Friday, January 16, 2009

There's Hope Yet!

Mr. Marolt, the gentelman who rode his bike across the United States had this to say about our country:

Hi, Reece
I read your web page containing large article about my tricycle traveling across United States. It was for me memorable adventure indeed. At the end I had to change my old opinion about Americans, which was wrong owing to television, movies, newspapers ..., always full of violence, criminal, etc. At the beginning of trip I was a little scared of new unknown country and people. Now I can say, that Americans are much more friendly as I ever could imagine.
I am continuously watching your travel progress in South America. Wow!
I hope you understand my weak english.

With best regards,
Joze Marolt

That is good news to me! And I have been to SLovenia, and can say it is also a wonderful country full of very friendly people. It is beautiful too. I look forward to returning one day in the future.

Best of luck to you in all of your future travels, Joze,


Friday, January 2, 2009

Update for the New Year

Well, when I said I was going to lay low on the blog for the next month, I guess I was fibbing a bit. Truth be told, writing in the blog has become habit and something that I really enjoy. So, I will continue to post on occasion between now and the time I leave.

The reason I was prompted to write though was an account of a really scary event that happened to my friend who is now traveling in Costa Rica. Mattis, my friend, was sitting in his bed in his hostel, working on his computer when he heard several loud bangs. He looked out his window and saw a female police officer in hysterics, as he put it, over the body of another police officer that had been shot in the head.

Apparently, some armed men had attempted to rob the Hostel that Mattis was staying in and when the police arrived, shot one of them several times in the chest and once in the head before running away.

It is a terrible tragedy, and I sincerely hope that the officer is OK. A lot of those guys are corrupt, but still, that does not warrant a gunshot to the face in my eyes.

Things like that make you really stake a step back and realize how fast it can all go. A lot of people would take that story and say, see, stay away from the third world! Well yes, the third world is not the safest place but things like that can happen anywhere. Violent crime is a big problem here in the states.

I just hope that my friend is not scarred by this event and that the Officer lives to fight crime another day. Mattis said the officer was still alive when the ambulance showed up, so that is good news. I also hope that the degenerates who did this receive justice. You can blame the society that they live in, the poverty that encourages crime, or what have you, but no one chooses to pull that trigger other than the man attached to the finger. That deserves retribution.

I have a lot of friends that are police officers and to think that someone like that could come to such a terrible end really angers me. But, it is out of my hands in this case.

At any rate, that is a story that I thought was relevant to the blog as I had just been there. The game plan now is to fly into Brazil on February 11th, to meet Mattis, stay through Carnival which should be a blast, and then head down into Patagonia to do some trekking.

I hope everyone had a great New Years!