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Karel’s letters written during travelling

Letters written when working while travelling, part 7.

How much they pay etc.

Karel Kosman photo 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 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 Europe tour guide" and I’m actually getting the occasional request from people, so the blog stuff is good. Mostly I’ve been just throwing up my email correspondence in different categories, since I write so much of that, whereas blogs require careful preparation with pictures.

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!

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Karel’s letters written during travelling
47. Making preparations for the big bike trip
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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