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Brag About Your 200 Dollars Per Month Room

Brag About Your 200 Dollars Per Month Room

It appears that extremely smart people do not want to brag, but they should, I am positive the stupid people do, it is starting to truly annoy me, come on smart people, come out and tell us the truth.

I normally live in great rooms, I am guilty of having rooms that look this good, and for some reason I do not tell readers about them.

San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Saturday, June 19, 2010
By Andy Graham of


Reasons I do not Brag About Room Prices

1. It tells readers they are stupid, and they paid too much.
2. My Mother does not want me to be a braggart.
3. Readers do not believe me.
4. I have this hidden fear, that if I told readers, they would come and fill up all the rooms and I would not be able to return. I know this is wrong, they just refuse to believe.
5. There is this USA cultural thing, that bragging about paying a lot of money makes you appear rich, prosperous and successful, so I have in the past shown pictures, but not always the price.

6. People try to shame me, try to make fun, try to insinuate I am cheap, I know I am the smart one, but it takes a lot of work to fend off the idiots.
7. There is an overwhelming amount of scam internet pages, trying to say that 10 times the amount of money being paid is needed. I call this the "Bigger Pile of Bullshit Theory." Often weigh things by quantity, and that is the problem.
8. I do not want to answer the questions from people, if I advertise the cheap prices, suddenly everyone is asking and can be annoying.

9. No place to tell the world, no way to easily share the information. Generally, I do not want to share information with just one person, I think good ideas need shared with the room.
10. The best rooms are not advertised, they do not need to be, they are the best value, and they rent without a need for advertisement.
11. It makes me smart, to know I can always get a great room, often I just like the feeling of being smarter than others, and do not feel compelled to share that feeling, or allow others to catch up with me.
12. People want to glamorize, the adventure, the challenge, and romance the thing, if we say we live in luxury, we minimize what could sometimes be called an adventurous lifestyle, but I know the truth, there is adventure, but seldom inside my room, except maybe with girls that look like the picture above, the adventure is outside the room, I live in great rooms.
13. I sometime for kicks show you truly bad rooms, this is a bad habit of mine, I think they are funny, but they are not normal, I stay in these rooms for one night, not for one month, when I get a room for one month it is a fantastic room.
The reason I created was to make a place for people to share their great ideas and rooms, this is the site I want, the type of Hotel site I need, no way to hide behind crap, it is an effort to show all the good rooms, no playing games.

Now, please brag about your great rooms, tell me the city, and the name of the travel room, and how much you paid, please to do not tell me anything over 200 Dollars per month, more than that is normally a bad deal.

Please tell me about the best room you ever had for under 200 dollars per month, the when, where, why, how, how much…

I am staying in the Hotel San Antonio for 6 dollars per night in San Pedro, Guatamala on Lake Atitlan, WIFI, Balcony, truly top end, flowers around the balcony with a hammock, color TV with Cable.

Brag About Your 200 Dollars Per Month Room

Buy Book How an Average Man Lived an Adventurous Life

This man wrote about living in Paradise for 500 Dollars. I found a book written by John Linnemeier called:
"How an Average Man Lived an Adventurous Life:"
Includes Lists of the Best Things in the World & Six Tropical Paradises Where You Can Live for $500 a Month."

Note from Andy of
I have not read this book, however have purchased it, and when I return to the USA I will pick up and read and review. As you can see, it is similar along the path of the book I want to write, I am not going to romance the adventure though, and just explain how to live outside the box of the developed world in Paradise safely and under 500 Dollars per month.
Thank You,
Andy Graham the writer of this Travel Journal

The stories in this book are all true. Its author has been held up at gunpoint at night on a road in Guatemala and shot with a machine gun in the chest and shoulder in Vietnam. He's come close to dying of thirst in the Sahara and freezing to death in the Himalayas. He's contracted malaria and typhoid fever in Ethiopia and hepatitis in India. He's had close calls involving lions (twice), elephants (three times) and a rhino (once).

San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Friday, June 18, 2010
By Andy Graham of


He's visited over a hundred countries, seen revolutions, famines, wars, and panty raids, feasted in palaces and fasted in caves. He's discovered paradises, been saved by dolphins, hopped freight trains, danced with an 108-year-old woman, swum with sharks, frequented whore houses and opium dens, and met a man capable of revealing God. In the pages of this book you'll meet the queen of the Ecuadorian prison system, the Dalai Lama, Dick Cheney, a swami from Katmandu who makes his living picking up large stones with his penis, yak herders, tunnel rats, 300 pound go-go girls, deep sea divers, drug dealers, stock car drivers, Indonesian princes, Bolivian miners, powder monkeys, hookers and saints.

Between the stories, the author gives advice to would-be travelers, describes six tropical paradises where you can live comfortably on five hundred dollars a month, and includes his personal lists of the best things in the world. In his own words, "I'm not the kind of person that men automatically defer to. I don't usually make women's hearts beat faster when they see me across a crowded room." That's the point: you don't have to be remarkable to live a remarkable life. If you'd like to lead an adventurous life but feel that you're too young, too old, too poor, or too tied down with responsibilities, then read on.

Buy Book How an Average Man Lived an Adventurous Life

Starbucks is Not for Drive Thru

I was talking to a friend yesterday on the telephone; he was going through the Taco Bell Drive-Thru, he said,
"Are you meeting a lot of friends on Lake Atitlan?"
I say,
"Yes as normal, I am meeting many people, "
And proceed to tell him about the Guatemala City girl on the boat, working for some NGO to save the Environment, which is going to Switzerland next week."

Going through the Starbucks Drive-Thru is lunacy, like grabbing the worst value off the top and missing all the fun.

San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Thursday, June 17, 2010
By Andy Graham of


I sometimes want to grab my friends and slap them, if you want to meet friends, girls, or just have some fun, do not go through the drive-through. I do not want them to go home, watch a movie and get on Facebook; I want some real people served up.

Stop and think, make yourself available for friendship.

Go into the StarBucks, pay for the incredibly over-priced coffee and chat up some women.

Go into the Taco Bell, if nobody is in there, go to another Restaurant, pretend you are Bar Hopping, I surely hope the lonely people do not stay in bars just to drink, get a life.

Friendship is on the Decline
"According to a study documented in the June 2006 issue of the journal American Sociological Review, Americans are thought to be suffering a loss in the quality and quantity of close friendships since at least 1985. The study states 25% of Americans have no close confidants, and the average total number of confidants per citizen has dropped from four to two."

By the way, the people with the most friends listen more than they talk, and turn on the charm... think about it. Say, hello Mary, how are you Mary, people love to hear their name as much as they want to see their FACE on Facebook.

Starbucks is Not for Drive Thru

Friends Filter Crazy Thoughts

I use friends to filter my ideas; the goal is to allow them to say to me,
"Andy, that is crazy."

I have been concerned now for years about various people I meet traveling, often they are hermits. One of my friends John, who is here visiting said,
"People need friends and family to filter out the crazy thoughts."

I agree, we need "Head Filters."

San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Wednesday, June 16, 2010
By Andy Graham of


There is another problem, there is this trend to allow people to say what they want to say, to think what they want to think without judgment. A good thought is going to survive judgment, and I am 100 percent sure some ideas need squashed.

The Internet is a Problem
I met a man in Ghent Belgium who made graphics of naked women on Crucifixes. He had found a following of people who would give him donations for doing this, I told him,
"I think this is crazy."

I said it in a way that was real, safe, and open; however, I truly was trying to make a point. Generally, I could see that his family and friends just ignored him, hoping he would go away, and he did, he went into the world of the internet, and he does not dwell in the real world.

The normal, hard working, Mothers and Fathers of the world are the filter, not your half-crazy boyfriend or girlfriend who smokes dope all day.

Friends Filter Crazy Thoughts

Do Not Interrupt Me I Want Contiguous Learning

I telephone friends, or business people, they say,
"I am busy, call back later."
I say,
"You are always busy."

I would propose, the German Shorthaired Pointer had a better teacher than many students.

San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Monday, June 14, 2010
By Andy Graham of


Squandering Our Gift as Humans
This paragraph I found on this page explains the gift of being a human.

--- Quote ---
The uniqueness of human learning.
-- Davis DD.

It is proposed that humans are capable of a unique type of learning. All other animals are limited to contiguous learning (not more than 60 seconds separating the two events). Only humans are capable of "separated" or scientific learning (learning a connection between two or more events separated by more than 60 seconds). Science itself is a generalized type of non-contiguous learning. It is also proposed that humans' capacity for separated learning is dependent upon the unique ability to hypothesize (to propose a connection or relationship between two or more events separated by time). As a result of separated learning, humans are the only animals capable of "separated foresight" (anticipating which events are likely to occur more than one minute into the future).
--- Stop Quote ---

My Reward in Paradise
One of my many rewards for living outside my own culture is I have learned to keep my life in balance. I can turn on or shut off my learning, I am capable of studying the works of a teacher without interruption. If I want, I can read a book in two days and truly understand the meaning, I do not lose the story line. If I wish, I can sit on the internet and watch every music video with Shakira on

The other day, a friend mentioned that the television show "South Park" writers were good researchers of current topics. I felt a little vulnerable, and said,
"Describe the story line?"

The answer was ambiguous, with no clarity, I thought to myself, my friend is intelligent, and in my experience, it is best to follow the breadcrumbs.

I went to and read about the show.

I am now in the process of downloading one show of South Park; I will take a lick, and see if I want to take a bite. I am able to utilize contiguous learning, and non-contiguous learning methods.

What I have learned by writing this Blog is that people allow themselves to be interrupted continuously, generally, I am fully aware few readers will make it here. What do you think; did you read the last line of this missive?

Do Not Interrupt Me I Want Contiguous Learning

Music Bribe paid to Guatemala Maid

Elena the cleaning girl in the Hotel San Antonio, in San Pedro, Guatemala coerced me into playing two Music Videos in return for cleaning my room. I was happy to learn a couple of songs that are currently popular in Guatemala.

This is Elena; she is the person who runs my Hotel San Antonio, in San Pedro, Guatemala on Lake Atitlan.

San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Sunday, June 13, 2010
By Andy Graham of


Enrique Iglesias - Cuando Me Enamoro feat. Juan Luis Guerra

Aventura - Dile Al Amor

Any way I mix it, I live the life of luxury.

Music Bribe paid to Guatemala Maid

Hollered at Guatemala Taxi Man

I sent a Taxi to the Guatemala City Airport to pick up a friend, when he arrived home there was two foreigners in the Taxi and my friend was in back looking uncomfortable. I was angry, it was obvious to me, my friends Private Taxi had become an example of Guatemalan or Latino abuse.

I do not allow resentments to pester me, it is a monkey on my back, a luxury an Alcoholic in remission cannot have to remain sane. (I do not mind if you are insane.)

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Friday, June 11, 2010
By Andy Graham of


I went directly to the Taxi person, and told him he was jumping two fare, abusing my friend, and my personal friendship, I know the man very well, but know this is to be expected from the Latino Culture, they live in a world of take from the table fast…. I needed to get it off my chest, I truly do not care about the Taxi guy, and I just need to stop this re-feeling of the situation.

Many a tourist will say,
"They are so poor; I allow them to cheat me."

I say,
"If a person is equal, then treat them as equals, or do you like that feeling of superiority?"

Allowing people to cheat you is putting a nail in your emotional coffin, when I allow a person to cheat me, it creates a festering wound, an infection, a resentment that can after time force me to return to my cave, called the USA, whereby I must stop looking at beauty and only have a cloistered existence.

Many tourist need to return home, they do not know why, the reason is simple; to stop the abuse, then again, they also allow it at work, what is new.

Hollered at Guatemala Taxi Man

An Incredible Sense of Invisibility

My friend Linda went back to Canada from Guatemala for a few weeks, she returned and told the Expat group this,
"I had this incredible sense of invisibility."

Are you invisible, do you feel insignificant?

San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Thursday, June 10, 2010
By Andy Graham of


I have been to Africa a few times, and for sure, I love West Africa. I long for Togo, Ghana or Benin; these countries are dreams, true Paradise for me, not necessarily you. In addition, the climate of East Africa is great, there is a plateau that goes from Ethiopia to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and into Tanzania that is at 1300 Meters above sea level, same as Lago Atitlan here in Guatemala, cool nights and warm days.

However, what I really like is this continuous visceral feeling, Africans are a proud bunch, and are more than willing to walk up and say Hi. There is no invisibility in many of the countries. Now, I do not want to generalize about Africa, there are 52 countries and truly not the continent to generalize about, the diversity is rampant, with so many languages and religions, tribes and whatnot, there is no way to get bored. Just move 100 miles in any direction and the winds of culture will change.

Big cities are big cities, people seems to want to be invisible.

An Incredible Sense of Invisibility

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