About

Travel, travel, travel. I love new places, new smells, new food, new people, new stories, new experiences, and the list goes on. Fortunately, I have a job that gives me the opportunity to travel around the world and live in different cities. Unfortunately, having a Niña doesn’t make travel and relocation easy. But she adapts fairly well and is beginning to appreciate extraordinary life experiences. I just wish I had her ability to rapidly overcome jetlag.

About this site: this site (or some rendition of it) has been around for most of the 2000s; it was in 2007 while on a trip to New York that I was inspired to start writing about travel. Days later wend.ca/travelgeek.ca was born.

About me: I’m Canadian (a.k.a. Canuck)… was born in “Upper Canada” (Ontario), spent most of my childhood buried under snow in the maritimes (Nova Scotia), went to school in Alberta (and got stuck there for a decade), and recently moved to West Island of Montreal. I have university degrees in History/English, Archaeology (spec: Forensic Osteology), and part of a Cinema, Television, Stage, Radio and Multimedia (CTSRM) diploma.

I’m a swimmer. Always have been. Always will be. This means that I can be cold, wet, miserable, in pain, starving to death… and still keep going. That’s what swimmers do.

Jobs I’ve had include working as a lifeguard, police research assistant, fitness instructor, archaeologist, geek, photographer, writer, and a berry picker. Believe me, you don’t know hell until you’ve mucked around in mud and berries for an entire summer.

Cameras and devices used:

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 40D
  • Canon Rebel XT (modified)
  • Lumix FS 65
  • Pentax Ricoh WG-20 14MP Waterproof Digital Camera
  • iPad mini, which I now use as a phone.
  • Google Nexus 6P (I really like this phone; I’ve never tried to resurrect/buy the same phone twice. It’s a shame Google discontinued.)

The device graveyard:

  • Google Nexus 6P (killed in Repentigny, Québec after sliding off my dashboard and landing glass first onto my Canon 5D… the gorilla glass actually survived but everything under it shattered!!)
  • Google Nexus 5 (stolen in Magog, Québec; it’s a mystery how… but it was stolen… and we were forced to do a remote kill on the device)
  • Canon SX-280HS (killed by dropping on a cement floor in Toronto, ON.)
  • Galaxy Note II (GPS died in Jackson, CA. Was resurrected but stopped booting in Los Angeles. For some reason LA is not kind to phones.)
  • Google Nexus 4 (died in Los Angeles; I’m not sure why but it suddenly stopped booting; it was later stolen by a construction guy in Calgary. I hope he enjoys the dead phone.)
  • Lumix LX3 (killed by too much sand, sun, snow, water, + general abuse)
  • MacBook Air (2013) (killed by Vancouver airport security during a secondary search)
  • MacBook Air (2014) (killed in Mountain View CA by a friendly dog and a large soy latte)
  • Google Nexus One (killed by Calgary airport x-ray machines, which I could repeatedly reproduce)
  • Samsung Galaxy S2 (killed by Vodafone Network in Ireland)
  • Pentax K-1000 (killed by sliding off Grotto Mountain in Canmore)

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