Archive for August, 2010

The Last Days and The Last Day

Posted in Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 by taylorsaracuse

Okay! Let me tell about the last two weeks and close up this blog!

The last two weeks in Berlin were mainly filled up with preparing to leave: closing accounts, selling stuff, giving stuff away, etc. Don’t worry though this was interspersed fun, so lets just talk about the fun. Of course, while I could, I visited a few of the free museums I hadn’t seen and enjoyed them. This was also combined with some good movie nights; Toy Story 3D with the other Taylor, and some movies in the Studio with Spencer and Fabrice. I also went out to the clubs and soaked up that part of Berlin culture. With all my goodbyes my most significant event was a picnic I had on the first weekend, which counted as my last goodbye to most of the people I knew in Berlin. About 15 people came with some beautiful food and I brought some music, aka my guitar. It was a super pleasant affair to say the least. The last days in Berlin ended up being very relaxed though which ended up suiting me quite well. And then I rode out of the city via u-bahn with a funny feeling one gets when they know they wont be back to a place for a long while. Thank you Berlin and all that made it what it was.

After leaving by U-bahn I was naturally on the highway thumb out as usual with the destination being Paris via Köln. I made it to Köln after two great rides, first with a small Danish family with some great discussion and then with a Turkish guy with a lot of extra hospitality and a girl named Nara we picked up for a while. I then CSed for the night with an Indian guy named Bharath and man was it nice to hear that accent again and see the mannerisms. On top of that he was a great conversationalist. We spoke about everything from space, to Indian/Pakistani relation, to Star Wars. A shame I was only there one night, but again off I was the next morning with my thumb out. Hitching was kind of crap for the first half, but the second half was with a great young Bulgarian/German couple. More good conversation and this time some good food as well. One more ride after this one and I was in Paris.

So here I am, with Florian and familiar CS face, who I surfed with last time. My last full day in Europe was spent with a walk around Paris, exploring an interesting author’s project, and, of course, sitting in front of the Effeil Tower for a while. Tomorrow morning I wake up early and head to the airport to head home, so goodbye Europe…. or should I say as I’ve been saying to everyone else, “see you soon.”

And so I finish my last official entry for this blog I will say goodbye and thank you for reading. I really can’t say if I will start one up for Halifax, were I will be next, but who the hell knows, maybe I’ll surprise myself. So one last: Peace and Love,  Taylor.

Forest To City

Posted in Uncategorized on August 3, 2010 by taylorsaracuse

As I left Lukas’ home saying bye to Betina, Yosi, Elias, and Marisa I was handed a jar of Nuttela, they treated me well. The remaining days at Lukas’ here very much the same, very enjoyable and relaxing (we did attend a crazy “bad taste” party though). Lukas drove me to Switzerland, yes it’s that’s close, and after a warm hug and a “I’ll see you on skype,” he was off to work and I was back on the road.

Within minutes I had a ride pretty much exactly to the crossroad I needed. After about 4 hours talking about paragliding, Canada, and fatherhood, my Swiss driver pulled over in a town and dropped me off. I must say an extremely pleasant ride, a terrible drop off point, but after two hours of running from this side of the “highway” to that side of the “highway” I found myself in the car of two beautiful Swiss sisters. Alas though, another enjoyable ride turned into a bad drop off point (you think after more than 15,000km hitching I could prevent this). I was stuck in the city of Locarno and quickly found out how expensive Switzerland was after inquiring about a local bus ticket to my final destination of Spruga. The hour bus ride cost 13 euros! So I started to try and hitch out of the city, an impossible task. Luckily some young Swiss men spotted my guitar and asked if I wanted to have an impromptu jam. So out came the guitar and out came some harmonicas and then next thing you know they’re paying to get me halfway to my destination. After the bus I finally managed to hitch to the mountain village of Spruga.

Now what am I doing in a small mountain village in the middle of Switzerland you ask? Well the next step was to hike an hour and a half into the foresty valley to reach my actual final destination…. a RAINBOW GATHERING. Now I know you readers have nothing against homosexuals, but you’re probably again questioning, “Taylor, why you hanging out with a bunch of gays?” Well you’re mistaken then because Rainbow is a society for ex-hippies, new-hippies, and foux-hippies alike. And if you’re asking why am I hanging with a bunch of hippies then you don’t know me too well. So after my hike and encountering a few of my brothers and sisters I made it to the site of the gathering. It was a beautiful field, with a giant fire pit, an alder grove for the kitchen and to pitch our tents, forest to hike and gather wood, and a gorgeous river with waterfalls and all. People were roaming around naked, music was being played, hash was being smoked, workshops were being cooked, delicious food was being cooked, and nature was being embraced. This is how I lived for the next four days. I now see why my friends enjoyed these gatherings so much.

Unfortunately I had to leave earlier than I wanted, but business needed attending to here in Berlin, but after a little effect of “nature sickness,” (kind of like home sickness) I am quite happy to be back here in Berlin. I am staying at Beni’s flat right now with a guy named Florian because Tobi’s back in Canada and Beni’s down in Vienna at the dance festival I talked about earlier. The first two days were spent at Jan’s old place though, which is just down the street, with Vite, Robert, and new roommate Neil, because I didn’t have the keys to Beni’s and Flo was out of town. They were good days though so no worries were had. Lots to do before I leave. Caio for now. Peace and Love,   Taylor.