Venezuela Dreaming

Submitted by eagle on Wed, 04/29/2020 - 16:36

Plants Growing in Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe

Another new week! Last one of the month!

Doing some work, experiencing the culture!

Things happen. DO anyways!

There are many stories in history that I hadn't known about, such as communist Cuba sending forces to fight the South African military in Angola.

Clouds bringing out some quiet!

Often feels too hot for my comfort in the Caribbean. I like warm weather, but somewhat more moderate than here, and way less humid.

Pizza paparazzi?

Nazi paparazzi?

Pizza Nazi paparazzi?

How's the pandemic going? I think we already past the date when I guessed things would resume, for the second time.

More noises again, but also some quiet spots.

Guyana and Suriname have larger map data than the islands I've been on. More there?

Yeah, Venezuela and those neighboring countries look huuuuge compared to these southeastern Caribbean islands! Hundreds of kilometers across instead of tens.

So many things that one can do. I guess it's up to each of us to decide and act on what we want to do!

Which takes balance, courage, self-knowledge, knowledge of others and the environment, and so much more!

Keep on going!!!!!

Continuing to work through the week!

I'm seeing a few more shops and stuff open up.

Carrying forth!

I'm getting excited to go on, to the South American parts of the Caribbean. Still considerable uncertainty in my route. And, of course, plans have a way of veering wildly. At least, my plans do.

I'll probably get another bike in Venezuela. Seems like it's a big enough country for that to be a practical requirement.

I'm thinking of going to Venezuela, but will do some more research nearer to going. I want to go, and I think it's safe enough, but we'll see.

So much to see and do!

Looking ahead!

More Caribbean!

Submitted by eagle on Wed, 04/22/2020 - 18:08

An Airbnb host I messaged said that place is unavailable. Probably most people aren't accepting guests now. Even among the Airbnbs that may be available, looks like not much of interest to me.

I think it makes sense just to keep camping until the pandemic's done.

I think I'm likely going to continue camping out for a few more weeks, then see more of the island while renting.

There are many large breasts and butts here! :)

Feels somewhat uneventful. Pandemic. Work.

At least it's a pleasant break from having too many problems! :)

Looks like the upcoming islands (Martinique, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) don't seem to have much interest for me, but are scenic, like many of the other small islands I've been to lately. At least it's pleasant!

Maybe I won't go to Dominica? Maybe I will? Small island, not much there, maybe on the way. Also, less visited than other Caribbean islands, so maybe more interesting in that way. Fewer beaches. Also, still some natives there, unlike on many other islands.

Looks like Trinidad & Tobago is different than many other Caribbean countries. More industrial, less touristy. Looks like it has tons of music, food, and other culture!

Weird, Courland colonized the Americas.

I look forward to getting to Trinidad, tons of Indians!

Looks and seems like a somewhat boring country to me, aside from the Indian culture.

Let's go!


Continuing in Guadeloupe!

Submitted by eagle on Mon, 04/20/2020 - 16:52

There are some small insects around here that look like pieces of white cotton.

White insect in Guadeloupe

There are distractions anywherewhen. Important to do the important work anyways. Relevant for people like me who are easily distracted, annoyed.

I'm going to try getting a place. We'll see if any of the Airbnb's are available during the ongoing Coronavirus. The hotels all seem closed.

I like camping, but it's getting increasingly frustrating dealing with some work issues with limited amenities open during the pandemic.

We'll see!



Submitted by eagle on Fri, 04/17/2020 - 15:23

I think I'm getting older. I just increased the font size, and I liked it! :)

At least I'm stuck in a beautiful place, which also has a fair number of amenities.

My emotions seem around 99% tied to the weather. It's sunny out, I'm positive and active. It's rainy out, I'm negative and sensitive.

Here's another view of Eagle Eyes Adventure Goggles:


Eagle Eyes Adventure Goggles!

Traveling, living, going through many developments. Often difficult in the process, sometimes fun. It can be rewarding to look back and see the progress one has made!

I've had some tasty coffee here in Guadeloupe.

There are often distracting noises. Just focus!

Now making instant coffee with tropical fruit punch instead of water.

More rain.

I have a few more chores to take care of after the virus, whenever that is. I've been using the virus period to catch up on stuff, but some activities require stores to reopen.

Walked through some different areas of the town last night. I thought I'd seen much of Point-a-Pitre, but there remain some small parts that I have yet to see. Reminded me of when I first arrived. Also kindled my desire to travel again!

I'm starting to feel like a local resident!

It seems that one is legally supposed to have some sort of permission to stay out in public.

It's been getting noisier these days. It still feels, to me anyways, like the shutdown may go on for a while longer.

I think that's one of the more common things that I notice: things happen adapt. I guess it's one of the more broadly applicable lessons.

There are often difficulties along the way. Surmount!

Food & Drink in Guadeloupe

Submitted by eagle on Tue, 04/14/2020 - 17:10

I've had some of the sweetest, tastiest cucumbers from here in Guadeloupe.

Tried some foie gras. Delicious!

Grilled some horse. Tastes like beef, much tougher. Maybe somewhat more flavorful. Somewhat lighter, like pork.

The pastries, coffee, and such are also quite tasty!

Another week!

Awkward pickup line: "Hey, wanna get pregnant?"

I consistently find in the Caribbean that the geography is gorgeous, the food and some of the music are great. Some of the people, in particular in the Latin countries, are extremely generous.  Other people can be quite noisy and annoying.

I've been camping out a while. The hotels are closed. Not sure that an Airbnb host would want guests during the pandemic. I'm looking forward to renting a room again!

There are some canned products here that I like, which I haven't seen elsewhere. For example, cassoulet is a common one. It's beans with sausages and sauce.

Gradually improving in spite of the setbacks!

The hot peppers here are delicious, and quite spicy. I think they're a type of habanero, or related.

Tons of long line-ups here, for the few open shops!

Decent rum.

A bank's open, which was closed during recent weeks. Is this the beginning of the return to normalcy?

I'm getting to know the locals. I recognize many of the regulars, and some of them recognize me!

I guess that means it's about time to move on?

I'm now planning to stay until the virus is over, plus maybe two or three weeks. Then head around the island. Then next islands!

Flowers in Guadeloupe!

Caribbean Thoughts

Submitted by eagle on Wed, 04/08/2020 - 17:15

After a year in the Caribbean, I've seen numerous changes of government, several serious problems, tons of gorgeous coastlines. I've eaten my share of fresh mountain fruits, coastal coconuts, and Caribbean cooking. I've heard numerous types of music in numerous languages.

I've liked some, disliked other parts of the Caribbean. Overall, I'm quite happy to have gone.

However, I'm now getting more and more excited to get back to the mainland.

Continuing to work through the challenges here.

I think it's often important if not necessary to deal with undesirable situations. For some of us, that's more difficult than for others.

Funny how things develop, often in unforeseen ways. Human ignorance can be our strong and weak side.

Same for knowledge.

If we have bans on environmental pollution like dumping industrial waste into water, and bans on light pollution in sensitive areas, how about bans on noise pollution? Limits on gas motors such as motorcycles.

There are noise limits in some cases, like municipal ordinances against blasting music at night or in certain areas. Just expand these.

I'm considering this period my rebuilding period. After a year throughout the Caribbean, I've worn through much material. Replenishing. Fixing and replacing broken gear. Catching up on work, tasks. Getting ready for the next year of travels!

Let's go!


Getting Over Frustrations

Submitted by eagle on Tue, 04/07/2020 - 18:00

A woman brought by some fried dough.

Still some annoyances in this situation. Now that I've used up my phone backup batteries, I'm trying to charge this laptop and the phone at once. The laptop itself charges slowly. Not sure if it has enough strength to charge up both itself and the phone at the same time. We'll see.

It's important to continue to adapt!

Seems like I can charge the computer and phone at once. Not so bad. Also, I now suspect that a problem I've had getting the computer to use the phone's data was in the phone, not the computer. So mabe I'll pick up another phone, presumably after the pandemic. That would at least be a sizable improvement, for a while. At any rate, I have enough to keep working, however slowly!

Seems like I can charge the computer and phone at once. Not so bad. Also, I now suspect that a problem I've had getting the computer to use the phone's data was in the phone, not the computer. So mabe I'll pick up another phone, presumably after the pandemic. That would at least be a sizable improvement, for a while. At any rate, I have enough to keep working, however slowly!

Often when things "go wrong," it's actually an opportunity to fix things up better than ever! Like Japan did after WWII.

Here is a picture of Eagle Eyes Adventure Goggles in a "Mixed Reality" view:


Eagle Eyes Adventure Goggles!


I Am Alive

Submitted by eagle on Sat, 04/04/2020 - 17:36

This is the latest VR video!

It took over a year of off-and-on work (mostly off). Also, it took place over five to seven laptops, in about as many countries. I lost track of the exact counts!

Have fun!


Submitted by eagle on Sat, 04/04/2020 - 14:48

Ongoing frustrations. So many things not working, breaking, taking so long.

I guess do what one can.

Could one make a fabric and clothing out of mango fibers?

At least you get tons of experience and lessons along the way.

Tons more frustrations, but I guess it's part of the deal.

There are in general distractions. Go ahead anyways!

I'm getting quite frustrated at how so many things are failing. It seems so difficult to keep anything going here.

You can progress from distinguished to extinguished.

Things generally seem to go wrong, break, fail, etc., during complicated processes. Important to keep at it anyways!

Even as people scream or throw stuff at you, or whatever, just keep going! :)

It's been a long and difficult path to produce this video. Still tons more to do. Seems to strengthen the notion that the last small part can take a large portion of the effort.

A flower in Guadeloupe!

Running around Guadeloupe

Submitted by eagle on Sun, 03/29/2020 - 18:34

Two locals stole my laptop. One of them distracted me as I was wrapping it up to leave where I'd been working. The other grabbed it and ran away. I ran after, but not in enough time. Fortunately, he only took the old laptop that was on the verge of failure anyways, not my passport, wallet, phone, and other stuff right nearby.

Most stores were closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. After walking around much of the town, I wound up at a supermarket. I left some of my stuff outside, and went in. No laptops there (some supermarkets do carry laptops, especially in these small countries). Picked up some vegetables (which the convenience store where I've been shopping during the pandemic doesn't carry much of); also, some glue to fix my shoe. While waiting in the slow line, asked the person behind me if any stores were open and sold computers. She indicated that a place somewhat far away did.

Outside the store, a bottle of soda was gone from my stuff. A guy who was begging outside the store came by, asking me if I wanted to buy a can of food, of the type that I had recently bought. I headed towards the store that may carry computers.

I walked and ran. It was a beautiful if somewhat hot day. Along the way, I noticed that I had the cans of food that I had bought! Made it to the store, which did carry computers. I bought one.

After a bunch of computer problems during setup, it does seem to run, so far.

These losses happen. Sad, but part of the process. Important to be able to handle these disruptions.

I liked running, but over long distances I far prefer biking. I think I'll still run/walk around this island, and maybe some or all of the remaining islands in this chain. Largely because it's a small area, I don't think it's worth switching to a bike setup for this since I'll likely have to get rid of the bike back on the mainland, and it's an interesting variation from what I've done.

So far, the new computer is waaaaay lighter, seems faster (although will probably slow down once I have more stuff running on it), probably has longer battery, and has a French keyboard layout and software. The French at least gives me a chance to practice that.

Also, it lacks certain annoying problems from the previous laptop, like a mouse pointer that would sometimes go berserk.

I don't know why this hasn't been invented, or if it has already: a laptop with the screen attached by extensible rods. You pull out the screen, so that it sits at eye level, while they keyboard remains at hand level.

Constant series of distractions, annoyances, problems: situation normal.

It takes a while to fix things, adjust.

It seems like there are largely problematic people in public during the pandemic, makes sense. Also makes it unappealing to stay here much longer. Also, while there are some decent folks here, they're often not my sort.

I think it's important to respond to situations as they occur, not just to follow one's initial notions.

As I've noted before, often things that seem like problems in the moment, later turn into benefits.

Weirdly, even the police station was closed. I would've thought that there would be more, not fewer police during a pandemic. I've seen a few police driving around, but not too many police out.

New laptop is lighter, quieter, has an easier keyboard, and numerous other benefits!

Like anything, it takes a bit of getting used to.

Some recent computers, like this one, resemble smartphones around as much as older computers.

Each place and time has its challenges. Seems better to tackle those challenges, instead of just wishing one didn't have challenges.

A tip for connecting to wifi. I've had numerous laptops fail to connect to wifi that my phone can connect to. Sharing a wifi hotspot from the phone disconnects it from the other wifi. However, Bluetooth network sharing (while somewhat trickier to set up) can connect to both a laptop and a wifi network, sharing the internet.

This has been one of the more frustrating weeks. Stolen laptop, weak wifi, stores closed, losing a few other small items. At least there are also better weeks!

And plus sides to these weak weeks!


I'm Caribbeaned out. Caribbean there, done that. Not entirely. There are still some places I want to go, culture I want to experience, and so forth. However, after spending the last year on Caribbean islands, and several years before that near the Caribbean, I feel worn out of the climate, much of the culture, and so forth. Looking forward to something different!

There are so many techincal problems in the Caribbean, it's a huge chore just to get anything done. (Not related to my above statement, I wrote this a while later while struggling with yet more annoyances. Well, not entirely related. It is an ongoing source of frustration, which I look forward to leaving behind.)

I do like Caribbean food and beaches, I think those are among my faves here.

Some of the islands, in particular the Latin ones, have exceedingly kind people.

The fruits are delicious!

There are numerous beautiful species of plants and animals which I was not that familiar with.

After a lengthy frustrating series of events, I've realized that I think I just went through with an incorrect render (lengthy process). As a result, I think I just wasted a bunch more resources, and STILL have more work on this left to do. One frustration piling on top of another. Yet, somehow, in situations like these I often feel a weird relief, having all thse frustrations bunched up together. Also, I tolerate this round due to the extenuating circumstances. I've been bouncing from impractical island to impractical island, struggling to stay safe, while also having a pandemic, crime, and more problems.


Tons going wrong. More computer problems, bad weather, obnoxious homeless people. Trying to solve computer problems, avoid the weather, and giving food and drinks and stuff to the homeless people.

Still, getting things done!