Category: Writing

The crowd, the stage, and the hair. Wow, I love this place!

Musical Candy – The Camden Monarch

May 1 I had flown across two continents for it, just to be a part of this night… England.  London.  Camden.  The Monarch.  Metalworks. It would be old bag of tricks in a new shirt. *In retrospect, I can say for sure from the evening that my lifestyle does not permit me to own a white shirt. I met Mike just after 18:00 and we went to a small establishment called Spiritual Bar to drink beer and catch up.  Justin...

Genocide and Poverty in Ethiopia: Addis Ababa

April 29 I woke up at 11:00.  I did not want to get up then, but sleeping is no excuse for wasting the only day I have in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I talked to the guy at the front desk of Global Hotel and asked him how to get around the city.  He told me outrageous taxi prices.  I asked him if there is a local convi-taxi.  He said there was.  I told him, “I have been in Africa for...

Walvis Bay: Opposite Day

April 10 Lala woke me up at 08:00 because she had prepared breakfast for me.  Julia, right behind her, had a nice morning shine and sat with me for breakfast. Today would turn out to be Opposite Day!  Awesome Opposite Day. Play this while you read.  I heard this today.  It has been years since I heard this song.  Somehow I forgot how great the Bellamy Brothers were.  This is a beautiful song… Well, today went down like this… I...

Victoria Falls Gorge Swing: Wild Horizons Adventures

Victoria Falls Gorge Swing: Wild Horizons Adventures

Victoria Falls Gorge Swing: Wild Horizons Adventures Wild Horizons – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Telephone  +263 (13) – 42313/42314 Email – info@wildhorizons.co.zw Facebook Wild Horizons March 13 I decided to tackle the morning at about 09:00.  I wanted to start it earlier, but it was important to have a fresh of a mind for the day so I stole a little extra sleep.  I was at Wild Horizons at 10:00.  Today was certain to be a great day. In no time after I...

Victoria Falls: Zambezi Horse Trails

Victoria Falls: Zambezi Horse Trails

Zambezi Horse Trails Victoria Falls Zambezi Horse Trails Email: info@vicfallshorsetrails.com  Skype: alisonhorses  Tel: +263 13 42847 Facebook Zambezi Horse Trails March 12 I had a morning, but my day really began at 15:30 when a man named Joseph arrived at Shoestring Lodge Backpackers Hostel to pick me up and take me to Zambezi Horse Trails.  We stopped to pick up a Gail and Faye, a really nice American mother and daughter team, and then pulled into the Zambezi Horse Trails, one...

Whitewater rafting the Nile River through Nalubale

Whitewater Rafting the Nile with Nalubale

Whitewater Rafting the Nile River.   Feb 21 – Kampala, Uganda. My telephone rang at 05:51.  It was my Ronald from Nalubale Rafting.  He was looking for the hotel in Kampala where I was staying.  Ronald arrived at the hotel at 06:10.  06:10!  They had told me last night that he would be there at 06:15.  Five minutes early?  In Africa?  Wow!  A professionalism seldom experienced on this continent…! Ronald helped me to get my backpack in the car and we drove...

Uganda Elections 2016 - Three Days of Grand Corruption

Uganda Elections 2016 – Three Days of Grand Corruption

Feb 18, 2016 Uganda Elections. Kampala, Uganda. Today is a big day for Uganda.  One of the biggest in recent history. Holy!  I just looked up at the television showing elections taking place as I started writing this and across the screen it says, “Besigye Arrested.”  Kizza Besigye is the opposition leader to the current president Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. President Museveni, has been in office from January 1986 to now.  Actually, I just looked the dates up on Wikipedia...

Meeting a wild silverback gorilla family

Meeting a Silverback Gorilla Family, Rwanda

Today was a special day where I went to spend an hour with a silverback gorilla family in the mountains of Rwanda.  It was a $750 US price tag for such an experience.  But what I got for that hour today was pretty freaking amazing!

African Nations Championship (CHAN)

Kigali: African Nations Championship (CHAN).

Kigali: African Nations Championship (CHAN). Jan 30 I checked out of my guesthouse and moved to Panafrican, which is the sports bar where I was last night and made friends with Joseph, the owner.  He told me they also had rooms for around $10, which is half of the price I have paid for the previous two.  I checked into a good room and then Joseph drove me in his car to Amahoro National Stadium for the African Nations Championship...

Kigali Genocide Memorial Center

Kigali Genocide Memorial Center

Kigali Genocide Memorial Center. Jan 29 Today was a dark day and it made me teary eyed. I spent the afternoon at the Kigali Memorial Center of the genocide of 1994. It was free to enter as it is a place of mourning for the locals. This is what I learned this afternoon. There will be some horrible information and graphic photos here… *All points in “quotation marks” are direct quotations taken from the memorial. Kigali Genocide Memorial Center The...

Walking on Eggshells - Bery's Place - The Ugandan Sexual Abuse Recovery Home of 43 Young Girls

Walking on Eggshells – Bery’s Place – The Ugandan Sexual Abuse Recovery Home of 43 Young Girls

Walking on Eggshells Bery’s Place – The Sexual Abuse Recovery Home of 43 Ugandan Girls Sometimes one ends up in situations they could never expect.  Actually, it seems to be a daily part of my existence as a man on the road trying to avoid the mainstream.  Gifts of people and of life just sort of fall at my feet.  Maybe that is part of being as open as possible to everything around me… My local friend and I were...

East Africa Tourist Visa

East Africa Visa Battle: Tanzania to Uganda

East Africa Visa Battle: Tanzania to Uganda Jan 23 It was a crazy and stressful morning, but I really did not care that much and knew life would find a way to work itself out somehow… My friend Jasmine and I arrived at the bus terminal in Bukoba, Tanzania by 6:20 via motorcycle taxi.  She had to pay for my motorcycle because I only had $0.40 worth of Tanzanian money left in my pocket.  We climbed onto our Greyhound-sized bus...

Zanzibar, Tanzania, net fishing

Local Night Net Fishing in Zanzibar

Dec 12 I was tired, but I got up in time for the guesthouse breakfast in Nungwi, Zanzibar.  It is a free meal, and I need to think about money more than sleep.  As I was eating, James, my Tanzanian friend, came to find me to tell me that he had been at the fish-market this morning and he talked with one of his friends who said that they would take me out on the fishing boat to work with...

Potential country music superstar

Country Music Superstar Hillbilly to London Rock and Roller

Country Music Hillbilly to London Rock and Roller I wish I had learned two languages growing up…. I am not talking spoken word. I am talking music.… It would be difficult for me to have come from a cooler life and cooler place in the world. I am super proud to be from Big Beaver, Saskatchewan, Canada, population 55. It made me. It is so unconventional in comparison to anyone else I have met in my travels that it makes...

If I Knew Then What I Know Now

The If I Knew Then What I Know Now Bullshit Spiel

The If I Knew Then What I Know Now B.S. Spiel The If I Knew Then What I Know Now and the If I Was Your Age guy is filling you full of bullshit, even though he may not know it.  I have encountered the ‘If I…’ man many times in life and normally take heed of what he has to say.  However, I recently spent three months in a sort of time reversal to have an ‘I know what I...

Vimy Ridge – Photos and Facts of the Battlefield

Vimy Ridge – Photos and Facts of the Battlefield

Vimy Ridge in France is where the Canadian Corps won in a battle against the German Sixth Army on the 12th of April 1917 of the First World War.  The ridge had been under German control since October 1914.  Our guide Grégory, a man who possibly knows more about war history than any other human alive, broke down the events that took place and explained the battle to us.  I am not much of a nationalist, but I felt a...

Moroccan female meltdown

Reverse Roles Damage Control

Reverse Roles Damage Control Xavier told me that running a hostel in Marrakech brings up hostel-cultural issues in the Muslim country that do not apply in most of the rest of the western world.  For example, hostels often have mixed dorm rooms, but in Morocco, it is illegal to have a Moroccan male and a Moroccan female sharing the same room.  A different set of rules applies to the locals.  But, being that it is a hostel, crazy things happen...

Magic Mushroom Girls

Magic Mushroom Girls

Magic Mushroom Girls My friend Mick used to manage a hostel in Amsterdam.  He told me that one evening he was at reception when two cute girls came down to the desk, completely naked.  He said he could see by their eyes that they were really high on something and guessed that it was mushrooms.  They were asking him questions about the hostel or Amsterdam and he pretended like they were not naked and tried to have a normal discussion...

The thong

The Thong

The Thong Alessio had been working in the hostel in Valencia for a while.  He told me that they had an older Colombian cleaning lady who had a great body.  He said she always wore thong-underwear that stuck out above her pants when she was bent over.  One day she was cleaning the bathroom and when she shut off the vacuum cleaner, she could hear a sound coming from one of the stalls that sounded like someone was masturbating.  Eventually...

Storage Room Hostel Sex

Storage Room Hostel Sex

Storage Room Hostel Sex. My friend Kate has been managing hostels for years.  I asked her for her best story.  She told me this: “There were three girls lined up at the reception desk to check-in.  I can not remember what time it was, but people had not checked-out of the rooms from the night before yet, so I guess it was before 11:00am.  Behind the three girls were three guys, and the three girls and the three guys kind of...

Skydive Interlaken, Switzerland

Skydive Interlaken in the Swiss Alps

Skydive Interlaken in the Swiss Alps ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and a ‘Skydive’ seem to reflect opposite directions, but for me they will now be forever linked… I was showered, up for breakfast, packed and ready for my hang-gliding adventure when I arrived with my backpack at the front desk of Balmer’s Herberge in Interlaken, Switzerland.  The wonderful staff told me they had bad news and that my hang-gliding experience had been cancelled.  They tried to get me a spot paragliding. ...

Porn is Killing Sex

Porn Is Killing Sex

Porn Is Killing Sex I was a young child in the 1980’s that grew into my teen years in the 1990’s. It was an era where having a quality VCR (Video Cassette Recorder) showed status. The VCR our family eventually bought to keep up with the neighbours and society was a thing of luxury at the time. It was in 1990, and it had a feature on it called ‘Timer Record’ that would actually record your TV shows for you...

The Camden Monarch

The Camden Monarch

The Camden Monarch The Camden Monarch is musical art.  Unfortunately, not enough of this art is created anymore.  The potential loss of this culture and rock and roll is a sad future. Sunday in Camden, London, England, is the most consistent best night of the week…in the world.  Now, that is a very strong and opinionated statement, but it certainly holds a lot of accuracy.  If you are looking for a good time, any and every Sunday of the year,...

The Power of an Old Crush

The Power of an Old Crush

The Power of an Old Crush. I had not seen her in about 10 years.  I used to have a massive crush on her 19 years ago when I was growing up.  I have been away for nearly a decade and recently returned for a spell.  We became friends on Facebook.  Then, two days ago I received this message from her: ‘Umm…Just FYI, Your Facebook pages tell me that you might be the coolest. person. ever. 🙂 Just want I...

Pink Floyd Tribute Band

Magic Mushrooms, a Potential Quadriplegic Orgy, and a Pink Floyd Tribute Band

Magic Mushrooms, a Potential Quadriplegic Orgy, and a Pink Floyd Tribute Band It was the night before the concert.  He was at work in a factory but I was in his hot-rod garage hanging out when he sent me this message; ‘Should we eat magic mushrooms for the Pink Floyd tribute band?’  Holy…. I was not ready for that.  I wrote back; ‘Whoa.  I have not done something like that in about five years.  I am not sure if I...

Strange Twist of Dates

A Strange Twist of Dates

A Strange Twist of Dates Feb 3 Life is just so freaking strange sometimes.  It is just a strange twist of dates… Right now in my life, I am at the farm in Big Beaver, and I am trying to get all of my journals moved from paper books that they are and typed out on my laptop.  I have 17 journals that I have written every single day for the past 10 years, and it takes me about four...

Making Music in a Senior Citizen's Home

Making Music in a Senior Citizen’s Center

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 of hands to carry equipment, so I decided that I would join him for his performance. Once we got everything into the car, we had a quick sandwich in the house. As we were about to run out the door one of my brothers called. I knew we were short on time but my dad was too polite to say so and he talked to my brother as I watched the anxiousness build up in him as time was ticking by. Eventually, dad got off the phone and we jumped in the car to race the ordinary 15 minute drive from the ranch to town.

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...