So what’s the story with this site? Well, it started off as a way to keep in touch with friends and family back in Canada while I was off galavanting in other countries. In May of 2000, I moved south of the border to work as a software developer at Autodesk in San Rafael, California, just across the bridge from San Francisco. At that point, this site was mostly crammed with pictures from the City, Sonoma, and some shots of lizards and stuff.
In the summer of 2001 it was off to Mérida, México for a year, where the people were friendly, the food was delicious, and the telephone calls were $3.00 a minute. As a result I dumped all the pictures and stories I could on here, mostly in hopes of making people back home incredibly jealous at how good the weather was. Now that I live in Japan, mostly it just makes me jealous of how good the weather was.
Ok, so honestly, what’s the point? Well, my thinking is that if I put up a pile of pretty pictures and stories of interesting people and places, then maybe, just maybe, someone might be enticed to take that next step and jump on a plane, bus, train, boat, or bicycle, and have a look for themselves. More than anything else, I encourage people to learn another language, meet new people and see new places, and get a better understanding of the world around them, and of us as human beings. If nothing else, you’ll get to eat a bunch of good food along the way!
By the way, if you like any of this stuff, hate it, or just have a funny story to share, give me a shout by email.