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Professional Babes

14 Jan

I touched down in Brussels and it was a little colder than I was accustomed to in Africa, luckily I had my trusty beard to keep my face warm. After a little confusion I met up with my friend Claire who I had met in University. Claire is in Brussels playing professional volleyball for Barbar d’X-Elles. Claire gave me a tour around the city that hit the main sites including Grand Place, St. Machael and St. Gudula Cathedral and then famous Manneken Pis. We then hit the true sites of Brussels and stopped for some frites and beers. No stop in Brussels can be complete without *moules frites so we wrangled up Erin and Britt from the team and went out to a place called Au Vieux Bruxelles. The restaurant has been serving plates since 1882 so you know they weren’t going to mess anything up. The girls were all amazing in taking in this bearded bum even though they were a little nervous about having a hippie in the house. A huge thanks to them all and here is a quick story on the girls from TV Brussels.

http://www.tvbrussel.be/fr/node/21916

Foggy

*A big bowl of mussels with fries on the side.

Britt and Erin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 day in Lamu

28 Nov

I took the overnight bus to Lamu and got onto the island just to watch the sunrise. After a little bit of lazing around and waiting for everything to open I started my whirlwind of a tour. Lamu has got a bad rap in the past few years due to a few incidents with Somali pirates but with an American army base very close travelers can feel very safe these days. Lamu is situated off the coast of Kenya and is pretty unique as it has no cars on the island only donkeys for transport. The island is also very Muslim so you have to be respectful over what you wear. If you are looking for a drink on the island you will have to make your way to the police station canteen as drinking anywhere else is quite frowned upon. If you can get a few friends together a dhow cruise is a must.  The most important thing to remember in Lamu though is watch out for the donkey poo.

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Lamu dhow cruise

Buy me a soda

22 Nov

In East Africa you will come upon the phrase “buy me a soda” a few times (if me quite a lot). Africans love their soda but at this point they don’t actually want you to buy them one. This is a code word for a little bribe to either get things going quicker or to get yourself out of some trouble you may have gotten into. With all bargaining try to start low but when it comes to border patrol or people in government roles soda prices are generally fixed. Good luck with your soda purchases and even though everyone knows what is going on always be discreet.

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Generator Please

19 Nov

I spent the night in Dar es Salaam and was slammed by the heat. When finding a hotel room for the night I made sure my shoebox of a room at least had a fan in it. What I did not know was that the city suffers from multiple power outages making my fan useless throughout the night. I slowly melted into my bed as it felt more like sleeping in a swimming pool of my own perspiration. So when traveling to Dar es Salaam make sure your hotel has a generator unless you want to drop down to the next weight class overnight.

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Rwanda Border

4 Nov

I was told that for Canadians you had to obtain your visa online before you got to the border. The form is very simple to fill out and can be found at the following address https://www.migration.gov.rw/singleform.php. It tells you that it will get back to you within three days with your visa in an attachment you will print out and take to the border. Three turned into five and I still had not received anything, so I said screw it and headed to the border. We got there early in the morning and they certainly were not happy about me not having a visa but American dollars always seem to smooth things over in Africa and I got my stamp and entry into the country. Another thing to remember at the border is that plastic bags are illegal in Rwanda so leave them at home as your bag gets thoroughly searched for the contraband and you can be subsequently fined.

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Mzungu the Local Celebrity

3 Nov

While wandering through East Africa you will begin to wonder who is this Mzungu you keep hearing about. You always seem to just miss him as people always start yelling his name while you are around. Mzungu is obviously the word for a foreigner and as a white man in Africa you kind of stick out a little… Children run to the road side to shout out your Mzungu name and wave at you. It’s definitely fun but after a while this travel bum realized this is the closest he’s ever getting to celebrity status. Until next time my Mzungu’s.

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22 Hours in Zurich

19 Oct

I booked myself a 22 hour in Zurich which really turned out to be 19.25. I got off the train from the airport and started to explore the city. There were three things I noticed right away, the city wreaked money, the women were gorgeous and the city was stunning. Zurich is situated at the northeast end of Lake Zurich and at that end of the city you have amazing views of the lake and the Alps. With a few more hours of checking out Ferrari’s and some Swiss women I went back to the train station to meet my couchsurfer Kate. I was more than stoked to get a couchsurf in Zurich since hostels will run you $45 minimum a night. Kate was a short little Russian that was a software engineer for Google. We went back to her place to drop off my things and then took the tram to Üetliberg. It had a crazy view of the whole city and the lake. We went back into the city and took in the best Zurich had to offer on a Tuesday night which happened to be Karaoke… I was working on about an hour of sleep so I decided to pull the plug and we cruised back home. A few short hours of sleep later I boarded my flight for Nairobi.

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