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How i spent my summer vacation in eastern Washington

In travel on July 4, 2012 at 19:04

Ben and i managed to get away for a few days the last week of june. We dropped off Armand at his first overnight camp at 5pm, and sped (a slow crawl during rush hour) away to eastern washington. I rode to eastern washington one time before, i remembered that the sky was bluer than blue in contrast to the brownish red rocks but not much else. Once we got out of the city the roads were pretty empty. We were giddy with our stolen freedom. We sang loud, and bounced in our seats as we drove over and through the mountains.
We got to our destination late and basically went right to bed. We woke up to the lovely sound of chickens and the smell of breakfast cooking. It looked wonderful outside the window, and much warmer than we were used to. But the sun is needed to make things grow, and Nerissa’s garden made me jealous. We ate the lovely breakfast that was prepared for us, played with some kids, and headed out for the day. We took a lovely walk around the neighborhood, and then down by the columbia river. The river was raging and much higher than it should have been. The sun beat down and while i was way out of my temperature comfort zone it was strangely enjoyable.
We found our way to the goodwill in Richland. It gifted us with a vintage Osterizer blender. It appeared to have never ben used. (We ended up eventually going to all the goodwills between Richland and Seattle. And we did, but the blender was the only good find. It seems that we are spoiled here in Seattle. The other goodwills that we went to were pretty crappy. I wasn’t even tempted to buy anything.)
After our goodwill adventure we went to pick cherries! I had never been cherry picking before so i was excited. I suck at blackberry picking on account of all the stabby thorns, but i picked the heck out of all the low growing cherries on the tree. Ben and Nerissa took turns on the ladder and we ended up with about 12lbs of cherries.

Exhausted from the day in the sun we settled down for the evening by making pizza! Nerissa’s potatoe, caramelized onion, and balsamic pizza was the best but the others were pretty good too. After the visiting kidlets went to bed Nerissa, Ian, Ben, and I played a wonderful game of Dominion. A long wonderful day.

We woke to more heat the next morning. Ate a lovely breakfast and headed to some more goodwills. I dont really remember what we did for the rest of the morning but i am sure it was relaxing and enjoyable. We eventually ate lunch and packed up the car for our journey back home. We didn’t have to pick up Armand until friday noon, but were paranoid that we might get stuck in traffic, or underestimate the time it would take to drive back. It was a short visit but it was jam packed with fun fun fun. Our drive home was filled with more disappointing goodwill visits, and beautiful blue skies. Although its wicked hot in eastern washington i am looking forward to our next visit in august. Thank you for being such a great host Nerissa!

birds… not vampire bats. Romania.

In photos, travel on July 21, 2008 at 23:58

Romania: a short blurb.

In travel on July 21, 2008 at 23:44

From the air Romania is a checker board of greens and browny yellows. From the ground you can see the farmlands and fields of sunflowers. I ate a ton of fresh fruit from the markets. I feasted on freshly baked cakes and breads. I saw a ton of Gypsies, but did not manage to take any photos of them. I went on an adventure to Transilvania, in search of Vampires. Sadly, i did not see any, but Transilvania was beautiful. I sat outside of an orthodox church for an hour listening to the music/chanting and photo stalking the old people walking in. I took the train back to Bucharest where i found the temperatures too hot to walk. I spent too many hours in search of a post office on a sunday. I wrote postcards, but they will remain unmailed.

And now for a vacation…

In travel on July 4, 2008 at 20:53

I’m off to Romania for a week to visit a friend, possibly help build a house, and try to get gypsies to kidnap me.

Saturday July 5th

Helsinki – Bucharest

Finnair Flight # AY725 Z

Take off: 09:55

Landing: 12:30

(times local to Helsinki and Bucharest)

Due to no fault of my own..and everything to do with normal quinn flight freakishness i arrived to the airport this morning to find that i infact had no ticket reservation dispite the confirmation email i recieved and the e-ticket receipt i held in my hands. After an hour long emotional breakdown and several frantic phone calls i was reascued by Deb and escorted back to her place where i awaited several more phone calls to see if a plane ticket for tomorrow could be purchased. It has been and i should be on a flight on sunday around 17:00 due to land in Romania around 19:35. I would like to thank my many helpful and lovely minions friends. (especially ones who drive for 6 hours to pick me up from airports just for me to not show up on the right day but insist on waiting until i am due to arrive (2 days later)…thanks Joe)

Everyone should know when its over, travel-log (day 134, the end), Jyväskylä Finland

In finland, randomness from my mind, travel on December 31, 2007 at 20:01

When i started traveling i had some bizare idea that i would meet locals and learn about cultures. essentually i was going to have a go at being an anthropologist. I had planned to visit majour places but avoid the backpacker traps. I soon realized that i didn’t know hwo to do that. I still tried, but somewhere along the way.. probably Vietnam where i grew to hate all people… i stoped trying. I still didn’t end up bar hopping in every backpacker ghetto but i found myself surrounded by those people who did. I started to think that i had failed myself. I the anthropologist had just become another one of those westerners along for cheap thrills.. but then i realized that i was never really there to study the natives of the lands i was in. I wasn’t prepared for it. I had little background on them there was no way i could accurately study them. i did however come with th eknowledge of the western world. And i was very capable of observing, judging, and analyzing the actions of the backpackers around me. And so i did.. and it was good.

My travels are over for now. Soon i will be safely settled in Finland. New job, New home, New city to explore. But its stable, no more adventurous bus rides next to chickens, or sketchy boarder crossings. No more dirty guesthouses with questionable food. By the end i grew weary of hot weather and strangers, but i will miss it. For now i will try my best at learning Finnish, and hope it decides to snow.

Goodbye 2007….

Happy new year.

your kingdom for a drink, Travel-log (day 117), Bangkok, Thailand

In randomness from my mind, Thailand, travel on December 14, 2007 at 12:57

written in bangkok, posted from london.
In the city 65 baht would have awarded me, for example, one 1.5 L bottle of mineral water (15 baht), one95g bag of potatoe chips (30 baht), and one 250ml carton of veggie juice (20 baht). Or 3 servings of pad thai and a pack of gum. Sadly the thirsty and starving me found out that at the new shiny
Bangkok airport my 65 baht was not even enough for a small 500ml of water (70 baht). I paced the halls of the shopping mall around and glared at the hugo boss stores and the perfume stalls, the duty free shops and the cafes where the price signs mocked me and my 65 baht. I finally i found one cafe that would allow me to gift them my dingy 65 baht for one crusty croissant. I handed over every last baht i had and tried not to snatch the bag out of the guys hand. The croissant might have lasted two mins, and i think i even managed to taste it. And with the last bit of my thai money gone i sat desperately trying not to think of water.

manditory update #2, Travel-log (day 109), Phuket Thailand

In Thailand, travel on December 6, 2007 at 12:32

i am running out of money and internet is expensive so im cutting it out. There will be no further updates until i get to london on december 14th.

South Thailand is full of sweedish people..and will now be called New Sweden.

It is hot and i am looking forward to cold weather.

That is all.

manditory update, travel-log (day 106) Koh Phi Phi, thailand

In Thailand, travel on December 3, 2007 at 20:31

Still alive. Swimming with fish. Laying on beaches. Island hopping.

Quinn and the flock of Swedes, Travel-log (day 101), Koh Tao Thailand

In Diving, Thailand, travel on November 28, 2007 at 20:15

On the first day of my diving course i met with the teacher and 5 other students. They were all guys. One guy from england, and the other 4 were from sweden. The british guy for some reason had to back out of the class and fly to away for some sort of emergency, this of course let me with the 4 swedes and suddenly without a partner. That was the creation of team no-swede. I had the pleasure of being the solo member of team no-swede only for half of the first diving day. One of the guys decided diving was not for him. Sad because he was nice, but good for me because i suddenly had a diving buddy! This was the creation of team Sea-sick. Yes, my new dive buddy was the guy who nearly vomited his lunch on me. He claims it was to make us closer.. a bonding expeience. Team sea-sick would be awesome and fearless. Both members of team sea-sick decided that taking motion sickness pills would be best for subsequent trips on boats. Yesterday we felt no sickness at all, and were forced to abandon our name and come up with another. And that was the start of team nose-bleed. I myself did not have any, but my dive-buddy had. He will now be known as Captain Nose-bleed.

SCUBA diving + Typhoon winds + full moon = BAD IDEA, Travel-log (day 99), Koh Tao, Thailand

In Diving, Thailand, travel on November 26, 2007 at 13:40

We did our confined water dive on saturday afternoon in a swimming pool. The pool was more difficult than i thought it would be because of the confined space and the people around me, but it was still not frightening or hard. On sunday afternoon we set out for our first open water dive. I was nervous. We got on the longtail boat from the beach and it took us the rest of the way to the large boat that would take us out to sea. The water was choppy. We got on the boat and i imediately felt a bit odd, at first i decided it was just my nerves but after a while i realized i was again experienceing motion sickness. I felt like an absolute sissy, but then realized that almost everyone else on the boat had already taken a motionsickness pill, so i took one too. I still felt like i was going to vomit. We prepared our gear and started to get ready to get into the water. The person to my imediate right suddenly leaned over the edge where he released his captive partially digested lunch into the water. I froze just incase the boat moved suddenly and he ended up emptying his stomach out onto me. I was sure i would be next the boat rocked and swayed. Eventually we all managed to get into the water. I felt much better. The rocking did not bother me anymore but still i was nervous and this still a little shakky in the tummy. We started to go down, but about half way to our desired depth our instructor aborted thedive. The conditions were horrible. We went back to the boat and proceeded to the second dive site which aparently is more sheltered. At that point one guy in the group decided scuba diving was not for him and that he was finished. We got ready at the second site and got in the water. We got all the way down this itme, but shortly there after the instructor aborted the dive again. The conditions were no better, and as beginners we could not know hwo to control ourselves and so the dive was deemed unsafe. We were the only group on the boat that were unexperienced and so ended up having to wait until eveyrone else was finished. I took off all my gear and got back into the water. I felt more comfortable in the water than i did on the boat. Eventually we headed back to the boat and back to shore. I was a bit deflated, and my nervousness had not been delt with properly. I would save it up for the next day.. today.

We went out early. i felt less nervous. We got in the water and managed to go down. I was fine. I had a little trouble with bouancy, but thats something you have to work out with time i supose. The first dive was great and then we went for a second dive which was even better. I could easily get used to a life under water…

Tomorrow 2 more dives! LOOK MA IM A FISH!