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Karel Kosman photo Have started making preparations for the big bike trip, which I hope to launch around end April, assuming I’ll have everything ready by then. Such as four waterproof big bicycle bags which I plan to strap to the sides, but it’s been more than 20 days and I’m wondering if someone in the postal chain found themselves an early Christmas present. Have been discovering the wonders of ebay and amazon, but usually they send with a tracking code. That would set me back some $300 bucks and potentially delay things, unless I can convince the company to send me some new ones in exchange for promotion.

Making preparations for the big bike trip

Madman hits the road again.

I’m also saving up for a GoPro Hero3 black, top of the line, super video quality, low light capabilities, can plunge 60m down. Strap to head while riding or diving. Hope to frequently upload little video clips, as I drive slowly through busy markets, or conceal it in a hand bag while strolling.

To get notified of uploaded videos, as I started to do that weekly, filming a lot of the local music scene here, or interesting circumstances, might be best to subscribe to my youtube, or through the usual suspects (facebook, twitter etc.). Sis has gotten busy with some work and won’t be able to resume editing the book until around October. That will wrap up Bulgaria and we can start moving into Asia. Trying to promote it according to various suggestions, mostly like a hobby but the thought that I could derive an income by traveling means that I can glean myself away from the computer and focus on local charities, which would make the story that much more interesting. Imagine, getting paid to interact with locals while traveling – wow.

New jam music scenes have sprouted all over, as the locals are learning it is a good way to draw in a crowd, which has enabled and motivated me to play the viola more. Difficult instrument and a long way to go, but I see that better playing would facilitate the traveling. People often ask whether there is a small guitar in my case. When I say viola their eyes bulge open in fascination, and soon enough I’m playing at a wedding somewhere in the country. And once you network like that, soon enough you’re suggested an itinerary of great places you just have to visit. Float around like a leaf, with a general plan. My general plan at the moment is to take a boat to the diver’s island just north, Koh Tao. Check that out for a few days and continue northward, halfway up the coast to Bangkok. From there loop through the mountains west around Bangkok, squiggle through Laos and Cambodia to arrive in North Vietnam by the winter. Where I’m told the people are super duper nice. Stay there until spring and continue on through China, Tibet, Nepal, India back into Thailand and the rest of Asia before continuing on to ozzie land. More details at, which is my sales pitch to various companies for funding (Red Bull as financer, or gopro etc. for free goodies).

On another note, for promoting the book, sis suggested I start a sort of blog of unique, cultural things I come across during my journeys. Little tidbits by day or week that might shed some insight onto the different perspectives viewed on this beautiful planet of ours.
I may have not moved much geographically, especially since I am here on a student visa, learning Thai in exchange for not having to go anywhere, for an entire year. Which makes one feel at home, not constantly worried about short visa extensions (quite a nightmare sometimes). It has been fun learning a sixth, but exotic language, and opened up some interesting doors locally, but the journey burns on, albeit mostly in my heart.
Looking forward to hitting the road again and hope you are all well!

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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
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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 - October 2013

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