Triumphant ending to Cambrian Way, Colwyn Bay Castle
Triumphant ending to Cambrian Way, Colwyn Bay Castle
  • Christmas in Exile
    • 26/12/2011
xmas dinner

So Christmas away from home turned out ok!

It was a beautiful sunny day, and after successfully speaking to merry family and friends,i sat in a park by the bay wearing shorts and reading a book.

But then it was time to deliver on my rash offer to cook a traditional xmas dinner. I hadn't realised the variety in xmas dinner menus are around the christmas celebrating world, but today it was turkey (14lb) with all the trimmings (but NO BRUSSEL SPROUTS!)

So thanks to my new friends from Switzerland, Italy, Canada and the US of A for eating it and making the day feel a bit more traditional!
  • fun in the sun at the zoo!
    • 25/12/2011
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at the zoo. so many ignorant parents.
the horrible lower class types who knock on the glass to disturb animals so they can get a photo on their shitty old phone, and tell their kids dumb stuff instead of reading signs or admitting they don't know,

at the sea eagle enclosure. the traffic on the nearby freeway sounds a bit like the rhythmic crashing of waves. kind of. i wonder if that helps the sea eagles feel at home. probably not.
more retards complaining that they can't see, that the "exhibits" arent performing tricks

camera lens envy! i find myself noticing people with huge telezoom lenses everywhere. lol.

zebra pooping. elephant pooping. lots of pooping

pronghorn runs 57 miles per hour! surely only short distances? its like a big deer/goat
rock hyrax... rodent? related to elephants...


today I went to an animal prison. an amusement park a freak show.

but a hush prevails outside one cage
the snow leopard, his tail like a powerful snake, his gaze straight into your eyes, straight through you. otherwise rowdy families are suddenly all whispers and awe. majestic. and then he jumps round chasing a ball! unexpected kitten behaviour.

as usual in this country you can sit on a bus and get driven around, 5 seconds at each animal... fair play to the guide though, "but folks the best way to see these cats is if you get out and walk!"

the place got pretty full. fortunately most people too lazy to walk to exhibits, and short attention spans. its like wheres wally - I see it! move on. nobody willing to wait and watch. to be fair most animals asleep.
getting rushed through the panda section, "one photo then piss off!"
mummy panda is awake! and eating bamboo! ooo action! I guess they must eat all day with it bein such stupid nutrition lacking food. red panda (not really a panda) is cool, like a cross between s raccoons, a fox and a tree loving bear. not a Koala though. although they aren't actually bears.
once again I voice my opinion that if any animal deserved to go extinct, its the panda. its like they're trying to. I know its like picking on the weak, but they are the counter argument for evolution, making hardship out of bounty. theyre just lucky they have no natural predators. and that people think they're cute.

flamingo love. that bird loved that keeper, she had to come in on her day off and hug it!
  • Christmas!
    • 24/12/2011
apparently it's Christmas tomorrow, so i'll try to write up some more stories and summaries.

but anyway, since it's already Christmas in New Zealand,

MERRRRRRRY CHRISTMAS!
  • geo-music
    • 24/12/2011
so i as travel around i've encountered lots of places referenced in songs, which now make a bit more sense. Such as The Thrills album "So much for the city", in which pretty much every song is about somewhere on the california coast-santa cruz, big sur, hollywood, san diego, and err, las vegas, even though the band is from northern ireland.

As i was thinking about this in Los Angeles, i discovered that there are even more songs about Hollywood than there are about New York or anywhere else (well on my ipod anyway, there's 21 songs with hollywood in the title)

Everything from Bran Van 3000's "Drinking in LA" with its LA/Hell-A wordplay to Cheryl Crow's "All i wanna do is have some fun", but i've picked out System of a Down's cautionary ballad as summing up the town best.

  • doppelgangers
    • 22/12/2011
Arriving at the youth hostel in San Diego, i was greeted with "welcome back!"
ermmmmm...
apparently i was here in 2001, which makes me feel like i'm in Fight Club with some sort of secret split personality disorder.

Maybe it was the London based version of Stuart Pinchin?? But devastating news, there is also on facebook a Stu Pinchin from Sydney Australia (now based in London). so there's FOUR.
happy? sad? shocked? my whole world crumbling?
mmmmm not so much. too much/ not worth worrying about.

Nuff said that San Diego is already a much nicer town than Los Angeles.
I just met a guy in the US navy / marines / was evasive about what who has been in gunfights in Iraq and Afghanistan, and another local guy who invited me round for Xmas. We'll see about all that when everyone is sober. Great pub though, 20 beers on tab and not a shitty Budweiser in sight!


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