We are two liberally minded, non religious, officially homeless and jobless bums out to see the world! Our passports are good for a few more years and one can live for long time on Kraft Dinner - or the African and Asian equivalent!
We have decided that after 24 years and only ever leaving Canada once, it's time to jump off the deep end and travel the world. We'll hit up South America, Africa, Europe and Asia, and the plan is to just go with the flow and see and do whatever our little hearts desire! Departure is October 2007 and we'll return sometime in October 2008... here is hoping we don't find ourselves lost, arrested, or in a ditch!
Trevor and Kristena ;)
*Updated Trips* - In addition to blogging our crazy world adventure, we've also added a 6 week adventure in Mexico (Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta) in 2010 and a 2 week road trip around western Canada in 2011. Happy Travels Amigos.
June 24th 2011
The hostel in Golden was awesome. The hostel in Banff was awesome. The hostel in Lake Louise was awesome. The hostel in Jasper was a hell hole. We pull up to the parking lot. Everything looks normal. We're halfway up a mountain and a decent drive into the town centre. "It's okay" we all think, "this is what budget roadtripping is all about." It's the cheapest place in town. We unload our stuff and make our way around the back of the building. Things are broken down, it looks a little rough. Gone are the manicured lawns, flower pots, and updated buildings of hostels past. We open a creaky screen door and stand inside on a dark and musty porch, waiting to check in. Sonja's face starts to fall. The grimace sets in. She mutters "Uh, ... read more
June 22nd 2011
Lake Louise. What a gong show. Banff was pretty bad for the "tourist trap" - but nothing compared to pulling into the parking lot of Lake Louise and the assault of tour buses that ensued. We got out of our car, made our way to the waters edge and just stood there dumbfounded at the number of people. And the uh, diversity in the people. Baby strollers. High heels. Dogs in purses. Screaming kids. Seniors with walkers. Large groups of peace signing foreigners. You name it, they were there. Trevor's words exactly: "And... The International Log Jam begins!" We left Banff at 7am and drove to the lake along the Bow Valley Parkway - a "must do" according to our guide book. We would concur. The parkway runs parallel to the main highway, but the speed ... read more
June 21st 2011
"Uh, not so much. Bears eat people Dude. You should probably get back in your car." Two days in Banff. Bear count: 3 or 4. Stupid tourist count: somewhere around 27. People are amusing when it comes to Canadian bearskies. Actually, Canadian wildlife in general. Cougars. Moose. Elk. Even mountain goats. Surely everyone knows that bears are not akin to fluffy puppy dogs and moose are slightly more unstable than horses, right? Wrong. The world's truly stupid, those most deserving of a good mauling or an antler smushing go to Banff. They flock there in mass numbers and typically aim to get said mauling or smushing on film in that "first person, adventure seeking" kind of way. We were constantly amazed at the tourists getting out of their vehicles in pursuit of the perfect picture. We're ... read more
June 19th 2011
Enter Trevor and Kristena's Vacation 2011. Originally, when dreaming of taking two weeks off, our heads danced with thoughts of beaches somewhere fabulous and far away. Like Cuba. Mexico. Jamaica. You know, a vacation of the "all-inclusive" variety - the kind that isn't really travelling (in our opinion) but is absolutely relaxation at it's finest? The kind where if you book last minute and don't care which country you end up in, about $1000 gets you up and on a tropical beach with a beer by 10am? After an incredibly tough start to 2011 and a stressful semester at school, that's the only vacation we had in mind for this year, if we managed one at all. Now enter email from our old travel buddy Sonja. Trevor and I met Sonja in Cambodia in April 2008. ... read more
June 13th 2010
One ungodly early morning bus ride later and back to Guadalajara it was. The plan was to show Trevor my life for the past 5 weeks and hopefully introduce him to some of the wonderful people and places I had gotten to know. I also really, really wanted to share with him the fabulous nightclub scene I had spent so much time enjoying to my bad tequila lovin’ self. We also hoped to take a trip out to Tequila town and catch Mexico in the first World Cup Soccer match. It was a grand plan; one meticulously executed... well, except for when it wasn’t. Stumbling block numero uno: We Had No Where to Sleep. Neither of us realized that Guadalajara offered very little in the way of affordable places to sleep and as I had just ... read more
June 8th 2010
On the last day of school, I wrote my exams like a madman and hightailed it home to grab my backpack, said a quick goodbye to my host family and took off to catch a bus to Puerto Vallarta to meet up with my boy! Time couldn't pass fast enough! Arriving in Puerto Vallarta, I amused myself with how cheap/ballsy I have become, especially considering the freaked out girl I was a month ago. Taxi drivers didn't seem interested in giving me a decent price to my hotel, so I'd tell them they were crazy and move on the the next. Kind of retarded on my part, seeing that they were all lined up and each one could hear the exchange I had with the last and would just tell me the same thing. But ... read more
June 3rd 2010
I have met my future latin lover. His name is Salvador, he’s 47, has 3 sons, divorced for 10 years, lives Mexico City, doesn’t speak English and managed to fall in love with me in 5 minutes. Best story ever: I went to the nearby town of Tlaquepaque, which is known for it’s charm and upscale artisan galleries, to explore for an afternoon by myself. After watching mariachis in the plaza for an hour, I wandered off in search of something refreshing, and found myself at a cart which sells snow cone ice covered in lime juice and sugar. Salvador was standing there with one of his many sons, who had ordered something interesting that I was curious about. I asked them what it was, they insisted I try it, it was nasty, I made a ... read more
May 30th 2010
Experiences to add to my life repertoire and/or highlights of the last two weeks: I met Jack Daniels; but we've decided it's not going to work out. I have learned that it only takes four shots of tequila to knock me down. It's an improvement of sorts - in weeks one and two of being here, it only took three. Also, much like salsa, I have learned that tequila goes well with anything (soda, orange juice, cranberry juice, etc). No one has ever told me this; I feel like I've been misguided for a significant portion of my adult years. I turned 27; officially my late twenties!! Oooh myyy goddd! I have conquered my fear of motorcycles and speed! Joshua and I rode out to a nearby town and reached speeds of 170km on the ... read more
May 18th 2010
1. Tacos can be eaten for breakfast, and definitely are. There is a line up at every street taco cart I pass when I walk to school at 8:30am. And there are dozens of different kinds: frijoles, papas, beef, chicken, tongue, throat... (--- definite EWW for those last two!) 2. Siestas are real and practiced every day in my house, possibly because we eat so much food. 3. There is ALWAYS a fiesta somewhere! 4. Tequila is glorious. Especially when mixed with a grapefruit flavoured pop to make a "paloma" and really is enjoyed in copious amounts. The cheapest bottle we could find cost 24 pesos and tasted a little like battery acid, but was still definitely drinkable. 5. I've yet to see a donkey or wear a sombrero. 6. Salsa goes on everything. Literally, except ... read more
May 10th 2010
"Um, thank you senor ... Where is Walmart?" "Cuatro o cinco blocks that way." (Points straight down the road) "That way? Muchas gracias!" And so I walk. For four or five blocks that way. I am lost. For hours. It's 36 degrees outside. I don't have sunscreen. Not smart Kristena. I am not happy. Not even a little bit. My mission was to find a Walmart because I am having some sort of reaction to my fancy smancy Lancome face cream and just want to go with something simple that I know. Walmart seems logical. I had gone there with Humberto and Ale a few days before to buy groceries. It's near, I know it is. I can do it. I set out. It's probably only a 30 minute walk I think. Somehow I get lost, ... read more