Category Archive: Life

Nov 29

Same Same Syndrome

The boat to Isla Ometepe

One of the most inevitable consequences of traveling longterm, particularly if you are traveling in just one region of the world, is what I like to call “Same Same Syndrome”.  It is a variant of Traveler’s Fatigue, but its symptoms do not include exhaustion, depression, or purposelessness, rather its symptom is something that many consider …

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Nov 19

Roadside Advice: Free in Honduras

Love your country.

These days it seems like few things are free.  Not true in Latin America though as free sage roadside advice has been a common sight on the Tour de Zack.  These painted rocks that we found on the road in Honduras though have been the best selection of the trip so far.  

Nov 12

Life Cycles – What we think about on the bike

Pacific Coast in El Salvador

The wobble in the handlebars increased noticeably as Tony and I steadily picked up speed and flew down yet another hill.  We flashed through the slightly cooler pockets of shade and I arched my neck to the left and right, taking full advantage of the cool breeze and trying to expose as much skin as …

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Sep 26

Traveler’s Fatigue: It’s Complicated

Traveler's Fatigue: It can strike anywhere, anytime.  Qingdao, China, 2008

Since posting about my bad day in Belize, I felt it necessary to explain a little bit more about what traveler’s fatigue is and what it means to the traveler, or at least to me. I first wrote about traveler’s fatigue about 5 months ago shortly after leaving Guadalajara in a post entitled Feeling Tired.  …

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Sep 26

A Bad Day in Belize

Belize CIty

When I entered Belize, the plan was to “skip” the country.  On a trip like this you can never see everything, and Belize seemed unique enough – and expensive enough – to warrant just riding on through it, soaking up what I could along the way. Not your average Central American country Belize is often …

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Jul 24

Becoming an Australian Permanent Resident

Credit: http://vittoriobloggs.wordpress.com/2011/04/14/we-are-economic-slaves/

As many of the people reading this blog will already be aware, on June 7th, 2012, I received an email from my Australian Immigration Case Officer informing me that I had been granted an Independent Skilled Migrant Visa for Australia – also known as: Permanent Residency. This was HUGE news!  But there was just one …

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Apr 23

Feeling Tired

Cooking with nopale.  Proof that every thorny subject has a juicy tasty morsel inside.  Uh... maybe.

  The ride to Guanajuato from Ajijic is not very memorable.  Actually, that isn’t entirely true; I will always remember it as being particularly uninspiring.  Long stretches of vista-less roads passing through nondescript farmland, small industrial towns, larger cities that seem to serve primarily as transport hubs, and an oppressive blue haze in the mornings …

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Apr 18

Deep Cleansing with Temazcal

Ready for Baking

When I finally got around to hauling Tony’s fat arse out of the Casa Ciclista Guadalajara we didn’t head out on the road alone.  Jorge, Sofi, Izahk, Marcos and I headed south together to Ajijic on the shore of Laguna Chapala to partake in a Temazcal ceremony. To mix things up a bit I didn’t …

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Feb 03

Final Leg to La Paz

The campground crew in Loreto.  From left to right: Felix, Me, Constantine, Anushka, Kilian, Maire, Johan, Karl.  Constantine, Anushka, and Kilian are a very young german family driving in the VW van behind.  Kilian is 7 months old and has been traveling for 4 months.  Marie and Johan are swiss Pan-americana cyclist traveling south.

Tomorrow I leave for La Paz on the final leg of this stage of the Tour de Zack (sort of).  From here in Loreto it is still another 370 km, 90 km of which is off-road, to get to the city whose name means “The Peace”.  I expect the journey to take five days.  From …

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Nov 10

Dream jobs of 2011. Or are they?

My sister and I were recently discussing career changes.  Jenae has worked in the restaurant industry for the last 11 years, but holding a maths degree, she has always had the option to completely change her career path from one spent on her feet dealing with people, to one spent in front of a computer …

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