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December 20, 2005 04:24 AM

My flight home ... and why it's not cheating....

It's four in the morning and I've been sitting in San Juan International Airport in Costa Rica for 15 hours now. I've never slept so well. I know; blasphemy!? I'm meant to be travelling the world 'without taking an airplane' but I can explain, I swear.

There's a loop hole; I always leave loop holes in the rules I make up, and if there isn't one, I create it. As long as I return to the exact spot I left, I can continue travelling as if I'd never left. The little red arrow can continue to bounce along its path around the globe uninterupted.

For the real purists out there, here's how it's working logistically. Yesterday I flew out of Guatemala City for San Jose, Costa Rica (where I'm sitting now, and have been for the last 15 hours). I'm heading to Miami in a couple hours, then on to Toronto. I'm leaving the arrow in Guatemala with Brian, Willie and Caroline and will meet up with the four of them on January 5th.

In 2002 I did my time. Christmas on a beach on the Gold Coast of Australia with a pile of other Canadians missing the snow and cheer of a classic Canadian Christmas. A single Christmas away from home is more than enough for me, and in my opinion, something nobody should get in the habit of missing. I've got all the snapshots I need of me wearing a Santa hat on the beach.

Brian and Willie should be settling in to a 2 week binge of Spanish lessons in San Pedro on the crater lake, Lago Atitlan. Brian has promised to keep us all updated with the occasional post.

Christmas is about getting together with family and friends. I be landing in Toronto early this evening and plan to head out for some food and drink, before driving North tomorrow. If you're reading this there's a good chance that you know me, and if you know me, there's a good chance you live in Toronto. I have no phone, but if you have nothing better to do on a Tuesday night, check the comments on this post, I'll have picked a suitable drinking hole before 8pm.

I can't wait to swap beans and rice for turkey and mashed potatoes.


sares said:

I CAN'T wait to see ya sugah....its gunna be good times....call me when you arrive and i will come meet you ASAP....have a safe flight!!

December 20, 2005 09:37 AM
Nikki said:

Hey Ry,
If you need a place to stop in Sudbury, you know where I live!! I just got my wisdom teeth out so I'll be home all day every day for a couple days.

December 20, 2005 03:52 PM
Carmel said:

Hey dude!!!

Its weird that Im missing you after knowing you for only 4 days! I´ll always think about ya when I here a Neil Young or when I´m lying on a dock somewhere (wastin time.....) or when I go to say, ¨Yo tambien, por favor¨

Hope you have an awesome Christmas dude! And best wishes for the rest of your trip!

Feliz Navidad mi amigo, Carmel xoxox

PS. Hope this isnt too personal for the site... hi everybody

December 21, 2005 07:06 PM
Ryan said:

Nikki, hope you get well soon, I might swing by email me your phone number.

Carmel, thanks for the shout out...

Jon are you having a conversation with yourself about STD's?

December 22, 2005 02:43 PM
Brent Coulas said:


I will buy the argument of returning home for Christmas but I think you had other options besides flying. You could have planned your trip to be home for Xmas or actually returned via bus for the holidays. However, I guess your mother is probably happy to see you for the holidays and maybe that is all the justification one needs.

Have an excellent holiday from your holiday. Holidays are difficult sometimes and it is important take a break every now and then.



December 27, 2005 02:12 PM