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Karel’s letters written during travelling

Letters written when working while travelling, part 5.

Working as a translator and travelling

Karel Kosman photo Yes, Czechs can be real morons with the translation thing. I still think I’m being grossly underpaid and hope that eventually enough Czechs will realise what a bunch of asses they are representing them as outside the country and agree to pay me 500Kc a page or something more reasonable. But the agency I found now is a good base and starting point (half this amount), it pays the rent, and at least I’m surviving and starting to pay some debts. The others I don’t even want to waste my time with. For example, one agency recently, like many in the past, wont give me work just because I’m not in Czech.

They need to call the translator, talk to them on the phone and get confirmation they can do a translation. How stupid. I check my email every two hours. Or I can turn my phone on if they really really need an immediate response, but I’ve been running my agency for a decade and two hours is plenty early enough to get confirmation from a translator. Just plain idiots and I don’t even want to deal with them. I can write a long list of idiotic reasons why various Czech agencies are not sending me work but it would just take too much time.

Glad the wedding thing is working out. If i do make it I’d be in my truck, perhaps parked in Kampa next to a billion dollar house, heh heh.

Jsem klidny because after about six months during my travels I already decided I was prepared to lose the truck - that it was so fun and enjoyable that all the three years and hard work that I spent putting my dream together has paid off. Of course, I’d rather not lose it, but I feel satisfied enough now. There are countless stories how I handle the authorities and police. I feel I am becoming an expert at it. Sometimes I raise my voice. You know, police are often swindling bastards who are just out to make extra money.

f they see you are a lunatic freak, they rather go elsewhere and hassle some good, law abiding and scared citizen like yourself. They feel powerful. With me I think they start thinking about their family. Especially the way I look sometimes, and crawl out of this truck with barefeet. I scare this shit out of them sometimes. Then I quickly switch to nice mode once they do. Diplomacy skills. But it’s my house and if someone wants to take it from me, perhaps over someone’s dead body, so they say.

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Karel’s letters written during travelling
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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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