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Can’t Travel?

As one who remains positive in the worst of times, I’m not gonna write a sad post about how no one can travel right now. Instead, I’m going to remind you that you can still travel in your own country during these hard times. That’s what I’ve been trying to do in Canada. So don’t tell yourself you can’t travel! Just think of all the places in your own country you still haven’t been and travel carefully until the borders re-open.

Stay positive out there!

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Traveling to Halifax, Nova Scotia

In early 2017, I read a history book about how Halifax was a base for the British during the America Revolution and was blown away by the history. I wanted to go see the famous Canadian city for myself to compare the historical descriptions of the streets to how it looks today.

This is the story of that travel…

When I arrived in Halifax, it was late 2017, and I just got back to my hometown the other day. In case you’ve wondered why I haven’t been blogging as frequently as I used to it’s because I’ve been traveling like mad. But I couldn’t have done it all by myself. One resource that was really helpful for me was Discover Halifax. It’s an amazing website with so much information for tourists like me. I was there to learn more about Canadian history, so I visited lots of museums and historical sites.

The main reason for me writing this post though is to tell my story. I won’t be reviewing any tourist attractions in Halifax, because that would be boring for me. I do have a few funny stories to share though. Might as well get to those now.

Funny Story in Halifax No.1

I wanted to check out the famous waterfront. I got to sail on a few different old sailing ships and that was fun. But things began to get funny, or bit scary, when a big storm came and we were still far out at sea. The reason why it was funny and scary at the same time is because when the storm came my first thought was, “Oh no, I paid a lot for this 2 day sailing trip and now we have to end early. I hope I get my money back!”

The captain of the ship said, “Don’t worry, we’ll be fine.”

That’s when I freaked out and stopped caring if I got my money back. I just wanted to go back to land. It turned out the storm wasn’t a big deal and we just rode it through, and all the sailors laughed at me for being so scared. So I guess this story was kind of embarrassing too.

Funny Story in Halifax No.2

Of course, I had to stay in a bunch of different hotels during my long stay in Halifax. My favorite one was one of the cheapest, surprisingly. The whole time I never spent more than $200 a night on hotels, accept for one night where I felt like treating myself because I had made some good money on the stock market the previous day.

I was expecting to pay maybe $600 for the fanciest hotel Halifax had to offer, but I ended up paying closer to $1200, and here’s why…

This is also embarrassing, because that night I had a lover over and we got a little too drunk. We started arguing and when they left I got even drunker. I got so drunk that I drank all the wine and beers in the fridge, but that’s not why that night was so expensive. When I realized there was no more drinks in the fridge, I kicked it out of frustration and something rattled inside. Before I could curse at my swollen toe, the fridge shut off, stopped working!

I was way too drunk and embarrassed to call the lobby clerks for help so I did what any wealthy coward would do and searched for an appliance repair company on my phone. I found Appliance Repair Halifax and they were a little confused when I told them not to make a scene when they came to fix the fridge because I didn’t want anyone in the hotel to learn of what I had done. It turned out it was kind of obvious what I had done when the appliance technician came through the lobby with all his tools. The clerk stopped him and he admitted that a guest had called him.

I paid a good penny to get that fridge fixed, and I guess it would’ve came off my bill anyways so no big deal. It was just funny to see all the clerks’ reactions when they saw me so drunk trying to apologize at the top of my lungs for breaking the fridge.

Conclusion

I won’t be going to Halifax again anytime in the next few decades at least. I really got my fill there because I stayed for so long. But to conclude I will say it’s now my favorite Canadian city. I’ve since visited Italy and Spain and don’t miss Halifax at all, but I do miss the feeling I had when I got to learn about how awesome Canadian history really is. Now I’m back on the Island yet again and it’s good to be back to work. I’ll say one more thing before I let you go though.

If you’re a history buff and don’t know much about Canadian history, then I recommend going to Halifax yourself to learn from the locals first hand. They’d love to share.

Thanks for reading.

Do you ever CRAVE excitement?

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about roller coasters and theme parks. To be brutally honest with each and every one of you, the only relating I have with roller coasters is the word in past reference. What do I mean by this? Simply, my life has been a roller coaster!

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I wanted to share this separately!

Last time I wrote to you guys I created the question as to where I am staying, now hopefully I created some curiosity!

The thing about my new residence is it isn’t exactly permanent… By this I mean I’m not stuck in one place! 

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Yes, back on the Island, and that means work.

I have been blessed to be able to find my way back to Beautiful, British Columbia, Canada. Sparking ideas coming from Duncan, Nanaimo, and Victoria. What I mean by this has been my chosen towns for the time being. I didn’t enjoy Duncan as much as I thought I would, it is called “The City Of Totems” and that has a real nice ring to it but I didn’t feel very at home there; so I moved on. My first hitch hiking journey to Nanaimo was nothing out of the ordinary, beautiful scenery and countless friendly people even at the intersections! Now this all sounds great right? Being able to travel continuously and not worry about the responsibilities that we struggle with on a day to day basis? I’ll say this now, my bank account is small and my attitude is impregnable! I desire to travel so I do it, money is merely an object to me, though I do need it. Thankfully I have been in constant contact with the owner of an irrigation company in Victoria. We met years ago on a trip through the Rocky Mountains, him with wife, and me with my bug! You may not know what my bug is, please ask!

Ironically I was in Nanaimo at the perfect time, sort of searching for employment and sort of looking for the coolest campground around… well the best of both worlds happened. I found myself in a grocery store next to one of the job sites that Irrigation Victoria has done the sprinkler system and turf installations for! I grab a tourist attraction flyer off the shelf and then I make quick work of phoning Joel. Next thing I know, I am being offered a position starting at twenty dollars an hour! This is with the start date being, “Just stop by when you get back to Victoria and we can get you trained up.”

How amazing is Canada anyways? Not only do you find people like this on a regular basis, but even if money is tight, you can find a campground that would blow a five-star hotel out of the water!

So now I have a job with an amazing irrigation service company being trained as a sprinkler technician to maintain, repair, and install irrigation lines, heads, and systems. This work is fantastic, it keeps me on my feet, I can wear green and look like a prancing little elf, and I have gotten some of my biggest pay cheques yet! Thank you Joel, and thank you Irrigation Victoria! Check these guys out!

http://www.irrigationvictoriabc.com/

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Back On The Island!

My life has taken so many turns in the past three months that I really have no clue as to where to begin!

Let’s start things off with choices I have made that have really made some sense to me. Here’s the catch, not many! This thing people call life is such a mystery. One minute I could be in front of a Buffalo that is ten times my size, and the next I could be lying down under the starts witnessing a meteor shower. It’s funny how it all comes together with all the things in between that make little sense to those who are just merely passing by (this is with regards to the people who choose to live life unconsciously). I am a victim of it, I get in my head and get stuck but what has been the key factor in pulling me out is my endless ability to travel! Seeing something I have never seen before is what intrigues me and keeps me continuously moving forward.

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Polar Bear Swims And The Polar Bear Plunge!

I’ve heard so much about polar bear swims and polar bear plunge’s lately! I honestly can’t wait, this is something I do every year and I am more than excited to dip my damn near naked body into an ice cold body of water! Not sure where I will do it this year but I will be nothing but afraid the moment I undress. It takes a couple minutes, my feet are the warmest part of my body, not sure why but it has always been the case; so when I take my socks off and the bottom of my feet touch the surface of the earth, I know it’s time. The fear is weakened and my determination kicks in, it’s something I do every year! It’s a very unique thing, being so scared and then tapping into that inner source that comes from your heart, to your eyes, to the way you look at your target, and that thought that keeps floating “I must do this”.

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Sobriety And Traveling

This article is meant to be a reminder; I’ve learned some very valuable lessons on the road and one of the biggest ones is ‘Know Your Limit’. Now I am choosing to write a little bit about safety as I have come across some unique individuals in my time traveling and you most certainly cannot trust everyone who decides to act friendly in front of you. 

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The Moon

So I talked a little bit about my journey to British Columbia’s Capital City recently, today I would like to share my thoughts on something a little different. It is early, or late, depending on how you want to look at it. Today I want to talk about the moon. A late evening and half a bottle of some chilled Pinot Gergio has led me to stare off into the sky, mesmerized by what some call “The Light In The Dark” or “The Essence Of The Night”.

The moon has truly changed who I am as a human being, I know to some this may sound crazy but how I feel about the moon I will always hold close to me, never forgetting what that bright light in the sky has done for me; mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

 

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British Columbia’s Capital City

What a place! I have spent weeks in Victoria at a time, with my bug! Now this can be a long story, or a short story as getting my baby there took patience, persistence, aggression, and a calm mind all at the same time. I have worked as a landscaper, tree planter, and have always been a passionate horticulturist. With the help of family connections I was able to get some part time work which ended up paying for the mechanical issues I came across during my travels to Victoria (this leads to a long story, I am no mechanic)… The company I worked for during my stay truly kept me sane, hedge trimming and tree trimming that had to be perfect kept me on my toes and focused enough to get back on track and enjoy my stay. Tree shaping specifically I believe is an art form, and if you know me at all; I absolutely love art. If I hadn’t had the opportunity and the connections to work with a few arborists in my past I would have probably ended up maxing out a credit card or doing some grimy part-time work to fix my bug…

I am grateful that I know how to use a pair of clippers! 

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