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Another little mashup of words one might call poetry

It’s weird, yesterday, and a world away…

another’s fear story, promise of tomorrow

replaced, four seasons, Lacking influence

finding again, myself breathes

Love, renewed, burns brightly

inspiration, motivation, hope

Gratitude

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Back to the drawing board

My time in England has come to a heartbreaking end. My experience living in “the Okay U.K.” (as I’ve started calling it) for about three years has shown me a lot.  It’s amazing the delusions of some, in this illusion, we call life. Seems my ideas are a bit too broad for that little island. Starting from scratch at 40, nowhere to go but up from here! 

What follows here is a collection of pictures from my time there, many I felt I couldn’t share before now…


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We are one. (Are you/we paying attention?)

We are all one, made of the same stuff even! We all choose to be here; and are contributing to the chaos we live in. Most of us move through this time, using an old vision of what the world is, one that was conjured up from a place of fear/control.

Let me elaborate; since being born, we have been told… Everything! Very few of us operate an “experience” basis. We each move through our day, contributing to the whole, with a story that has been told/sold to us. Not based on actual personal experience, we deny ourselves our own truth and experience. Stay with me here… 

Judgement, is a main contributor, in my opinion, that consistently overlooked, we are all guilty of it. For example, I am aware of a concept called abortion; however, as a gay man (a judgement I am forced to accept by this old vision, we maintain), what place do I have to have an opinion about it? I can not physically have a baby, or even possibly understand the experience. Therefore I have no opinion about it, even though I am regularly presented the opportunity. Are you a woman who has experienced that? If not, to say anything about it is a false, fear-based contribution to the universe. To have a judgement of a thing that is not part of your actual experiences, is to feed the fear, that is then used to control you. Don’t you see? The only valid judgement, is of yourself, you create your own experience. We get what we give, so live and let live.

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Iceland

I really had no idea what was going on up there, what to expect, other than some cold weather. What I found was a stunning landscape, the likes of which I could only compare to New Zealand. The weather, surprising enough, not as cold as most would probably think, keeping in mind it was only the second week of November. In all my travels, I must say this is the easiest, non-native, english speaking country to visit (if that’s a concern for you). Working their way to the darkest part of their year, made it way too easy to take pictures in Iceland…

  
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

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American Southwest

The past few months was a homecoming of sorts, it represented completion of the full circle of my travels of the past year. During this time I visited Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and California, while catching up with some of most treasured people in my life thus far, and introduced them to my future. 😉  Having collected what few possessions I maintain, it’s now back to an amazing, blessed life in a narrowboat, on the canals of merry old England…

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More NYC

Blessed as my life is with adventures, I recently spent a long weekend in New York City. My previous two visits to this one-of-a-kind destination had not included an overnight stay. I arrived via Newark, New Jersey, and immediately took the train and subway to my hotel in Brooklyn. This being a unique experience in and of itself, trains? In the United States? This is something that sadly, very few parts of the country have available as a functional part of society. The New York subway is unlike any other underground transit, such diversity, I don’t think I have ever experienced in one space, it was magnificent! Being situated in Brooklyn, gave me a much broader vision of the city (prior visits were only to Manhattan). This city is, while a part of the U.S., is nothing like the rest. If I was forced to make a comparison, I would say most like London, in its massiveness of people, experiences and opportunities. Whatever your heart desires, can be expressed and explored here.
Here is a few pictures from my perspective…

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Paris, and break

I have reached the last destination, on my short european tour, Paris! From Notre Dame, to the Eiffel tower and all the other great places to visit, there is so much to do and see. I am not exactly sure I would agree that this is the “most romantic” city in the world, but it is a beautiful place to visit. I have only spent a few days here for now, I will be back.

Paris also marks the beginning of a new chapter. I feel though that this Nomad has finally accomplished what was set out for almost a year ago now; and have finally wore myself out of traveling (for now?). I have been very blessed to be able to check everything off of my bucket list, except the aurora borealis, wrong time of year now!

The places I have been, people I have met along the way, the unbelievable things that I have able to experience, have left me forever changed! I can say without question this has been the most amazing year of my life, so far! A huge thank you to everyone who has played a part in it, in any way. I am excited to see what unfolds ahead….

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Nederland.

The Netherlands! I have wanted to come here for a very long time. I find myself constantly saying “it’s so damn cute!”, everywhere I look, filled with color and vibrancy, it overwhelms the senses. The old mixes with the new, like no place I have ever seen. The people here are wonderful, and the service here, is of a very interesting sort. The level of efficiency is hard to put in words. And if you think you have comfortable shoes? This breathtaking place will confirm or laugh at that notion. Couple more days in Amsterdam and I will be off to my final bucket list destination, of my world tour (for now). I am feeling a sense of home settle in already…

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Britain’s Southern Coast

When I was ten years old, my father was in the military and was stationed in England for about four years. This means that most of my clearest and earliest memories, are from a country that is not on the front cover of my passport. After returning for the first time, three years ago, I have thought of little else, but to return. All sparked by the sense of “home” I felt, the moment I stepped out of Heathrow, back at the time I started this blog. Can we say, full circle?

Having been back in England for a short while now, I have found myself returning to some places that I have been before. It feels like a bit of a time capsule. While I have changed, so does everything else. Here are some recent moments I have “captured”…

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Te Wai Pounamu

Well, my time in New Zealand has come to an end. I learned that the kiwi fruit, should always have the word “fruit” after it, because an actual Kiwi, either refers to the people of New Zealand, or the beautiful nocturnal, flightless, endangered bird, that can only be found there. The Kiwis are an amazing, friendly, raw breed of people, who will almost always leave a smile on your face.

As promised, the country just got more and more beautiful the further south I made it. The only way I can think of to describe it; Mother Nature was just showing off. Leading to my largest post of pictures yet…

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