How I Survived Voluntary Kidnapping

Ordinarily my posts are fairly short as I generally spend a few hours following monkeys, attending some event, or throwing paint at children before I become dangerously low on caffeine. There is nothing more depraved and unpredictable than a Tim in the midst of caffeine withdrawal.

A multicoloured warzone

Happy Holi:
I awoke to the sound of children laughing outside, soon I would begin to dread that sound, the menace it contained and the deluge it foreheld.

So I spent the day visiting Hobbits

The set from Lord Of The Rings was somewhat temporary and had been scheduled for demolition prior to the announcement of the Hobbit movies. Luckily the locals endless requests to visit the set had delayed the destruction to such a degree that they simply made the structures and set permanent, filmed a few more movies,…

Waipu Cow Days

Waipu has around 1500 human inhabitants as well as an insane number of sheep and cows, today I attended a festival of tiny humans and tiny cows. The kids were running little shops selling numerous forms of grilled cow in plain view of the tiny cows, perhaps as a warning. Watching small children trying to…

The Outlandish Origin story of Waipu

In the 18th and 19th century wealthy Scotsmen decided that the English had a point years ago when they said that the problem with Scotland was that it was filled with Scottish people. The result was something called the Highland Clearances where they did everything in their power to remove families from their homesteads and…

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

I have a unique gift for showing up at the exact right moment despite having done no planning. In this case I arrived at the height of Edinburgh's fringe festival. I have encountered street fairs on a few occasions but nothing quite this impressive. Apparently the entire city becomes home to almost 300 venues filled...

Love Lock Bridge : Hohenzollern Bridge

Construction of this bridge was completed in 1911 after the demolition of the old bridge. During the second world war the allies bombed the bridge almost daily, yet it sustained only minor damage. Finally when the allies were about to invade Cologne the Germans blew it up themselves, presumably out of spite. It was rebuilt...

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...

People I met and promised to mention

Abbey Court In Dublin was definitely one of my favorite hostels so far, the only real downside was that I could not connect to the WIFI from my room, but who wants to spend the whole time hiding in their room anyhow. Downstairs in the lounge I ran into all manner of strange people, including...

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...

Aleandro and why horseshoes are lucky

I should begin by mentioning that this is my retelling of a favorite Roma myths, I honestly have no idea where it comes from originally… For whatever reason their version of the four horsemen were riding around spreading pestilence and suffering across the land. Since the story is of Roma origin it more than likely…