Rebooting Earth to Keir
Rebooting Earth to Keir, Welcome back!
So this is me doing a big kickoff post for Earth to Keir, and to announce that I am traveling again. Woohoo!
Wow, I have been way too quiet on Earth to Keir for way too long. To be exact I haven’t done a post since June 11th. I apologize for my absence, and I plan to start keeping this blog more up to date.
I have a whole lot of things to talk about that have been going on in the last few months. Too much to fit into one blog post. I’m going to cover a few of the highlights of the last few months and a few of my plans for the upcoming months.
The Good News
First piece of good news is that I have made some decisions on where i’m going and have purchased a whole bunch of plane tickets. (I just counted and I will be on 11 different flights in the next two months.)
I’ve been procrastinating on where to start this trip for way too long. Originally I wanted to go to Hawaii. That was during winter of 2014 and I was really looking forward to lots of sunshine and warm beaches. After spending an entirely beautiful summer in Victoria BC, hanging out at the local beaches, lakes, and rivers, I didn’t really feel I needed Hawaii to warm me up anymore. So I started thinking of other options.
The original plan of first going to Hawaii then South East Asia has been thrown out the airplane window. Thailand is a great place to start a trip. Its super cheap and there is a great tourism industry. Instead, I got a call from a friend who was going to New Zealand and he asked if I wanted to hang out there for a while. That’s how my first travel destination was chosen. I now have a non-stop ticket on Air New Zealand from Vancouver to Auckland leaving on Dec 8th.
After getting back to Canada in May I really wanted to get on the road right away but there was a big hiccup in my plans. I needed to buy travel medical insurance, and for that I need to be enrolled in the Canadian medical system, and for that I needed to have my Canadian residency. After living in the US for 15 years I had to reside in, and not leave, the Province of British Columbia for the duration of 6 months to fulfil that requirement.
But guess what? As of Nov 15th I am officially a Canadian resident again. So now it’s time for the fun to start!
Next Set of Plans
Here are my tentative plans for the next few months.
I will spend around two weeks in the US visiting friends one last time before I head out. Then I head down to New Zealand for 6 weeks. After New Zealand I am going to India for just over two months!
At first I will be in and around Mumbai. After Mumbai I really don’t know yet. I still have a few months to figure out where to go next so I’m going to take my time before I decide. If there is one thing I have learned in the last year of massive change it’s not to plan more than a few months in advance. Every time I have tried to plan things too far ahead I have been thwarted by some unforeseen event. For instance needing my Canadian residency has put me months behind schedule.
The next piece of awesome news is that just today I got my Indian Visa in the mail! I was so worried about getting it. Perhaps its normal to worry, but this is the first Visa I have applied for and I have been extra nervous. The email status updates from the Indian Consulate were vague and unhelpful. Just like Microsoft help, they told me the exact status without giving me any of the information I wanted.
I plan to be in India until the end of March. Possible locations after India include Nepal, Thailand, or somewhere that is having summertime with not too much rain. I’m open to suggestions if anyone has any.
While I was taking a break from Earth to Keir I have not been completely idle. I have been attending a few classes at The University of Victoria. Two writing classes and a photography class. The writing classes are on fiction, and memoir. I’m not sure if there will be a noticeable difference in my writing style because of the classes, but there will be a definite increase in the quantity that I write. The last class is on documentary photography. I felt it would be a good kickoff to the kinds of photos I want to be taking while traveling.
Along with the classes I’ve kept busy as one of the executors for my late Mothers estate. I am living in her old condo and as of the end of November it is sold and needs to be emptied out. For such a small condo its been incredibly difficult to empty it out. Lots of emotional bombs, and also just logistical issues have dragged out the process.
I am really looking forward to no longer be packing things away into boxes or getting rid of things. It may seem odd but the thought of living out of a backpack seems to be much simpler than how I have been living the last year of packing.
Last piece of awesome news… A New Blog!!!
The last super cool thing I have been doing while in Victoria is I starting another blog. It’s one of the reasons I slacked with Earth to Keir. I know, it’s not really an excuse, but I’m using it anyway. Three months ago I thought “Hey, I want to start a new blog where I just post one photo per day and write a little bit about the image”. I named the new blog Pixelbip. and today will be the 91st post. Which reminds me I still need to chose a photo to post.
I wanted something that would encourage me to push my skills as a photographer as well as my photo editing skills. For someone who has been shooting digital for over 10 years now I am very much lacking in Photoshop Skillz. The schedule of posting a photo per day has definitely challenged me to continue shooting.
Today was my 90th day of posting on Pixelbip. If you have not checked it out please drop on by and take a look. Don’t forget to subscribe! I plan to continue posting one photo per day as well as articles on travel photography, and photography in general.
Wrapping it up
So, once again, welcome back to Earth to Keir. It’s beena while, but I am getting the momentum going again. Some of the things I plan to about in the next while include;
- Followup to my US and British Columbia roadtrips.
- Discussing how I am packing and what gear I am taking on the trip.
- The crazy world of buying flights online.
- Reviews on several of the items I chose to take along
I don’t have any kind of posting schedule at this time. For the next week I am focusing on shutting down my life here in Victoria and getting on the road.
If there is anything you want me to write about or things you would like to know please leave a comment in the section below!
Thanks again for your patience!