Thoughts on Life

Is this really the end?

Posted by on May 30, 2009 in Around the World, Thoughts on Life | 5 comments

Is this really the end?

Yesβ€š we’re home. And that, ladies and gentlemen, was around the world in 365 days. We wandered around the desert metropolis of Dubai and played in what could be the world’s best water park; we saw the ancient ruins of Petra, spent a night in the desert, rode camels, shared a sheesha with a rescue team, floated in the Dead Sea, dove in the Red, all in Jordan; we ate Turkish delight, saw the peaks of Cappodocia, descended into the world’s largest underground city, saw the eternal flames of Mount Olimpos, played backgammon, cruised the Mediterranean, surveyed the...

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A very expensive experience

Posted by on Feb 27, 2009 in Peru, South America, Thoughts on Life | 3 comments

A very expensive experience

Well, we’ve finally had the quintessential South American experience. We’ve been robbed. More accurately, we’ve been robbed twice. The first time was in the middle of the Amazon jungle. Foolishly thinking we were isolated from societal ills, we left one of our money belts buried deep in one of our bags in our room. After returning from dinner one evening, Allison asked me why I had taken out the passports. As soon as she finished that sentence, I knew. We were out 400 soles (about $160 CAD). Fortunately, the culprit did leave our passports (if you’re reading...

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Thinking about Koala’s Backpackers? Think Again.

Posted by on Feb 21, 2009 in Australasia, Australia, Thoughts on Life | 2 comments

Thinking about Koala’s Backpackers?  Think Again.

If you are thinking about taking a self drive 4×4 tour to Fraser Island and wondering who to go with, I would think twice about booking through Koala’s Backpackers in Hervey Bay. Our trip was fun – the 4×4 was sketchy but roomy, our fellow travellers were great company and for the most part the provided gear worked (make sure to check your ground sheet for holes before you set off!) – but the staff at Koala’s really are terrible and I would recommend going elsewhere. Here is the letter of complaint I sent back in January and didn’t ever receive a...

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Yes, we are alive

Posted by on Jul 9, 2008 in Thoughts on Life | 1 comment

Yes, we are alive

Don’t worry, we haven’t succumb to infected scooter injuries. Internet has been hit or miss throughout Albania and Montenegro, however we’re back online in Croatia. We’ll have some awesome new blog posts soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the fresh photos in the Flickr stream on your right! Have you requested your hand-made postcard yet?

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Who wants a postcard?

Posted by on Jun 19, 2008 in Thoughts on Life | 0 comments

Who wants a postcard?

If you’re eager to use your mailbox for something other than flyers, bills, and your returned ‘Get Well Soon’ cards addressed to Britney, we’d love to send you a postcard. No guarantee on the date of delivery or the country of origin; we’ll send it when we find the one with your name on it. While waiting will be difficult, the sooner you send us your mailing address, at postcards@ourjourney.ca, the sooner your very own postcard may arrive.

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The Travel Beard Experiment = Fail

Posted by on May 30, 2008 in Thoughts on Life | 7 comments

The Travel Beard Experiment = Fail

I admit, I have been rather absent from this blog. My absence can be easily explained, however: I have been hard at work on my travel beard. No longer bound by the hygienic restrictions of work, or the disapproving glances of Vancouverites when one begins a beard quest such as this, my face would become a playground for new-found facial hair. Yes, I was to grow a mighty travel beard. Perhaps I would grow a bushy moustache and then, when the muse struck, shave off a portion to form handlebars or a goatee. Once my beard reached a sufficient size I could use it to store small tools or...

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