Monthly Archives: September 2005

Doggie Day Care – Andover, United Kingdom

I woke up really early to the neighbors dog yapping away. I am sure you would have heard it all the way to Scotland. Finally Sonya went and brought her (that dogs name is Lady and is Bobs girlfriend apparently) over to spend the day with us. Sonya and her neighbors all have a dog club of sorts and they even come over to each others houses to take the dogs on field trips. So we had not two, but three bounding beasts chasing each other around the house. They know how to open the doors (with their paws AND jaws) and let themselves out whenever they feel like it. They generally rule the house and as much as I like animals, I had to be careful not to encourage them. And if you so much as look at them, they think you want to play so they jump and climb all over your trying to slobber in your face. I prefer cats. That`s all I have to say about that. read more

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In Rock we Trust – Stonehenge, United Kingdom

I woke up really early and realized that my sleep patterns are really messed up. I can`t sleep for more than a few hours at a time but then I have to have naps. Occasionally, I will get waves of exhaustion, more like Tsunamis, that force me to lay down. I haven`t had serious jet lag before and I am imagining that it has all saved up for this moment. read more

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Thank you, please – Andover, United Kingdom

Sonya and I embraced then spent the next few hours chattering away about our lives. She is one who really gets me so I don`t need to explain so much. The stuff that I typically need to give people background on, she just understands. Sonya and I are not the same but we sure are alike. The best way for me to describe it is that she loves dogs and I love cats but we both just love animals.

The man at the service station just looked at us like we were from another planet after even such a short interaction. We discussed why he would add please on the end of every statement and never did come up with a conclusion. read more

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Long Lost (and found) – London, United Kingdom

I arrived at the airport in plenty of time for my flight. I decided to check the lost and found for my favorite fluffy scarf that the airplane “ate” on my last flight. I didn`t check my bag but on such a small propeller plane they have just about no space in the overhead compartments. I reluctantly gave them my bag to put underneath as I walked up the ladder (yes it was that kind of plane) to join the 20 other passengers. When I came down the ladder upon touching down in Montreal, I failed to check for my favorite scarf that I had attached to the outside. It had, itself, taken a trip. The lost and found people said it wasn`t there so…Woe is me. I cannot replace it as it came from Argentina and I have never seen another like it. I can only hope that someone else will get to enjoy it as much as I did. read more

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Express Bonding – Montreal, Quebec, Canada

I am not even sure what time I fell asleep but I do know I woke to one of the cats furiously headbutting me for attention. Half asleep, I thought I was being attacked by the fuzz police or some other branch of the fur station. Tiger was going straight for my head so it wasn`t like a subtle inquiry, either. Francois had already left for work (he is a photographer/filmmaker and ex-aerospace engineer) and I had to wonder what kind of day he would have with only 2 hours of sleep. I could almost hear him cursing my name from wherever he is shooting. But I know he will agree it was well worth it. read more

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Couch Surfing Capers – Montreal, Quebec, Canada

I have come upon this website called Couchsurfing.com and decided to give it a try. The idea is that network of people around the world use the program to meet then go and surf other members` couches. Their mission statement is “To internationally network people and places, create educational exchanges, raise collective consciousness, spread tolerance, and facilitate cultural understanding.” I like the premise so I contacted a few people who were Couchsurfer members in Montreal. The first guy said he was renovating so he couldn`t host me but he would be happy to pick me up from the airport, saving me the 30 dollars in shuttle and taxi. read more

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Taking my Office on the Road – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Today I woke up and got to meet more of my new workmates. They all showed up just as the coffeemaker exploded on me. It was comical but I was finally able to tame the beast. I had a few meetings and explored some new ideas which seem to be popping up like mushrooms. I am really grateful to spend some time learning business from Martin and the inner workings of TravelPod from Luc. They are really good teachers and communicate their skills effortlessly. read more

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With and Without Words – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Came upon some fire twirling video that I had stored away on a cd…thought you might enjoy. My friend Paul and I spun for hours that night at this is the tail end of it.

So I worked most of the day then headed over to Luc and Andreas for dinner. We had a lovely pad thai followed by fruit and ice cream for dessert. They spoiled me after hearing about my upcoming protein powder plan. We watched a movie called Baraka and well, all I can say is, there are no words for it. No words. read more

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The TravelPod Training Program – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I woke well rested and got to work. I didn`t have to go far in fact I worked from my bed for a while until the spirit moved me to get out. Then I plugged along in the kitchen area all day because it was raining and pouring. I drank lots of tea and enjoyed myself until I started getting a little stir crazy. I began trying to think of names for my laptop…Luckily, Luc was online and rescued me from my working stupor by inviting me for a pint. He and Andrea came to fetch me so they could inspect some of my every so handy packing gear and my carryon size backpack. read more

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Quality Ingredients – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I woke up early for my conference call beating the wake up call (score!) and made some tea. The call went well and it was a nice backdrop to have downtown Ottawa come alive before my very eyes. It is a very clean place and Martin told me that they have special people who get paid (our tax dollars) to keep it “pretty.” read more

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