Monthly Archives: August 2010

My non Review of Eat, Pray, Love and why I started traveling

Posted by on August 31, 2010

I also visited Bali but did not fall in love with any hot Brazilians

I also visited Bali but did not fall in love with any hot Brazilians

I finally got around to seeing Eat, Pray, Love the other night. I have not read the book (nor do I plan to) but given that I write a travel blog I’ve had many people ask me what I thought about the movie, so I figured I should see it.

To be honest I’m not a movie reviewer and I’m not sure the world needs another review of this film. As a film, its mediocre. I guess you can watch it on cable or DVD if you want to see what Italy and Bali are like.

As far as Elizabeth Gilbert, I really have no opinion on her trip. As I have stated before, I really don’t care how other people travel. If she wanted to go stuff herself full of food in Italy, follow a guru in India and seduce old, Brazilian guys in Bali….that’s her business.

I don’t understand the mania surrounding the book, but then again I am not the demographic that the book is appealing to. I will leave it to others try to figure out why women find the book so appealing.
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Read my first article for the Huffington Post

Posted by on August 23, 2010

I’ve published my first article for the Huffington Post today. Please check it out and leave a comment!

20 Things I’ve Learned From Traveling Around the World for Three Years

On March 13, 2007, I handed over the keys to my house, put my possessions in storage and headed out to travel around the world with nothing but a backpack, my laptop and a camera.

Three and a half years and 70 countries later, I’ve gotten the equivalent of a Ph.D in general knowledge about the people and places of Planet Earth.

Here are some of the things I’ve learned:

1) People are generally good. Many people are afraid of the world beyond their door, yet the vast majority of humans are not thieves, murderers or rapists. They are people just like you and me who are trying to get by, to help their families and go about living their lives. There is no race, religion or nationality that is exempt from this rule. How they go about living their lives might be different, but their general goals are the same….

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Buh Bye Newfoundland

Posted by on August 20, 2010

My Route in Newfoundland

My Route in Newfoundland

I’m currently in Guysborough, Nova Scotia as a guest of Authentic Seacoast Resorts. I wish I had more time to spend here because it is a beautiful little town and it would be an excellent place to just come for a short vacation.

My Newfoundland part of the trip is over and even though I still have a quite a lot of driving ahead of me, the stretches shouldn’t be as long as what I’ve had so far. The highlights of my time in Newfoundland would have to be L’anse aux Meadows and Gros Morne National Park. L’anse aux Meadows is the location of the first European presence by Vikings around the year 1,000 AD. Gros Morne is a vastly underrated park which in many ways reminded me of New Zealand, especially Milford Sound. I plan on doing separate posts on each location at a later date.

I spent last night on the ferry from Newfoundland. I took the 5 hour ferry to Port aux Basque to get the Newfoundland and the 15 hour ferry from Argentia to get back. In theory, the ferry had internet, but in reality is was far worse than dial up. I have a hard time complaining, however, about the quality of internet while I’m in the middle of the ocean and the bits are being bounced from geosynchronous orbit and back. (more…)

Project Pringles: Update #3

Posted by on August 20, 2010

Japanese PringlesIt is time once again for the crispiest, most homogenous, artificially flavored update in the world: Project Pringles! If you are not familiar with the project, I’m attempting to document, with the help of other world travelers, every flavor of Pringles in the world. Pringles are, I believe, the most widespread snack food on Earth.

If you would like to participate it is very simple: just check the Project Pringles page to see if the flavor you’ve found has already been submitted. If it hasn’t, take a photo of the can and email it to me (gary (at) everything-everywhere.com. If you are the first to submit a flavor, I’ll give you credit and if applicable, a link to your website.

I know there are many missing flavors from Japan, Korea and China. If you are in those countries or plan to visit soon, keep an eye out at the convenience store.

Also, in other Pringles related news, fellow travel blogger Debbie Dubrow found that Pringles cans make for a cheap children’s toy when you are on a flight. (more…)

UNESCO World Heritage Site #119: Old Town Lunenburg

Posted by on August 16, 2010

UNESCO World Heritage Site #119: Old Town Lunenburg

UNESCO World Heritage Site #119: Old Town Lunenburg

From the World Heritage inscription:

Old Town Lunenburg is the best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America. Established in 1753, it has retained its original layout and overall appearance, based on a rectangular grid pattern drawn up in the home country. The inhabitants have safeguarded the town’s identity throughout the centuries by preserving the wooden architecture of the houses and public buildings, some of which date from the 18th century and which constitute an excellent example of a sustained vernacular architectural tradition. Its economic basis has traditionally been the offshore Atlantic fishery, the future of which is highly questionable at the present time.

Lunenburg is a quaint, old fishing village about an hour south of Halifax, Nova Scotia. In addition to being a colonial town, it was also where Norwegian Sailors trained in WWII to take back Norway. From what I was told on Twitter, I just missed Kevin Costner by a few days.

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UNESCO World Heritage Site #118: Joggins Fossil Cliffs

Posted by on August 15, 2010

UNESCO World Heritage Site #118: Joggins Fossil Cliffs

UNESCO World Heritage Site #118: Joggins Fossil Cliffs

From the World Heritage inscription:

The Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a 689 ha palaeontological site along the coast of Nova Scotia (eastern Canada), have been described as the “coal age Galápagos” due to their wealth of fossils from the Carboniferous period (354 to 290 million years ago). The rocks of this site are considered to be iconic for this period of the history of Earth and are the world’s thickest and most comprehensive record of the Pennsylvanian strata (dating back 318 to 303 million years) with the most complete known fossil record of terrestrial life from that time. These include the remains and tracks of very early animals and the rainforest in which they lived, left in situ, intact and undisturbed. With its 14.7 km of sea cliffs, low bluffs, rock platforms and beach, the site groups remains of three ecosystems: estuarine bay, floodplain rainforest and fire prone forested alluvial plain with freshwater pools. It offers the richest assemblage known of the fossil life in these three ecosystems with 96 genera and 148 species of fossils and 20 footprint groups. The site is listed as containing outstanding examples representing major stages in the history of Earth.

The Joggins Fossil Cliffs are on the Bay of Fundy, location of the world’s largest tides. The fossils which the cliffs are famous for can be easily seen in situ in the rock just a few meters from the visitor center. The nearby town of Joggins was once a coal mining town where they mined the coal seams laid down during the Carboniferous Era.

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UNESCO World Heritage Site #117: Independence Hall

Posted by on August 14, 2010

UNESCO World Heritage Site #117: Independence Hall

UNESCO World Heritage Site #117: Independence Hall

From the World Heritage inscription:

The Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776 in this fine 18th century building in Philadelphia, to be followed in 1787 by the framing of the Constitution of the United States of America. Although conceived in a national framework and hence of fundamental importance to American history, the universal principles of freedom and democracy set forth in these documents were to have a profound impact on lawmakers and political thinkers around the world. They became the models for similar charters of other nations, and may justly be considered to have heralded the modern era of government.

Independence Hall is one of the few cultural World Heritage sites in North America which is not related to native americans. Visiting the site is very easy as it is in the city center of Philadelphia. Within walking distance you can also see a number of other historical attractions including the Liberty Bell, Ben Franklin’s home and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the Revolutionary War.

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8 things you might not have known about Newfoundland

Posted by on August 14, 2010

Flag of Newfoundland and LabradorAfter a surprisingly pleasant 5 hour ferry ride form North Sydney, Nova Scotia I have arrived on the shores of Newfoundland. It is an interesting place with an interesting history. Here are some things about Newfoundland you might not know:

1) Newfoundland used to be an independent country. In 1907 Newfoundland was given dominion status by the UK along with New Zealand, Australia and Canada. It remained on an equal status until 1949 when it joined the Canadian confederation.

2) Almost everyone pronounces Newfoundland wrong. On the ferry over we were told by a native Newfie how to pronounce the word. You can know the correct pronunciation by knowing the following simple rhyme: understand Newfoundland. The “land” part is pronounced like “land” not “lund”.
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