El orgullo

Apr 20, 2012 by

If you speak Spanish, watch this. If you do not, watch it anyway. There are some beautiful shots of the island I love so much and still think of every day. If you visit Easter Island, you will surely see and recognize these spots too. During my flight from Santiago to Easter Island, I perused the in-air movie section on my personal TV and came across this movie. I started watching it a little too late and didn’t finish watching it until my return flight back to the continent. Only then did I realise that the painted man at the beginning of the video was the guy who took me scuba diving on two separate occasions, and shared his apples and sandwiches with me, and spoke openly with me in the boat on open...

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This Week: Getting On

Apr 3, 2012 by

Today… one of my favourite quotes, gifted to me by a professor a few years ago: Somewhere in Norway Brno, Czech Republic Vienna, Austria Sooke Potholes, British Columbia Goldstream Provincial Park, British Columbia Witty’s Lagoon, British Columbia Winnipeg, Manitoba Newmarket, England Madrid, Spain Just outside Wolfville, Nova Scotia Paraty, Brasil Easter Island Easter Island Easter Island Easter Island Easter Island Buenos Aires, Argentina Aalborg, Denmark Near Borreby Castle, Denmark “If you are going through hell, keep going.” ~Winston...

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48 Pages

Feb 4, 2012 by

Ovahe Beach, Easter Island – pg. 14, stamp into Ireland; pg. 15, stamps from the island Getting my passport renewed last week felt pretty routine. It was something on my list of things to do, much like going to the grocery store. I realised as I was going through the motions that there are a lot of people out there who have never had a passport, and just the process of applying for one for the first time (never mind going on a big trip) could be overwhelming. I’m blessed to be so jaded about the whole experience. When the lady who was screening the passport applicants saw my full 24-page passport, she asked me, “You travel a lot?” “Yes,” I said. “Do you want a 48 page passport?” I didn’t even know this...

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Breaking the Rules or Listening to the Locals?...

Jan 15, 2012 by

Oh, hi. My computer was on the fritz the last few days with viruses and such. I just got it back yesterday and only just hooked it up now. So we’re back in business. I’ve been thinking a lot about Easter Island lately, possibly because I’m now really considering booking a ticket to go back there this summer, their winter. I’d really love to do this because I’ve done all the running around and sight-seeing on the island. To go back this time around would be to see friends I made the last time I was there and maybe even make some new friends on the island. When I was there in January 2010, the biggest lesson I learned there was to trust the locals. If you ever go to the island, you have...

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From Row 37 to Business Class

Sep 27, 2011 by

Photo from Malasaña, Madrid I was feeling pretty dang good that day, and I don’t know why. Maybe it was because I’d just eaten this sandwich. Maybe it was because I was going to visit ma belle cousine Natalie in France for the weekend. Maybe it was because of the nice farewell note from Gisela on my bedroom door. Or maybe I was just plain old stinkin’ happy to be getting on a plane again. I got to the airport with plenty of time and checked in. The smoothness of all this only added to a stress-free, pre-trip couple of hours. I was feeling so blissful, that I even felt compelled to go and sit in the chapel for a little while to be extra quiet.  It was really nice. The only thing that...

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Turn Your Volume Way Down

Jul 20, 2011 by

Because all you will hear is the rip-roaring wind… Here’s a short video I forgot I had taken while Tatsu and I were cruising around Easter Island. Though I had forgotten about this video, I remember this day and these moments on the island like they were...

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