I’ve met some people along the way…

I’ve met some people along the way,
Some of them split some of them stay,
Some of them walk some walk on by,
I’ve got a few friends I’ll love till I die
From all of these people I try to learn,
Some of them shine some of them burn,
Some of them rise some of them fall,
For good or bad I’ve known them all

-The Bouncing Souls

Montreal

The frigid temperatures of Montreal, Quebec set the stage for this past weekend’s adventures. It all started last Friday after work when Lucas and I decided to drive five and a half hours north into Canada for a couple of days checking out what our northern neighbor has to offer. The adventure started off on an exciting note with my little car coming close to running out of gas somewhere in the middle of Vermont… at ten o’clock at night… during a snow storm!

Never the less, my little car made it’s way across the border into Quebec finally stopping in a snow-accumulated Montreal just before one in the morning. Luckily for us, we made it just in time! As the hostel where we stayed at, the Alternative Backpacker’s Hostel, locks their doors at 1am.

We did a lot of exploring in this great little city. Due to the freezing temperatures, the majority of the exploring was done via the very convenient and very much appreciated "underground city" (locals call it the RÉSO) that sprawls for kilometers and kilometers under the city providing easy and warm access to just about anywhere in the city. The downside to the “underground city” is that it feels like the entirety of Montreal is one huge shopping mall.

The Auberge Alternative du Vieux-Montréal was located in Old Montreal and was a great price for a cozy little hostel at a great location. It was a couple of blocks away from the underground city and had some great cafes near by. The for a dorm bed was CA$20 which is about US$16 a day… can’t beat that price! And I personally really enjoy the hostel atmosphere where travelers are abundant and friends are easy to make.

During the trip, we visited the spectacular Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, where they had a great exhibition on the ever blurring relationship of art and music in our modern times of rock and roll. The exhibition was called “Sympathy for the Devil” and included the distinct interaction of art and rock in the different scenes through out the world, such as New York, London, Continental Europe and West Coast and Midwest US, amongst others. Lucas had a field day taking pictures with his IPhone as the museum security folks followed us around.

We also got a chance to meet up with some of the “frenchie” folks from the guild at an Irish Pub where the beer flowed and the WoW references never stopped! It’s always so much fun to meet the folks behind the keyboards and see how great people they really are. I’ve met a bunch of them over the past year or so and I have yet to be disappointed by the their warm hospitality, great company and interesting conversations.

Saigon

Revision Coming Soon!

Sweet Tea

That’s what I tried for the first time last weekend, Sweet Tea. I had flown down to the Raleigh area to visit my great friends who all have recently (1-2 years) moved to North Carolina. I had tons of fun and a very relaxing Memorial Day weekend. The vibe down there is a bit different. While it felt a lot like the north east, things were definitely slowed down a bit, and I could certainly see why folks move down there. Oh yeah, and the weather is gorgeous!

The hospitality was superb and the company was even better! You guys are awesome!

Night On Earth

I know its been a while since i’ve talked. I know i am neglecting my brother and my friends.

I’ve been feeling very melancholy as of late. So much has happened in the past year. I feel as if so much is always out of my control. I have no grasp in my own life.

I am trying to fix things. I am. I just feel very weak sometimes, which is probably a result of “lack of control”.

I felt a bit inspired to write something, anything down while listening to the song “Night on Earth” by the Bouncing souls.

One thing i have learned, I mean, really learned, is that things can always be worse. They really can – and be very careful with what you wish for. You may end up getting it and then regretting it.

/end bullshit.