Posted on 15/10/2013 at 04:10 under Canada, 2012/2013
It felt a little strange to be heading back West – the complete opposite direction to home and covering a journey which had taken me 5 months to drive in just 7 hours on a plane. My 3 flights up to Whitehorse were well rewarded however – leaving the airport the Northern lights were right above us. Carly explained that I was very lucky because although Aurora activity is common, you aren’t always able to see them due to the clouds. The night was clear and the view only got better as it got darker throughout the night.
Posted on 17/09/2013 at 13:09 under Canada, 2012/2013
After Gaspé I headed down the coast to Percé Rock which Hilary had recommended to me. The large rock impressively sticks out of that water and at low tide you can walk right out to it. Somehow I managed to wake up early enough to get out there before anyone else. The town of Percé itself is a very uninteresting tourist orientated affair but the night before I had found a small rest stop just outside of town where I stayed for the night (there not being any signs telling me not to) Throughout the evening another two campervans had joined me at my little spot – obviously also not fussed about staying in the town itself.
Posted on 05/09/2013 at 12:09 under Canada, 2012/2013
It was a little hard to leave Montréal. I had intended to depart a week before I actually did but the pull of the city kept me there. I had made some good friends during my time there and had lots of fun – so in the end I needed to drag myself away in order to continue my journey. I think I could have stayed there for a long time… well probably until it got silly cold.
My time in Montréal continued to be busy and included gay pride parade, an art gallery, a city break camping trip with my friend Carly, an electronic music festival and plenty more partying. It was great to get a little settled after being on the road for so long.
I have been thinking of a little while that I should write a post about work – specifically what I actually ‘do’ and how that has changed over the last few years. This may not be of interest to everyone, but it is something I have given a lot of thought to over the last year and I figured that as well as explaining how I make a living, it might also have the added advantage of helping me collect my thoughts.
Since graduating from Cardiff University in 2008 with a degree in Computer Science I have been working as a web developer – initially for a company and then self-employed with my own clients. I’m pretty used to getting blank expressions from people when I say what I do. I am also used to people switching ‘web developer’ for ‘web designer’.
Posted on 10/08/2013 at 12:08 under Canada, 2012/2013
I have been in Montréal nearly four weeks now, which is hard to believe because it has gone by so fast. This has largely been due to my time here being a whirlwind of meeting lots of people and there always being something to do in the city. Meeting people through Couch Surfing has been a great way to meet people (there are multiple planned activities happening every day!) and sample what the city has to offer. These activities include partying, sight seeing, a comedy festival, climbing, partying, exploring the local cafés, (a little) work, eating lots of delicious food and recovering from partying… to name a few.
Posted on 18/07/2013 at 16:07 under Canada, 2012/2013
Stocking up on food and beer as we left Toronto, Jim and I headed North towards Algonquin Provincial Park. This was the first time where I had a road trip buddy and it made the drive not only go quicker – but was good fun. With the beats pumping (Albert has a surprisingly good sound system for a family people carrier!) we got to the park in no time. We had stopped off at a Tim Hortons on the way there so I could introduce Jim to my make-it-up-as-you-go-along way of doing things. We were nearly at the park at this point so we did some last minute research into where to go and accommodation options.
Posted on 11/07/2013 at 16:07 under Canada, 2012/2013
After Chicago I drove to Cleveland, Ohio to see Martin – another school friend who I haven’t seen for many years. Martin moved to the US on a soccer (football) scholarship after we finished school ten years ago and didn’t come back! It was great to catch up with him and to meet his fiancé Molly.
Posted on 17/06/2013 at 08:06 under Canada, 2012/2013
At the US border crossing I was given a slapped wrist due to my last US tourist visa still being present in my passport. Apparently this should have been taken out when I left last year and the fact that it was still there meant I was an “overstay”… which is pretty serious. They let me off (it seems that it was actually the fault of the last border official for not removing it) and while was pretty clear that I hadn’t been in the US for the last six months, this little bit of card is the only evidence they take into account. Which seems like a bit of a rudimentary system to me!
Almost as soon as I arrived there was a sudden, fierce thunderstorm that made during rather difficult. There were also tumble weeds flying about everywhere which I thought was pretty cool – having only ever seen them in films. I headed down through North Dakota, visiting the Theodore Roosevelt National Park which has some pretty impressive geography and wild horses and bison running about everywhere.
If you have been following my recent posts you will know that as well as travelling I am continuing to work via the internet as I go. For a while now I have been working on a project which is about just that – working while on the move. Specifically it is about finding places to work remotely from anywhere in the world. I call it Hot Officing.
Posted on 13/06/2013 at 15:06 under Canada, 2012/2013
My first day in Calgary was spend exploring the city with a couch surfer called Bilal. I like to explore cities with other people, so I had put up a message on the couch surfing website and Bilal who was also new to Calgary had answered. In the evening we went to a couch surfing meet up together, which are always a great way to meet people from all over the world. Held at a local bar I got chatting to loads of different people including a local Calgarian called Lloyd. Lloyd’s family originate from South Wales and he invited me to go indoor climbing with him later that week. A good start to my visit to the city and I hadn’t even met up with my friends yet