travel back in time

Monday 13th December, Madrid, Spain
*scroll down for the latest journal entry. It's at the bottom, mate*

The book reading went well, thanks for asking. Thanks to Jamie and Javier from J and J's for hosting the event. Only a dozen or so people turned up, and only a couple of book sales resulted, but everyone said they enjoyed the night, and a number of people stayed back to chat with Maria and me. The night did result in a couple of new challenges, though-

"If you can make it to Accra, Ghana, West Africa, and visit two libraries I volunteered at there, hand out candy to all the children (a couple hundred, go any weekday in the afternoon), and take pictures, I will pay $50 US plus pay for the candy. E-mail me for more details."
Reward= fifty US dollars
Status= pending...

"I am looking for a 1970's Australian show called "The Lost Islands". If you can get the episodes of this show for me in any format (video or DVD, PAL or NTSC; I can always convert), you will be handsomly rewarded! At least $50 USD."
Reward= fifty US dollars +
Status= pending...

I was pleased that Drew, the radio announcer from Vaughan Radio turned up for the talk. He's a great guy- very easy to talk to- and I feel much less nervous now about tomorrow's radio interview. If you want catch the interview, Vaughan Radio is at 101.0 FM, or you can listen in online at My spot will be somewhere between 2:30 and 4:00 pm on Tuesday the 14th, and will be repeated again at midnight that night.

Also thanks to Jacek from Los Amigos backpackers hostel, for bringing along a couple of backpackers to hear me talk about my travels.

Thinking about backpackers hostels reminded me of something I pinched from a friend's website recently. I've been meaning to post it, and here it is. For all of you who have returned from a life of backpacking and are suffering withdrawal symptoms, here's the cure in nine easy steps:

1) Replace your bed with two or more bunk beds, and every night invite random people to sleep in your bedroom with you. Ensure at least once a week a couple gets drunk and shags on one of the top bunks. Remove beds one by one as symptoms improve.

2) Sleep in your sleeping bag, forgetting to wash it for months. Add some bugs in order to wake up with many unsightly bites over your arms and legs.

3) Enlist the help of a family member to set your radio alarm to go off randomly during the night, filling your room with loud talking. This works best if the station is foreign. Also have several mobiles ringing, without being answered. To add to the torture, ask a friend to bring plastic bags into your room at roughly 6 in the morning and proceed to rustle them for no apparent reason for a good half an hour.

4) Keep all your clothes in a rucksack. Remember to smell them before putting them on and reintroduce the use of the iron SLOWLY.

5) Buy your favourite food, and despite living at home, write your name and when you might next be leaving the house on all bags. This should include mainly pasta, 2-minute noodles, carrots and beer.

6) Ask a family member to every now and again steal an item of food, preferably the one you have most been looking forward to or the most expensive. Keep at least one item of food far too long or in a bag out in the sun, so you have to spend about 24 hours within sprinting distance of the toilet.

7) Even if it's a Sunday, vacate the house by 10a.m., and then stand on the corner of the street looking lost. Ask the first passer-by of similar ethnic background if they have found anywhere good to go yet.

8) When sitting on public transport (the London Tube would be ideal) introduce yourself to the person sitting next to you, say which stop you got on at, where you are going, how long you have been travelling and what university you went to. If they say they are going to Morden, say you met a guy on the central line who said it was terrible and that you've heard Parsons Green is better and cheaper.

9) Finally stick paper in your shower so that the water comes out in just a drizzle. Adjust the hot/cold taps at regular intervals so that you are never fully satisfied with the temperature. Because of this frustration, shower infrequently.

A lot of my friends send me photos from their continued travels, and I thought maybe you'd be interested to see some of them. First up are a couple of shots from Jon and Annabelle, who I stayed with in Calpe, on the coast of Spain. They have just returned from Venezuela, and it seems Jon had his hands full most of the time.


Cindy and Bruce, who hosted me in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island (exactly a year earlier than Jon and Annabelle!) have recently travelled to China, and thought they'd make me jealous by sending me these photos. First is the happy couple at the Great Wall, which did indeed make me envious. But the second photo- Cindy at a Chinese buffet- just makes me lose my appetite. I'd rather go back to Nanaimo for a Mountain Burger!


And last but not least are these couple of snaps from a friend of mine *I think he prefers to remain nameless* who had an unusual encounter on a recent caving expedition!



For your added chuckling pleasure, I've updated the humour sections of The Savage Files. There are still only half a dozen pictures in the FUNNY PICTURES slide show, but there's now almost forty in the FUNNY SIGNS section. Remember that some of them are a bit cheeky, so don't click if you're easily offended.



Here's a handful of funny (or stupid) websites to help get you through your day-

Is this fashion or cruelty?

Oh My God. It just gets worse.

Just stupid.

Add the Snoop Dogg effect to your favourite website.

Hours of fun... or maybe not.

This one really takes the cake!

Actually this one is even stupider.

Big Arnie and little Arnold singing The Spice Girls? Don't go there. I warned you.

Extreme Halloween pumpkins.

Should make you puke.

Fancy yourself an artist? This is kind of a fun way to waste time at work.

Save the penguins!

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