

What is a parasite? This appears to be a lose definition of parasites.

I accepted maybe 10 years ago that I drank the water in all countries. The dishes in restaurants are cleaned with normal water, which is even worst than the filtered water.

I have learned how to optimize my water, what is disturbing to me is the number of NGO's and save the world people who truly do not care, just talk.

The United Nations has a number one goal of clean water, yet does almost nothing to try to stop bad water from being bagged or bottled.
http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/environ.shtml

These test need to be done by the United Nations, or do they just take billions of dollars to drive around in Toyota Land Rovers?


tropicalguide

Locals here in Central America, with a few exceptions, do not travel alone, they travel with family and or groups of friends during the long holiday periods such as Easter Holy Week or weekends, called internal tourism, very different from the receptive or incoming travel services offered to foreigners, BAH, I assume thinks in her tribal language and when communicating with Anglophiles in French, when I speak to non English speaking persons I think in Spanish, if I meet older Germans or Austrians who do not speak English well, I try to think in German. When I was a guide had clients from all over the world, but never local families, twice I took long excursions with native tour operators advertised in the newspaper, I was odd man out, younger people were friendly, however the last junket I went on was to Costa Rica via Nicaragua from El Salvador, the driver had a small uncomfortable minibus, no na/c as advertised and older people were annoyed at me taking longer at Immigration with my US passsport, the hotels were below par and I arrived back after 4 days sore and aching and sick, to many natives this is the normal mode of travel, as in some areas of Africa poorest of the poor ride on top of buses, you can never 'understand' your adversary, the local culture or 'in(no), culture' as may be, unless you learn to think like them as much as is possible, Africans are tribal people, as are the Indingenous in the Highlands of Guatemala(not the 'pana and chichi indians' who hustle and sell in tourist areas but the nIndingenous living in highland Aldeas (villages) one village speak Quiche, the next Kakchi'kel and the traje of the Women is different, like French and English in Africa the Indingenous of Guatemala, with 28 dialects, use Spanish to communicate with one another, good luck, I married a Polish girl in 1983, after Jaruzelski reimposed 'socialist paradise' crushing the budding democratic Solidarity movement, she came to US as a refugee, a good person, but we were too culturally disparate, I was gregarious, she was introverted, soon as possible she brought over her family to States, all living in my small NYC Brooklyn apartment,, we fought, she and her family left with all our wordly possesions and we were divorced, so I know how you feel, I was constantly irritated with those 'little cultural and communication things' when we went out together. If you get annoyed, it is your problem, not BAHs, say the 'serenity prayer' or the NYC short version f----- it!
Hope she is able to one day soon reunite with her family
My ex wife had been a beauty pageant queen in Poland, she entered pageants as a single woman in States for the prizes
Anyway, I got real sick and after our divorce she helped me with a referral that 'saved my life'
The other support I had was from my own Mother, never trust 'in laws' too far, just in case she is able to bring her family into Ghana if things get worse in Cote D'Ivoire
Use common sense, I did not.
Reason for everything, again G-dspeed and best of luck, Mazel Tov as (we) say!!!!


Gadget

Yes, the water situation is disturbing, and the water in Africa is rather clean compared to Asia or Central and South America. These density of population is low here, so water is less of a problem.

I did not like to hear this parnum, that is not killed by Chlorine.