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Assateague State Park to Ocean City, MD

It’s been a while since I’ve hit the road, but I’ve finally managed to complete a 3500km road-trip in the United States. We specifically hit up the Central-Eastern shore states: New York; Pennsylvania; Maryland; Virginia; Delaware; and New Jersey.

We were lucky, we managed to skip away from a massive hurricane which just whipped North and South Carolina fairly hard, we only missed it by a few days.

Because there is just so much to talk about on this trip, I’ll start with one location at a time. Today, I’m going to talk about my awesome experience at and around Assateague Island State Park in Maryland.

Assateague Island State Park is located on the Atlantic shore of Maryland, steps from the ocean. The state of Virginia is less than an hour South of the park. Now, the beach itself, wow… soft and fine white sand, the ocean was refreshing, not too cold to give you a shock, but not as hot as a warm bath – it was perfect!

Nick and I set up our tent at our reserved campsite. We could hear the ocean waves crashing onto the beach 24/7 and the neighing of the wild horses roaming around; yes, you heard me right, wild horses, hundreds of them, roaming ALL over the island!

You have to be careful around the horses, they are not aggressive in the sense that they will charge at you, but they will defend themselves if you get too close to them. The thing is, these horses are scavengers. They don’t only eat grass, they’ll literally eat ANYTHING! They will snag any piece of meat that you’re grilling, take any piece of food that you’ve left outside and even rip open a tent if you have food inside. Actually, from my personal experience, I accidentally left a carton of guava juice outside, it just so happened that my friend decided to use the washroom while I was taking a shower. When I returned to my campsite, there were two wild horses wandering around my items. I stood from afar to ensure I wouldn’t be injured and watched as they sniffed their way into any items left behind. Then there it was, they snatched the carton of guava juice right out of my cooler, attempted to rip it open with their teeth, but with no success. The next best solution was to take a powerful stop with one hoof, and then, of course, a big BOOM! Guava juice exploded everywhere and the horses trotted off. It was pretty dramatic, and I was nearly on the ground laughing!

If you ever find yourself staying at Assateague State Park, you’ll most likely never want to leave the site. However, if the weather is bad one day or you are eager to do some exploring, I recommend visiting these places in Ocean City, Maryland, just a 15-minute drive away!

1. Dive into the world of quirks and oddities at the ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not’ museum in Ocean City, Maryland.

2. Dine into Maryland food culture by eating some soft-shell crab at ‘Crab Alley’, just on the outskirts of Ocean City, Maryland.

3. Wake-up early and dive into one of the best pancakes breakfasts you’ll have ever tried in your life at ‘Happy Jack Pancake House’ in Ocean City, Maryland.

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Wild Horses Roaming Around Assateague Island State Park, MD

 

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Feeling the Effects of Hurricane Florence in Ocean City, MD.

 

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Towering Trees of Love

I’m taking it back a few years…

This photo was taken in Cathedral Grove, MacMillan Park on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. You’ll find it on the way to Tofino, but in between Port Alberni and Parksville.

It didn’t matter how much we tried or how wide our hugs were, this tree was never going to feel a full-embraced hug. That’s okay though, because these Douglas Firs have been receiving some loving hugs for the last 800 or so years of their life. That’s right, at LEAST 800 years that these trees have been around. Some of them might have even been longer! There’s no way to explain the feeling of these trees and this forest… It’s magical, but at the same time, you feel like you’re such a small part of the world. Just another ant!

If you plan to stop in Tofino, make sure you don’t miss your stop to take a hike at Cathedral Grove!

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Brad and I showing this monstrous Douglas Fir some love.

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Lviv, Ukraine

A quick two day trip in historical and beautiful Lviv, Ukraine.

I decided to give this blog post a new spin; I decided to record random events from my short trip on my GoPro, compile them together, edit it up a bit then voila! I’ve got a travel-themed video post from Lviv, Ukraine!

If you enjoyed this, please leave a like and comment on the video! If you want to see more of this in the future, let me know!

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Faro, Portugal

Less than 24hrs in Faro, Portugal, but it was more than enough time to indulge in some tantalizing tapas such as: smoked salmon wrapped around cream cheese and avocado which was gently placed on top of a slice of freshly baked baguette – the others, well, I can’t remember the ingredients, I just knew that every single bite was heaven. Of course, the meal would not have been complete without a luxurious glass of Portuguese red wine, MmmmMmm… I’m not a wine connoisseur, but every sip was heaven!

I took a small walk around the district my hotel was located in; it was very tourist-friendly and most of the locals spoke English. If you’re new to travelling or you prefer easy travelling without language-barrier restrictions, then Faro, Portugal is an excellent choice for you. From what I saw, there was an abundance of activities and sights for all ages, not to mention the city rests right on coast of the Atlantic Ocean.

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This district was about a 10-minute drive from the Faro airport. Lots of shopping and stores galore!

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A view of this local marina in Faro from the 5th level of the 4 star Eva Hotel.

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Wandering through the local district. The weather was hot and city was charming!

 

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Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver

This is the breathtaking Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Endless gardens, sprouting tulips and floral scents coating the air; it truly is a wonderful place!

20160406_142023_HDRTulips sprouting up; their vivid colours bring so much life to the park.

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An indoor bio-dome;  housing humid weather and magical creatures.

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20160406_133352_HDROne of the entrance’s to Queen Elizabeth Park. That dome you see is an indoor eco-system; seen in the photos above.

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Crossing Canada; Ottawa and Manitoba

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Sometimes its just never enough time… You feel like your week is just getting started somewhere and before you know it, you’re packing your bags and waving your goodbyes. That’s how this past week was for Amy and I in Winnipeg, Manitoba – or should I say Winterpeg, Manisnowba.

We have officially started our three week vacation just over a week ago, starting in Ottawa, Ontario by visiting my parents and seeing a close friend to sailing through Canadian airspace over to Winnipeg to visit my much-missed and well-loved Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts and Cousins.
Just before I jump into my Winnipeg adventure, I need to share some exciting recommendations and places to see (that only locals know about), if you happen to be in the Ottawa region, that is.
First off, if you’re coming to Ottawa, don’t be scared to venture off across the Champlain Bridge and over into the unknown land of Quebec. Specifically, you’d be spending your time visiting my hometown: Aylmer, Quebec. It’s no more than a 10 minute drive over the Champlain Bridge and you don’t have to worry about being French language-equipped, most businesses are bilingual and will serve you in English without issues. If you’re into cute, cozy and relaxing cafés that aren’t run and managed by major franchises, then you must visit the “British Café”! This newly renovated cafe is armed with high quality coffee, freshly baked pastries, a loungy environment and well managed staff. If you’re into the bar scene, but enjoy tasting new beers from all over the world, then look no further than my favourite bar in Aylmer: ” L’autre Oeuil”, which translates to “The Other Eye” in English. This bar is incorporated into a historic but well-kept house but a modern and dimly-lit interior. The reason why people like this joint so much is because it offers roughly 300+ beers from around the world, both fresh on the tap and bottled and they are continuously adding in new selections to their menu, leaving you opportunities for new palatable experiences on every visit. Thirdly, for food, you must try “L’aubergiste”. This joint is run and owned by two professional chefs who create a new and fresh menu almost everyday to keep things interesting. When I visited last week, I indulged in one of the best poutines that I’ve ever had in my life; duck confit, local cheese curds and freshly sliced fries smothered in a homemade gravy recipe. If the province of Quebec could be transmuted into a fine dish, then this definitely was it!

My grandparents were adamant on showing us their favorite, local food joints within their home region just outside of Winnipeg, so that’s exactly what they did! Joey’s, Ricki’s, Roxie’s, Vickie’s, Half-Moon… You’d think I was reciting off a set of Santa’s new line of reindeer if you didn’t know any better! Out of all those joints, I’d have to highly recommend Roxie’s in Selkirk, Manitoba. We showed up on rib night (Saturday); I’m not usually a rib guy, but I decided to take a chance and see what this popular dish was all about. Well holy-rib o’mighty! Lemme tell you, I was in rib heaven! The meat was melting right off the bones and the apple-chipotle sauce was to die for! To kill time and have some fun in Manitoba, we LOVE to visit a popular casino & resort just North of Beausejour, Manitoba. We have fun gambling away at the newly installed slots and games, which do have pretty positive payouts when comparing to the Regent casino in Winnipeg (from our experience). Because this casino is a little farther from the city of Winnipeg, there is usually better parking and more breathing room in the casino. You shouldn’t have any problems finding a seat at your favourite gambling game.

Aside from fine dining and fun gambling, I had the pleasure to visit with some well-missed family. I’m very proud to see that my cousins are healthy, happy and successful; I look forward to seeing where their future brings them! I also consider myself very lucky to descend from such a healthy, smart and strong family.
At the end of the day, this isn’t a goodbye, but just a “see you soon”!

At this point in time, I am about to land in Calgary, Alberta for a transfer over to Abbotsford, British Columbia, where we will spend a week and a half visiting my family-in-law and my Brother who is currently stationed in Victoria, BC. I am very excited to see everyone and also, to practice my Spanish that I have been learning from scratch as of a few months ago.

Stay tuned for more photos, videos, travel tips, reviews, advice and adventures in British Columbia and beyond!

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Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic.

14hrs on the ground… Next to no sleep then zipping right back to Canada.

What a magical country… Prague is full of History and architectural charm – I feel like I’m being sucked back in time a few hundred years.

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Basque Country, Spain/France

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What comes to mind when you think of Spain? The cities of Barcelona and Madrid? Running of the bulls or tomato throwing (La Tomatina) festivals?

If you look at a map, Spain itself is quite extensive; it’s the second largest country in Europe. In saying that, you can imagine that there is just so much to see in such a large country.

Today, I’m going to share some photos of an area of North-Western Spain called the “Basque country” (Pays Basque / Pais Vasco [FR/ES]).

The history of the Basque country is so old, that the language itself cannot be traced back or connected to any modern day or any dormant/extinct languages; thus, the Basque language (Euskara) is considered an isolated language, leaving linguistic researchers baffled and confused. Some research has revealed the the roots of the language have been around for as long as 20,000 years and almost 1 million people still speak it until this day.

A majority of the Basque population has type O- blood and their genes have been heavily linked to the Neanderthals.

The Basque country is divided into seven provinces or more formerly known as “administrative districts”. Four of them are in Spain and the other three are in South-Western France, bordering Spain.

I’m proud to have strong family roots to this mystical land and hope to soon explore more of the gems it has to offer!

Disclaimer: 90% of photos/videos are taken by me, but not these ones.
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Wikitongues – Non-profit Language Preservation and Sustainability


I’d like to announce, that I’m very excited to be part of the Wikitongues team! As a Community Organizer, I’ll be assisting by developing and contributing relevant content to the archive of information that Wikitongues has established over the last 3+ years.

What is Wikitongues and what is this archive you’re talking about? Well, listen up, cause’ I’m going to share that with you!

Wikitongues is a non-profit organization with the aim of preservation and sustainability of every language in the world. The organization has been active since 2012, and has grown activities into over forty countries, by a team of over eighty people. Our activities include the production of interview content as we build the most inclusive cultural archive ever made.

So, it basically boils down to this… Our goal is to establish the largest public informational archive of languages in the world. There are thousands of languages that are now extinct or in considerable danger of extinction. We are making positive steps to reversing this dilemma and contributing towards growth and sustainability by establishing this massive, public archive. Anyone can contribute to this meaningful cause by following the interview guidelines, which includes instructions on how to upload/share the interview afterwards. At the moment, we are generally looking for languages and dialects that are rare, near-extinct or are just simply not in our database yet. Of course, if your language is already in our database, we’ll still welcome your contribution with open arms, as it adds to the original existing content, giving readers the opportunity to learn even more about that specific language or dialect. Every bit counts!

Here is an example of a language that is on the verge of death, it’s called: “Tsakonian”.
Tsakonian is a modern Greek language, spoken in the eponymous Tsakonia region of the Peloponnese Peninsula. It is the only living descendant of old Doric, the language once spoken by the people of Ancient Sparta. Though the Tsakonian-speaking community is small, numbering no more than a couple hundred speakers, the language has three distinct dialects, ‘Northern’, ‘Southern’ and ‘Propontis’.


Interesting? Well, here’s something else impressive; Wikitongues recently reached their Kickstarter goal of $50,000 USD; actually, they surpassed the goal with $52,715 USD from people like you and I, which will help bring this project to life. Wikitongues also plans to use the collected pledges to create user-friendly technology and dictionaries to help support language learning of the content we collect around the globe. How cool is that?

If you’d like to contribute some content to this phenomenally exceptional cause, you can contact me by leaving me a comment below and we will find a way to work something out!

You can visit the Wikitongues website by clicking here: http://wikitongues.org/

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Free Travel App Giveaway!

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Good day fellow travelers! 

I’ve got some exciting news to share with you all today!

Starting today, I’ll be hosting a giveaway in partnership with “GPSmyCity” to award 20 people, selected at random, free promo codes for the GPSmyCity app.
What is GPSmyCity? Well, I’m glad you asked! GPSmyCity makes popular iOS and Android apps that feature self-guided city walks in over 470 cities around the world.  Each one of the apps contains anywhere from a few to over a dozen of self-guided walking tours for a single city, allowing visitors to explore on foot the best of the city at their own pace. What’s awesome, is that you don’t require an internet connection or a specialized data plan to utilize this app; it runs completely off your phone’s built-in GPS!

The app is free to download, but to access their premium features, you’ll need to upgrade for $4.99 USD – but not if you’re selected to win a promo code from this giveaway! You’ll have access to the full app with all the premium features from one out of hundreds of maps to choose from.

You can see the list of cities available for your own device by clicking one of the two links below.


Here are the premium features
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  • High Resolution Map
  • Tour Route Map
  • Turn-by-turn Walking Directions
  • Radar Showing Direction to Sight
  • Create Custom Walking Tours
  • See Nearby Attractions
  • No Advertisements


HOW DO I ENTER?

 

It’s pretty easy! Follow these simple steps and you will be eligible to win 1 of 20 of these promo codes.

  1. Scroll down to the bottom of this post and select “Leave a Comment/Reply”.

  2. Leave a comment about your favorite city, and a brief comment on why it’s your favorite.

  3. Congratulations, you’re entered! If you’re 1 of 20 lucky winners, I’ll contact you, requesting which GPSmyCity map you’d like. Shortly afterwards, I’ll send you the promo code.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 

  • This giveaway is available to everyone, worldwide.

  • This giveaway will start on March 23, 2016 (12:00AM – EST – UTC -5:00 Time) and will end on April 23, 2016 (12:00AM – EST -05:00 Time).

  • Winners will be randomly selected and will be announced on the next day, April 24, 2016 on “The Traveling Buff” Facebook page.

  • Entries that are incomplete or inaccurate will be deemed invalid.

  • This giveaway is hosted “The Traveling Buff”, in partnership with “GPSmyCity.

 

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