Posted: February 28th, 2010 | Author: Shawn | Filed under: blah blah blah | 3 Comments »
One of the most time consuming habits I have is standing around day dreaming about things I see. The most random things can set me off on an internal litany of pretend conversations and scenarios. I blame it on being an only child. Or perhaps it was that skateboarding head injury mishap in ’88. Either way, my point here is that my day dreaming has to work overtime when I’m traveling. So many new things to imagine. For kicks I thought I would share one of the things I saw here in Victoria that got my imagination going.
We had walked past countless sailboats and it was just another morning in the harbour. All the proverbial chat topics were going on, “ohh that one is pretty” and “I could sail around the world on that baby”, and so on. Then amongst all the fancy boats this little beauty suddenly caught my eye and ignited my day dreaming muscles. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 23rd, 2010 | Author: Shawn | Filed under: gear | 3 Comments »
This is going to be a super short gear review. If you have an iPhone or iPod, the Macally PowerLink charger is crazy sweet. It’s a standard USB charging cable, a 2gb USB thumb drive, and an emergency battery all in one thumb sized package. The battery option will jump an iPhone battery up about 1/3. Which is pretty important considering my damn phone battery struggles to last through one full day. That’s heaps of useful for something that takes up zero space in your bag.
I originally saw this charger on Gadling a few months ago and have been using it exclusively ever since. I make a point of having only the most efficient gear in my pack, and this little thingy definitely meets my standards.
Edit: This baby is $36 at Amazon.
Posted: February 18th, 2010 | Author: Shawn | Filed under: blah blah blah | 6 Comments »
Do you ever have those days when you’re not certain why you travel? I’m in Victoria BC for February, and this morning I was out running errands. As I was about to turn into a government office I noticed a hardcore looking photographer taking pictures all around him. As I paused a moment to not walk into his current shot, I got to looking at what he was shooting and wondering what was so damn photo worthy. It quickly became a moment of realization that what I was ignoring as just normal scenery was some other guy’s great photo. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 11th, 2010 | Author: Shawn | Filed under: blah blah blah | 5 Comments »
There’s probably no shortage of swanky lists that rate and rank the various airlines of the world. I don’t check any ranking lists though when I book my flights. I just search up what I need on Kayak and go with what looks best. However, after so many years of flying in and around Canada, I have come to strongly prefer Air Canada. They’re not perfect, don’t get me wrong, but I think they’re better than most. I’ll even pay a little extra to fly on Air Canada, and I have a dozen reasons why. In no particular order, the dozen reasons why I prefer Air Canada are… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 8th, 2010 | Author: Shawn | Filed under: people | 13 Comments »
We’ve all read heaps of articles on how dreamy it is to work while traveling or from some remote beach bungalow. Whether it’s blogging, freelance writing, or some online entrepreneurial scheme, the articles make the idea sound as simple as falling out of bed. However, I personally have a tough time falling out of my bed, and so I got to wondering about the realities of these ideas. How many of those “work remotely from the beach” articles were actually written remotely anyways? I can’t completely buy into an idea until I personally talk to some folks who have actual hands on experience.
Along comes Abby. Working as a writer from Costa Rica, Abby Tegnelia knows all about drowning deadline worries with a margarita and getting sun tan lotion on your keyboard. Fortunately for me — and I suppose by association, you too — Abby was willing to answer some questions about her experience. Read on to learn about a really cool woman, doing interesting work, from a pretty damn nice location. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 6th, 2010 | Author: Shawn | Filed under: week sauce | 2 Comments »
This week’s sauce has some great junk. Plus to be merciful there’s no random dodgy photos or videos. I’ve been having a great week. Left Montreal, passed through Vancouver and now I’m happily ensconced in Victoria. I already took one of the first aid courses I want to do, and I’m happily doing the foot work for a couple Victoria based posts that I want to do. Anyways, let’s get this baby rolling so I can go watch Zombieland. Again. It’s a cool movie! Read the rest of this entry »