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Karel’s letters written during travelling

Letters written when working while travelling, part 4.

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Karel Kosman photo 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 weekend on Mount Olympus, the island’s highest point.

There was still snow here and there, but it was a nice refreshing change to get back to some cooler temperature. It was so cold in fact that my car battery got too weak to start. I was parked on a bit of a slope and thought I’d try jump starting the beast, but that didn’t work and ended up practically crashing into some bushes. Fortunately I’m a good tech head and rewired things, using my caravan batteries for extra juice.

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 Athens until some payments come in and will have some gas money. That should give me about a week to scope out Athens and plan my trip for the rest of the country. Giving myself a month to get to Bulgaria and very much looking forward to it. Hope to convert my truck to kitchen grease so that I will not have to pay for gas anymore, and lower my costs even further. So with my increasing amount of work and decreasing costs, I hope to finally start putting some savings in the bank. Never want to live through this poverty again and this will be the first time in my life I’ll be actually putting some savings into the bank.
Well, that’s the update.

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46. The ONLY Thai girl I am attracted to
45. Miscellaneous letters
44. I have always felt I will be a writer one day...
43. About freelancing and travelling
42. Thai girls are like demon possessed little witches
41. Living on a mystical island of Koh Phangan in Thailand
40. From Malaysia to Thailand
39. From Laos back to Thailand
38. How to publish a book
37. Back in Thailand
36. Feeling increasingly uncomfortable here on the island in Malaysia
35. My belongings
34. Staying in Malaysia
33. About running a blog
32. A short travel update
31. Planning to publish a book about my travels
30. In Thailand, God’s hand
29. Getting ready to go to Asia. In the airport
28. Escaping from Galia’s place
27. About Bulgarians, earnings, plans
26. Starting to earn more after approaching thousands of translation agencies
25. About writing and publishing content online
24. How to find really cheap plane tickets
23. The girlfriend: would like to find THE ONE
22. Still staying in Bulgaria but planning to go to Thailand
21. Travel outline
20. About translation industry
19. About female friends
18. About computer, online marketing, translation, CAT tool
17. About blabber - waste of time. About wanting to be a writer.
16. About God
15. More about software sales
14. More travel updates
13. Staying at a pension
12. About borders etc.
11. Software sales
10. Travel update
09. Translation job industry
08. Partying is a waste of time
07. How much they pay etc.
06. Translator charges, programming etc.
05. Working as a translator and travelling
04. Travel life
03. Why NOT to cheat Google...
02. About opportunities for working as a freelancer
01. About advantages of working as a freelancer
Working While Travelling
26. Gone treeplanting (September 8, 2008)
25. First friends visiting me to Cyprus (February 29, 2008)
24. Staying in Cyprus (December 09, 2007)
23. Escaping the Cyprus heat (February 8, 2007)
22. Escape from boredom (February 8, 2007)
21. Barelling to Bodrum (November 20, 2006)
20. Staying in Stoliv, Montenegro (October 2, 2006)
19. Arriving to Montenegro (August 22, 2006)
18. Traveling through Croatia (August 9, 2006)
17. The trip begins - off to Croatia! (2006)
16. How to Live in a Caravan
15. How to Connect to Internet While Traveling
14. How to construct a caravan - Beautification
13. How to use solar panels to electrify your caravan
12. How to construct a caravan
11. Designing the caravan
10. Back to Czech - buying a travel van (April 10, 2004)
9. Mexico Trip - Off to Yosemite and Beyond (December, 2003)
8. Mexico Trip - Getting a Driver’s License (December, 2003)
7. How to Buy a Used Car (December, 2003)
6. Mexico Trip (December 14, 2003)
5. Traveling through Bulgaria (July 20 - Aug. 4, 2002)
4. Czech Republic: My Reflections
3. My life in Prague
2. My flat in Prague
1. Dream of working while travelling

Published - August 2012

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