North America

Montreal Dream

Click to Play A dream I had whilst in Montreal, taking a break from cycling across Canada. It is illustrated with some basic animation.

Ephesus Museum. Selçuk, Turkey

American woman talking to museum warden: – I like Turkish people. So would you describe yourself as a European? I’ve been to other countries in Europe and they don’t like us much. The French don’t like us, but in Turkey the people are so friendly. Your Ataturk was a great man, he really brought your country into the modern age, and look at you now: a developed country that’s neither muslim nor christian…

4th Floor, Vancouver Public Library, British Columbia

I come to this place everyday and sit at a table logged onto the internet. Today, opposite me, some guy in a Cancun baseball cap is hitting the keys of his laptop like it’s a drum kit, making the table shake. The library closes at 1pm today so in 55 minutes I’ll have to venture out into the real world, which is quite wet at the moment. Perhaps I’ll find a cafe. There are plenty of cafes here. I don’t understand why Canadians prefer to walk around holding their cups of coffee rather than sitting in a nice warm dry…

Vancouver, British Columbia

Just put some more images up on my video stills website. They’re of the bit going around Lake Superior, the first day of that section, which took a week to do and was one of the toughest parts of the ride, but also one of the best: amazing scenery and I met some good people. The video editing is taking a long time. It’s hard to decide what to cut out – not because it’s all so good, but because a lot of the shots are very similar. Long point of view shots of cycling along. In some the camera…

Vancouver, British Columbia

Some carol singers just came in to the internet cafe banging tambourines and asking for money. If it hadn’t been for the tambourines I might have given them something. Don’t trust groups of people with tambourines.

Vancouver, British Columbia

I’ve not written much while I’ve been in Vancouver because it doesn’t feel like much has been happening, though that hasn’t stopped me writing things before. At the moment I’m on the fourth floor of the Vancouver Public Library, where there’s free internet access, though it’s generally pretty slow, depending on how many people are using. Not too many at the moment – about six other people. I’ve been coming here pretty much every day I’ve been in Vancouver, and spending most of the day here, doing some website work which will hopefully fund the next leg of the trip,…

Vancouver, British Columbia

Sitting inside the warm library but outside it’s snowing. I’ve been trying to arrange a boat across the Pacific to China or India but it doesn’t look like this will be possible. I’d have to have a medical here, which would be expensive, and I’d also have to have proof of onward travel, like a flight ticket or a train ticket taking me out of whatever country I arrive in, which would probably be China, and all this makes it too complicated and too much to pay up front so unfortunately I think I’ll have to fly.

Lasqueti Island, British Columbia

It’s time to leave the rock and go back to the other side. A bit sad, but things change. It’s been good to get to know people here and feel part of a community, sort of. I always feel like an outsider wherever I am. I’m now looking into getting a boat across the Pacific, to China or India. I’d rather do that than fly, though it seems quite complicated to arrange. Found a website which can arrange for passengers to go on freighter ships and need to sort out visas as well. Time to head down to the Lasqueti…

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