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Adventures in Amsterdam

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After an unforgettable South American adventure, Rel heads for Europe

Expect updates and original photography from Amsterdam as Rel heads for Europe soon! Amsterdam is only one destination for the International Man of Mystery in 2018. Other goals for this year include:

  • Lima, Peru
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • Cartagena, Colombia (yes, an encore of this lively city)

Other destinations could be added to the itinerary. Updates will be added to the front page and Rel’s International Travel Guides.

While in Amsterdam, front line reports from the city’s famed Red Light District will be forthcoming as will a visit to the Royal Palace of Amsterdam – which houses the sculpture that is the TNMM site logo. Side ventures to France and Germany are also possible. Stay tuned, as yet another adventure begins.

Sure beats corporate drudgery.

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Postcards from Paradise: January 24, 2018

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Finding Lost Humanity

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A lot of life happens in the plaza by Torre de Reloj

Cartagena, Colombia | Ah, that familiar feeling. After having gone through three exciting, ready and willing women in one night, I feel that old, familiar feeling again – I’m alive inside. I guess I had a lot of pent up sexual thirst from my work sentence in Anglo America extracting the money I needed to leave again. What a contrast – leaving the cold, ineffectual, Faustian machine culture of Anglo America for a place with Old World sensuality, humanity, and charm.

But, feeling alive inside is about much more than fulfilling sexual needs prescribed by Maslow’s Hierarchy.

After having endured some hard time inside world’s largest outdoor prison, i.e. Anglo America, it’s nice to return to a culture that is brimming with humanity. And a place that actually has true freedom and personal liberty. Latin America is perhaps the most human place on earth. Everything my soul has been missing in work obsessed, machine-worshipping, sex-shamed Puritanland found on my latest sojourn to a new continent.

Even eating in fine restaurants like Cuzco Cocina Peruana and Quebracho Parilla Argentina have made me realize just how much of the human touch we’ve lost back home. Rather than processed food that contains more marketing than flavor, I’ve enjoyed some of the best meals of my entire life here in Cartagena. What a difference the human touch makes.

As I sipped Cabernet and bit into a thick steak, I remember savoring and appreciating that moment so much, perhaps because I never really got to experience anything like it back home. My trip to Quebracho eclipsed any of the corporate feedbag “steakhouse” experiences I’ve had in the States.

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I’ve enjoyed seeing the full flowering of humanity, with all its highs and lows, effetes and common people, poseurs at the top and real people at the bottom, rather than the neat and tidy, homogenized, Socialized, coerced dulling of our instincts and behavior so common in the matrix.

In the plaza by Torre de Reloj, nightly I watch high class folks (Castiza) share territory with prostitutes around the Pedro de Heredia statue. Families walk within feet of ladies of the night and neither bats an eye. Only a miniskirt and purse gives away the fact these are working girls in the plaza. This is something one would never witness in prudish Anglo America. A man is amazed a place like this even exists after having spent half a lifetime in the matrix, where sex is shamed and prostitution is the cultural equivalent of murder. Perhaps even more shamed than murder.

Each night, the clubs are full with people dancing and enjoying each other’s company rather than standing around, estranged, looking at each other. People are everywhere. You never know who you might run into. Characters abound.

I can walk around the plaza with a beer in hand without fear of reprisal by police. Recreational drugs are cheap and everywhere to be found. Women actually smile at me rather than grimacing at me like I’m a miscreant. I can talk to women and not be treated like malware by them. I can actually have a Realtalk conversation with the majority of people in the plaza rather than having to tiptoe around every word and every topic, being careful not to say the “wrong thing” as was so often the case in the world of the news media I grew to hate.

What a place. A place that lets people be. What a concept.

I’m becoming addicted to the risk that comes with traveling around the world, perhaps because it’s so rewarding. It’s exciting to step foot in a country or city I’ve never been in before, then adapt to its culture. The old addage “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” comes to mind. Rather than “When in Rome, make everyone do what Americans do.” The problem is, I realize how much Anglo culture has ripped me off.

How very few freedoms I actually have. How most of my decisions are made for me. How I almost sacrificed my whole life to the gods of consumption, materialism, celibacy, and loneliness until my awakening by writers pushing the envelope here in the new counterculture known as the manosphere.

If nothing else, trips like these will be something I look back upon fondly when I’m an old, decrepit man on his deathbed. At least I’ll have the satisfaction of knowing, that for once in my life I actually lived a little.

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5 Tips to Maximize Savings for the Minimalist Traveler

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Spend more time outside the matrix with these common sense travel tips

You’ve worked hard and saved money using TNMM articles on minimalism to use for world travel and exploration. But, what to do now? Blow your wad all at once, or try to stay gone as long as possible from the matrix? You should already know what we recommend. Don’t know about you, but when GloboWorldCorp treats people like crap in order for them to enjoy the “privilege” of earning some of the master’s money – the awakened man makes these bastards work just as hard to get it back.

Here are 5 easy ways you can save money and maximize your travel investment now that you’re ready to go live some “real life” off the GloboWorldCorp plantation. All these methods are Relampago tested and approved ways to save some bucks on international travel.

5. Fidelity Debit Card. The Fidelity Gold Visa Check Card/Debit Card is a fantastic way to keep from being needled with incessant ATM fees when you’re abroad. While the Fidelity web site touts the virtues of having ATM fees automatically reimbursed stateside, Rel has been using the card to get international ATM fees reimbursed. ATM fees are automatically reimbursed at machines with the Visa, Star, and Plus logos – which means virtually anywhere. Depending on how often you decide to withdraw cash, this could amount to big savings. Signing up for a Fidelity account is easy, and funding the account is also easy on the Fidelity web site.

4. Get a Cashback Rewards Credit Card. Rel uses Capital One’s Quicksilver cash back card (1.5% cash back) and a Discover “it” cash back card (2% cash back). Book your flight with the card that suits you best. Most importantly, pay off the card before the grace period expires to avoid losing any money you saved. On $1,500 worth of travel, that’s $30 in savings – which amounts to a couple of “free” nights at a low-end, minimalist style hotel abroad.

3. Book Flights on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Flying on off-peak days is the only way to go. Mondays and Fridays are obviously busy, as are fly dates around holidays. By being smarter about choosing fly dates when prices are low, the minimalist man can literally save hundreds of dollars on airfare with each trip, and potentially thousands of dollars per year. Additionally, if time allows, try bidding on airfare on Priceline. Rel has saved an average of $150-200 per trip by doing smart bidding on Priceline vs. paying retail.

2. Catch a Bus to Major Airport Hubs. Yeah, everybody hates the bus. But what’s more important? Saving money or coddling yourself? When every dollar counts, the minimalist man chooses saving money. As an example, Rel recently caught a bus from DC to Miami for $79. During his travel dates, an equivalent flight would have cost $400. The sum of $321 in savings might not sound like much to some, but once a man realizes how much freedom, amusement, and food that will purchase him abroad he’ll no longer quibble with sacrificing to maximize his travel funds. As another example, Rel also caught a bus to Chicago for $79 and flew to Asia for $660 by choosing his bookings the smart way.

1. Eat and Sleep Cheaply. Don’t be like the American tourists who go into Señor Frogs and pay $70 for some watered down drinks and a soggy, bad taco salad. Do yourself the favor of leaving the tourist areas and getting out to where real life happens. Some of the best meals a man can ever have cost $5 or so at street vendors. Often, better than $50 meals at white tablecloth restaurants. In addition, when taking a break from street food and eating at restaurants choose wisely. Don’t waste money on food when there are so many good meals to be had for incredibly low prices.

Additionally, there are many good hotels that are harder to find than the well-promoted corporate chains. But, there are web sites to help you find these mom and pop establishments. Booking.com and Hotels.com are two sites Rel frequents. If you’re looking for a basic bed, WiFi, and A/C, you can find reputable hotels for $15-20 a night in many destinations. The difference between a $19 a night hotel and $35 a night hotel might not sound like much until a man looks at the total cost of his stay. Over a month’s time, staying in the $19 a night room saves $500 – enough for another flight to and from many world destinations.

These considerations will help ease the burden travel places on a man’s wallet. The wisdom of Ben Franklin stating “A penny saved is a penny earned” goes double when the minimalist knows his penny will go twice or three times as far outside the matrix as in it. Be safe, and have fun.

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21 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Cartagena, Colombia

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Traveling the World Makes a Man Realize There is Very Little Freedom in America

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Modern American propaganda makes the nation resemble a scene from They Live (1988)

America might have been founded on the principles of freedom and personal liberty, but there’s very little of those ideals left in the nation since the clandestine corporate takeover of the Land of the Fee slipped the attention of a credulous, sheeplike population. Those are tough conclusions most any awakened man will come to when he starts spending extensive amounts of time abroad.

There is much more freedom abroad than in America, particularly in Latin America for the Libertarian-minded individual. So much freedom, in fact, it makes this author realize just how much of it we have lost back home. Notions of “freedom” and “liberty” proclaimed by politicians and businessmen make a man who knows scoff at those who falsely promote them.

Here are two important examples of how the Puritan-derived prohibitions on drugs and sex in Anglo America have needlessly curbed personal liberty and contributed to the development of a leviathan police state breathing down our necks.

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Leaving America is in many ways, like leaving a jail cell

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Marijuana is the rage right now in Anglo America as state after state plays with convoluted legalization schemes. But I’m way past that. The entire Nixon-era Drug War needs to be ended permanently. Personally, I’d like to see cocaine legalized. I’m living proof a high-functioning adult can dabble in it without becoming a hopeless, basket case drug addict.

For instance, since arriving I’ve realized cocaine is everywhere in Colombia. Taxi drivers have been offering me free samples, virtually everywhere I go others are offering me free samples. Of course, I don’t turn them down. The men and women offering me these samples often do so in public areas with police presence. It doesn’t take a genius to reach the conclusion that police in Colombia obviously have decided lax enforcement of drug policy is better than ruling your citizens with an iron fist, pushing the drug trade into the underground and making it violent.

Has this destroyed the society creating a nation of drug addicts? Absolutely not. People in Colombia are healthier looking and healthier acting than the avaricious, slovenly slobs and welfare queens back home.

In fact, as Portugal has proven decriminalizing most drugs actually makes rates of use and abuse go down. From The Independent:

Portugal decriminalised the use of all drugs in 2001. Weed, cocaine, heroin, you name it — Portugal decided to treat possession and use of small quantities of these drugs as a public health issue, not a criminal one. The drugs were still illegal, of course. But now getting caught with them meant a small fine and maybe a referral to a treatment program — not jail time and a criminal record.

The result? The lowest drug overdose rate in Europe.

Among Portuguese adults, there are 3 drug overdose deaths for every 1,000,000 citizens. Comparable numbers in other countries range from 10.2 per million in the Netherlands to 44.6 per million in the UK, all the way up to 126.8 per million in Estonia. The EU average is 17.3 per million.

Once again, it seems to me the propaganda machine that runs America has been successful in making people terrified of recreational drugs – when in fact there’s nothing to be afraid of but a police state meddling in everyone’s lives, and ruining people’s lives with criminal records.

The Drug War demonstrably makes the drug “problem” worse, as any prohibition does. Anglo America apparently did not learn from its wildly unsuccessful prohibition on alcohol. Who’s winning the Drug War in America? The drugs.

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Sex isn’t banned abroad

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Each night, shortly before midnight prostitutes line up to ply their trade in front of the clock tower in the walled city of Cartagena. Johns select the lady of the night they want to spend their night with, in full view of police who are there to keep the peace – not arrest lonely guys for hiring a willing adult to enjoy some pleasures of the flesh with.

Of course, prostitution is legal here as it is in many countries.

And the whores here are some of the most stunning, beautiful women anywhere. They aren’t strung out on drugs (even though most of them WILL have powder in their purse, use of it is commonplace and modest in a tolerant society), they aren’t being taken advantage of as most of them earn more money than they would at an exploitative GloboWorldCorp job, and they don’t look down on men as the “perfect” princesses in Anglo America do.

Just imagine – the juxtaposition of militarized police throwing Johns to the ground in Anglo America (often teachers, blue collar workers, and professionals who just need to get laid) alongside the image of prostitutes working in full view of the national police in Colombia. If that doesn’t strike you as worrisome when it comes to the loss of freedom and liberty in America, nothing will.

Then imagine a society in which getting caught with drugs will get you in trouble, but at the same time possession of drugs is tolerated up to a certain point. That’s Colombia. Then you’ll see another loss of freedom and liberty.

It doesn’t take too many experiences like this to make a runaway slave want to stay gone. America can shove its fake promises of freedom. I want real freedom, not the corporate trademarked, fake kind: the freedom to consume. I do know this. When those founding fathers cried, “Give me liberty, or give me death!” they weren’t kidding. A little liberty, when given to a former corporate slave is indeed a life-changing experience. There is, quite simply no other way to live.

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7 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Playa Blanca on Isla Barú, Colombia

Hot, friendly babes? Check. Cheap beers? Check. Jetskis for around $30 an hour? Check. Beautiful water? Check. 85 degrees in late December? Check. About the only issue with Playa Blanca, Colombia is peddlers who will constantly be trying to get you to buy things. A firm, practiced “no” handles this problem.

Personally, as I sipped Aguila beers and Caipirinhas I had a hot Colombian chick on one side and a hot Argentinean chick on the other side – entertaining both – I thought to myself this is why I worked so hard in the past year. Life doesn’t get much better than this. The ladies and I decided to share a beach umbrella as the sun is very strong this close to the equator.

So, I had pleasant company all day long.

An added bonus: Colombia is virtually free of fat, lazy, stupid American tourists and prudish, stuck-up Anglobitches. Excellent news for those of us fleeing that culture. Both my new South American friends were impressed I had the balls to come to Colombia alone, as most gringos are terrified of the place.

I told them I’m not your average gringo.

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