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Dune climbing in a pretty cool modified machine.

Walvis Bay 4×4 Off-Road Challenge

April 16 The ‘Walvis’ of Walvis Bay is ‘whale’ in Afrikaans.  Awesome… I went for a walk around Walvis Bay in an attempt to try to find a tent.  I failed in the tent quest, but really came out ahead because I stopped at a business called Namib Off-Road, that was closed. There was a sign on the door that explained their closure was due to a 4×4 Desert Challenge behind Dune 7.  I asked a cabbie where Dune 7...

At Old Bridge Backpackers.

Maun: Relaxation After Body Interrogation

March 31 48 hours ago I was in Lesotho…  Right now, I am near the top of Botswana.  I can really make miles when I need to get somewhere.  It is hell on my body, but I can cover the ground when I feel like I need to. I have been really stiff all day.  My body is tired of my behavior so I really took the day to relax. It was my way of saying thank you to all...

Lesotho, fully traditional.

Sani Top to Oxbow: The Lesotho Time Machine

March 28 I got up at 05:45 for the sunrise.  The people at the Sani Mountain Lodge had been raving about it.  I prefer to curse the sun to howl at the moon, but sometimes a man needs to tackle a sunrise.  Nature here had convinced me so. It was cold.  Like a-sweater-is-not-enough cold.  But, while it is cold for me, the Lesotho’s really take it hard.  They were wrapped in blankets, coats, hats and gloves as if it was...

This is Lesotho.

Across the Middle of Lesotho to Mokhotlong Village

March 26 I decided to check out of the village Roma and get deeper into Lesotho to get as real as possible.  I feel like I sort of cheated Swaziland by only seeing just a small corner of a small country.  So, this morning, looking at a map, I noticed a fine line that represented a road that went right across Lesotho to the other side.  It was not a thick line so I knew it was not much of...

A South African house party.

Johannesburg: Affluent Rock and Roll Party

March 19 South Africa had quite a history, some of it very dark.  On February 1st 1991, a signing of a national peace accord took place where former president F. W. de Klerk promised to end an apartheid legislation and end the segregation of whites and blacks.  Up until 1991, covering a time frame of about 20 years, South Africa had a dark mark on their name because of the partisan.  This proud sports nation involved in cricket, rugby, football, where...

Johannesburg: Like Nothing I was Expecting

Johannesburg: Like Nothing I was Expecting

March 18 Johannesburg: Like Nothing I was Expecting. The bus arrived in Johannesburg at 06:00.  I was listening to the band Seether as we drove because they are the only band from South Africa that I really know anything about. Coming into Johannesburg was very interesting.  I have only heard terrible things about Johannesburg.  Car jacking.  Murder.  Theft.  Crime.  Gated communities.  I did not even really want to visit, but I had a friend here so I decided to come...

Kibuye to Gisenye: Motorcycling Rwanda

Kibuye to Gisenye: Motorcycling Rwanda

Kibuye to Gisenye: Motorcycling Rwanda. Feb 3 There was a bus that was going to leave at 07:00 to go from Kibuye to Gisenyi, but that meant a 06:00 rise.  I figured I would try to find another way or hitchhike if I had to, but I did not need to get up so early for the bus.  By the time I showered, packed and was ready, it was 10:00.  My friend Martin from Germany was heading to a town...

Arusha to Mwanza - A Sore Ass and Overlooking the Obvious

Arusha to Mwanza – A Sore Ass and Overlooking the Obvious

Arusha to Mwanza – A Sore Ass and Overlooking the Obvious. Jan 17 Swahili loves to double up on the words language-wise.  Here are some examples.  Almost every word I know in the language is doubled. picki-picki – Motorcycle (because it makes the sound ‘picki-picki-picki-picki’) pole-pole – Slow peeli-peeli – Spicy boda-boda – Road haraka-haraka – Hurry I was up at 04:30 so that I could shower and check in for my Arusha to Mwanza bus.  I had bought a bus...

Making Music in a Senior Citizen's Home

Making Music in a Senior Citizen’s Home

Making Music in a Senior Citizen’s Home My father was hanging out with me in the basement, and then he began getting his band equipment together to haul upstairs to load into the car.  He told me that he had a gig to play at the senior citizens’ home in Coronach, the next town over.  My father is a very youthful 78-years-of-age.  I asked him if he needed a roadie for making music.  He was happy to have another set...

Cuban Scooter Heist

The Cuban Scooter Heist

The Cuban Scooter Heist Jan 15 Bean and I are a lot.  That is becoming clear… Bean says that we are the guys in the books that everyone else is reading about here on their vacation.  That is probably a very accurate assessment. The day really began when we were trying to track down a car to rent at Starfish, our resort.  We walked into a tiny air conditioned shack in the resort parking lot where a man was leaning...

Penhold, Bentley, and Sylvan Lake

Penhold, Bentley, and Sylvan Lake

Penhold, Bentley, and Sylvan Lake. September 13. Penhold parade took place today.  I spent most of the parade racing Kellen for candy that was thrown from cars.  The parade was more about politics than anything else.  It disappointed me.  Where are the cool cars?  Where are the floats?  Here is the Liberal Party representative.  Here is the NDP party representative.  Here is the PC party representative.  Here is the town secretary…  Good thing there was candy to buy the children’s...

Penhold: Pepperoni Hamburgers in a Haunted House

Penhold: Pepperoni Hamburgers in a Haunted House

Penhold: Pepperoni Hamburgers in a Haunted House. September 11.   After a late start because of a little lady’s illness last night, Travis and I left Penhold and went to Red Deer to buy diapers and beer.  That is quite a combination.  I tried carrying the diapers and felt that it was bad luck so I had Travis carry them instead.  Some things just do not look right on me.  Perhaps one day I will have to buy diapers.  Maybe...

Regina – Beer Dog

Regina – Beer Dog

Regina – Beer Dog. September 5 Beaner told me that stench is added to propane because it is actually odourless.  That is my interesting fact of the day.  I wonder how it was agreed on what the international stench added would smell like.  Perhaps someone create a smell and everyone said, “This scent furthermore will represent propane and will never represent anything else.  Hereto, all propane processed on earth will have this specific smell added to its gastric compound.”  That...

Regina: Road Tripping with Two of My Favorite Allies...

Regina: ♫Road Tripping with Two of My Favorite Allies…♫

Regina: ♫Road Tripping with Two of My Favorite Allies…♫ September 1.   A welder friend of Dan’s told him that metal in the 1980’s was way better than it is today.  The metal that is made today is not very good.  That is interesting because he could be talking about music. Dan, Bean, Fiona and I went road tripping to Parry to Bean’s farm to drop off a truck load of things he has collected that he calls ‘treasures’ and...

Big Beaver to Regina: Labour Day Party

Big Beaver to Regina: Labour Day Party

Big Beaver to Regina: Labour Day Party. August 31. 5:20am is too early for any human to have to be awake.  But I had to tie up a few loose ends with packing before dad drove me to meet Travis and Kellen at the Harptree grid just south of Bengough.  I said goodbye to pa and then Travis and I had an awesome visit all the way to Regina.  It is very nice to be around him. In Bengough at...

Coronach: Universal Thoughts with Mike

Coronach: Universal Thoughts with Mike

Coronach: Universal Thoughts with Mike. August 23.   It is raining like crazy here.  There is far too much rain.  The earth here is saturated.  It has been two days of rain, at a lousy time.  Had the sun been shining my family would be in the fields harvesting.  I wish that was happening as I would like to be a part of that while I am home. I spend the day with dad and then Michael came to pick...

Learning Tejo

Bogota – Learning Tejo

Learning Tejo. July 20 I found some really awesome traditional Colombian-ism today.  It is a game called Tejo.  It was perfect.  It was throwing peices of metal, gunpowder, and beer.  Perfect. I woke up in Nathali’s bed.  I was still alone so I can only presume she did not get cold in the night.  Smart woman.  She must have had more blankets than I wished she had! Nathali cooked me breakfast.  Duck eggs taste like chicken eggs.  Nathali, her brother...

La Paz: Israeli Manners

La Paz: Israeli Manners

La Paz: Israeli Manners. May 23.   Two Israeli girls were sitting behind me on the bus.  One of them kept on putting her feet up on the back of the seat so that they overhung where I was sitting to show her Israeli manners.  It was driving me nuts, but I was tolerant.  It was muddy outside and when a chunk of mud fell on my seat, I slapped her on the foot and told her to keep her...

Buenos Aires meat meet party

Buenos Aires Meat Meet Party

Buenos Aires Meat Meet Party. April 10. It was a casual one, and I was not out of the house until it was dark, which always makes me feel shitty.  We went to the butcher shop at about 8pm and bought a lot lot of meat, some vegetables, some bread and came back to have a ‘parilla’ (barbecue) for about 12 people.  We were planning a Buenos Aires meat meet party. I was informed that as a man I would...

Asunción: Cold Starve Works, But Wow it Sucks

Asunción: Cold Starve Works, But Wow it Sucks

Asunción: Cold Starve Works, But Wow it Sucks. March 28. When you do not drink liquid or eat food for 30 hours it really does terrible things to you.  I could not sleep very well at all.  I had been tossing and turning and I am sure everyone in the dorm stayed awake because of my mental battle to kill a cold with a Cold Starve.  I was so thirsty, and my stomach ached.  I actually peed in the middle...

Itaipú Dam

Ciudad del Este and Itaipú Dam

March 22. This date is usually a very crazy day for me.  The life-changing event of 2011, 2012, and 2013 all took place on March 22.  It is a weird day for me.  It is also my brother’s birthday, and we had an awesome visit today, which is a nice way to have the day this year. It took Irmante and I forever to get moving as I have a million things to do before I could leave the hostel.  Eventually,...

Rio de Janeiro - The Calm Before the Storm

Rio de Janeiro – The Calm Before the Storm

Rio de Janeiro – The Calm Before the Storm. 18 March    I am not hung over after St. Patrick’s day.  What a treat! We had a relaxing one and we woke up in Cash and Csilla’s corridor sweatbox at about 10:30am.  Cash and Csilla have a cat who was taken away from her mother too early, so she suckles on the fuzz of a teddy bear that they have in the house.  Irmante has been trying to get the...

Rio de Janeiro: Stalking a Crippled Masturbator

Rio de Janeiro: Stalking a Crippled Masturbator

Rio de Janeiro: Stalking a Crippled Masturbator. March 17. Our friend Csilla from Hungary is an English teacher here in Rio de Janeiro.  When she used to live in an apartment in downtown Rio, the doorman of her complex thought she was a prostitute.  An eastern European woman who had plenty of male visitors in business suits, who would stay for an hour and then leave again… St Patricks Day No Way.  I just do not feel like drinking right...

Rio de Janeiro Before Ayahuasca

Rio de Janeiro Before Ayahuasca

Rio de Janeiro Before Ayahuasca. March 14. It was hot and the mosquitoes who used to bite Csilla at night, have found me at the half way point to her room and, being lazy mosquitoes that they are, dine on me instead so Csilla no longer has bites in the morning.  You are welcome!  They were relentless to me last night and I could not sleep until 4am and I had to have a shower to make myself tired enough...

Paraguay Consulate is Where in Rio de Janeiro?

Paraguay Consulate is Where in Rio de Janeiro?

Paraguay Consulate is Where in Rio de Janeiro? March 12. Vacation means, “We have to get up early tomorrow to head to the Paraguay consulate,” and that means getting up at the crack of 10:00am dawn.  And that is awesome! Life is good, even if I am still fired up of the hassle of this Canadian passport and the visa situation of this continent.  We headed for the Paraguay consulate so that I could sort out a $137 internet informed...

This is a sagui monkey, had come to the tree next to us to have a look at the gringos on the terrace where we stay with our friend. So, we took a bamboo stick and wedged banana slices into it for the curious and cautious little fellas to snack on. After we gave one slice of banana, he went and told his friends, and the whole tribe came for snack time. They make a noise that you might expect a bug to make. Cool little monkey.
Tabajaras Favela
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
7 March 2014

Petrópolis to Rio de Janeiro Vomit Drive

Petrópolis to Rio de Janeiro Vomit Drive. March 7. Irmante and I woke up in a very hot car in the downtown of Petrópolis at 10am, and there was a parking ticket on our window.  So, we took it off and walked to the hotel where Scottie and Shanna were staying.  Scottie looked terrible, like a man who drank a lot of tequila the night before.  He tried to shower off the look and the feeling, but it did not seem...

And then we rented a in Rio and I was behind the wheel. Your nerves are tested immediately when you have not really driven much in 8 years and suddenly you have to learn how to drive through 6.3 million people in three lanes of highway with four or five lanes of cars. That is a test...
We got ourselves to Petrópolis, a cobblestone city about two hours from Rio. I broke a lot of traffic rules and I made one way streets work backwards for me when I needed them and no one was coming. Suspecting other cars were honking their horns at me to heed their warnings. I knew what I was navigating myself through.
This was a nice cathedral that we seen there....
Petrópolis, Brasil.
6 March 2014

Driving in Rio de Janeiro to Petrópolis

Driving in Rio de Janeiro to Petrópolis. March 6. We rented a car today in Rio de Janeiro.  The idea of driving in Rio, seemed terrifying, but also an adventure… It turns out that one person in your group needs all of, a) passport, b) licence, c) credit card.  There were four of us, together and two of us had forgotten our passports and the other two had forgotten their licences.  We could not mix and match, so we had...

Rio de Janeiro - Carnaval Partying

Rio de Janeiro: Carnaval Partying

Rio de Janeiro: Carnaval Partying. March 5. Cash, Csilla, Irmante and I met with Scottie, Shanna, and Marie in the afternoon to do some sightseeing.  Scottie told me that he was having a hard time calling the car rental company.  He took the phone number down the the front desk at his hotel to ask some questions and they told him he had been calling the postal code…  Awesome! We had a beer and sightseeing turned into partying instead.  We...

Rio Carnaval Block Party Listings

Rio Carnaval Block Party Listings: Rio de Janeiro

Rio Carnaval Block Party Listings: Rio de Janeiro.  March 4. The day was a bit of a sleeper that dragged into 3pm before our world showed signs of life.  Carnaval is a exhausting when you live it ‘full blast.’  So, we just kind of licked our wounds today and I made this video of ‘Scottie, Sloth and the Cross-Dressers.’  We found out that the samba school coordinator was really happy with our performance in the parade.  That is great news....

Rio Carnaval Party Time: Rio de Janeiro

Rio Carnaval Party Time: Rio de Janeiro

Rio Carnaval Party Time: Rio de Janeiro. March 3. The Rio Carnaval Party is totally insane.  Today I had to rally the troops of my group as they were not motivated to party.  There were some that wanted to go to the beach, but I wanted to go to the Sergeant Pepper bloco party, that was a samba band that played only Beatles cover songs.  I put on a bit of pressure and nine of us went to Parque do...

Rio de Janeiro Carnaval

Learning Rio de Janeiro Carnaval

March 2. Rio de Janeiro Carnaval. After a late start, Csilla, Cash, Irmante and I got down the hill to meet Scottie, Shanna, and Marie.  It turns out that Christine is Marie.  I blew that.  We went and found a blocko party and a band was on a tall trailer, and they were called New Kids on the Blocko.  They played New Kids on the Block, Spice Girls, N-Sync, and Backstreet Boys.  The music was terrible, but the party was...