There was a radio program I listened to when I was in my teens. It was a bit of a ritual for me and a few friends, as we´d head off to a regular Wednesday night event. It was about human connection, usually with an undertone of romanticism or sexuality, but also in a general context of connectivity between two people. Don Jackson was the host of this program named “Lovers and Other Stranger”. I’ve decided to subname this blog the same for now. I do not mean lovers in the sexual context, but those that can be related to, who show kindness or are of in need of love - who may give love. There is definitely a romanticism to travelling and exotic locations, but that´s not to say every connection or interaction is this way. This trip is about connecting with people in different places, different situations and with different frames of mind. It’s about connecting with myself, exploring my paradigms and perhaps your own, dear reader. If there is something I hope to achieve with what I write here; it will be to explore the connections we make, how we make them and the reasons we limit ourselves in these connections.
This will be, of course, through my own filter, projections and ideals. I will often use the phrase “just remember” and for those that are not familiar with my ‘system’ to keep calm and in the moment; you can read this article from a few years ago
But I will introduce you to the Lovers and other strangers that I meet and perhaps you will find that you know a few yourself.
…what no updates on what’s happened? no pictures?
Ok Ok I hear you. Here’s some pics to keep you happy :)
^The first day in Antigua, I hit the market. I was really busy all day (Wednesday) but it was way worse on Saturday…
^The view from my front door (of the $6 dollar a night room)
You’ve probably seen the tv hit series 24. You were either hooked on it, or know someone who was. I’m no special agent, but I feel like the intense moments of the last few days have made me feel like a proverbial Jack Bauer. If my extreme lung infection could be compared to the sinister terrorist cells of the show and my friends and family the collaborative agencies all out to get one goal accomplished - with in a time limit - then my fantastical comparison could be stretched to be so.
I left Vancouver on February 18th at 16:00 hours with a count down to pack and throw away my entire life occurring weeks before. As per my usual MO, I had left much to the last minute, but was being bestowed with some very lucky occurrences. First of all, if you need garbage removal, I can not say enough about the customer service at TidyTrailers.com . Fast, affordable and great customer service. If you get a trailer (versus a bin) they will hand sort your stuff and do donations and such. I had a surprising amount of offers to help with the packing of my home, thanks to those that offered and those that helped. Dad, sorry about what’s left.
I woke up two days before my flight with a heavy dry hack and thought nothing of it, I’ve been fortunate to not be sick this season. I pushed through the days of packing, sorting and tossing.
But I had lost my passport?! What the hell? I had been out getting vaccines the day before I left (which I left to the last minute) and when at the Pharmacy, had left them on a shelf. Going nuts at this point, but alas, it was there in the morning.
The day before I was to leave, I was wasted. Extremely tired and exhausted, but still able to function. Dave and Matt had dropped by to put a solid bit of work in at the apartment and things were moving along fairly well considering.
The day of departure came and I was sick as a dog, Pappa D and I discussed at length about changing the flight. What a way to start this adventure.
I decided to push through. I said my good-byes which were harder than I suspected and Josh gave me a ride to the airport. I was off.
and my initial post is finished for now. I’m having photo upload issues, so I’ll be posting more regularly when I figure out a good routine for that. Also not feeling so hot, means I don’t feel like being in an internet cafe at the moment.
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