The perks of poor planning

I somehow took the train to the wrong station many hours before my bike tour of Liverpool and ended up at in the middle of nowhere on the far south side of town. Being that I had several hours to kill I decided to do some exploring before trying to find the correct one. This...

Fun and boring facts about London

There are a few really strange places in London with fantastically absurd histories, among them are... Covent Green. Back in the 1200's a bunch of Benedictine monks owned what was known as the Convent Garden, a small plot of land used for grazing animals and a small orchard. The trees and critters went about their...

Alternative forms of transit

Realizing that the cost of flying was far greater than I wanted to pay simply to cross the small bit of water between Ireland and England I opted for the Sail and Rail option. Basically one boards an enormous ferry equipped with a bar serving terrible and overpriced beer and a restaurant of sorts with...

This one DOES simply walk into Moher

While I may be misquoting Boromir a bit, the cliffs of Moher are simply breathtaking. The salt spray can, with high winds, almost hit one in the face despite the nearly four hundred foot elevation of the cliffs. Some time in the last decade it was decided that perhaps a wall would be a wise...

The small and weird bits of Ireland

We stayed in the Jamaica Inn,owned by a fellow named Micheal McNamara, who was thrilled to show off his families ancestral castle. although it is no larger than my old house it is still fairly impressive. Baile Cuileann is the closest guess I can take at the correct spelling of the Holly Town as it...

Fleeing the country

Finally having sold the house and escaped the plentiful and annoying realities of having a house and a job and so on I headed to the airport in the wee hours of the morning with my kid sister to fly across the pond. Sadly we did have to visit O'Hare airport in Chicago, which is...

Calgary Comic-Con

Comic-Cons in general have a long history of being focused on rare and old comic books, inaccessible, and full of nerds, but in this age of crossovers and digital media the focus is spread over old television shows and movies as well.  Essentially weirdos from all over come together to gush over artists no one...

Worlds largest Habitrail

Calgary is famous for many things, some of which are somewhat embarrassing. For example the ‘Calgary tower’ locally referred to by many as the prairie penis. This reminds me of the antenna atop Bender Bending Rodriguez, which leads to the slightly less famous but far more awesome feature of Calgary.

Drumheller: Here be rocks

There is some kind of scientific explanation for this area involving glaciers and sediment, however my brother at the age of five or so proposed a theory I still find somewhat more satisfying. It was his assertion that dinosaurs were in some way responsible, now he may have clarified what he meant but being seven...

Drumheller: Here be dinosaurs

Deep in the boring flatness of western Canada's prairies lies one of the richest deposits of fossils in the world, naturally the locals capitalized on this to create a less dangerous and less exciting version of Jurassic Park. Within the building itself are thousands of fossils, complete skeletal models towering overhead and dozens of adorable...