Posts from the ‘Travel’ Category

After Years of Waiting….

…. I finally got to see one of my favourite bands. Of course, I had to travel to Austin to see them but it was so worth it. The setlist was perfect, the weather that night was perfect (cooled down from the 34°C + humidity that was during the day).
The bus ride there was easy going and not nearly as scenic as I thought it was going to be. It looks a lot like southern Ontario to be honest, just with more racists. The bus ride back started with a delay and therefore messed every single one of my connections back. I was not impressed. I had contracted a head cold by this point and just wanted to go home, out of the States, where I could use my money again. 
I met a lot of really neat, friendly people on the way there, in Austin itself and on the way back so that made the busrides a lot easier. It was also a huge trip to be watching the second Presidential debate at the bus terminal in Cleveland (read: a red state) at 3am surrounded by many different people of colour, all looking to be younger than 35. I was actually pleasantly surprised that everyone was paying attention. Everyone. I haven’t really seen something to that extent in Canada.
My heart also goes out to the kind people of Austin that I had a chance to talk to. Their monthly rent was on par with Toronto’s ($800+ utilities for a small one bedroom) and their minimum wage is only $7.35/hr. Unless of course, you serve alcohol – then it’s a measley $2+ tips (that they have to share). It was really eye opening to say the least. I tipped my wonderful server $5 on a $12 cheque because, damn. How are people supposed to afford rent?
Another thing that I noticed about Austin, somewhat begrudgingly, is that it is very, very spread out. I’m a huge walker and you simply could not walk from point A to point B. At least it was only $2.50 for a daypass on the bus.
I definitely don’t think Austin is a horrible place, I would probably go back again (flying this time) but not for awhile. I think I’ll stick with NYC or Buffalo for my States fix if needed. 
Again, finally seeing Radiohead made it perfect. I ugly cried to All I Need and Fake Plastic Trees and just basically stood in complete awe the rest of the time. It was really all I dreamed of and more. 
(PS – that picture was taken in Canada and not Austin. )
Talk to you all later!

Megan’s Big Adventure: Roadtrippin’ to Austin

So as the title suggests, I’m leaving on Tuesday for a two day roadtrip to Austin, TX for ACLfest. I can’t wait. It’s going to be weird going to the States and not to somewhere in New York state. 
My favourite band Radiohead is headlining the Friday. I’m meeting up with one of my friends there who moved to California a couple years ago. This is going to be quite the experience for me.

Other than that, working TIFF(Toronto International Film Festival) was amazing. It was busy, exciting and I got to see a lot of awesome movies. I also got to spend some quality time with my friend Laura, her husband Conor and their sweet dog Merlin. I also managed to attend a few TIFF parties as well, it was a busy ten days.
I am also happy to say that my skin is finally almost completely healed up. Take that dermatillophobia! My mood has still been wishy washy but it’s finally getting to be more good than bad. 
Anyway, that’s about it . I will be writing more on the road as well and if you like, you can follow along on my trip via my snapchat, mmbris. 
Cheers!

30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 6

Today’s blog challenge is write about someone who fascinates me and why.

Well, I technically have two. My friends Dave and Laura. Both are fascinating because they have lived on multiple continents and I met them both at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival, for those that don’t know the acronym).

Dave hails from Catalonia and is fluent in multiple languages. Laura is from Australia and is married to an Irish man so she gets to go to Ireland all the time. If you had read the two previous posts, you will know that I love both Australia and Ireland and would love to go to Spain. It’s neat hearing of all their travelling and life stories. I find the world and all within it fascinating so I love hearing travelling experiences.

30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 5

I’m having a rather shitacular day again and sorta peaced out BUT I will post this post anyway.

Today’s challenge is a place I’d like to live but have never been to. Well, this is fairly easy for me to answer right off the bat – UK or Australia. I actually looked into what I would need to do to move to Ireland, but they’re bankrupt right now so it ended up being a no-go. Australia seems like it would be fun and maybe I would learn how to surf. And see the (now bleached) Great Barrier Reef.

As I mentioned yesterday, I have yet to leave North America and I would love to travel everywhere but would need to study the language for non-English speaking countries. I can learn languages pretty easy so it would be nice to say, go to Japan and live with my friend Mamiko for awhile. I can’t speak any Japanese outside of types of sushi and car types though, so there would be a bit of a barrier.

Everyone seems  to be going to Morocco lately and that looks like a nice place to visit. Ahh, I’m filled with wanderlust!

Today was a Productive Day!

Today I was more productive than I was basically all year so far. I know, I know…it’s the third month and all but still.

I managed to finally make a doctor’s appointment again and told my doctor that I switched back to sertraline. He was happy that the sertraline is working better than I thought. I get re-assessed on St. Patrick’s day.

I also made myself walk home from the doctor’s office which isn’t a long walk, twenty minutes or so but I knew I had to force myself. It was a nice walk and not too chilly.

I managed to buy a few more groceries and doing laundry now, then packing for my trip to NYC tomorrow. I’m excited but nervous for some reason. It should be fun though and the bands I’m seeing are great.

Anyway, my laundry is finished so I have to go. I will write more later this week from New York!

#HumpdayHunk – A Tale of Two Ezras

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Okay, I’m going to start actually picking up old features of my blog that I haven’t used in YEARS. Plus, as much as I share my experiences with Major Depressive Disorder, I feel I need to reach out beyond that once in awhile. Something fun, light hearted even.

Humpday Hunk is an oollllld feature of my blog where weekly I would select a handsome gent to be the hunk of the week. I’m not saying this will start weekly again but considering I’m going to NYC a week from today and thought this was apt.

This is a tale of two Ezras. Both, coincidentally, from New Jersey who now live in NYC. One a musician, the other an actor/musician. One I have met and the other I will meet when I see his band play next week.

They both seem very much like wonderful individuals, involved in humanitarian and political issues, outside their occupation as well as within.

I have messaged one to see if he was in NYC currently and if he would like to go for a coffee. He probably won’t read it, let alone respond but it was worth a try.

The other isn’t on social media, he doesn’t like it.

Anyway, I’m already starting to pack for my three day excursion and it’ll be a nice change.

Things I Am Thankful For Day 3

Okay. I’ve realised that even on just the third day, this is going to be hard for me to keep up with, but I will try to perservere.

Today I am thankful for….
Friends and family who know how much I’m struggling and are there for me in a heartbeat.
Lola being a stinker and trying to drink all the tree’s water. Getting her mischievious tail wag every time she tried when she thought I wasn’t looking. (She’s one of my cats and was quite sick for a couple weeks so seeing her run, play and get into mischief is nice)
Finalising my place to stay to go to NYC and check out Sons of an Illustrious Father. Plus, you know…just going to NYC again helps.