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may stay another month on this island, as I'd like to save up more
cash so I don't run into problems. Need to set up internet once in
coolness. Was curious who the commenter was, but it's actually sarcastic humour if you look at it the right way, poking fun at those who think that way.
I'm still in
Cool you settled down and recording is going good. If I visit Czech
Republic was thinking of getting there through the Tatras, winding my way through
Ostrava and Moravia, maybe Selisia, then hang out mostly in Raj if possible. Would rather
Good ol' days were fun times indeed! By the way, what is your email address now? latergator
dude, wonder who the secret commenter is. I admit I was originally offended and my mouse
was jittering and wavering over the delete button, but then I saw the sarcastic humour in
it and figured, "what the heck". Enjoyed your followup comments. latero Hey! Yeah its Eric ... we christened in The Pig
with some construction
and some early trips to Cesky
Raj. Oh shit, and yea, we went streaking at Malostranske
was wondering if you could give me your opinion on something. Recently I got an idea which Keta kinda started. Concerning the cooking of the artichokes wrapped in tinfoil. Recently I purchased a new burner with its own dial. It has two separate ones, so it is like two small stoves. Much more energy efficient than my previous system, which acts as two stoves and an oven simultaneously, with one long tube blasting out burning propane powering all three at once, and difficult to regulate the heat level. Could be useful if I want to roast a chicken in the future, but this new stove is pretty good. Anyway, was thinking of going a step further to buy some sort of pressure pot. To cook the artichokes in olive oil and seal in all the juices, but maybe occasionally try the fantastically delicious dish Keta also made while we were travelling together, whereby chickn and potates and carrots and various things are stacked on top of each other in a certain way. Seems an easy and delicious meal that could last me a few days. The problem is I don't have any experience with such pressure cookers and I'm worried it might explode or something, leaving a horrible mess all over my caravan truck. Should I get a more expensive one with that little bobble thing which lets out a bit of excess steam if it reaches a certain level? Do I keep the heat on super low? Got any recipe suggestions? I now also have a bunch of tupperwear things and got my fridge working, so with my new stove, I'm pretty set for some delicious cooking!
just thought I'd mention that, after today's experience, you should seriously reconsider against living my sort of lifestyle, if you were ever fancying such a notion, which it seemed to me you were before I was leaving. For example, today four cops showed up banging on my back door and they hauled me and all my electronic equipment and studied everything under a microscope just because they suspected perhaps I was a spy or something, only for the reason that I was parked next to the border (I need to catch an internet connection from the Turkish side). I regularly get harrassed by the police, and complained about pee-on loser locals, just because I look different, and every time I cross the border I have to explain my entire lifestyle, why I don't live in a house, how I get paid, what is my job, and the same stupid questions. People are so conservative and small thinking everywhere you go. They think their country is "their country", when they themselves practically own nothing, and think everyone else is a hippy freak invader. With your latest anger management problems I think you would end up killing someone very quickly. And I am not even talking about all the technical problems relating to getting internet, finding a place to take a crap, parts breaking down in the truck, and a billion other problems. But I end up just laughing it off and writing a book about it.
Well, just thought I'd share my experience with someone today. I even asked them if they could give me a printed statement from the Cyprus Greek police that I was officially suspected of being a spy for the evil Turkish north. Would have been a nice addition to my traveling paraphenilia. p
Concerning my ordeal where the Greek police took all my electronics because they thought I was a spy, only because I was parked next to the buffer zone and the Turkish border:
Your naked boobs? Yes, I watched how they called in special forces with "highly astute" computer skills and brought up all my .jpg files on a single screen of thumbnails. They laboriously perused some 500 pics, stopping and opening anything that resembled a document or a flag, and I had to explain the story behind all of it. When they told me to leave as they wanted to study my comp in their laboratory, I thought, "Laboratory my ass. You want to shift your ass to the laVORatory to download porno through my Turkish internet connection" (a big source of the problem). Keystone cops all the way. They assumed that just because I was catching internet across their sacred buffer zone (imposed by the UN because both sides of the island behave like unwavering ranting children – as explained to me by one UN cop I questioned), it meant I was "collaborating" with the Turks. I tried to explain to them the extreme basics of what the internet is all about, but it was painful. But at the end of the day, I CANT STOP LAUGHING!!!!
yah, I run into such problems often it seems, and recently I decided
I was going to abandon my dreams of continuing east, sparing myself the major headache of
driving through something like Pakistan, Burma or India, or dealing with any major
paperwork migraine like trying to get my truck into Thailand
for any extended period of time. So it's probably off to Sicily for the winter and hang
out in Europe for a while until the rest of the world pulls its ass out of its head,
settles down, develops its internet connection... Maybe occasionally flying to
Yah, think I'll be doing this for some time still. I really don't mind staying in here. It's like a super large and luxurious tent. I do not see the benefit of walking around in a big house. I find a house is just too stagnant for me, and I like being on the move and constant change. But locals can be ignorant suspicious runts everywhere. Like the police who will raid me suspiciously from time to time.
But I prefer being in nature, as I guess you have found. If in Czech
I thought I'd like to drive through the Tatras and Moravia, and mostly try to hang out in
Cesky Raj. People have gotten selfish in the world it seems, but still retain some genuine
and caring character in the villages. Perhaps that was what fueled your anger in
Hope you get well. Did I tell you what happened to Tereza's Radek's
pancreas? Seems he destroyed it from too much drinking and maybe you damaged yours in the
same way. When I was in
Well, fun to talk to ya. Got my laptop and eventually I'd like to find a lawyer to help me with EU law. I'm an EU citizen and don't feel I should be subjected to this abuse. I don't care what paranoia these small town cowboys may have. later
Ha! That is kinda funny in a not really
funny way, if you know what I mean. I imagined there would be difficulties connected with
this living in a caravan
thing, but I did not imagine these kinda difficulties. I was considering something similar
to what you are doing some years ago, but now i am more inclined to a pleasant country
retreat with animals and plants. those anger management problems, which, as i recall, were
quite difficult and unpleasant (both for those around me and me), i don't have them
anymore. i still get pissed off every now and then, but in a kinda healthy, normal manner,
like other people do. now it's just a feeling of tiredness, sometimes, with this world,
that seems to be ugly and with not much sense in it, every now and then. actually, it
seems to me that the world is a gigantic shopping center with people shopping all the
time. for love and friendship and things that really cannot be bought. it's weird how
people live. i've been sick since october last year, so life has been a bit difficult, and
the medical care here leaves much to be desired. for half a year i was "treated"
- if one can call it that - for heart problems, with no improvement, until, after the 6
grueling months, it was actually found that the problem is the pancreas, from which you
can also develop heart problems. so i'm on a dreadful diet no one wants to be on because
it takes the joy out of life, but already after two weeks there is a great improvement and
it looks like i might be able to go on the river in the summer and tramping in cesky raj
and do all those things that put the joy back in life. I think about you often. Do you
plan to continue to live in the caravan forever? or do you plan to settle down somewhere
after a while?
just thought I'd mention that, after today's experience, you should seriously
reconsider against living my sort of lifestyle, if you were ever fancying such a notion,
which it seemed to me you were before I was leaving. For example, today four cops showed
up banging on my back door and they hauled me and all my electronic equipment and studied
everything under a microscope just because they suspected perhaps I was a spy or
something, only for the reason that I was parked next to the border (I need to catch an
internet connection from the Turkish side). I regularly get harrassed by the police, and
complained about pee-on loser locals, just because I look different, and every time I
cross the border I have to explain my entire lifestyle, why I don't live in a house, how I
get paid, what is my job, and the same stupid questions. People are so conservative and
small thinking everywhere you go. They think their country is "their country",
when they themselves practically own nothing, and think everyone else is a hippy freak
invader. With your latest anger management problems I think you would end up killing
someone very quickly. And I am not even talking about all the technical problems relating
to getting internet, finding a place to take a crap, parts breaking down in the truck, and
a billion other problems. But I end up just laughing it off and writing a book about it.
Well, just thought I'd share my experience with someone today. I even asked them if they
could give me a printed statement from the
Kveta wrote on your Wall: "so what is going on now? i think i need to come soon to boost up your morale! how are you?"
hey banana, your visit is always welcome. It's easier for me to write longer letters by normal email, otherwise Facebook can often be fun for short little messages.
So they returned to me all my stuff and declared me
"clean". I guess it sorta makes sense in a way. I'm used to my lifestyle and
consider it now quite normal, liking my little wooden cottage inside. Outside I want to
paint it green but haven't had the money yet, but as one friend pointed out, he says the
blue is better because it looks like a delivery truck and no one takes notice of me. Well,
unless I stay parked in one place for a longer period of time, crawling in and out
occasionally with my bag full of beer, spitting my toothpaste out the window in the
morning... Then I guess it can look strange for a 40+ year old to be living like that in
some parking lot where they dump garbage, next to the buffer zone. And they are sooooo
sensitive about their little situation here, and so hateful of the Turks, so I guess it's
natural they would become suspicious. But they looked at all my pictures, I explained my
life story, and now they chuckle with me like we are friends. Of course there are some
idiots there who I guess simply don't like me or something. Either many people are envious
of my free lifestyle, or are conservative and don't like people living differently than
what they consider normal. I guess parking on a garbage place is pretty strange too, but
I'm in a peculiar situation right now as I need to be near the border to get internet from
the Turkish side (too complicated to get on the Greek side, and I'm only here for another
month). Anyway, one more month and I'll be back to some beach, winding my way up the Greek
coast, and back to the fun stuff. Will stay in Athens for a little while, peruse that
town, and hit the tourist offices so that I can find an interesting route to drive
northwards, to Bulgaria, where I'll be hanging with Roger and gang for a while, visiting
Penis Tone as well (he also has a house there). Will be nice to drink beer with some
friends, and I'm making a steady stream of cash now, so it is nice not to have to count
pennies anymore. I hope I never have to go through that horrible ordeal again. In
Anyway, your visit would always be lovely, and my morale is fine. I had to actually laugh constantly because of the incident and I'd say it cheered me up!
Bye bye baby. :0)
you know how often that google thing gets updated? You gave me an idea to find myself occasionally and add the pics to my travel blob. Think it could be funny occasionally.
Right now I'm the top of
Once I'm back at the internet will have to see if this mountain has any significance to the old tales (Aphrodite apparently was born on this island). Can see almost the whole island and pretty cool and peaceful working here. A little cold though! Snow still here and there in the shade, but a nice break from the growing heat down below. If I had an internet connection i could see myself stocking up on groceries and hanging out for a week at a time.
So it was a nice drive through the mountains on my way off the
island. I was sorta stuck in its middle, in the capital city (long story) for about three
months. Various adventures, like the police thought I was a spy and demanded to examine
all my electronics, but finally got out of there so that I could make it to my beloved
coast. Took a special route to the port Lemassol which I haven't taken yet and spent the
Got to the port but it turns out that the price they quoted me did not include any port fees. I must have phoned them about five times confirming this and that, and you'd think that of all those times they could have mentioned the port costs. Like when you buy a plane ticket, they also mention the airport fees and various taxes. So I had to spend an extra 300 Euro, which pretty well drained my account to zero. All that hard work and saving up money and now I am back down to zero again. I have to chuckle at my occasional predicaments. But should have about 1500 Euro coming in very soon, so will just have to survive. Have to send my truck by ship and fly out separately (new goofy island policy). Meanwhile I have a translation so I'm trying to meet that schedule while on this hectic move. At least another 500 Euro in the bank. So glad to have this new customer, even though I'm so sick of translating, but the income is appreciated. Getting better and better and eventually hope to bid on the Euro projects myself, increasing my price in the process.
Today went for my first swim of the year and its nice to be back at
the sea. Water surprisingly warm for this time of year it seems. Will hang out in
Well, that's the update.
Inside Google there's a function called
'historical imagery' (clock icon). You can jump to different snaps on the timeline.
There's no way for me to know when each satellite snaps a pic. Cuz that's top secret spy
stuff. Actually, some places on Google Earth are crystal clear right down to people and
And I guess the people thang as well, as I read recently that people
Play around with the program and see what
you discover. Also, what time frame will you be in
Yah, I'm figuring about 600 Euro. Can't wait to go FFF. Am in
I don't have steady work recently. I don't
know if I'll be able to join you, but thanks for the invite anyway. Maybe I'll be more
solvent in the coming months as wedding season is coming. Although only one booking this
year. Global crisis bs affects creative people the worst. I'm living on borrowed
money for the first time in years. I am trying to set up some photo lessons in
you know how often that google thing gets updated? You gave me an idea to find myself
occasionally and add the pics to my travel blob. Think it could be funny occasionally.
Right now I'm the top of
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