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Modern Toilet - A Quirky and Shitty Restaurant

Modern Toilet – A Quirky and Shitty Restaurant

Modern Toilet – A Quirky and Shitty Restaurant. June 12 (cont’d). Mark, Jamie and I got ready and headed to Modern Toilet, a restaurant I had read about where you actually eat from small porcelain toilets and drink from tiny urinals.  It was too peculiar and quirky for me to miss while I was visiting Taipei, Taiwan.  The dishes were named after feces and the seats at the tables were real toilets with the lids down… On the sign to...

Touring the Pyramids of Egypt

Touring the Pyramids of Egypt

Touring the Pyramids of Egypt. June 3. I was up at 06:55. My alarm was set for 07:03 which would give me just five hours of sleep. It is incredible how a brain wakes itself up just before the alarm clock even when the brain knows it needs more sleep. How does the brain actually know what time it is when it is sleeping? How does it physically know when 07:03 is to wake you up just a little before?...

The Fun Job Interview

The Fun Job Interview

The Fun Job Interview. I was up at 05:00 this morning to do my final and third segment of the interview for a job I am hoping to line up this summer.  I had to be on Skype at 07:00 my time as that was 14:00 in London.  The job interview was by three random people in theor office: A Polish girl, a German girl, and a Romanian guy.  They asked me random questions from a deck of question cards. ...

Mexicable Cable Car in Mexico City

Mexicable Cable Car in Mexico City

Mexicable Cable Car in Mexico City Jan 18.   After Irmante finished her studies at lunch time, she skipped her afternoon Spanish class so that she we could hang out.  We caught the metro to the end of Line 3 to Verdes Indio.  From there we caught the free Mexicable Bus for 20 minutes through Mexico City traffic to the start of the Mexicable system. Mexicable is cable-car gondola transportation that just opened in October 2016, and runs over the...

Mexican Monarch Metal Brothers in Mexico City

Mexican Monarch Metal Brothers in Mexico City

The Mexican Monarch Metal Brothers in Mexico City. Jan 13. At 21:00 I went to meet Sara at a metal bar in Mexico City called Metal Brothers.  The website said there was no cover charge and stated that live bands play every night.  I was worried that it was going to be some lame ‘Cruise Ship’ band covering a version of ‘Hotel California’ for the eight-kajillianth time and fill me with regret. Nope! None of that at all…  Metal Brothers was...

Tequila Distillery Tour in Tequila, Mexico

Tequila Distillery Tour in Tequila, Mexico

Tequila Distillery Tour in Tequila, Mexico. December 20. [su_note note_color=”#b0b1b6″ text_color=”#030303″ radius=”6″]Why did the Mexican push his wife off of a cliff? TEQUILA![/su_note] Up, breakfast, buy some new shades that turn my face blue because of the color, and head to Jose Cuervo for the tequila distillery tour in Tequila.  It cost 220 pesos each for a one hour tequila distillery tour of Jose Cuervo! 220 pesos is essentially a king’s ransom for a one hour tour in Mexico.  [su_pullquote]Jose...

Santuario Nacional del Angel de la Santa Muerte: Mexico City

Santuario Nacional del Angel de la Santa Muerte: Mexico City

Santuario Nacional del Angel de la Santa Muerte: Mexico City. December 15. It took us a while to get out of the house.  Everyone is exhausted.  We have been hitting Mexico City hard for about two weeks now.  Eventually all three of us were ready. My date from last night had asked me what I was planning to do today.  I told her that my friends and I were going to visit Santuario Nacional del Angel de la Santa Muerte,...

Teotihuacan: The Pyramids Close to Mexico City

Teotihuacan: Pyramids Close to Mexico City

Teotihuacan: Pyramids Close to Mexico City. Dec 13. The house got moving around 10:00.  I thought Irmante, Clint and I would tackle the day earlier, but everyone was tired.  Irmante made breakfast and we headed for the Teotihuacan pyramids close to Mexico City. Teotihuacan was an ancient Mesoamerican city which was the largest city in the Americas…pre-Columbus.  The city is thought to have been of 125,000 inhabitants and was built from 100 to 250 CE. To get to the pyramids...

Mexico City: Museum of Frida Kahlo

Museum of Frida Kahlo: Mexico City

Mexico City: Museum of Frida Kahlo. Dec 3 Soft taco breakfast.  Black tacos.  They come from blue corn.  Regardless of the color, it is so nice to be able to walk out into the street and there is a canopy and under it is a congregation of locals eating tacos together that two senoras are proudly making. Mexico City is great. This entire country is great!  Irmante and I decided to visit Casa Azul – Museo Frida Kahlo (The Museum...

Luck in the Flow of Life in Todos Santos

Luck in the Flow of Life in Todos Santos

Luck in the Flow of Life in Todos Santos. Nov 20. I got really lucky in the flow of life! I am living in an incredibly beautiful house in Mexico for a week.  Life is a really great ride when you swim with the tide.  One day you are in Eugene, Oregon, trying to figure out how to get to another town called Grants Pass, but you do not want to take the bus.  So, you put up an ad...

Dogs Partying on the Beach in Todos Santos

Dogs Partying on the Beach in Todos Santos

Dogs Partying on the Beach in Todos Santos. Nov 19 We were up early to get to the realtors place to collect the keys and be lead 15 miles out of Todos Santos to Casa Tortuga, which is Kristen’s new habitat for the next six months.  The $1,200 a month house during the high season, secluded on the beach, has 6 meter ceilings and is a beautiful home that self sufficiently runs itself on solar energy.  The walls are 8...

Baja California Roadtrip, San Ignacio to Todos Santos

Baja California Roadtrip, San Ignacio to Todos Santos: Day 3

Nov 18 Baja California Roadtrip, San Ignacio to Todos Santos. It can be scary, riding shotgun across Baja, Mexico, with a girl who nearly runs a stop-sign in a town and then nearly rear-ends a truck slowing down for a speed-bump…all within about 30 minutes.  But, you make due, try not to pay attention, and you seem to get through it. [su_quote]Kristen says she needs coffee to start her day.  Noted!  We’ll for sure get that sorted out tomorrow morning![/su_quote]...

Driving in Mexico

Driving in Mexico, Camalú to San Ignacio: Day 2

Nov 17 Driving in Mexico – Camalú to San Ignacio. It was an early start.  A free breakfast courtesy of Hotel Margaritaville in Camalú, Mexico!  They sorted me out with an omelet.  Two of us stay at the hotel.  One free breakfast.  Mexicans make up their own rules! Back on the road.  Driving in Mexico is a semi-truck passing another semi up a hill through on-coming traffic.  You are behind those semis thinking about what you would do if you...

Iron Maiden, Download Festival.

Iron Maiden, Download Festival – Day 3

Iron Maiden, Download – Day 3. June 12 It was pouring rain when we left Dan and Emma’s house in Nottingham. Sunshine would be unreasonable at Downland Festival anyhow… Whatever… We were ready to get into it again!  We had garbage bags in our pockets for extra-dryness covering.  Dan and I jumped on the bus to take us to the festival.  To say traffic was backed up would be an understatement.  A thirty minute bus ride from Nottingham became two...

Black Sabbath, Download Festival.

Black Sabbath, Download Festival – Day 2

Black Sabbath, Download – Day 2. June 11 Dan made breakfast for Emma and I and then Dan’s contact came through with two weekend passes for Download Festival that we could have for a £60 donation.  I sure wish that had happened yesterday before I blew £190 on my pass.  Then once Dan and I made it to the festival a girl was standing beside the box office to give away an extra weekend pass she had for free…. [su_note...

Rammstein, Download Festival

Rammstein, Download Festival – Day 1

Day One – Rammstein, Download Festival.   June 10 I was up at 06:35 to get ready for the day.  It has been over a month since I was near a time like that.   I caught my 08:30 bus to Nottingham to meet my friend Dan.  Download Festival.  I have wanted this festival for five years now… [su_quote]‘How Cool Nottingham is’, seemed to have slipped my mind in the past 14 months.  It is a great little town.[/su_quote] Nottingham is...

Capetown Table Mountain

April 27 Dani was moving at 08:00 so I pulled myself totally out of a slumber as well to get ready for the day. Big idea – Hiking up Table Mountain – the geological and spiritual heart of Capetown.  We had plans to meet Dani’s friends at 10:00 to conquer the mountain on foot, but it started raining which put out everyone’s fires.  However, I needed to see it so I just took the cable car up the mountain for...

Capetown: Seeing Dani B

April 23 I slept really well in my reclining bus seat and did not even wake up until 08:30.  Sweet!  A good night of rest…  Those are rarities right now. Around 14:30, the bus pulled into Capetown, approximately 0:45h ahead of schedule.  Weird.  Not African style at all!  I sent a message to my friend Dani B who I spent two years working with in London to tell her that I was an early arrival.  She sent me a message...

Fish River Canyon, a Club, a Bus

April 22 I was up at 05:30 to get to the Fish River Canyon viewpoint before sunrise.  On the drive, a herd of zebras ran across the small roadway in front of me.  Africa is special… The Fish River Canyon is the second biggest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in Arizona.  I now have seen them both and Fish River is equally beautiful.  The colors are magnificent.  And the depth of the canyon, cut by the river…incredible. ...

Hitchhiking from Sossusvlei to Lüderitz

April 19 Up at 04:48.  Two mornings in a row pre-05:00 is about as horrible as taking a medicine that is certain to make you throw up… [su_note note_color=”#b0b1b6″ text_color=”#030303″ radius=”6″]Random ‘Did You Know’ – Due to so many people shaving their pubic region, crab-lice are heading towards extinction?  (Though that could just be drunk-talk I have been a part of.)  Nonetheless, I feel like I want to make t-shirts that show a bush which say ‘Save the Crab!’  (I...

Sossusvlei Sand Dunes National Park

April 18 Getting up at 04:01 to meet a German family at 04:30 is unpleasant.  Wait, let me reword that.  Getting up at 04:01 is unpleasant.  The German family was great! They…Christian, his wife Steffani, and six-year-old, Konstantin, from Dortmund…came into my life last night while I was having dinner at the lodge.  They were at the next table over and I asked them if they were going to the Sossusvlei in the morning.  I needed a ride and I...

Solitaire: The Car Accident

April 17 I was up at 06:42 to get ready, made my goodbyes to Lala and Francois Loubser, and was on the highway by 08:30 to try to thumb a ride to Sossusvlei…about a six hour drive away.  I have had a very easy time hitchhiking around Africa.  Namibia has decided to take a different pattern and it was not kind in supplying rides.  I stood on the side of the road in the same place for three hours.  I...

Etosha National Park and Hoba Meteorite

April 13 I think it was around 01:30 outside of Etosha National Park when I went to sleep in the car and it was 02:17 when I woke up to knocks on the window and flashlights shining.  When I really woke up, I realized that there were cops everywhere, with shotguns, surrounding my car (I would later count 18 camouflage-uniformed cops). I had been sleeping in the reclined driver’s seat just outside of the western gate to get into the...

Skeleton Coast National Park – Lions and Testing Idiocy

April 12 I had a pretty restless sleep, but considering it was in the back seat of a very compact car, I should be respectful enough to qualify it as a ‘good sleep’.  It was 07:17 when I checked the time and as soon as I moved, there were three Namibian police officers standing not far from my car and they watched me get dressed.  They seemed to have nothing better to do.  It annoyed me that they were so...

Skeleton Coast National Park – Shipwreck and Oil Rig

April 11 When I woke up, breakfast had been prepared for Julia and I on the terrace outside of the rooms by Lala, who runs Loubser’s Bed and Breakfast.  Awesome!  Julia and I ate and then I kissed her goodbye before she raced off to catch a flight to Bali.  I started getting myself ready when my rental car arrived.  Yes! Now, I had been to Avis, and they had a car for me for 552 Namibian dollars ($37) per...

Otjiwarongo to Walvis Bay: Hitchhiking a Train

April 7 I was up before my friends and I wanted to write my blog in the morning, but by the time I got out of the shower, Tosh and James were away and outside of the tent.  Tosh was smoking.  He told me, “I try to quit every morning!”  This morning seems to have been another failure. Tosh and James told me they had second thoughts about travelling all over Namibia with me.  Money is a bigger factor than...

Botswana to Namibia: Was I Cursed Today?

April 5 I am starting to have weird flashes of headaches and earaches.  These are things I never have in my life, ever.  Sometimes I have a weird nerve-jolt of pain go through my eyes for a nano-second.  I am wondering if this is a side effect of being on malaria medication for nearly four months straight?  I can not wait to get away from putting this medication garbage into me… [su_quote]I am stiff to move lately.[/su_quote] I am going...

Maun to Shakawe: Sleeping on a Taxi Drivers’ Floor

April 4 I checked out of the Old Bridge Backpackers this morning and decided to get out of Botswana.  I made it to the bus station and trying to find a bus to Shakawe, a border town with Namibia on the Botswana side.  Two lovely local ladies walked me to the right bus.  It would be a seven hour journey.  I got a front seat so that I could see out the window as we drove. Botswana is very dry...

Copy-zebra. I climbed a mound to have a look at this zebra and it climbed a mound to have a look at me. I should have patented the move.

The Okavango Delta of Botswana

April 2 Getting up at 06:02 is not easy when you prefer to howl at the moon.  Once you are up, it is not so bad. Making that initial move to get yourself out of the warmth and comfort of a bed that you could surely use more time in…that is the tricky part.  I am certain we are too far into the future to have to wake so early anymore. I was waiting at the reception of the Old...