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Created this blog to document my travels, experiences & thoughts thru Central & South America but hell plan to blog my travels to where ever. Goofy harmless Free Spirit hoping to spend most of my time with locals & enjoy the world! So hang on as I travel, drink cervezas, raise a little hell, maybe piss off a few people & hopefully not give Canadians a bad reputation! Of course don't do these things on purpose but while having a good time well "Shit Happens"!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

In between trips overseas pretty much spend my time just enjoying Life to the max like while traveling as did between April and Sept during the summer of 2013!

Usually my Travel Blog has been used as a Journal to blog my experiences and adventures during my journeys to other countries! But realize there are other experiences & adventures I encounter while not traveling that would be just as cool to save for reading in a couple years! Hell had been posting them on FB but thought why not post these adventures on this Travel Blog as they are just as interesting adventures which I’d like to retain for future reading! LOL

Well returned in April 2013 from my latest trip traveling to SE Asia for 4 months & had a few cool experiences & adventures during the summer!

So just after returning from my travels at the start of May went on a short road trip to Armstrong to visit friends who hadn’t seen for a few years! Hell he grew up with them in Edmonton as the company he worked for transferred him from Edmonton to this little village of Armstrong in the Okanagon area of BC! 
http://www.canadalegal.info/prov-bc/lawyers-kelowna-vernon/okanagan-bc-map-cities.html which maybe can be better viewed using the larger map of http://www.ourbc.com/bc_maps.htm ! Then a couple yrs later this company went belly up leaving him without a job (she still had hers) and hell Armstrong being a small village there was little opportunities for work in the village! Then a guy in the village asked if he wanted to drive a taxi the Dude owned in Armstrong! What was cool about that gig is that his taxi is the only taxi in town well actually there’s only one taxi vehicle! So his passengers call him at home to ask for a taxi ride or whatever! Most of them need to be driven to and from the bar, have him pick up a case of beer for them, a little old lady needs a ride to the doctor, etc! Most of the peep in that village are retired, elderly, on welfare or Natives on the reserve in Enderby another village nearby. So most don’t mind spending $$ for a taxi ride as the distances are close but they all tip well so he makes good cash for driving the cab! The downside is he’s on call 6 days a week (he doesn’t drive on Sun) as he hasn’t got a back up driver for himself! Shit had never been to Armstrong but found the little town as kind of homely and nice to visit but kind of find the place a little too quiet for moi!

Also made it to Armstrong 2 more times during the summer as went there when was hoping to go further east in BC a month later as went with a friend to Summerland and then took a back road part way back to Vancouver! Then went thru Armstrong later in the summer when I did a 2 week road trip thru BC but more on that later in this posting! The reason I kept returning to Armstrong was they have a cheese factory which makes some awesome bbq salmon cheese which is to die for cuz it tastes just like bbq salmon so it’s awesome with crackers & beer not that I drink a lot of beer! Also will be returning to that area to camp next summer or whenever as there is still a drive in movie theater in Enderby the little village next door which would be cool to see a movie while camping in the area!

Then in early July a family member who lives in Abu Dhabi got married there to an English dude & they had a wedding party in Abu Dhabi for her friends there! Then in early July had one in Vancouver, Edmonton, London and in a small village in England! So I enjoyed a wedding party in Vancouver and traveled to Edmonton to celebrate a party there with family & friends!

Guess U could feel sorry for me cuz I grew up in Edmonton & still have family and friends there so go back about once a year as always enjoy going there! But after this trip I’ve started to realize that Edmonton is a shitty place to live cuz during the summer they have a lot of heavy rain with strong winds, lightening & thunderstorms so the whole city gets flooded! Then shit after these storms the giant mosquitos attack like it was World War III which is one of the reasons I left that place! The other being the -30 to -40 degree temperatures during the winter! Yeah I know that most peep say at least it’s sunny during these periods while it’s pretty much cloudy and rainy in Vancouver at that time! But shit at least in Vancouver it’s warm and doesn’t rain all the time so I can go for bike rides, run, walk and do things cuz the rain comes straight down as it isn’t windy!!!

One good thing about the wedding parties was got to hang out with my daughter in Abu Dhabi  & son who lives in Eastern Canada! He hurt his knee so we couldn’t do any strenuous hikes but we enjoyed hanging out and going for bike rides! Plus made it out to the beach & eat a few times tho eating out in restaurants aren’t what I usually make a practices of doing!

But shit in my Journey thru Life can never look after my money & other valuables as always seem to give them away to some idiot Drifter who feel needs it more than moi!! But f*ck according to my Mom well guess when my Dad worked as a fisherman he used to give away most of the fish he caught to peep he met who had sob stories!! So guess being a sucker runs in the genes! LOL

But like Winston Churchill said " We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give"!!

So it all works out cuz can't take it with me so been building up my contacts so when I'm broke, down & out well know where to can get free meals (Sikh & Hindu temples) & free places to sleep (Buddist temples) or cheap places to stay & exist cuz have made friends with people who've bin dar dun dat & lived on the street! So when not living like a Bum roaming the World well been building up my contacts & references for that time so can exist Insha'allah!!

So hell my friends and I like to get free meals in the area as went to the Sikh Temple a lot during the summer which is served every day as part of their religion! http://www.yelp.ca/biz/akali-singh-sikh-temple-vancouver So would go there with friends about 2 or 3 times a week! The funny thing was there were both guys and chicks that went with us to the temple as we sat together but we found out later that guys were suppose to sit at one table and chicks at another! lol Then on Sun we could head to the Hindu Temple however it was always busy there so don’t go there very often!!! There’s also a Government assistance office on Fraser & 16 Ave which offers free breakfasts on Mon, Wed & Fri between 10 & 10:30 am! There’s also free meals at the back of the Glad Tiding Church on the east side of Fraser & 20 Ave in Vancouver! So tried these places for meals as love freebies!!! http://citycaucus.com/2012/04/crazy-for-fraser-street/http://citycaucus.com/2012/04/crazy-for-fraser-street/

The summer also was kind of sad as a good friend moved away to work in another place so helped them get ready for their move! http://www.letstalkrelations.com/why-do-we-miss-someone.html http://www.letstalkrelations.com/why-do-we-miss-someone.html But in their place another friend moved back to Vancouver in fact into the East Van area about a dozen blocks from my place which is cool as we hang out a lot since they will be attending UBC for the next couple years!! Then the news of what was happening in Syria was a bit of a downer cuz it makes me kinda sad about what is happening in Syria cuz it's actually a beautiful country to visit!

Also had an awesome time hanging out at a few festivals and one of the most enjoyable for me was the Salish Summer Soltice Festival! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eDtqTpJp_w and the Japanese Powell Street festival but more about that further in this posting! http://www.powellstreetfestival.com/

The weather during the summer was one of the best that can recall in years as it hardly rained so had an awesome time hanging out which is one reason didn’t work too much! On the Aug long weekend f*ckin chased summer with a crazy wicked summer long weekend!l

Fri night got back from hanging out on Van Island !

Sat night got totally wasted at a Reggae Concert (what else whenlistening 2 Reggae?  lol). Then to Lucy's All Night Diner for awesome homemade tomato soup! Topped off with delicious blueberry pie & soft ice cream!! Their homemade soft ice cream fukin rocks as its 2 die for cuz U'll think U died & went 2 Heaven (espec when smokin lol)!! Friend had soup, all day & night breakfast topped off with a ton of soft ice cream & peanut butter- which is f*ckin awesome!! Hell didn't finish until well past 3 am but was fukin well worth it!!

Sunday pigged out (U guessed it) at Japanese Powell Street festival! Then rode bikes for Gelato & around seawall! But had to stop to watch sunset (where else but Sunset Beach)!! Then idiot me brought out my weed & guess my friend (newbie smoker) felt comfortable enuf around moi 2 try some too! So after a toke or 2 my friend realized was too wrecked 2 ride so had to walk bike till got shit together to ride but never happen lol. Hell my fave way to bike is stoned listening 2 music lol but joined friend to walk bikes for ever 2 take a bus after stopping 4 a munchie break!! So fuk didnt get back 2 my place till well past midnight then more munchies & ended crashing my place 4 the duration!

Monday we wanted to head 2 Wreck Beach but fuk slept till afternoon & then was too much hassle 2 get there so went to 3rd Beach instead around 5 to hang for sunset! LOL

Kinda thought of heading to Shambhala Music Festival  http://www.shambhalamusicfestival.com/ but fuk dislike the 9 hr drive to mtns of eastern BC each way! Anyway fuk couldnt get my shit together to appl to work there 4 free entrance like in past cuz who fuk wants 2 pay $300.00 to get in! So shit will prob take my time, weed & head to Nelson & then further east 2 meet bro to camp 4 a week or so!

Hell its tough searching 4 work!! So enjoying summer instead & to cheap out to save $ so can head to South Africa 4 a while well have to camp & ride my bike!!
But did have an opportunity to do some work helping a friend with their company/work but hey since I left my IT job well got to enjoy the good life of just chilling and hanging out enjoying my Life while doing a lot of traveling when can afford it!

So like I mentioned was going to work at the Shambhala Music festival as I’ve done in the past but didn’t want to hurry to go to the festival as would have to be there the day after the Aug long weekend!

So instead of going to the Shambhala Music festival I went on a 2 week road trip thru BC! I checked out a  Rainbow Gathering & Dumpster Diving in Nelson area of Kootenays in BC while Blazing & Driving the Back Roads on an Awesome Road Trip around Amazing BC for a couple weeks – just camping & messing around!! 

Yeah camped in far SE part of BC by the US border at Lake Koocanusa (fuckin beautiful camping, lake & weather as slept in my hammock just chillin & smokin). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Koocanusa

Picked up an Israeli hitch hiking to the Rainbow Gathering so while driving & smoking decided to check out the Gathering/Festival near Slocan in Kootenays which had initially been set to happen on northern Vancouver Island 
Met some cool peep from all over world & interesting Native/Indigenious people 
Also met some cool hippie types as learned about nature & environmental stuff   http://www.oilspillsolutions.co.uk/tag/slocan-river/
Then spent couple days in Nelson in Kootenays   
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Then headed north thru Naksup (to check their Hot Springs) & to take the free ferry at Needles http://www.google.ca/search?q=images+of+free+ferry+from+needles+bc&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=LvwoUt__LKa0igKmiYCgCQ&ved=0CCwQsAQ&biw=1024&bih=542
Then took some back roads across the Monashee Pass http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monashee_Pass to get to Armstrong to see a couple of friends! Then met other friends near Shuswap & then drove on back roads to the Yellowhead Hwy to Little Fort & west on back roads to 100 Mile House http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Columbia_Highway_24 to go down the Cariboo Hwy to Clinton to take back road over mtn to Mt Currie to camp near Hot Springs!

Then got held up all day for an Ironman Race from Pemberton to Whistler! But made it to Squamish to camp before heading back home to East Van! 

Wow the weather & countryside were just beautiful!! But what was even more beautiful was out of cell phone range for a couple weeks!!

Realized chillin with some Native peep made this Trip as amazing as any Trip Over Seas!!! But will find out in Oct as hope to head to the southern part of Africa & will prob hang with some Indigenous Africans for a while!!


F*CK ONLY IN VANCOUVER CAN u GET A $250 TICKET FOR SMOKING ON THE BEACH!!! But hell NOT for smoking Weed but just for smoking – tho of course we’re smoking weed cuz after all we are in Vansterdam!!!

Cuz hell in any other part of the world this person would have got busted instead for smoking Weed on the beach – NOT just for smoking! But in Vancouver they don’t care if U’r smoking Weed, Hash, Opium, Crack, etc as U’ll get busted just for inhaling shit as they’re trying to reduce smoking in public like on beaches & parks!!

Hell felt bad as had just passed a joint to this chick who was about to have a toke when the Park Ranger came along & busted her!! But sure glad it was her not me cuz just got a $167 ticket 4 forgetting to put on my seat belt, a $107 ticket for not changing the address on my driver’s licence & just b4 that got a $196 ticket for having my front licence plate sitting on the dash not attached to the truck!! Duh so no wonder having trouble saving $$ to travel again!!!

But at least in all my travels and journeys I find that I drink less and prob smoke a little more than most peep! Sure glad don’t drink too much especially when I came across a video showing how stupid a person looks when they drink too much!!

So I’m hoping that my next journey thru BC will take me thru more northern BC up to Prince Rupert and maybe to Haida Gwaii as a friend is driving to Prince Rupert in Sept so hope to join them to split the cost but really want to see Haidi Gwaii but time will tell if I get there insha’allah  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haida_Gwaii

Hope to buy a ticket to the southern part of Africa (South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Losetho, Zimbabwe, Malawi) https://www.google.ca/search?q=map+of+south+africa+countries&es_sm=122&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=CbdNUsfsDuHqiQLmhoDgBw&ved=0CCwQsAQ&biw=1218&bih=635&dpr=1 & the island of Madagascar http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/africa/mg.htm as have always wanted to see the countries there but have never got past the countries in the north as something always seem to come up! So yeah hope to be going this fall & winter for a while! insha’allah

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