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A Year in Vancouver

It's been 365 days of Vancouver. Here it is in pictures. I think we'll be staying another 365.

Don’t (Strategically) Throw Out Your Vote, Alberta

I'm seeing several left-leaning Albertans considering a vote for the right-wing Progressive Conservative Party just to stop the insane but popular, ultra-right-wing Wild Rose Party from winning the upcoming Alberta provincial election.

The Art of Flight Part I: Pre-flight

Flying sucks. Now, I appreciate the fact that we can race around the Earth to any location in record time, but that doesn't change the fact that it's a massive pain in the ass and generator of stress and tension.

Fireflies Do Dead Bug Best

Fireflies keep hitting the lights up on the third floor of our parents' domicile in Costa Rica. The heat stuns their glowing bodies and they fall ten feet to the floor. I can see them littered all over the steps…

Gringos Learning The Shit Out of Spanish

Travis looking a might shiny before his daily Spanish lesson in Costa Rica. Trav and I committed to learning Spanish so that by the time we’d lived in Costa Rica for two months, we could carry on a conversation. I’m…

Parawhat?

What do ya call them folks sailing above the air in a parachute over the water? Oh yeah: smart. A sunset on playa Manuel Antonio from a couple days ago.

Shot Through the Foot

Travis got stung by a stingray today. It’s not really something we had worked into the itinerary, but when shit like this happens, you just continue to document at the expense of being insensitive because stories are all you have…

Manuel Antonio

Made it to Manuel Antonio Wednesday. Finally! Real vacation has started. We’ll be plodding our way up the coast with our buddy, Karissa to nibble adventures out of the divine underbelly of Costa Rica. Expect a few pictures, but it’ll…

Passing the Buck

What you see before you? About 36 bucks or a Tico’s daily income. Costa Ricans use the colón (₡). It sounds like a processed meat or intestinal exit, but it’s the currency of choice. Blame Columbus. It was named after…

Tico Dream Cuisine: Eat Some of This Wonder

Should you find yourself shipwrecked and washed up on the sugar sand beaches of Costa Rica, you’ll one day need to eat. A human can only live a few weeks without food before becoming irritable and a little defunct (not…

I’m On A Boat, MotherF*cker: A Sunset Cruise

Didn’t want to act on the selfish thought of keeping this awesome sauce to myself. We went on a boat. A sail boat! Hopped on and set sail just as the sun was burning a whole through the pocket of…

7 Titillating Costa Rican Land Facts

I know a lot of nothing about everything. I could tell you I know a lot about the landscape of Costa Rica, but then I’d be lying and you’d read this page with one eye staring at me accusingly. So,…

Mosquito Bites: Scratching the Surface

--UPDATE: Found out these bites were actually from idiot sand fleas, but this post is still relevant so keep reading.-- If you have never received a mosquito bite, you are not allowed to read this post. Also, I don’t think…

Bullfights & Rodeos

The charm of a country lies in its culture. Costa Rica drips with culture, holding festivals that would make a foreign event planner weep with jealousy. One of them is the rodeo. Rodeo in Costa Rica isn’t your average deep-fried-coke,…

¡Pura Vida Costa Rica!

If you’re thinking about taking a holiday and Mexico is at the top of your list, choose Costa Rica instead. Not that I’m saying Mexico sucks. It certainly doesn’t. It’s just that Costa Rica (of similar bonny climate and people)…

The Crew

Our parents are finishing the second floor of their Costa Rican castle. They have a crew they’ve been working with for the last couple years, originally from Nicaragua (known as Nicas). Ricardo (fellow Tico) looks after the house & works…

Dogs

Come to Costa Rica and you’ll see these mutts hang dogging every street corner. They’re a part of the landscape. They might look a little bedraggled, but they’re pretty charming. And CR wouldn’t be the same without ‘em.

Temporary Headquarters

Question Everything will be posting from our temporary headquarters on a remote Costa Rican beach for the next eight weeks or so. Great stuff on the way!

Packing

Some people load up on sunscreen and luminescent board shorts. Others go for hiking boots and dorky safari hats. I, my friends, gather up enough nerd gear to make any Tri-Lambda warm in the nethers. Good thing we’re allowed two…

Onward. Southard. Ho.

It’s now January 3rd, 2011. That means in five days we will be flying to Costa Rica to live with the monkeys (and wireless internet). This is our second attempt at living a transitory life style and we’re pretty excited.…

Blazing Austin Saddles

Day 155 A little recap: I said I’d fill you in about Austin, so even though we’re in Nashville, I’m going to pretend we’re not. I’ve glossed over lots of little booger towns; little holes in the wall not worth…

Glory To The Unicat T Champions

Day 153 What would thou doest for a Unicat shirt? Our noble champions have stepped forward at SXSW to prove their love for the beast. They have done things that can only be shown via the secrecy of live video…

Scurvy’s Uglier Side

Day 150 Don’t tell, but we might have a new favourite city. I’ll fill you in as soon as I get over this pesky South by Scurvy that is doubling my vision and making my back slick with sweat (probably…

SXSW: A Woman’s Perspective

Day 147 It’s my first time. This has been a response men have become accustomed to hearing from me this week. I am a minority at a yearly festival that gets Twitter aflutter, Gowalla & Foursquare spitting mad points of…

Work For Your Shirt.

Day 143 If you haven’t heard, Rachel and I pooled some cash from our spamaroni fund and got some lovely purple and green Unicat t-shirts printed up for SXSW. Since we were only able to get 20 of these “limited…

SXSWalter

Today we arrive in Austin, TX for one of the single most anticipated events of this entire trip. South By Southwest (SXSW). SXSW is a music, film, and interactive festival held every March in Austin. Geeks, musicians, and film nerds…

Oregon Cliffs

We took a little break from driving today to take in the view of the Oregon coast. (via Vimeo)

The Rocky Coast

Day 20 The rocky coast. No words can describe this stunning view.

Soaked in Portland

Day 19 So much rain!! Thought we might consider pitching a condo up here one day, but since we feel like a pair of wet carpets, we may have changed our minds. At any rate, we are headed for sunnier…

RV 101

Day 17 (gonna start addressing this as I am developing date amnesia) So we made it to Vancouver. Vancouver Washington. About 7 miles from Portland. It seemed like a great place to refuel. Walter doesn’t need it, but we sure…

Paranoid in Seattle

Me being a little overly paranoid in Seattle just before we moved a block down the street for some urban camping. (via Vimeo)

Leavin’ Leavenworth

So we are sick. Again. This time we both have head colds which we never have at the same time. Try navigating Walter down narrow slits of highway when you don’t even have your head attached to your shoulders. That’s…

Seattle’s Best

October 29, 2009 It’s getting hard to distinguish between the days of the week. Right now: doodling in pink pen on a grocery list and taking in the sites and sounds around Seattle with no wireless signal. The melodic notes…

Testing the Borders

The story of our ridiculous entry into the beautiful US of A. Please excuse the Canadian accents (…and the annoying furnace. It sounds like a jet engine).

Biding Some Time

Brrr. It’s chilly here. Not ‘four centimetres of snow, like in Calgary’ chilly, but the wind is biting cold and it gnaws at your bones for hours after you’ve come inside. So we crank the heat and sit in the…

Westward Ho!

October 21, 2009We left at the blink of dawn. Okay it was eleven am in Calgary. A full ten hours later we parked our rears in Kamloops, after hours of misty highways, treacherous mountain roads, and bad A&W. I sat…

THANK YOU ALL!

Well it’s been a mad few weeks trying to wrap things up in ‘ol Cowtown, but somehow everything has fallen into place. We’ve successfully moved out of our condo, sold or packed most of our possessions into storage, and geared…

Meet Isabella

Meet Isabella. She’s our trusty Vespa that will be tagging along on the back of Walter.

Teaser Trip

We trekked into the woods this week with the desire to restore our sanity. It was a teaser trip with Walter to Kananaskis to see just how well he would respond to our love. We even decided to bring our…

The Deets

Quick post because I’m on my way to see These Arms Are Snakes, and I will NOT miss it. This band will melt your face. You should see them. I implore you. Anyway, back to the task at hand… After…

The Gas Huffer.

Call us crazy (we might be), but we just added a new member to our family. He’s a road junkie with an appetite for snorting gasoline and has no other desire than to wake up on a new street every…

Why We Live In Harm’s Way

We are fully aware of the consequences of living in a triple fault zone where an epic megathrust earthquake is predicted to happen anytime in the next fifty years--but many people deny the inevitable. Here's why.

Time Lapse of Nuclear Explosions Since ‘45

Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto shows us the magnitude of all the nuclear explosions ever to be detonated since their birth during World War II. And I tell you what, folks. It's a little unnerving to see just how many explosions…

Sacred Headwaters

"In northern British Columbia, three of the province's greatest salmon-bearing rivers are formed in the subalpine basin known as the Sacred Headwaters. The land has one of the largest intact predator-prey systems in North America, earning it the nickname, 'Serengeti…

Please Vote For Me

With the Alberta election only heartbeats away, it felt bittersweet to post this 2007 trailer. I first saw Please Vote For Me, a film about third-graders in China voting for their first class monitor ever, while finishing a World Education…

Wildrose Alliance: Only A White Man Can

This post was created by my friend and old co worker, Hervé St-Louis in light of the recent racist remarks of Wildrose Alliance candidate and pastor Ron Leech. Leech managed to offend every right minded Albertan without so much as…

How Ottawa runs on oil

I would agree that Alberta is the most politically backward province, and until recently, I always had a bit of a soft spot for its endearing redneck attitude. Things are different now. They went from a bunch of obnoxious conservative…

Backwards Alberta

I know we high-tailed it out of Alberta over seven months ago, but for some reason, we still care about its provincial politics. Call us suckers for a story. Well friends, you might be aware that there is a provincial…

China’s Sinopec = Oilsands Puppet Master?

Terry Glavin is a feisty journalist for the Ottawa Citizen and he’s got a bee lodged squarely in his ass about why Canada (specifically the Harper government) has failed to inform us about China’s increasingly domineering role in our energy…

Gordon Ramsay eats Shark Fin Soup for the first time!

Shark Fin Soup is one of the most wasteful bourgeois extravagances to ever hit a dining table. Thousands of sharks around the world are being caught and killed for their fins, then discarded. It’s a shameful practice that has a…

An Antidote to Apathy?

"I don't care." Heard this one before? Well, Dave Meslin, a bid ideas guy, thinks that we're not engaged because the systems that need our involvement simply don't want it and do whatever they can to shut us out.