Meeting a friend in another country is a special experience. That familiar face and pre-existing common ground can immediately infuse a sense of comfort and homeliness even if you haven't seen said friend in years. Or similarly, if it's someone you've only recently met, that reunion still manages to stir a unique sense of joy. . On this journey I've bumped into a surprising number of familiar faces. First a friend from university, Steph Magas, happened to be down the street in the beach town of Santa Teresa in Costa Rica. Then a buddy and former hockey teammate, BK (@marlinbrando), was zipping through Nicaragua and stopped by my hostel in Grenada to play some beer pong. After meeting in Costa Rica it was an absolute riot to join #lauetketsenvacances and reunite with Lau and Kets (@laueonthego and @kets.jnpl) not once but twice in San Juan Del Sur and El Transito in Nicaragua. In Ubud, Indonesia, Tash and I spent a day in the monkey forrest with Mikayla (_cosmik) who we originally met in Grenada, Nicaragua. In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I got to chill with the legendary DJ KOPIGO (@kopigo) who I met 5 years earlier on my very first solo backpacking venture through KL. . The rendezvous depicted here is an extra special gathering with two of the 'Ensemble' team in Kanazawa, Japan. Tash and I got to hang out in Kiyo's (@tipsy_kiki) hometown and meet her lovely family and friends. I originally met Kiyo while she was visiting Toronto ...
I thought Eric was silly for packing trekking poles on our short hikes but I was super thankful to have them when little man wanted a ride this evening. Being prepared makes a world of difference when hiking with littles 👍🏻😀
| Sunday's thoughts 💭 | perhaps we shouldn't always run away from "dirt" . If we look back I think we would recognise that those moments really did define us. Of course 😂 that doesn't mean we get the license to always make stupid senseless decisions | because that's how these beautiful flowers had to grow , through dirt. |
Sparkly light and low cloud atop Machu Picchu, barely anyone else around due to the teacher protests blocking road and train access. Worked out pretty well for us even if it was a bit of an adventure getting around the blocks and hitching a few extra rides to get there.