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LA Riot

1 May

I decided to do a three-day layover in LA en route home. I contacted Zach, a friend I had met in Mozambique two summers ago and he let me crash at his place. His place was in West Hollywood and it took a while to get out there using the old public transit system. I managed to make it out to 11 bar with Zach and his boyfriend Bill and was introduced to show tunes night.

The next day Bill picked me up and we hiked up to the Hollywood sign. We managed to get lost on the way up but eventually made it to the top of LA. It was a little surreal to be so close to such an iconic sign, as tacky as it is. On the way back down we managed to take a wrong turn again and had to do a steep decent into somebody’s backyard, I think my urban abseiling came in handy! We rewarded ourselves with a beer at Barney’s Beanery before continuing our drive through Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

Bill dropped me off and I ventured out to Dodgers Stadium to see LA vs.Atlanta. I noticed there was an all you can eat section and bought a ticket immediately. $33 gets you a seat plus as many dodger dogs, nachos, peanuts and pop corn you can fit in over nine innings (and people wonder why North Americans are so overweight).

The next night ticked off another large item on the old bucket list. Emily (Zach’s roommate) and I went to Jones bar for dinner and then went to see a show at the Whisky a Go Go, for you music lovers out there this is the bar The Doors and Motley Crue got their start. Those being two of my favourite bands I had always wanted to have a drink in the place.

My quick stint in LA was definitely a success, but that is mostly because of the great company I had. A huge thank you to Zach, Bill and Emily for taking the time and being a tourist with me. I will hopefully see you later in the summer!

Foggy

LA

Bondi with Britt

22 Apr

My run of good luck continued on my Australian tour. My friend Britt was living in Bondi Beach so I again had a couch to sleep on. It was my last weekend in Australia and Britt was determined to show me a good time. We ended up in Kings Cross both nights and took in the sights of the night. It was a great way to wrap up my time in the country as I look forward to my next adventure.

Foggy

Byron to Bondi in a box van

20 Apr

Shawn and I went for a fruitless surf where we didn’t manage to get up on one wave. We went back to try and stream the Canucks game and saw I had tons of missed messages from Drea saying they had left Byron without me. I gave them a call and said it was cool and I would catch the bus down but they turned around and drove over an hour to come back and get me. Shawn and I had a quick beer so I could endure the wrath that was about to be thrust upon me. The girls arrived back in Byron and Shawn and I gave each other a big hug. It sucks that I didn’t get to spend more time with him but that is life on the road. I was met with some glares that could have killed and I jumped right into the penalty box in the back of the van. Needless to say it wasn’t the smoothest way to start the road trip. We drove down to Southwest Rocks and arrived at night due to the detour caused by me. We had a few beers at a pub and I felt I was making my way out of the doghouse. We decided to sleep on the side of the road and I assumed the fetal position in the front seat and went to bed.

The next day we drove down to Seal Rocks where we were met with a torrential downpour. The campground was half under water but they took the price down a little for us so we parked the van and took out the cards. It was a pretty amazing place even though it was raining so hard and it reminded me a lot of my new years in NZ. The next day we pushed through the flooding streets to make it into Sydney. I said goodbye to Drea and Anne and wandered to grab a bus out to Bondi Beach. Driving down the coast was a pretty amazing way to see the country; I just hope if you try to do it that you get a few rays of sun. Thanks girls for driving and I will see you back home!

Foggy

Byron Bay Extravaganza

19 Apr

Lauren and I got up and drove down to Byron Bay. We went right up to the lighthouse which is the most Eastern part of Australia. Lauren was just supposed to stay for the day but I ended up convincing her to stay another night down there. We had to do a quick dress shop and then it was onto the hostel. I have said it before on here but there is nothing like seeing a face from home on your travels. Shawn Hetherington and I had been trying to track each other down in Australia for a while and then a day before my trip down to Byron he messaged me saying he worked in a hostel there.

Shawn and I gave each other a big hug and then got on the drinking for the night. Lauren, Shawn and I ended up at this insane bar called Cheeky Monkeys and anyone that has been to Byron before will know what I am talking about. The place was packed and instead of a flat dance floor it had grand stands. We of course went right to the top and took it all in. Shawn was in fine form ripping it up on the top, I did not know how he was going to work at 7 the next morning. (Shawn wanted to kill everyone in his path the next day) Next stop was table top dancing before we had our fill of being off the ground. I don’t know how there are not broken ankles or skulls every night in that place.

We spent the next day chilling at the beach until a nice rain storm chased us away. Despite my efforts Lauren had to go as she had a bunch of high school kids to teach the next day. Lauren took in this strange Canadian boy and showed me an amazing time on the coast. The laughs started the minute we got in the car and never stopped.  I didn’t have to convince her on how awesome Canada was as she had already done a couple of seasons at Lake Louise it’s just getting her up again to a better mountain next time. Thanks Lauren for everything you were a blast, and look forward to seeing you in the Northern Hemisphere!

Foggy

 

Byron Bay

Gold Coast Adventures

18 Apr

I got off the train from the Sunshine Coast and Lauren was there to pick me up. I had met Lauren at the races up in Brisbane and she had invited me down to stay at her place. We stopped in at a few beaches before driving out to Burleigh National Park. It was an awesome hike through the bush up to an amazing lookout down the coast. We refreshed ourselves afterwards with some drinks at a surf club. That night she gave me a tour of the pubs in Surfers Paradise and it turns out there are quite a few.

The next day we got up and drove up to Tamborine. It was this little craft town and we went on this glow-worm cave tour. We were unimpressed 1 minute into the tour when we found out the cave was man-made. We then went and checked out Tamborine National Park. It was a great 2.4km loop walk that took you to this amazing waterfall. We snuck down closer to the edge to take in a closer look. For some reason Lauren trusted me with her car for the drive back and I put my right hand drive skills into action. That night we went out to a hair fashion show with Lauren’s friend Brook and witnessed some strange styles. Never a dull moment so far on this tour of Oz.

Foggy

Saturday at the Races

9 Apr

The horse races are a pretty big deal down in Australia with everyone putting on their best clothes and heading down to the track to hopefully make a buck or two. We woke up and my buddy Bazzo’s place and cooked a big breakfast to line our stomachs for the huge day we were about to have. (Beers and eggs are a fantastic combo FYI) We got all kitted up in our best attires and continued to our friend Matt’s place for the next pre drink venue. We got to the races just before noon and everyone was all dressed fancy and in a great mood. I tried following some instructions on the betting but my luck just didn’t seem to pan out; I might still have to keep my day job. We hit the town of Brisbane afterwards and showed the bar how to really dance. It was a long day by the end of it and surprised I lasted that long but I can’t wait until the next one.

Foggy

Horse Races

Chur New Zealand!

1 Apr

6 months rolled by pretty quickly in New Zealand. I landed right in the middle of the Rugby World Cup and the party kept going right up to the last night with the boys. I saw some amazing things in the country and met some pretty bad ass folk. The weather wasn’t always the best in the little town of Wellington but it kept you on your toes as you always seemed to bump into that one person you hoped to avoid. I leave New Zealand knowing I will be back as it truly felt like a second home. I want to thank everyone who made my stay in this South Pacific nation amazing and look forward to seeing you again.

My life has officially been reduced to the size of a backpack again as I set out on my next set of adventures. The best part about these adventures though is the gravy train is once again at the station, see you soon Mom and Pops!

Foggy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farewell song from work

19 Mar

Work was so happy to see me leave they wrote me a song. Thanks a ton to Jono for taking the time!

Foggy

My First Cricket Game

6 Mar

The lads all met up after work and we headed down to Wespac Stadium to catch some 20/20 cricket. I have gotten pretty into the sport down here but had never actually seen it live yet. 20/20 form means that each team gets 20 overs to bat (in baseball terms an over is 6 pitches long) and takes about as long as a baseball game would. There are the obvious similarities between the two sports with someone throwing a ball at a batter and the fielders trying to get them out. The best similarity though was that cricket fans like their beer as much as baseball fans do. It was an awesome night and I felt like I was back at Safeco watching the Mariners kick the Blue Jays ass.

Foggy

Wellington

Queenstown

29 Feb

The alarm buzzed and it was time for Will and I to drag our hungover bodies out of bed. Took a taxi to the airport and we boarded our flight to Queenstown. We went to go rent our car and we were both surprised they still gave it to us after our comments of finding out we had full insurance, which included “well now we can really smash up the car” from me and “I really dinged up the last rental car I had” from Will. We checked in at the hostel and then drove to the top of Coronet Ski field to have a look. We then drove to Arrowtown for some adult beverages then up the lake to Glenorchy. We got back into Queenstown and started to really get into the party. We cruised around town buying round after round until it was time to pull the shoot on the night as we had a long drive the next day.

We set off at 9 in the morning after a mandatory McDonalds breakfast for Milford Sound. It was a great drive out through the mountain ranges and 4 hours later we reached our destination. We got on our boat and did a tour of Milford Sound and checked out all the waterfalls and sights it had to offer. I had wanted to do this trip ever since I watched the snowboard movie That’s It That’s All where they did a helicopter shot over the fjords. The cruise was amazing and I strongly recommend it to anyone going to New Zealand. We finished up the cruise and took our time getting back to Queenstown with a few look out spots and swimming holes. A great night of pool and beers rounded off our Sunday night on our successful trip down to Queenstown. Then 12 hours later I was back at work wondering where my weekend had gone.

Foggy

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