Archive for August, 2010
It’s been a busy and surprisingly stressful 2 weeks of preparation, but I’m finally ready to drive to Burning Man.
Robin and I are driving as far as Toronto then I’ll continue via the I80 to San Francisco then back to Black Rock City. I’ll take a longer and more interesting route on the way home!
I’m driving a cargo van packed with all our gear. It’s a pretty funny vehicle, and you’ll see why when I finally get my photo taken with it! It’s a GMC Savana 3500 cargo van, which I like to think of as the Xtracycle of cars. It’s old and a bit beaten up, so I’m allowing a couple days for repairs on the way. Wish me luck!
This morning, on a random street a few blocks from where I’m staying in MontrÃ©al, I found a window that produces tabby cats!
While walking along, I spotted a tabby lounging by the sidewalk in front of the window. I stopped to pet him and he started purring. After about 15 seconds, another tabby came out of the window and came up to be petted. I was already quite happy with this window, but then a third one appeared! Unfortunately this kitty was skittish and didn’t want to join in the fun.
Much as I was enjoying the company of the two friendly cats, I figured I should leave lest more tabbies appear. I didn’t want to cause a tabby overload or disrupt the forces of the universe too much.
I spent 3 days in Amsterdam visiting D&A, coffeeshops, and just wandering around. Amsterdam is a great city and every time I visit I appreciate it a bit more. It seems that every street in “the pie” (official name: Centrum) has something interesting to see.
Then, an evening Thalys train to Brussels where I spent the night because of mismatched train schedules. This gave me a couple of hours to wander around so I visited the Grand Place, which is indeed grand in both the English and French meanings of the word.
This morning, I boarded my last train: a Eurostar to London St.
Pancreas Pancras. I suppose technically my last train was actually a London Underground train to the airport. And now I’m on a plane! 1908 km to home, and we’re moving faster than any passenger train ever has :)