Venice is a wondrous maze. The streets of which have no apparent orderly structure; sometimes as wide as boulevards, others so narrow a person of normal stature has to turn sideways to avoid brushing up against the walls, which tower above you, so askew in time that their roofs practically touch. More often then not, leading to a small barren courtyard, a dead end, or into any one of the numerous canals. The houses themselves are mostly ancient and beautiful in their obscurities.… Continue
Added by Paul McAllister on January 22, 2013 at 19:05 —
I'm beginning this journal titled "Europe Part 2" on DAY 108 of my trip while in Venice sitting at a very fancy desk, in the classic venetian style, in a hotel room which is painted a garish mint color. Haley is behind me on the bed; consisting of a queen sized frame which matches said desk with 2 single mattresses attempting to impersonate a proper queen sized mattress and doing a absolutely horrid job of it. Haley's favorite color is mint. Their are 2 cute masks on the fancy venetian desk,… Continue
Added by Paul McAllister on January 8, 2013 at 15:30 —
Originally I was planning on writing my next blog on the follow up to the whole break in fiasco. About how things turned out in the end, what I learned from the experience etc. etc. However, I just noticed that 3 weeks has passed since the incident (crazy!) and 3 weeks of stuff has happened. So instead I will give a brief summery country by country of those said weeks.
Czech Republic: Day 56:
Dropped off the car to get the window fixed, attempted to walk back to my new… Continue
Added by Paul McAllister on December 6, 2012 at 15:13 —
I was going to write this Blog about Berlin, about wandering about drinking in the streets, about my 7 ft tall Scotish friend causeing a rucas in a interprative dance hall yelling my name at the top of his considerable lungs, about me losing him and finding out the next morning he spent the night in the drunk tank and about how German security guards don't take kindly to shortcuts, then Prague happened. Continue
I arrived in Prague right at rushhou, and the free parking I had found online…
Added by Paul McAllister on November 16, 2012 at 14:30 —
IIts been a while since my last Blog, and thats mostly due to the commencment of me truely living on the road.
While on the British Isles, no matter where I went, I was always guarenteed a spot to crash, under a roof, with handy washing facilities. However, now that I've madee my way onto Europa propper, this is no longer a luxury I can count on. From here on in, (other then some graciously offered couches in Turkey and Switzerland) it's all up to chance and the occasional splurge… Continue
Added by Paul McAllister on November 4, 2012 at 15:32 —
O.k, to start this entry off, I have to make a few things clear. When I say I believe in Faeries, I don't necessarily mean that I believe in miniature humans with gossamer wings fluttering about the woodlands beaconing us to join in their merry regales. However, I am completely convinced that their are other beings which inhabit planes of existence which may or may not overlay our own dimension. Beings whom the philosophers and alchemists of old entitled "elementals" whom are essentially… Continue
Added by Paul McAllister on October 18, 2012 at 12:32 —
Day 15: The Island of Islay
After driving through the wild rocky coast of Argyle, and taking 3 Ferries, which cost an exorbitant amount of quid, I arrived on Islay and was greeted with a coastline reminiscent of Newfoundlands rolling rocky shoreline.
This place was beautiful, in an exposed and weathered kind of beauty. The small villages along the one track road (like a one way but with on coming traffic) seem almost mediterranean with their whitewashed plaster and blue… Continue
Added by Paul McAllister on October 11, 2012 at 11:30 —
I've decided I'm just not a big fan of France. It may be the language thing, or remenants of negitave memories from when I was 13ish and came to grenoble with CISV and stayed with local Family, or it could smply be the complete terror I experiance in Paris..
Whatever the reason, after 2.5 days wandering about I decided to get back to the U.K.
Reflections on driving in Great Britain.
- After learning to drive standard in the madness of Paris, driving on the… Continue
Added by Paul McAllister on October 1, 2012 at 12:42 —
Paris, for lack of a better word, was terrifying. Well, getting out of it was, getting into it was simply a little lonesome. It was my first experience with the whole language barrier thing. Once I arrived in the city, the task of finding my hastily booked hostel stood before me.
1st step: Find the metro.
solution: ask the bus driver.
2nd step: figure out closest stop to hostel.
solution: ask the metro people
3rd step: Find the… Continue
Added by Paul McAllister on September 26, 2012 at 7:41 —
When I started to plan this vacation, I knew it would be anything but boring, for some reason interesting things just seem to happen all the time with me. To start this trip off, Haley and I left a day before my flight from Halifax to have a final 24ish hour goodbye, rented a hotel went out for sushi, you know, quality time stuff. Everything was wonderful until about 7 hours before my flight. The realization that I was on the move was dawning on us, and the hours were melting through our hands.… Continue
Added by Paul McAllister on September 24, 2012 at 9:46 —
Its the final day of a great week/weekend of music, and to be honest, we're a little slow moving. Actually, all of Moncton seems to be in the same boat. 4 days of continuous music will do that to a town. However its nothing a few pints of Feels Good and the movie In like Flint wont fix.
Saturday wound up being a good ol fashioned bluegrass boogie down day. The Delta was buzzing with the best of the best. With bands like the Backyard Devils, Modern Grass, and Ben Capalan and the… Continue
Added by Paul McAllister on April 15, 2012 at 16:28 —
Ahh Moncton, I feel like we don't spend enough time together, every time I visit you we have the best of times.. To be honest for someone who lives less then 2 hours away its a crime how little time I spent in this fair city. I mean I can count the amount of nights I've spent here on 1 hand, using only 2 fingers. (for those of you not paying attention, thats 2 nights)
The ECMA's really are a blast. Albeit slightly disorganized, but what can one expect when trying to feature… Continue
Added by Paul McAllister on April 14, 2012 at 15:48 —
Was just half way through a detailed entry about the second night of Harvest, However, I'm typing on the capital bars keypad and its all sticky with booze and I pressed the wrong button and lost everything.
I blame Fergus.
Andy brown, free show - packed.
Caught the last of good ol Kieth Hallet. My Heavens.
Then,Buddy Guy. The Legend. Jeeze
Off to work, Weak Size Fish, Dub… Continue
Added by Paul McAllister on September 15, 2011 at 2:58 —
Saturday begain as those wacky days of adventures usualy do. Awaking at 10:30 to the calm before the storm as musicians, and the musicly inclined, slowly stired from their slumbers all about the hotel, I knew before my eyes were open that things were going to get very interesting. We were litteraly sitting on a powder keg of rascals and shennanigoers who had been all riled up with non stop music for the last 78 hours.
After recieving word from Fredericton that Dennis and… Continue
Added by Paul McAllister on April 17, 2011 at 19:40 —
Friday was a busy day, I have a list of notes concerning whom we saw where and why it was fun during the specific time it happend, but were in a bit of a hurry right now, after enjoying a lovely Sushi dinner, we've been relaxing getting ready for the evenings music, and once again, time snuck away on us and were almost late for Hey Rosetta! That certainly wont do. So Fridays summery is as follows. The kind and gental staff at Hunters are fantastic, couldn't ask for a group of more upright… Continue
Added by Paul McAllister on April 16, 2011 at 20:30 —
Day 1: Thursday
10:00am - after a brief stop at the local Picaroons Growler store to grab all the Feels Good I can carry, Im on the road to that cute little island with its cute little potatos and pigtails.
2:30pm - after what seems like a suspiciously brief drive I roll into Charlotte town having no idea where I'm supposed to go or what Im supposed to be doing. Its cool tho, just as Im considering pulling over to consult my handy phone/ unerversal question answering… Continue
Added by Paul McAllister on April 15, 2011 at 14:05 —
So, as a employee of the always enjoyable Capital Complex, week long event extraveganzas such as The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival are not always the most convienient things to enjoy. More often then not, we find ourselves in a position of working situations. We the barstaff are employed to make the party. This often means that we miss out on some of the party.
Luckly, Harvest is not only a week long event, but it is an all day week long event, so, at the crack of noon, One can get… Continue
Added by Paul McAllister on September 18, 2009 at 4:00 —
TORONTO SCULPTURE GARDEN
115 King Street East, Toronto
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Next Deadline: received by September 15, 2009
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Continuing to September 15, 2009
The Toronto Sculpture Garden has been a leader in Canada in the commissioning of contemporary sculpture since it opened in 1981. Located in an urban park in the downtown core, it serves as a testing ground for artists to explore public space and… Continue
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