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2nd September 2010

To come back on your last point, hiluxing doesn't come with rip off practises? I would assume that one would say, hop on and as soon as you hop off that they'd say, that's than 50USD my friend. I feared these practises in Asia all too often! About the Volunteering, I totally share your opinion on that front. A friend of mine paid 5000 euros to give English lessons for 4 months in China. This excluded living expenses (room was included but he needed to share). Imagine you would arrange this by yourself. let's say 1500 euros for the ticket. 100 euros to get to some rural area, which leaves 3400 euro to spend on anything. You'd prob get a good deal as you're teaching English to local children. And then you apply for jobs in holland and everyone is impressed by your volunteering work. They even have more chances to be invited for an job interview than I have.... I got turned down once because I hadn't done such a thing!
1st September 2010

Voluntourism
In most cases "jobs" are invented for volunteers willing to pay for the experience, rather than them actually taking "jobs" from locals. This is massive industry along with NGO┬┤s and development in general. After all The "Third World" "needs" "developing". With "all" "civilizations" "expertise" and "resources" it is "our responsibility" to "help" "them"! Latin America has slipped from New World to Third World... Shoddy workmanship...
1st September 2010

Been there, done that
Hello, been there, done that, very cool! Don't miss a tour on the rio san juan until San Juan del Sur on the other side. And then to Costa Rica by boat ...
1st September 2010

Another interesting and eye opening blog entry. Thank you. Since I will be following in your footsteps in 1 months time, I find this useful. Though, I myself am considering doing some volunteer work while there, I will not be paying any money to do it, and I most certainly won't be spreading any religious bullshit about. The most I am hoping for is to work on a farm in exchange for board and lodging. While Nicaragua is far down the line on my route, your previous entries have been good reading too. I hope you don't have any rip-off incidents in Costa Rica and enjoy your travels! You know what, I bet we bump into each other! See you then. Jonny
25th August 2010
Healthy patriotism or foreigner-phobia?

frankly I would have been okay if it was only 98% Kiwi owned but its nice of them to go the extra mile :D. There is patriotism and then there is xenophobia
23rd August 2010

The Dubliners
Hey man, I enjoy reading your blog. How do you do the panoramic photo at the top of each entry? Lots people seem to have it but I am clueless. Thanks.
23rd August 2010

none
you have very interesting observations about latin american countries. good luck on the rest of your trip.
22nd August 2010

Going Home
I'll miss you blogs when you go home but you've got some amazing memories from Living The Dream! This Dream may continue....Best wishes, Dawn
21st August 2010

beautiful lands beautiful people
WOULDNT IT BE GREAT TO BE ABLE TO FREELY ROME FROM COUNTRY TO COUNTRY AND FROM LAND TO LAND WITH NO THREAT OF VIOLENCE OR HURT... MAYBE ON DAY THAT WILL EXIST... POEPLE WILL NOT LIVE IN FEAR ON THERE WILL BE KNOW CRIME OR VIOLENCE:) :) ;)
20th August 2010

every journey must come to an end I suppose, but what a journey it was!!!. Will make sure to savour your final blogs.
20th August 2010

Living the dream
You are really living the dream. Amazing!
20th August 2010

Coming Home
Dear Ben, I am sorry to read this! Of course a wedding is always a good reason to come back home but I have to admit that I will miss your blog. Yes I will ! I hoped that we could meet us next Febr. in Peru. What a pitty ! I hope that we stay in contact when you are back in Germany. Walter
20th August 2010

Totally understand. It was also a BIG deal for us to book our ticket after 14 months on the road. Enjoy the last months. When you're back in Europe, you're always welcome in NL.
20th August 2010

Hi
Hi Ben, sorry- was traveling and forgot to answer your last email. Well, we back in Zurich. Ja dieser Flug zurueck war fuer uns auch hart (von HKG nach San Fran), wir sollten uns unbedingt mal sehen, wenndu woeder in Europa bist. ich bin oefter in Muenchen (Family) wuerde gerne mal ein Bierchen zusammen trinken. Und ja geiler Tarvelblock und save travel! Florian
19th August 2010

You are so negative!
Maybe you should have done some research before traveling to Belize because it sounds to me like you are disappointed by what you have experienced so far. It also seems, just because it's a third world country, that you expected to pay dirt cheap money for someone to give you a tour of beautiful sites you will experience nowhere else on this planet. I'm sorry you are so disappointed by the prices you have to pay in order to enjoy your vacation. Belize has a lot to offer, but it's what you choose to make of it. I don't appreciate your negative view on Belize but to each his own and hopefully tourists aren't deterred by your point of view. Cheers! A very proud Belizean American
17th August 2010

new reader
Hiya, new reader here. I came across your blog by accident and found it amazing what youre doing! Its interesting reading and Im very jealous :-) Happy travelling
16th August 2010

get off ur white horse
I read ur blog and all I read was a person on a mission 2 tell people about all the horrible things in the Asian countries especially the Philippines and in ur blog u said nothing about the beauiful things like the friendly people the beautiful places like the historic churches, the scenic waterfalls the different cultures in each province, the differentf cultural foods etc. All I read is ur complaints and ur wining about how bad things like prostitution and corruption this country has and yet u stand around and do nothing 4 the people but take food out of uneducated peoples mouths ! GET OF UR WHITE HORSE AND HELP THEM OR SHUT THE HELL UP ! There is prositution every where u look even in ur home town. I met my future wife in the Philippines and she was a escort like u mentioned in ur blog and I help her out of this situation. I suggest u look deep in the culture instead complaining about the surface of it. Thats the problem ur kind always think that the culture has 2 adapt 2 u, rather than u adapt 2 it. So the next time spend more time with the people rather than spending more with the tourist who want something more than the beauty of the country . SO GET OFF UR HIGH WHITE HORSE ! And meet the people of this beautiful country u ass wipe !!!!!!
14th August 2010

Honduras
Ben thanks so much for the information on Honduras. I mentioned a while ago that we had this country as our team for the world cup and I knew virtually nothing about it.. ashamed to say I wasn't even totally sure where it was! It sounds such a lovely place and like the others have said is now firmly on our list of places to visit before we die.. certainly to visit before it's ruined by the tourist influx too! The waterfall trek sounded an amazing experience, quite unique too especially for you who does so many interesting things. Still loving the virtual travelling experience by way of reading your blogs.. We'll miss it when it ends. Take care :o)
13th August 2010

It's a shame some of you tourists don't see the effects of oppression that your ancestors, have caused....ALL OVER THE WORLD, NOT JUST IN BELIZE, AND OTHER SO CALLED "THIRD-WORLD COUNTRIES".....TAKE A LOOK IN YOUR OWN BACKYARDS. YOU WILL ALSO SEE IT IN THE US, RUSSIA, ENGLAND, ETC....
13th August 2010

Great photos, mmmmm your making me wanna change my plans
13th August 2010

Ben this is another Country which you've managed to single handedly put on my travel list, amazing pics.
7th August 2010
No price for guessing the nationality

Guess Their Nationality
They sure look German, to me.

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