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ahoj, responding to your last letter.
Seems I've convinced my boss to go my route, which is to get a 3G modem, so hopefully soon we'll have internet up here in the mountains. I guess the technology is still a bit young and most countries require you to have an address and sign a contract for 3G, unlike Turkish Cyprus where you can get a prepaid package. Since he's got all these houses and needs this internet, he'll just put it on his name and I'll save additional money.
You said you were a bit confused regarding my whereabouts. Well, if
you want the gory details… was driving up the Greek coast and hooked up with a friend
Hooked up with Rog in BG and hung out a few days, then jumped in his
van, he drove to Thassos, worked there for a while (nice village) while he waited for his
water heater solar panels to get delivered (they are widely used there and rather cheap).
Once that came in he gave me his other van (with which I think I'll drive to the Czech
Republic instead) and I drove to
They like my cooking here so far, but the Bulgarian team hasn't arrived yet. But I think they will be secondary, in case that they wine for traditional Bulgarian food, but I think it should be okay. Rog is giving me 7 Euro an hour, another British dude just arrived yesterday and he will be the main project guy, and then the Bulgarians will be doing all the grunt work for 2 Euro an hour. I can stop working any time a translation comes in, and some has already. I cook every day and get my food for free, whether I work for him or not, so my only budget is the occasional beer or if we go to a restaurant, and things are quite cheap here in the mountains (2 litre bottle for about .75 Euro), so I'm saving quite a lot and I think I might be able to put about a thousand Euro a month in the bank working for him, so I hope to do that for a year or two and come out of it well on my feet.
Yup, still writing my blog, but haven't had a chance to put it on the
net yet. Got so much other stuff I'm trying to do, but hope to get all the text with
pictures up soonish. Recently I found I'm very high on google for such searches as "cheap
travel Europe" or "cheap
It's very lovely up here and the gardening is great. But his projects are substantially different from yours: he buys some old dying rubble that the family has been holding on forever but looks like it's about to collapse to the ground. Buys it rather cheap and starts fixing it up himself. His new experiment are these solar panel heaters, below the house so after the heated water naturally rises to the solar panel, it then winds its way back to the solar panel, by itself due to gravity, but also winds its way through the floors of the house and keeps it from getting too cold. Then he plans to have a septic tank system which pumps the stuff under the garden, feeding the grass and the vegetables, so quite a self sustained system and interesting learning. He then rents them out over the year and finds some local "manager", who can usually sleep somewhere for free and is cheap. I think it's just his retirement plan or something and would like to try that one day myself.
Hope you guys sell the house. You always seem to have bad timing, and I guess your very fancy houses can be a hard sell, especially because of the crunch etc. Been reading about that and trying to understand it better. Rather interesting, but the more I read the more it seems evident that the big boys at the top are screwing up everyone else. Probably buddies with the politicians and they all profit in some way. Will keep reading. Your projects are prestigious but maybe not as practical as Roger's method. But I cannot imagine you tolerate these conditions. Almost like camping. Am documenting pictures of "before and after", and the toilet here is quite funny (a hole through cement that plops down to the ground somewhere). Below us is a barn he will convert to a house with a bunch of rooms. There is a balcony that overlooks the valley, and at the end of this "balcony", without even a floor, is a hole in the floor that drops down a storey to the ground below. But we don't use that one. Anyway, each room will have its own shower room/toilet once done, so enjoying the learning and watching the development. Will try to send some pics.
Well, off to start work soon. Things are going generally great and quite enjoying it. Roger is quite cool and relaxed, so cant imagine falling out with him. We think much the same way. adio!
heh heh, glad you like it. Actually, in about two weeks I'll be
driving to Czech,
be there for about three weeks, then drive back to bg through
That is beautiful!!! I love your garden!
Sorry i was not responding to your phone propossinf email, i just got constantly busy with
visitors for past three weeks. Now it calmed down a little. Anyhow, i have news! Mid
August i am joining Juan in
So you mean me you and Marketa can no longer get together, start a threesome and get married? WHAAAAAAAAAAH!!
While traveling I've been experimenting with my hair, trying to start dreadlocks, not washing it much, and my gentle Czech shampoo ran out, and then my hair started to thin and fall out, so I shaved it off and went through my usual treatment of rubbing in pig fat and various herbs, and now it's holding strong again!
I believe the plan so far is that I arrive in
Big boobed Jewish woman and free minded? Possible!
Thought up a dumb Czechglish joke recently: "Hey, why don't we go Slovak it out?" Like "check it out"... Told ya it was dumb! k
Wow, haven't seen your 'ksicht' for a
looonglooong time! What is going on with your facial hair? I remember you never grew it as
it never grew in a full bloom but rather in patches - we used to laugh at it, you
remember? And what is going on with your hair? Thinning? Is that why you shave it almost
like a skinhead? Other than that your skin looks great and haven't seen the rest of your
body ;-) Arriving in
good to hear from you. Sorry for the late reply - been pretty busy moving around and getting set up for my new job:
So you ever met this chick you are marrying? Amazing there are still arranged marriages. Hopefully she'll work out good.
Thanks for your rapidshare program and I just bought an account, cause I need a place to store all my backup stuff. But downloading movies will be cool too.
In about 10 days I'll be driving to Czech through
Hope things are cool with you, k
How is you life ? It is a second my email
address, I'm going to Iran next Monday bec I'm going to get married she is a far relatives
, she lives in Son Jose (
> Liked your pictures. good luck boys I can not even imagine the
> scope of work. Here it would be way cheaper to build from scratch.
The way that Roger does it I think it must be much cheaper the way he is doing it, cause he seems very good at doing things very cheaply. He is an engineer so he can apparently tell if the stone structure of the house is solid enough, which it often is. He can add a level on top of that if he wants. Gets as many Bulgarians together as he wants and pays them 2 Euro an hour. The way I see him work I really doubt it would be cheaper to build from scratch. Will be documenting with pics as I go and think I'll be with him a couple of years, so it should be interesting.
> you have a lots of stones there which may be of great value in
> rebuilding. Could not locate your shower unless it is a little pipe
> on the stone wall.
It's just the two little black solar bags heating up in the sun. I have the same thing in my truck. Kind of sucks after a sweaty day, but he's already got the solar panels and water heater there, so it will be a matter of hooking it up.
Where do you lkive? in your caravan truck or where?
So far in the houses, but I always have my truck as a backup. Right now we're actually staying in a hotel with high speed internet, so that is nice.
> Country and mountains very beuatiful not surprised you like it a
> lot. And where is it you cook? and do they still like it?
At the place where we are now there is no kitchen and we go to a restaurant every day. Pig out one meal a day and costs me about 3.50 Euro including a beer. Love the prices here!
> How many are you, you must have some fun together.
So far four of us, one of which is Bulgarian, two of them Brits. Roger is a Brit.
What are the nationalities and what is
Roger? Still doubtfull you can attract female workers but what do I know. Thinking of you
very often. Last year you were here and in winter I saw yuo in Praha. This is very long
break, longer then many years now. WHen do you leave for Praha? In
Leaving on the 15th and driving across Serbia, then I may pic up a
female friend in Bratislava who is visiting from the states and drive through Tatry,
Moravia and Krakow etc. Then on the way back through
Will be sleeping in Roger's truck but assume people will offer me their couch etc. It'll only be about three weeks.
We had a great weather for past 6 weeks,. Swam in the ocean, tiny beach just 3 min walk from here. Ohterwise not much fun as we concentrate on getting the money for finishing this project as without finish we can hardly sell. And we do not sell we can pack it in a live in the tent.
Was raining a lot here recently but now the weather turned for good.
Should be good until fall I think, then we go to
Do not see Keta much. almost not at all. She is working on here reporter and when she is free she has no time for me anyway. Saw here 2xs since we came back in March. She would say it is my fault as always. but she really does not try at all,. I am a necessary bother I think. anyway
She indicated that things might start opening up for her and even suggested she'd like to visit me! So perhaps things will change with her.
I am not in a good spirits, just talked to jana and she is hurting. Her hands and feet are giving up. But as always she is optimistic a full of plans. Great.
Crossing my fingers.
Have fun, take care and write. If you want
to see our house go to www.ericchristian.com and find our house on it address is 32
Checked out the site and the pictures are indeed small. Like I said I can make a webpage for you, similar to mine with lots of big pics. Vlad could take the pictures and it doesn't take me long to make it. Could help you sell.
It'll stay here in
Getting it fixed up while here. The Bulgarians are LOVELILY cheap. Got metal for the whole bottom section around the truck cut and shaped for only 55 Euro. Someone fixed my laptop for only 12 Euro. Beer is practically only pennies. I pig out for lunch, my only meal of the day, with a beer, and usually only costs me 3.5 Euro. Gotta love the place.
Will be driving in my friends Ford Transit, the dude I'm working for. A lot cheaper in gas and I need to fix up my caravan truck more before bringing it into CZ. The deal is that I get an STK stamp for his truck, with a new maly technikac (through my criminal sources of course, heh heh).
> Hey, so what R U driving back here?
> And where is Yr sweetie going to stay?
Sounds like a blast. On the way back I plan drive through a scenic
> I will be here in
so miracles happen and it seems I will be driving to
Yup, the geography doesn't change, just the logistics of time. Seems
the ideal route considering where I am now and where I'm going. On the way back wanna
drive through scenic parts of
In the back I'm going to throw a double mattress, can bring some tents, and I can sleep on the front seats or whatever. I'm flex. On the way back already got two friends who wanna join me. Some slivo will certainly be cool and think it'll be a great trip. getting closer!
Haha, yes, you did originally say these
things, but because the dates changed (and before we didn't have a set time frame) I
wasn't sure if you wanted to stick with this- sorry I got confused, but just trying to
work it all out in my head. ;) Okay- so I will check out what buses go to
well, as I wrote several times, my plan was to drive for about three
days through the Slovakian
hey babe, still haven't heard from you and leaving in a few minutes. Managed to get two roaming sim cards working, although haven't managed to "top up" the main one, as the funny Brits like to say. In any case, I should have enough credit between them to stay in touch on the road, worst case scenario resort to internet cafes. Just show up if you can and let me know if you proceed. If I don't hear a positive from you by the 16th evening or 17th morningish, I may just barrel through, cause my dude here said I may get there sooner. I'll probably mope around Brat on the 17th and look for a tourist office so that we can find some nice routes to drive through the mountains. Once that's accomplished and I still won't get a positive from you, I guess I'll just blast off. Hope it works out!
Man I just checked out your 'construction'
website and it looks pretty fantastic. What a gorgeous area. I guess that's what you are
up to for the time being?
Guess what? I'm thinking of buying a van and converting it into a temporary home. Nothing quite as big as your caravan, but hey, it's a start. I'm feeling pretty lost and clueless as I know nothing about vehicles, building, or even driving, but hey, I figure it's a good way to learn, eh? Any advice you can shoot my way??
Hope you're doing really well
good to hear from ya. Was just driving up from
You can check out my caravan construction page at:
The only difference, as I think I mentioned on that page, is I'd suggest you measure all the shit BEFORE you start building – unless you like to fly by your pants like I do and the good forces of the universe always manage to save your arse from scraping the pavement in some painful way.
Should save you some good cash on hotel contracts and maybe pay for itself that way.
And if yer ever bored and looking for a crazy adventure, I should be able to get you a construction chick position!
You planting trees now I guess? k
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