Colombia Travel Stories, Page 3

My Love Hate Relationship with Lonely Planet

My Love Hate Relationship with Lonely Planet

I am reading a book published by Lonely Planet called - Travel Writing -. German my friend and owner of the Platypus Bogota Hostel asked me to read it and give him my opinion. I use a Lonely Planet guidebook an amazing amount of time, 90 percent to find Hotels and the other because of maps and history. I find their writers annoying, except for the one writer that did Thailand, he understand me, the traveler, or the plot.

There is a man in the Hostel that was saying things like the USA is - Insular -, was saying the new trendy comments about Bush, that he is the Terrorist, blah, blah, boring, nothing new to add to this tired story. Same old story and another pasty Brit face, cheeky, no color, needs to read his is in the Tropics.

Then I am reading this book. Lonely Planets to me is not about writing, they are the first, best compilers or digesters of cheap travel advice, where a bum can sleep with hippies.

Nonetheless they have collected, compiled, or organized a lot of facts like terms, definitions, - what is freelance - where to submit - and all the normal noise you would expect in a book for person that want to write. This is then embedded into my interview with famous travel writers, with standardized question.

So what word is reaccurring and obnoxious, about like the writers of Loneyly Planet.


These famous people, only about three I know, I hate to read travel writing, I read Clancy, Micherner, and Wilbur Smith, adventure with good guys and bad guy they kill. Well they all say not to be...


I hope that word is picked up by the spell checker, I am sure the word Cliche has a littel mark on its face.

However predictable, cliche, comments like - breathtaking - any comment that you can see coming a mile away is not good, in the view of many famous, however not know by me writers. Do not be Cliche. This is the part of Lonely Planet I do not like, they are predictable, if you can be anti anything, anti-globalization, in favor or Michael Moore, boringly lacking in an novel perspective then the Lonely Planet will say it in the anti trends of the days. Made perfect for a mamma paid vacationer with the new Ipod connected to their brain with music they stole off the internet without one grain of remorse they are denying their favorite anti-establishment singer money to buy an extra groupie.

The guy on the couch is Cliche, I love you Lonely Planet, you exposed me to the proper term as said by famous however not known by me writers, and many a cheap hotel, not to be confused with cheap women, however not a bad spin.

Now if they could find the orginal voice they must have had at one time, teachers, mentors, free to roam this Lonely Planet voice writers.

Travel is Lonely, like a one night stand with a girl that does not know enough to leave, maybe you are glad you took the trip, however where are all my best friend. Someone tell her leave...

Bogota is freezing, it is about 2500 meters above sea level, no heat, hot showers you never want to leave and cold concrete. Girls with roundness and firmness, an ever present idea you could find some sniff as the boy in the Hostel said today. I think the drug tourers are in the wrong place, they need to go to Bolivia. Colombia is overated for danger, not enough.

It is Lonely to hide under a blanket, in a concrete room, knowing the only hope was squashed when that Norwegian girl looked at you like you was too old.

I am proud to say, I really cannot be bothered to be a travel writers, they all are complaing because it does not pay... I am doing extremely well... Thank you...

Only one has recommended so far, I am not finshed with the book, and I do not count well, I skim this stuff, however the bottom line, they left out the recommendation, except for one writer, to be a travel writer you need to... (Guess?)

One recommends you TRAVEL, go figure.

DAMN - the spell checker does not work, this is a Spanish Control Panel for Blogger and for sure all the words here are spelled very badly in Spanish.
Buena Onda!

To me the operative and biggest demand to be a travel writers is a need to be famous.

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago
Written while in Bogot�, Colombia
Friday January 13, 2006, 4:07 AM

Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad has this entry requirement; it says I need an onward or return ticket to enter the country. I have never had this enforced by the country; however, the travel agency or airlines enforce it sometimes, they may not allow me on a plane without the proper ticket.

I just read the Venezuela requirements and it says the same, however I have entered Venezuela and not had a problem. Land travel is so much easier than airplane travel; they can really put you between a rock and a hard spot with an airplane ticket. If they do not let me on the plane I lose money, however by land they just do not care when you come to a border, stamp you and let you go, too many people to sit around figuring out all this noise on persons they know do not want to live in their country.

I talked yesterday with Elkin at the STA travel office here in Bogot�, he is nice and I think is trying to help, however it behooves him to sell the onward ticket and maybe is pushing this idea just to sell the ticket. I will try today to talk with the not so good airline called Aero Postal from Venezuela that flies to Port of Spain, maybe they can help me, a problem more often than not become a problem because we read too much into the situation or are looking for a problem.

If I can walk into an airlines and buy the ticket of Port of Spain.

No problem, I am not going to try to find a problem, anyway I can enter the country is fine with me, I am from the USA, therefore I have one of them fortunate passports that they normally just look at and pass on through.

Travel Guidebooks

Travel Guidebooks
Bogot� Colombia

Friday January 13, 2006, 3:49 AM

The Travel Guidebooks are in a fight with the internet presently, I am not sure what the future will bring or who will win. I am expecting that there is not winner and both carve out a place for themselves. Writers are probably in some ways the losers; it is possible that the random postings of travelers will become the source for all guidebooks. Many people wish to contribute information however this is complicated to file or control, they wish to do what they wish to do and not be hampered.

German of the Platypus is special because he has both traveled for 15 years around the planet and owned a Hostel for many years. He had listened to the travelers and been a traveler, this is a special person for me to learn from, and he can answer questions nobody else on the planet has a clue about.

I need to plan my future, try to choose a path for my websites and where they should go in the future. Talking with German helps me suss out or anticipate the future. There is no super human, all knowing person who determines the future of how Travel will be managed in the future on the internet; it is just a randomly devised road, with a few good hunches. I am trying to hedge my bets by talking to an expert; I know very few travel experts.

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Platypus Bogot�
Friday January 13, 2006, 3:27 AM

Platypus Bogot�
I am sitting on a very cold floor outside the Kitchen Area of the Platypus Bogot� Hostels in Colombia; of course, it is the city of Bogot�. It feels strange to return to Bogot� or to be away from Southeast Asia, there is always something left behind, it feels like I forgot to do something.

3:27 AM in the morning is a very difficult time for me in any Hostel in any country. Hostels are known for Party and Dorm beds, not for persons like me who wake very early often too early. I have remnants of jet lag and do not fight with this; if I am lying in bed and cannot sleep, I wake up and go do something.

However presently with the temperature, around 55 degrees Fahrenheit or somewhere close it is difficult to relax on this floor. I want to leave soon, I talked about two hours yesterday with German my friend, and we discussed guidebooks, the future of guidebooks and how to collect information for a guidebook.

January 11 Leave USA to Colombia

January 11 Leave USA to Colombia

The USA Tax People the IRS or Internal Revenue Service have web information and Chris gave me the hint, if I stay less than

30 DAYS in USA

I can earn up to 80-100,000 Dollars and not pay taxes.

I am trying to figure out the fine print, I may even go to the Passport office here in the Chicago to see if they can give an exact record of my comings and goings. I came into the USA three time this year or two entries and this Christmas extra time.

Nonetheless, my passports should be records however who can read the stamps.

I now need an accountant that does not say they do not know anything about this, all my money is coming from advertisements on the site, it could be clicked on from anywhere on the planet and I have a world wide site. the statistic method I use, mainly because they mail me daily the stats has put a new world map on there stats area. Kind of fun, I can see who is awake when they should be sleeping.

Hope that works, fun to check the stats, over Christmas the visitors dropped in half, bottom line is people only look at websites when they are getting paid by their employers.

NOT totally true, but if you look at the statistics, it must be half true, I went down from 10,000 unique visitors per day to about 5000 over the Christmas to New Years time.

I personally think the high time for internet use on the planet must be at 9:00 AM on Monday morning, one hour into work they are tire of working so less start surfing.

Do not order on the internet before you leave.

I ordered a camera from, I really wanted this cybershot waterproof camera from Sony, just like the one I had before.

Very durable and great to use, perfect for me as a traveler, the price was 76 dollars or something because it was discontinued... I am on back order waiting for them to figure out what day it is, I am not sure they can figure that out. I have to laugh, I chatted for one hour the other day, copy and pasted the whole chat and sent to them.

They keep re-assuring me they have my order ( MY MONEY )
I want to know do you have my CAMERA...

BOTTOM LINE I SHOULD NOT ORDER SOMETHING FROM A WEB-SITE UNLESS I HAVE FIVE WEEKS - I was going to order this from the Philippines and pro-procrastinated.

I am paid the 36 Dollars for Next day Saturday delivery.
Please show the refund as it is now SIX days.

I am not happy, I WANT THE CAMERA.

However, I am flying to Bogoto, Colombia today, I will not return to the USA for 5 months or so, I knew I should have check better. You webpage showed they are discontinued and the last in stock, however now you say they are on back order. I will just let this run as I really do like this Sony Waterproof camera.

I would buy two if I knew you could send them.

I have nobody to talk to, chatted with you boy in India, sent you the email.

These are form letter responses, I can tell and feel it.

I know you have the order, I do think you have forgotten to read the past post or emails before you sent this.

Andy xxxxx


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American Airlines

I am amazed and applaud the service of American Airlines.

I purchased a plane ticket over the internet from Miami to Chicago for 142 dollars.

Well, Aeropostal the Venezuela airlines was over two hours late and I missed the flight for Chicago.

This had nothing to do with American Airlines, however all I did was go to the desk and say,
"I missed the flight."

They gave me a ticket for the next morning, I have no clear understanding why, it was my responsibility and they pay for it.

Missing in Action

MIA- I thought that is what the sign meant as I was just realizing I was going to sleep in the Miami International Airport after the AeroPostal Plane was two hours late.


Sleeping in Airports
See them steel arms in between the seat, they are the scourge of a good nights sleep, I know they do not like me to be comfortable.

Indiana Boys in Caracas

Indiana Boys in Caracas

Indiana Boys in Caracas
They were delayed and delayed in Caracas and were fuming, hard to believe how much noise some Indiana boys can make when they are not happy. They did not seem to understand they are at the mercy of another government and could sit around for weeks waiting for a Latino culture to help when you complain.

Venezuela is not the wonderful beauty place of the Miss Universe, in fact I believe they have some of the fatter and uglier girls on the planet, however many people go to Venezuela looking for beauty and end up like the Indiana Boys, not happy.

Want to see the most beautiful girl go to Colombia.

Juan Valdez Coffee sold in Bogotá Airport

Pilots on the AeroPostal flight from Bogotá to Caracas, I would say they set a record for making me stand in lines, and then I was two hours late to Miami and missed my next flight to Chicago. I tried to take the same photo on American Airlines and they stopped me.

Small child riding my backpack in the Bogotá Airport.

This is a bus or the way they remove you from some airplanes in Caracas, Venezuela. They come up and raise this car next to the plane, all the people walk into the bus like vehicle and got to the gate.

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