Jay Single


Jay Single

Traveling is my version of a reset button. It allows you to leave the hustle and bustle of real life and experience a different way of living with new people, cultures and encounters. Below are some of my trips including Thailand in '09, South Africa in 2012, two working trips to Arctic Canada and finally, China in 2013. I've also traveled to Europe for 2.5 months with the infamous Brad Kerr, the beach escapes to Hawaii and Mexico, and a few road trips across most of Canada and down the west coast. Enjoy!


Asia » Japan » Tokyo April 10th 2014

As I mentioned in my last entry, Japan has been an elusive place for me. When I touched down with no noticeable seismic activity, I was relieved, albeit exhausted from almost no sleep on the 10 hour flight. I hopped on the train without issue which was my first introduction to Tokyo's intricate yet efficient and impressive metro train system. Train lines are everywhere and looking at the metro map initially was dizzying, but the helpful staff at the station pointed me in the right direction. I was happy that the little Japanese I remembered at least made me seem polite as I was able to ask where to go and thank the attendant even though I'm sure I made 4 year olds all across Japan sound elegant in comparison. I found my way to my ... read more
Asakusa in the day
Shibuya Crossing
Tsujiki Fish Market

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver April 4th 2014

Well, let's keep our fingers crossed that there aren't any earthquakes overnight. I don't say that to sound facetious, but the first time I tried to make it Japan in 2011, the most devastating earthquake to hit the region happened right as I was packing the night before departure. I'll never forget the disbelief as I turned on my TV to watch the tsunami rolling in. So here's to another kick at the can. This is the most structured trip yet, as the popularity of the time of year in Japan makes accommodation hard to come by. I'll land in Tokyo and make my way south, stopping in key spots such as Nikko, Takayama, Kyoto, Nara, Mount Koya, Osaka, Hiroshima and finish off in beach bum style with a few days in the tropical Okinawa. Oh, ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai June 8th 2013

My last week was supposed to have me hit up Hong Kong for a final contrasting city in China. However, lack of planning led to mismanagement of my visa and if I left, I’d have a hard time returning without jumping through a bunch of hoops and shelling out some cash. However, when one door closes, another opens and the mishap would allow enough time to visit my other pioneering teacher friend in China, Kayla Carter. When I had seen her 2 weeks ago in the city, she explained that she lived on the outskirts of Shanghai and that it was a nice 45 minute trip to the countryside. After another full week, I welcomed the idea of a slower pace. So as I boarded the bus out to meet Kayla, I was able to do ... read more
Ms. Carter
Old China
Seafood vendors

Asia » China » Shaanxi » Xi'an June 3rd 2013

The next high-speed train I boarded was en route to Xian, home of the Terracotta Army. This train would share a similar time as the one for Beijing, but I would be awake for a little more of it. Richard would meet me there via air from Shanghai. I was stoked because this would be the first actual “on the road” travel experiences I’d have with him. As the train arrived at the station, I already began to feel like a bit of a pro. I had the trains down, networks of metros seemed fairly easy, and I was actually picking up a few functional words in Chinese. I disembarked the train and made my way directly to the metro ticket line, and bumped into two fellows from Switzerland and France. We chatted for a moment ... read more
Terracotta Army
Terracotta Warriors
Cruising the Wall in Xian

Asia » China » Beijing May 29th 2013

After another energy consuming weekend, I was happy to get back on the high-speed train in comfort to Beijing. The ride I had in store was about five and a half hours, and I slept for the majority of it. I’d have to say I fell in love with the bullet train the first time I took it en route to Suzou. I've always loved trains for the fact that you can actually observe a bit of the country that you are traveling in and it feels like moving from one destination to another is less of a waste of time. And with these high-speed trains, it definitely accelerates the process. The average speed is around 300km/hr and you could have a full glass of liquid on your tray, and it would be barely disturbed. I'd ... read more
A temple in the Summer Palace
The Summer Palace Landscape

Asia » China » Shanghai May 24th 2013

I’d have to be honest… When I first decided on China, it wasn’t first on my list of next places to travel, however, the fact that I had two highschool friends over there for a few years as contacts had its appeal. Furthermore, the person who I was staying with wasn’t just any friend, or any contact I had, it was the infamous Richard Forbes… teaching sensation in China, who has been paving the way for foreigners like me for years. I’ve heard the stories of the many who had the pleasure of staying with Richard and some who have taught along side him in China and all had one thing in common to say… This was going to be a helluva trip. So as I boarded my flight I wasn’t exactly sure what I had ... read more
This isn't rush hour?
Communicating without language

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver May 17th 2013

Well, it's time to satisfy my itchy feet and the far east is calling my name again, but this time further north. My next destination is China. My good friend Richard Forbes has been there now for a few years paving the way, so I figure it's time to pay him a visit. While I'm there, I'll see what other adventures China has to offer and hopefully have something interesting to write about. Stops so far on my list include Beijing and Hong Kong, but I'm sure as I touch down, this list will greatly expand and be open for a very flexible trip. Good times!... read more

North America » Canada » Nunavut » Iqaluit March 15th 2013

I’ve found myself on a trip back to where I’ve been before, Iqaluit Nunavut, but this time in the winter. The purpose of this trip was the same as the last, primarily contributing to mental health services as a psychiatric nurse in a community with some unique issues. I was definitely looking forward to the true Arctic experience this time around complete with snow and cold. As I hopped on the plane towards my first stop in Ottawa, I was hoping that the travel process was going to be smoother this time around. Luckily, I had something to look forward to, and that was seeing some good friends, Keks and Dobes, who were visiting Montreal, but agreed to meet me for some good times. And good times were had. It was nice to get out and ... read more
Skating along the Canal
Little Reggie
Iqaluit Airport: Winter Version

North America » Canada » Nunavut » Iqaluit July 29th 2012

Entering my last few days of my working adventure, I thought I’d reflect on the past couple of weeks in Iqaluit. My last update included some interesting festivities and I’ve been more or less doing much of the same. On my days off, I have devoted most of my time to exploring the surrounding landscape. The weekend after my last post, I decided to take off on a hike that has been done by many of the local people who have settled in this area for thousands of years, the hike along the coast to the nearby “suburb “of Iqaluit, Apex. Luckily, the weather had gotten quite nice, which unfortunately brought on the one problem I’ve found with this city, but is definitely a familiar one with the north... the mosquitoes. Usually, when there is a ... read more
Old Hudson's Bay Buildings
Koojesse Inlet
Balancing Rock

North America » Canada » Nunavut » Iqaluit July 9th 2012

This has been a trip I've wanted to do for a long time... A working trip in Nunavut Territory, Canada. The timing hasn't worked out in past opportunities, so in mid June when all the stars aligned, I accepted my first Psychiatric Nursing contract in Iqaluit. I've always had some idea of what the north was like and have done some research, but somewhere as foreign as northern Canada; it’s tough to get a grasp. From what I understood, it’s not exactly a tourist hotspot. My overnight layover was in Ottawa and after a fairly painless flight; I checked into my hotel. I had some dinner and met two girls at the bar who were heading up to Pangnirtung, another community in Nunavut. We both had similar curiosities about up north and it was nice to ... read more
View from my Window
Tundra Flowers
Lunar Building & "Igloo Church"

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