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  • Iphone Translator App

    Iphone Translator App is the future of language learning OAXACA, Mexico- Everyone looked amazed as a traveler from Perth fumbled with a bag of potato chips and a smart phone. It looked as if he was photographing it, no, he was translating it. This traveler was equipped with an Iphone that had a translator app [...]

  • How to Make Webpages while Living in a Van

    Q: How to make webpages easily? A: Hello Gary, Thanks for the mail. Good move going and living and traveling in a van — they can be great homes, can lower your living expenses drastically, enforces simplistic living, and, of course, are mobile. Good on ya. About making webpages, I recommend using the Wordpress system. [...]

  • Plantain Roasting Ovens

    Plantain Roasting Ovens in Mexico SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico- Two men strode through the streets of San Cristobal pushing a giant sheet metal contraption on wheels. It was smoking. What was this thing? I had certainly never before seen such a machine, so I walked closer, and asked the men pushing it what [...]

  • Asus Eee PC Motherboard Problem

    SAN CRISTOBAL de las CASAS, Mexico- The plump Mexican tech guy threw his arms up into the air upon seeing me walk into his shop: Your computer is dead. The tech guy thus officially delivered the news that I had already known prior to bringing my Asus Eee PC into his computer repair shop for [...]

  • Asus Eee PC Breaks Again

    SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico- I must inform all readers, correspondents, prospective employees, friends, family, and all associates that VagabondJourney.com will be out of commission for an unspecified amount of time. The reason: The Asus Eee PC 1005 that I have been using to publish this website just kicked the bucket. This would be [...]

  • Composting Toilets in El Salvador Countryside

    CINQUERA, El Salvador- The idea behind using a toilet is the same throughout the world, but the mechanics of using them often differ fundamentally from region to region, culture to culture. I have used dozens of varieties of squat toilets, holes in the floor, troths, sink looking things, and walls depending on the cultural climate [...]

  • Fruit Picking Tool

    SUCHITOTO, El Salvador- “What do the people here use to get Mangoes out of trees?” I asked in El Salvador. There were two prevailing answers: 1. You throw rocks up at the tree branches and, if you are a good shot, dodge any fruit or stones that come streaming down towards your head. 2. Use [...]

  • How Many Cell Phones in the World

    SUCHITOTO, El Salvador- Within the tender span of a decade, the cellular telephone has wiggled its way into just about every social crevice on planet earth — becoming the new patchwork technology that now holds the social fabric of the world together. As of 2009, 60% of the humans on earth are reported by the [...]

  • How to Use a Pila Water Basin

    CINQUERA, El Salvador- There will come a time in every traveler’s journey when they are told that they can go brush their teeth in the concrete thing that laundry is washed in. They will receive no instruction — what you are suppose to do is second nature to your host — but you can really [...]

  • Verizon Global Data in Guatemala Jungle

    FINCA TATIN, Guatemala- Before leaving the USA I provisioned myself with a Verizon Blackberry with a global data plan. With this device, I can go to just about any country in the world and expect to have access to the internet. I pay in full for this service — $65 a month — but each [...]