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Karel’s letters written during travelling

Karel Kosman photo Just got out of Laos, in Vientiane, its capital city, where I purchased a two-month visa for Thailand. Now I can go there and relax. Gonna hook up with Justin, the guy whose house I stayed at in Bulgaria. It's supposed to be a paradise island, but big party place too, so it will be fun spending Christmas and New Year’s with him again - now twice in a row. It will be nice to be able to speak English with many people, party a bit, and finally get some decent beach action, hopefully. Have only had two days of beach so far. But yesterday I was talking with a bloke I hooked up with how perfect the climate is. This is precisely the reason why I started this travel mission in the first place.

Europe is too cold for me, and am so glad I'm moving on. People in Laos and other areas constantly try to overcharge you to death, but Thais have always been honest and friendly with me, which is why I'd like to make it my home here for a while. In the summer I'm thinking of North Vietnam, where the weather will be tolerable and the people very nice up in the mountains. And the girls are supposed to be the best looking in Asia. Already in Laos it was pretty good, as is North Vietnam. So far I'm still adjusting to the culture and people here. Quite a change.

Thailand photo

Very happy I'm here and the weather and the girls and everything. Would be lovely to find a peaceful island. The bloke I got the Thai visa with is on a peaceful island and accepted like family and he invited me there, so perhaps I'll go there after my next visa run, unless it gets too hot. Picked up some interesting work recently, for different clients. One for putting some links on many of my sites and other things for about $600, and some commission ads on his big traffic translation site that will hopefully get me a lot of $99 customers (sending out translator CVs – about 1 hour of work each and ten a month would basically put me into retirement). Then a treeplanting company, making webpages, developing the accounting software, perhaps around a thousand bucks, and then I picked up a big job I managed and made about 1,200 Euro over a weekend, so slowly building back my reserves.

Thailand photo

Bought a Thai dictionary and trying to learn the language. Definitely thinking of getting a motorbike and tent/sleeping bag. Would be the best way to discover Asia and get out of these buses linking only major areas. But Asians are pretty picky about cleanliness and are making me shower practically twice a day. I also think my sweat might be a bit stinky cause my body is still adjusting to the bacteria here. Maybe time will fix that, but their cleanliness is cut. They take their shoes off even when entering stores.

Thailand photo

Just got passed the border, back into peaceful and honest Thailand, and will be working until my train tonight, and looks like a two day trip. Easy to sleep on the trains and they have electricity, so I can work. Translating for a direct customer about the history of Czechs in Cleveland. $300 smallish job but interesting. So all my jobs at the moment are interesting and hope it stays that way. And they've all been paying in advance or immediately afterwards, so nice cash injection. By the time you're ready to visit I'll have some perfect places to take you. Hopefully I'll have enough saved up to pay your way. You need some relax injection once in a while.

So are you guys in some horrible debt or just starting all over again? If the latter then I think you'll get back on your feets quickly again. I myself have gotten used to the roller coaster ride and it almost makes life more interesting. But would definitely be nice to be making more money. Or at least enough consistently not to have to worry. Looking forward to jogging barefoot on the beach again.

Thailand photo

Well, that's all I can think of for now!

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35. My belongings
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32. A short travel update
31. Planning to publish a book about my travels
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28. Escaping from Galia’s place
27. About Bulgarians, earnings, plans
26. Starting to earn more after approaching thousands of translation agencies
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22. Still staying in Bulgaria but planning to go to Thailand
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19. About female friends
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17. About blabber - waste of time. About wanting to be a writer.
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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
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01. About advantages of working as a freelancer
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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
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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 2013

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