Ron Schuster

Ron Darold

Ron Schuster

Former TravelPod Member: ronschuster
Joined: January 19th, 2008
From: lives in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town March 14th 2020

We were so fortunate to book a Home Exchange at 8 Gurney in Penang. We had the entire 6000 sq. ft. 17th floor penthouse to ourselves! Lazy days spent at the pool, soaking the sun up at Batu Ferringhi Beach and exploring Georgetown, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our apartment was like a museum; Buddha statues inside and on the wrap around balcony, gorgeous Chinese pottery, Art pieces everywhere and Asian Bric Brac scattered throughout. In Penang, we are introduced to Grab, the company that put Uber out of business in Malaysia. Our condo is centrally located so grab fares to Batu Ferringhi beach is about $6 Can/18 RM and Georgetown $2 Can/6 RM. What a foodie paradise. So many restaurants and street food markets. We rarely spent more than $30 Can/90 RM for a dinner ... read more
Delicious Expresso Chicken!
Darold in Jungle on Penang Hill
Giant reclining Buddha at Thai Buddhist temple - Penang

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur March 6th 2020

What a surprise! I never expected such a modern city filled with skyscrapers and air conditioned mega malls! Thankfully it is juxtaposed against the narrow winding streets populated with little shops, tiny houses and street food markets everywhere. It has a big city feel with wonderful modern and old architecture sitting side by side, with many featuring viewpoints of the city from the higher levels of the towers. The Menara Kuala Lumpur and the Petronas Towers being 2 of the most famous and iconic. The subway is very modern and extensive. Easy to navigate and connecting with some of the older train lines and destinations. A highlight for us was taking the subway from the Petronas towers (we were staying nearby in a lovely high rise apartment building that only took us 3 hours to check ... read more
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Monkey King with Ron
Sky Bar Lounge

Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Bayeux December 18th 2019

After leaving Prague, we arrived in Paris (Charles De Gaulle Airport) to pick up our rental car for our trip to Normandy and the WWII beaches! Unfortunately, the car was not ready which delayed our trip for over an hour and we drove to Bayeux in pouring rain as the sun set, making the grey day even bleaker. We arrived at Au Loup Historic Apartments in Bayeux late but we were able to gain access by connecting with the hotel staff during a frantic drive in the dark with pouring rain! The apartments were not a normal hotel as you get codes and basically stay in a fully equipped apartment in an old cottage courtyard in the French village. Lovely apartment style residence and 2 minutes walking distance from the 11th century church and downtown. Very ... read more

Oceania » Australia December 14th 2017

We arrived in Australia in time for their approaching summer which made both Darold and I very happy. The prospect of sun and beaches was finally looming! Darwin on the North coast of Australia had developed considerably since our last visit in 1987. A new mall with free Wifi was the main destination of everyone on board. Darold and I found a long haired Aussie from the Outback who ran an old fashioned barber shop complete with the striped pole and sleeping dog. Getting our hair cut while exchanging stories of our world travels, was a much more positive experience from the last time we visited Darwin where we just cooked slowly in the 40+ degree heat! A cool beer at the oldest pub in town rounded off our visit here. Another surprise was the incredible ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali November 29th 2017

We had 2 days to explore the wonderful island/country of Singapore, an incredible modern and dynamic city. The first day we arrived and went directly to Little India where we sat under cover enjoying some delicious Indian food (not Darold’s favorite but we had no other choice as the buckets of rain fell) that was simply served on a sheet of paper. Our day was filled with shopping in street markets, riding the flyer (a large Ferris Wheel with incredible views), watching the light shows on both sides of the unique and amazing development of the Marina Bay Sands (3 towers with what looks like a huge cargo ship resting above the towers) and ending our evening in Chinatown for dinner and nightlife. The next day we took a river cruise to see the famous SeaLion ... read more
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Asia » China November 14th 2017

After a couple of seas days we arrived in Tianjin (Beijing)for 2 days. Beijing was hours from the port so we decided to explore Tianjin, a city of 12 million where we had not been before. We took the subway to the old city which is very modern and expansive. This was an hours’ journey (bus then train then taxi) but so worth the effort. We arrived at the City Gate and were soon busted by the police who saw me taking a photo of them (see below). So many unique shops (clothing, musical instruments, souvenirs and food stalls) statues and temples. It went on for several city blocks. Lots of scooters with specially designed quilts to keep their drivers warm! At Sea as we travelled to Shanghai, the Amsterdam hosted a Chinese Gala with the ... read more
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Asia » Japan » Hokkaido » Kushiro October 26th 2017

We arrived in Kushiro on the island of Hokkaido on October 13th. The Moo and Egg were the main tourist attractions right off the port. Moo is a large shopping complex with restaurants, shops and free Wifi! The Egg (Ever Green Garden) was a tropical conservatory where you could try calligraphy, watercolor painting, dress as a Geisha and sing with a local accompanist. We arrived to hear Sonia (Main stage singer from the ship) signing Carpenter songs in a bright orange Kimono. She will post it on her blog if you want to catch that moment! Wandering the streets reminded us of the unique Japanese way of life that we enjoyed back in the 80’s when we performed at the Manza Onsen on Honshu, north of Tokyo and represented Canada at Expo ’82 in Sapporo on ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Sea of Japan October 13th 2017

September 28, 2017 – Autumn Leaves in the Rockies. We began our adventure on September 27th, leaving Victoria shortly after moving all our belongings into storage and cleaning our condo into pearl condition (thank you so much Anita and KPL – you rock!). The familiar trip through the Rockies was a fabulous new experience with the autumn foliage shining brilliant yellows, reds and orange against the evergreens and majestic mountains. We stopped briefly in Jasper reacquainting ourselves with Alberta and the beauty of our home province. We arrived in Edmonton to celebrate Darold’s birthday with his family at the Moose Factory in South Edmonton. After a wonderful visit, we stayed with Darold’s brother, Shawn and Karen (thank you for your gracious hospitality) who live in Downtown Edmonton on 104th street. We were amazed at the transformation ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Red Deer July 9th 2008

Geo: 52.2623, -113.817Back home in time to celebrate Ma Cat's (Darold's Mom) birthday at the Quarry.... read more

Geo: 48.7689, -123.289It was great to get back to Pender and catch up with all of our friends in that wonderful island community. After 3 hectic days of sorting and cleaning we have both of our vehicles loaded to the max and Izzy, the wonder dog back in tow ready for our trip back to Red Deer.... read more

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