Dominican-republic Travel Stories, Page 16

Cite Soleil Haiti Video

I stood in front of the Cite Soleil, Market and turned around 360 degrees. This video was made one or two weeks before the Haiti Earthquake.

Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Monday, January 25, 2010
By Andy Graham of


Trying to explain the real situation of Cite Soleil, without all the hype. I was watching CNN and realized they was going to catastrophize my Haiti, this annoys me.

Haiti is an ok country, I truly do not like to hear the words, “Saving Haiti.” I think Haiti is more than capable of saving themselves, the world is a little arrogant, we must partner up with Haiti. I went to Haiti when nobody would go, this is a strange.

Cite Soleil Haiti Video

Website Monetization Strategies January 2010

Dear Friends of,

I need to make 100,000 US Dollars per year, I am making about 40-50,000.

I think I need to explain what is happening in my life, it is not simple, but I will give it a try. I find myself angry and frustrated; there are many small nagging situations that are driving me crazy.

1. Constant pain in back and leg.
2. The web sites are ugly.
3. People criticizing me bothers me.

I need to earn 100,000 per year to solve these problems, I am going to do this, but I need to make some hard decisions and changes.

Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Monday, January 25, 2010
By Andy Graham of


Make Enough Money to Travel
I love to travel; I enjoy the constant rush of meeting new cultures. I have said many times, the only reason I make web sites is to make money to travel. I now earn enough money to travel, I am a lucky man. My first goal has been accomplished, however want the three major problems interfere with my ability to be happy.

Take Sites to Next Level
I apologize to long-term friends like Wade, Craig or other fellow Bloggers who would die to be earning 40-50,000 Dollars per year from their site. Even richer sites have problem, you will arrive here and have the same headaches.

I am at a turning point in the business, I will to take the sites to the next level of monetization. They will stop being a homemade site, and become full-fledge businesses, no allowing of unprofessional aspects to exist.

I need this extra amount of earning to pay for the Blogging, I have refused to become like other travel Blogger who feed readers hokey story of this and that, I always tell you what is really needed and possible. I truly despise a lot of the Travel Industry, how they make money is deceptive, I truly do not like to associate with people who work in the travel business.

I want to stay pure, to be proud of my writing, to know that even when I get harsh comments on the Blog, that the commenter is the idiot, not me, I told the truth. I was true to myself; this is and always will be my way of writing.

The New Stupid Reader
The internet enables a small and stupid person to feel powerful. Some simpleton readers, who come, make mean comments, then leave are simple and stupid; this is the new reader on the internet. They cannot read, they at best just skim articles, then feel they are smart enough to tell a person who has perpetually traveled for 12 years he is stupid. I have other travel writers tell me about travel, this is annoying, and they look at my webpage, and make a decision on my travel skills. Like there is some correlation between travel skills and the ability to write or make web sites. Truly, the new reader must be fed pretty photos or they make stupid decisions.

The most experienced and capable travelers do not have web sites, the true professional travelers seldom are in the view of the public.

Solution to the New Generation of Stupid
I must make the pretty photos the first impression, and my writing has to be second. I know my regular readers do not care, they just want to read. Truly, this new generation of stupid internet readers needs to be force fed photos, glossy pages, and clever words or they have contempt before consideration.

Give them the Pretty Packaging
I must spend about six months working to make this site better than other sites on the internet, I have the money, and I need to spend the time.

Sadly, and this is so anti-intellectual, I must now even give the most intelligent reader what they want to see, or they will not give the site the proper respect.

Three Major Decisions

1. Make the Sites a WOW.
- This will stop the criticism and stop the ugly site problem.

2. Manufacture Backpacks in Guatemala.
This will monetize the site in an honest way, and I can travel to places like Haiti where other writers refuse to go, because they are scared and cannot sell tours.

3. Travel Less, work more.
I will stay in longer in Hotels with internet access, so we can get the work above completed.

When I am finished with the next six months of work, I will have an honest product that I believe in, that I can push and sell without any ethical problems. If you notice, I do not sell tours, gear or other crap I do not believe in, normally writers push expensive products so they make big money. I will push a book a like, small gear, but nothing that makes enough money to buy a plane ticket.

I have been studying other travel web pages now for the last six months. These sites promote and sell, recommend, review and say things I consider lies and unethical. I must get this backpack into production, so I can compete with these dingaling travel sites.

Honest writing requires I make money, I must find ways of making money by advertisers and products that I believe are great values for readers. It is extremely difficult to find honest ways to monetize this site; I am surrounded by scammers who want to take advantage of the silly nature of tourist.

In addition, for all you idiots who think this post has nothing to do with travel, go F##k yourselves. Get your head out of your Arse, it take money to travel to places like Haiti. I go where other travelers and writers refuse to go, it takes money to travel. I have been to Iraq, Haiti, and Africa five times; I do not go to Europe so I can sell you stupid over-priced tours.

Website Monetization Strategies January 2010

Osama Bin Laden Photos I Stole Travel Tip

Osama bin Laden the al-Qaeda leader claims responsibility for Detroit underwear bomber.

I think it is safe to steal photos of Osama Bin Laden… original work is automatically copyrighted, so there is always the danger you get sued for using a photo without permission on your travel site.

Is Osama going to sue me? You must ask yourself, who is going to sue me for stealing this photo from an internet page. I suspect it was stolen also, borrowed, taken, misappropriated, etc.

Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Sunday, January 24, 2010
By Andy Graham of


Damages of Stealing Photos
I was talking with James yesterday, an Attorney in New York City, we was discussing the amount of damages I could extract from when they steal photos. A person wanting to post a photo on one time wrote me,
“Can I use a photo?”
I said,
“Yes, and will try to tell the 100’s others that did not ask permission hello.”

If I stole a photo, there could be a civil suit brought against me, the Judge would decide how much I made from using the photo, and could give punitive damages I believe. I figure, I make 80 cents per year for each Travel Post written, so maybe I would owe Osama Bin Laden five dollars.

In a way, it could be good to outrageously steal photos; Murdoch or some huge newspaper could sue me. The publicity alone would be ten times more valuable than the punishment.

Stealing Photos
I have been sane about this ever since I took my first photo and put on the internet. I accepted, it is not possible to stop, so just give the people permission to use the photos. Then hope they obey the rules.

More or less, you can use most anything; just make a functional link back to my site.

Permission to use photos for Free

Where I take Photos from:
1. without remorse --- Thanks Wiki for being the first…
2. US Government Sites
3. Other Government Sites
4. Emails sent to me

This whole situation is a mess; there is no fair play or justice. I see some truly great photos on Travel Sites, I know there is nobody on the staff who even travels, I think to myself,
“Where did they get the photos?”
I know.

Making Money on Hobo
This post is a brazen effort on my part, to hop on traffic to the stories that will appear today about Osama Bin Laden, saying that he is behind the Christmas Day underwear bomber. Then throw in a little photo writing education, double my earnings.

“Osama bin Laden tape: al-Qaeda leader claims responsibility for Detroit terror attack
Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, has released a new voice recording claiming responsibility for the Christmas Day attempt by underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner. “

Osama Bin Laden Photos I Stole Travel Tip

Retired and Losing My Ability to Walk

I am afraid, generally, I am retired from work, and because I am not forced to walk at work, I know my body is falling to pieces. It is just a matter of time until I cannot walk.

Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Saturday, January 23, 2010
By Andy Graham of


Necessity if Needed
I need to employ myself in some activity that forces my body to exercise. My body needs a job, my mind is overactive, and the body is on standstill. I have completed control of my time and life, maybe this is the problem.

The solution is easy, I need to exercise, I can hear people saying to me,
“You need to do more exercise.”
However, I already know, everyone my own age is older than I am. I just need to look around me and I know, they do not know the solution to this problem. I can see nobody is listening to this advice and staying in shape. I am parts of a group who slowly are giving up walking.

Gyms for Exercise
I know one solution, I can quit travel, then I could return to my daily routine of going to the gym in the USA, looking at girls in tights, chatting, and working out. I like doing this; it was not difficult to keep motivated. In the 12 years of travel, I have never found an enjoyable way of exercising truly kept my body tone, overall body in shape.

I can only be in the USA for 30 days, because of Taxes, I am thinking of going to Canada a couple times per years. Canada is the same as the USA, not a lick of difference… I search for gyms in all the Expat hangouts, they are overpriced jokes.

Walking is Not Enough
I walk a lot, this is not the problem. I need to use all the muscles groups.

Retired Friends
When I look at my new Expat Retired friends here in Sosua, Dominican Republic, I get depressed. I can see the different age groups and nobody is fighting it, we are all going down the tubes.

I think the human animal physically peaks around age 20-25, the slowly atrophies until around age 65-80 we lose the ability to walk. It is not an event, it is a process, and I know I am losing the ability to walk. I know one thing, the more I define the problem, the closer I am to a solution. I hate to say it, but I need to find some 20-25 year old people to hang out with, I want to get back on the other side of the that hill.

Time to Contemplate
Are you too busy to contemplate this problem? I know the majority of my friends are on a hopeless treadmill, their lives are consumed, they do not have the time to read this, halfway contemplate solutions.

Please do not tell me to exercise, tell me what motivate you to exercise.

Retired and Losing My Ability to Walk

Stock Market Monday Effect

Today is Friday; the Dow has gone down for three days, what will happen on Monday?

Three days of dropping stock prices, that end on Friday, that has to be a formula for disaster. There is an overabundance of Mom and Pops volunteering to lose money in the Stock Market.

Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Friday, January 22, 2010
By Andy Graham of


We Talked if Over and Decided
These nice people may go home over the weekend, lose their nerve and on Monday put in a sell order. Now, the stock players may short, already taken their profits on Friday and you, Mom or Pop pay the price.

Everyone has an opinion about Stocks, but I truly believe this recession is a double dipper; it is inevitable that the higher the Dow goes, the more nervous Mom and Pop become.

Fun stuff, unless your lose your shirt, I am lucky, I invest in my own site, and have no need to invest in the stock market. A great way to turn a fortune into a shoestring.

Bottom line, you may want to consider taking profits, and returning later.

Stock Market Monday Effect Becomes Top Travel Site

I travel too much to look at Travel Sites, I am happy when I discover familiar sites are now kicking butts and taking names. (Send money, guns and lawyers.) is a

I am jealous, this site is moving along, I truly should quit traveling so I can improve my site. I know that is not going to happen, is to make money so I can travel. I will continue to work my 2 hour work days.

Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Friday, January 22, 2010
By Andy Graham of


Luxury Travelers
I need to give you luxury travelers a kick from the Hobo, or sites like Contrary to your misunderstandings of travel, this type of site applies to luxury traveler more than backpackers. The Road Junkies and Hobos understand you people want to pay for luxury travel; it does not work that way, we try to teach you.

Learning how to review Hotels
The way we learn is by experiencing problems, luxury travel attempts to avoid all problems. Then the Travel Writers who review the Hotels also avoid problems. We are students of travel, we learn our lessons so we can optimize the experience.

I have been walking into some luxury Hotels or Resorts here in Dominican Republic. I often am aghast at the drastic errors in quality. How do I know, I live with them errors daily in the 10 dollar Hotels, and try to accept them. Darn if I am going to pay 200 US Dollars per night and tolerate them.

Sites like try to help you learn the road, so you can truly know how to live in luxury. Contrary to your image, I live like a King in great Hotels.

Example of Hotel Problem in Sosua
I was walking along the road here in Sosua with my friend Ray; I look into an Internet Café. I see a lot of older men, women, or couples using the internet. I know these people are paying from 50-300 USD per night. I look at my friend Ray who was in a 50 Dollars per night Hotel and asked,
“Did your Hotel have a couple of Computers for guest?”
He says,
I think to myself, this is not luxury. (Where is the business center?)

Sites like are in my opinion , because in between the lines, you learn what is needed to avoid, what is left over is luxury.

Thanks for staying the course.
Andy Graham of

My opinions are not for sale, I do not review sites, gear, books for money. Becomes Top Travel Site

Beer Hugger of Bamboo

I discovered a Bamboo Beer Hugger in Rockys Restaurant here in Sosua, Dominican Republic. This is truly a great idea, which needs passed around the planet.

Michel a man from Sweden who has lived for a few days and 25 years in Sosua comes to the office daily and uses this Beer Hugger. His office appears to located at Rockys.

Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Friday, January 22, 2010
By Andy Graham of


Bamboo is everywhere in the world, I need to more research, but his appears to be great Beer Hugger. I asked Michel,
“Does it keep the beer cold?”
He pulls the empty bottle from the Bamboo Beer Hugger, I touch it, it is cold.

This would be a great souvenir, I am positive one of the prevailing memories in the minds of Tourist is drinking beer. They can relive the fond memory of the time in their life when they drank beer in Dominican Republic.

Beer Hugger of Bamboo

Why an Earthquake in Haiti

Why an Earthquake in Haiti

I was living in the center of Port-au-Prince, Haiti five days before the Earthquake. Travelers luck saved my life; I am now on the other side of the Island. Would it be safer if I went to Guatemala? Maybe I should move to another crack, there are many.

Why Haiti
Planet Earth is full of cracks; Port-au-Prince, Haiti is sitting on a crack.

Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Wednesday, January 20, 2010
By Andy Graham of


The center of the earth is molten lava, and the crust of the earth floats on top of this lava. Like a frozen lake thawing in the spring, there are cracks.

This map above shows the major and minor cracks. My mother wants me to leave the Dominican Republic, I am too close to Haiti, and I am about 144 miles away from Port-au-Prince. I am not worried, but I am curious, am I sitting on the crack?

I do not want to sit on a crack between the two couches, it may move. I tried to find a great map of the cracks in the Island of Hispaniola that have on it two countries, Haiti and Dominican Republic. I could not find a map.

Is the city of Sosua, Dominican Republic sitting on top of one of these cracks?

I am sure the Dominican Republic insiders know a lot of crack in Sosua, and I am sure readers can make some smart cracks about this place.

Travelers Lore
There is a travelers story saying, “Here be Dragons,” the land of thoughts a traveler cannot hope to understand or explain. For myself, I do not worry, or think about Dragons, the real ones are challenging enough, with no need to allow my fantasies to create backups.

Here Be Dragon on Wiki

Why an Earthquake in Haiti

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