"I Woke Up in the Wrong Place" Kaspian's Profile

My old band had a song with the lyric "Wake up every morning with the same look on my face; I know that once again, I woke up the wrong place." That about sums it doesn't it? You want to see the world every day but need a few bucks in your pocket to do it right. I've always been one to hold his own, couldn't imagine imposing on the generosity of nice people in poor areas. Imagine being somewhere like Florence with not enough change to even sample the cuisine? So what to do? Make a livin' and get out while you can I guess. Feel free to forward along best alternative suggestions.

Some Recent Trip Highlights:

· Florida swamp boat!
· Surfing in Costa Rica
· A stay on a Dude Ranch
· Toronto Zombie Walk
· A visit to "The Witch City"
· My first sci-fi con
· The 2007 Rollergirls Calvello Cup Derby
· Cave exploring in Mexico
· Sponsoring a WorldVision child
· Paintball !
· Swimming in a sulfur hot spring in Greece
· Riding a 7-person bike in St. Augustine


About My Pages: I've realized that a theme of music and bands may run throughout my pages; it seems I'm interested in that. I will also try to add as many photos of accommodations as I can to my travelogues--I know that people booking trips are very interested in these pics specifically.
I don't tend to write multiple tips about the exact same things (1 well-written tip per item) or goofy ones like, "Here's a cat that we saw". I know I'm too wordy in my tips sometimes; I'm working on fixing this. I occasionally append to the bottom of my tips: "Do Not Miss" (for something important that should be seen), "Bonus Tip" (for a small sidenote fact or activity), or "Do Not" (for something I know is a bad idea).
I use British/Canadian spelling for my writing here; hence all the extra "u"s in words ("favourite") and the occasional juxtaposition of "r" and "e" (centre).
I also seem to have some kind of obsession with adding dates to things. It's just as well, the reader will have a general idea how old the tip or photo they're reading is.

Back to School With You: To me, bad spelling is like bad math. 2 + 2 doesn't equal five no matter how loud you scream, right? So why is bad writing any different? People who aren't writing in their first language are forgiven from this. Please let me know about any typos or erroneous spelling mistakes you happen to see on my pages. On the same token, I don't usually respond to comments or e-mails that contain things like "r u" (are you), "ur" (you are), or "l8tr" (later). It just hurts my brain way too much.

Photos: All photos were taken by me or my travel companion at the time. Please don't steal them for dubious uses without permission.

"I'm A Million Different People From One Day To The Next..."

I've come to realize that the world is really good at telling you who you are and who you should be. A person can never be truly and completely free until they reject this notion 100% in its entirety. Don't just break the mold, break all the molds!

I've learned that I'm a traveller, a painter, a musician, a cowboy, a poet, a motorcyclist, a paintballer, a cook, a friend, a zip-liner, a surfer, an explorer, a lover, a historian, a comedian, a drunk, a nerd, a handiman, a writer, a video gamer, a hiker, an actor, a toastmaster, a punk rocker, a spaceman, a programmer, a photographer, and a superhero. ...And I will be more in the future.

With all that life offers, you don't have to choose one or two labels. ...And why should you? If you really open your mind and I mean truly and completely set it free, everything is possible. Just let go and a million possibilities will open up.

"Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Is everyday life really so exciting? Are schools and offices so thrilling that I'm the only one who ever fantasized about this? Come on, be honest with yourself! At some point in our lives, we all wanted to be a superhero." - Kick Ass (2010)


My Rules to Live By (from "The Preacher" comic book):

- Don't take no s***t off fools.
- Judge a person by what's in 'em, not how they look.
- Do the right thing--you gotta be one of the good guys, 'cause there's way too many of the bad.

The VirutalTourism That Changed Everything

When I first joined VirtualTourist I thought it was just a travel web site where I'd post some pics of my travels and write a few fond memories for posterity. I had no idea that it would change my life so dramatically--that I'd end up with friends all over globe--people of all ages and cultures, that people would invite me to visit in faraway places, that I'd genuinely miss them and look forward to seeing them again and that they'd become a regular part of my life.

I've met hundreds of VTers in person now and been to more than a dozen group meets in a half-dozen different countries. When I meet a VTer for the first time it never feels awkward; more like I'm meeting an extended family member and can't wait to trade stories.

I honestly can't remember what I did with myself before VirtualTourist! How did I travel? What did I do with the time I spend here now? Nothing very interesting, that's for sure!

Me? "VT Hot Man of the Year 2005"?!

December 12, 2005: As nominated and democratically elected by emilienoelle and her lovely lady VT delegates, I have won the much coveted VirtualTourist "Hot Man of the Year" award. Thank you girls!
My special thanks go out to all the little people that made this possible--namely my hairstylist who can never fit me in so I end up cutting it myself, my dentist who doesn't know how to properly apply a bonding and it falls out one day before the big Toronto VT meet, my mom who let me drink coffee (even as a toddler) to help stunt my growth, and my parakeet that had emotional issues when I was 14 years-old.



Keep that CO2 Jet Fuel in Check, Bub!

Ever think about how much CO2 is produced each plane trip you do? The truth is, it's about 1 to 3 tonnes per person per trip! That'll cost you two trees to fix that mess. I'm trying to become a CarbonNeutral traveller and do my part to keep this world intact so others can enjoy it. I've already donated for a couple of trees in Rebel's Wood on the beautiful Isle of Skye in Scotland.

To learn more about CarbonNeutral travel visit:
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The CarbonNeutral Company

www.carbonneutral.com

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  • Odinnthor's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Hey ed, long time no see compadre. Just hope you are well and you still have plenty of crazy left in you man. Be safe. Your friend. E

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Dec 25, 2013 at 4:21 AM

    I see you are on line so I presume you arrived home safely. Wishing you a very "Merry Christmas" Ed. xxx Lori and Hansi

    • Kaspian's Profile Photo
      Jan 2, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      Thanks, Lori!! Hope you and Hansi had a great Christmas and New Year's!

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Ever been to Ek Balam? Looking for something different to do in PDC this year. I may get off the beach chair ha ha

    • Kaspian's Profile Photo
      Nov 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      No, I haven't. I've never even had a chance to walk through Valladolid. ..Which I'd love to do some day. Maybe even an overnight there? Town square looked so charming. Is it a December trip?

    • Dabs's Profile Photo
      Nov 19, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      Yep, December is the perfect time to go :-) We stopped in Valladolid on our way to Chichen Itza once on a bus trip, didn't spend more than a 1/2 hour there though.

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      Sep 18, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      That plate looks like a heart attack. How many different sorts of ham are in that? I'm still eyeing up those ribs though. ...And that pide that David had in Istanbul looks amazing. :D

    • Dabs's Profile Photo
      Sep 18, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      Just two on the 1st photo, the 2nd photo is 8 different kinds of meat :-) Oh the pide in Istanbul was good but we both think our favorite Turkish place in Chicago has better food!

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    You should be getting a few more postcards for you wall soon.

    • Basaic's Profile Photo
      Sep 5, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      There should be at least one more postcard coming (from Bismarck, ND).

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Got the postcard of Dracula's Castle yesterday, thanks! Showed it to my friend Justin (my "Grandson"'s father). We both decided we were jealous.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Hi Ed, thanks for signing the postcard(s) sent to me from friends at the recent Sibiu meet. From all I've read and seen, everyone had a good time. Hope you did too!

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    You haven't been on VT lately. Hope you are just too busy enjoying life!

    • Kaspian's Profile Photo
      Jul 4, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      I was enjoying life when I was off for a week in Romania. Sadly, I haven't been on VT much lately because work has been insanely busy the past few months. I have absolutely no slacking off time whatsoever here. :(

    • Basaic's Profile Photo
      Jul 5, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      Sorry to hear than, man! I'll think of you while I am in Tombstone later.

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Ack! Do you see what's going on in Istanbul? We're supposed to be flying there on July 4th!!!!!

    • Kaspian's Profile Photo
      Jun 17, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      Yes, I've seen that. :(
      Have you seen the floods in Germany, Poland, and Romania? I tell you, it's Armageddon out there!

    • Dabs's Profile Photo
      Jun 17, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      I didn't see that it had hit Romania, I saw that the Czech Republic was having some problems while we were in Europe, I was glad to be in France where it was warm and sunny. David is remarkably unconcerned about the problems in Istanbul, reports are that the old city area have so far been OK but it's making me rather nervous. I don't think that all will be OK in just 2 short weeks :-(

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Leaving soon? I thought about you in London when my niece just had to find the Dr. Maartens store and I knew right where it was since I had been there with you :-) She came home with two pairs, one of which cost more than my entire closet of shoes!!!

    • Dabs's Profile Photo
      Jun 14, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Look at that, I did get around to writing a tip on Vlad's house! Sometimes I do get around to it if I have enough time between trips :-) Good thing I've already got my London, Paris and Brussels pages done, by the time I catch up at work, it'll be time to fly again!!!

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      Jun 14, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      I'll never catch up! My page still says I'm going somewhere warm in February. ...I have all those small towns in Yorkshire to add and all that Italy stuff from last year. :(

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