Stop Having a Boring Life http://stophavingaboringlife.com You'll never know unless you go Fri, 27 Mar 2015 03:42:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Planting Roots in the Caribbean http://stophavingaboringlife.com/planting-roots-caribbean/ http://stophavingaboringlife.com/planting-roots-caribbean/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 03:42:46 +0000 http://stophavingaboringlife.com/?p=22104 Greetings, Wow, I’ve been slow at updating here, yes? Just to give you an idea I’m busy from 6:30am until roughly 4pm most days and I’m staying at a popular guesthouse where each night I run into interesting characters from around the world where I use all my discipline not to join the adventures. Right […]

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Greetings,

Wow, I’ve been slow at updating here, yes? Just to give you an idea I’m busy from 6:30am until roughly 4pm most days and I’m staying at a popular guesthouse where each night I run into interesting characters from around the world where I use all my discipline not to join the adventures. Right now, there is a housewarming party going on and a friend is BBQing ribs; can you see my dilemma? Let’s talk about planting roots aka digging foundations in the Caribbean Sea.

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I say Caribbean as a friend of mine just informed me after seeing some photos that this is similar to how things get done in Jamaica, ya mon. Jamaica is one of the closest islands in the Caribbean to Little Corn Island after San Andres which belongs to Colombia; now you know.  The foundations for this house got dug really fast but looking back, it's an easy dig because the house is 25x25 and only one floor; as a result the trenches and holes for the pillars don't have to be so deep.

All these photos are from the first day of construction and maybe the second, not sure at this point as things have been going on since the beginning of February and now, we're the end of March. Obviously, we ran into some issues mainly due to material supplies and such which put a serious roadblock in our progress. That said, I've learned A LOT about building down here and notice other places popping up; foundations and such are done fast but the devil is in the details of actually making a house a home etc...

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The good news is that I’m making a video blog for each day of the construction and you can see what’s occurring on my Youtube channel here. Soon I’ll start sharing them here on this blog but for now, here are some photos. I will say that I’m really happy with the team working on my place and just today, I poured the foundations on my second home. The man watching and making suggestions during the pour was decidedly different than the gent who watched one ~two months ago.

I figured it would be smart to start small so if I failed, I’d fail small and a learning experience regardless. That said, so far it has been great and besides material hold ups and a roof fiasco which resulted from me buying this Spanish Colonial zinc which is hard to find around here; all is well. The issue is I bought too little and a few other things which got rectified but it’s still full steam ahead. That said, I can’t think right now as I can smell the BBQ and hear the party; I must go investigate.

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Stay tuned for more and building a house on my favourite island in the world has so far been one of the highlights of my entire adventure starting in 2009. I’m moving from a traveler to an international gent and I am beyond happy about it. Planting roots feels good, especially when you’ve seen a good chunk of the world and settled in one of your favourite spots. This doesn’t mean I’m slowing down, I think of it as say going back to school to better prepare for the future; the world will always wait and be ready when you are anyways.

Tips hat,

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Proud to Call Nicaragua My Home http://stophavingaboringlife.com/proud-call-nicaragua-home/ http://stophavingaboringlife.com/proud-call-nicaragua-home/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:39:13 +0000 http://stophavingaboringlife.com/?p=22083 Greetings from Managua, I spent the day shopping like a maniac in this massive capital city of Nicaragua called Managua. My house is moving along at silly speeds and by flying here and taking care of business like a boss, I saved myself $$$ compared to ordering all the fittings, roofing, toilets and everything else […]

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Greetings from Managua,

I spent the day shopping like a maniac in this massive capital city of Nicaragua called Managua. My house is moving along at silly speeds and by flying here and taking care of business like a boss, I saved myself $$$ compared to ordering all the fittings, roofing, toilets and everything else you can imagine on the islands.

I rolled into the construction district if you want to call it that with a good friend of mine from the Corn Islands who spends half his time in the Caribbean and the other half here in Managua. We hit up a few places then finally found one that had EVERYTHING. I bought so much and verified it all but still have doubts that a little this or that is missing; the order was massive and overwhelming. I feel like I’ve grown as a person though and had some of those moments of “you’ll remember this day forever” throughout.

Nicaragua is a country that is growing and it’s hungry for more prosperity; I’m also thrilled to call it home. I came here in 2011 with my friend Ryan when he found an affordable flight to Managua from Boston. We arrived at 2am, slept on the floor of the airport as we had no idea where to go and heard about Managua’s reputation. The next morning we were in Granada; a few weeks later I was on the beaches of Las Penitas where I met these beautiful and extremely gregarious Spanish girls…

A week later I was on Little Corn Island with them and instantly knew I had found what I was searching for all along. I also knew that I wanted to return to these islands for as long as my health permitted and that prices would not be staying the same. I went to South Africa for a week on a campaign and when I returned I started looking for land; I found a humble plot aka the one I’m building on now and was quite happy about it.

In 2013 I had plans on building my house but couldn’t decide. Permits on the island are always a dicey situation and I heard there were no two storey buildings allowed so back to the drawing board I went. A few weeks later I was walking up the hill to see a new piece of property that had just gone on the market. I’m a curious cat and a few days later, I had shook hands on a deal – I was buying it.

In 2014 I wanted to build but took me forever to realize what I wanted. If you think house hunting is hard, try designing one… You can do anything you want BUT with unlimited choice comes indecision for gents like myself and near the end of the year I was sitting with permits to build but along came rainy season and my momentum was stalled.

Now we’re 2015 and I’m as much in love with the country and the islands as I ever have been. I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel on this project and excited for more. I can’t believe the place I visited a few years ago is now my home; I’m also incredibly proud to call it home. Everywhere in the world has transformative years and right now, Nicaragua is transforming for the better and I’m thrilled about it.

Soon, I’ll be sharing images from the build and whatnot, I’ve just been swamped and mentally / physically exhausted most of the time. I’m also on island time which is sorta whatever to most things happening in the rest of the world. That said, this blog is a passion of mine and people without passion are boring; I’d rather not become boring for numerous reasons, yes?

Never did I think that when I left Canada for good in late 2009 with no intention on ever returning I’d end up on a small Caribbean island… This world is filled with opportunity for those that seek to find what’s waiting for them. If you too wonder what’s out there then I implore you to go out and stake your claim, the world is waiting but remember… Our time will run out way before the world stops turning so make haste, be decisive and follow your heart; it’s always right.

Photo is part of today’s order; we dumped it off at a market where the truck that leaves Managua to Rama was. My cargo is now driving to the Caribbean coast where it will be loaded on a freight boat. I’m flying back to the islands on Friday so I can be there to receive it on Saturday; crazy times, challening times, exciting times.

Tips hat,

P.S: I naturally vlogged the whole thing, stay tuned.

P.P.S: Pardon image quality, this is from my sent box to my parents; too tired to process photos from my phone, I’m going to sleep seconds after my finger lifts from the publish button…

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Flying This Spring Break? Follow These Security Screening Tips! http://stophavingaboringlife.com/flying-spring-break-follow-security-screening-tips/ http://stophavingaboringlife.com/flying-spring-break-follow-security-screening-tips/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:47:18 +0000 http://stophavingaboringlife.com/?p=22099 It’s that time of year again when Spring Break hits and the airports swell with activity. During this period there will be increased lines at most security checkpoints due to a high volume of people flying and this post should give you some pointers to breeze through without any problems. This post is provided by my […]

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It’s that time of year again when Spring Break hits and the airports swell with activity. During this period there will be increased lines at most security checkpoints due to a high volume of people flying and this post should give you some pointers to breeze through without any problems. This post is provided by my friends at the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority aka CATSA; you can visit their website to learn more at catsa.gc.ca.

If you’re like the thousands of Canadians who will take to the air for a vacation this spring break, the Canadian Air Transport Security (CATSA) has advice that will help you go through security in no time.

Family friendly tips

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Good news! When you’re travelling with children under the age of two, you can bring liquids such as milk, breast milk and juice that exceed the 100ml restrictions in carry-on baggage. Just have the containers ready to present to screening officers for a quick inspection. For older kids, solid foods such as apples, granola bars and sandwiches can go in your carry-on without restrictions.

Before you leave for the airport, make sure everyone is wearing easy-to-remove outerwear and avoid clothes with metal clasps or snaps that may trigger the metal detector.

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At the airport, get boarding passes ready and check for a Family/Special Needs lane. They offer extra space to accommodate larger items like strollers and car seats.

Pack your sunscreen properly

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Whether you’re heading for the Caribbean or staying in Canada, sunscreen is a popular must-bring item. Just don’t get burned at security with an over-sized bottle in your carry-on bag Small bottles under 100ml are fine, but bigger bottles need to be packed in your checked baggage.

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Check your large sports gear

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Planning to race down a mountain, brave the waves or challenge the pins? You can bring large sports equipment like surfboards, snowboards, skis and golf clubs with you on your trip. Just make sure you check these items in with your airline. If you have questions about checked baggage restrictions or extra charges, contact your airline before you travel.

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Know the rules for duty-free

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Parting with duty-free purchases is no fun. All duty-free liquids, aerosols and gels (e.g., alcohol, perfume) in your carry-on bags are subject to screening and must be properly sealed in an official security bag, accompanied by a receipt. These bags should be provided by duty-free retailers. If you have a connecting flight in Canada on your return trip, make sure your bag is the real deal. Even better – place your duty-free items in your checked baggage.

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For more tips to help you breeze through security this spring break, visit CATSA at catsa.gc.ca, on Twitter (@catsa_gc) or Pinterest (CATSAGC).

Tips hat,

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Building a House in the Caribbean http://stophavingaboringlife.com/building-house-caribbean/ http://stophavingaboringlife.com/building-house-caribbean/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 22:33:07 +0000 http://stophavingaboringlife.com/?p=22078 Greetings, This post should really be called building my home in the Caribbean as this isn’t just some house but my home… It’s been over five years since I’ve had a place to call home and I’m thrilled to be building one and planting roots. When that first 6″ block of concrete was firmly placed […]

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Greetings,

This post should really be called building my home in the Caribbean as this isn’t just some house but my home… It’s been over five years since I’ve had a place to call home and I’m thrilled to be building one and planting roots. When that first 6″ block of concrete was firmly placed on the soil, a feeling of growing roots took over me and it was undescribable really… I’m building a house on Little Corn Island off the coast of Nicaragua in the Caribbean Sea.

The plot isn’t big by any means when it comes to acreage but when it comes to a place to live, it’s a yard I’ll still have to get pumped up to go clean and larger than most lots I’ve seen in your average city. Building a house / home on Little Corn Island isn’t just some walk in the park either, as some local gent told me “it’s rugged”. All the materials come in by freight boat and are dumped on the dock.

You need to organize your own transportation for materials to the job site and remember, there are no motorized vehicles on the island. The freight boat often comes later in the day and when you’re living on the hill with a big order of building materials, don’t be surprised if you’re sitting around until long after dark waiting for everything to come. I see some people just letting things happen but if you want to make sure all your supplies arrive, you best be sitting there to count them as they come.

It’s a big deal keeping track of materials because there are no hardware stores. If you run out of sand or anything else, you’re waiting until next Saturday to receive them and nothing happens until the Monday when the workers come back. This is very different than anything I’ve ever done and I feel as though I’m not only planting roots in my favourite of all places but I’m also getting my PHD in International Living.

You see my friends, traveling the the world is one thing and a cool thing as well. That said, living around the world is a totally different league altogether and it’s part of my bigger dream. I also feel like I’m back in University sometimes and I’m in exams. Everyone else here for the most part is on vacation or whatnot so I’m doing as good a job as possible to lay low most of the time. I’m not used to going to work at 7am anymore…

Things are going well and soon I’ll be updating this with more photos. For now, I just wanted to write this so you know I’m not dead and why I’ve been a bit absent. When I got back from NYC, about a day later I caught the plague! Not really the plague but it felt like it and I”m a busy man but it floored me for a solid week. I was going to give it a few more days to get back to at least 85% when I found out I NEEDED to be back on the island.

I rolled the dice and signed up for standby on La Costena… Sure enough I got on the flight and a few days later when I would have been arriving, I couldn’t believe how much work had already been done. The old saying a difference a day makes really makes more sense now if that makes sense?! Alright, I’d continue but I’m meeting a friend for some sunset beers; we’ve met in Canada before and now he’s here a few days. WHO WOULD I BE not to show this distinguished gent some Caribbean hospitality?

This weekend I’m flying to Managua to do a massive shop; should be interesting. So it’s been a bit slow around here but my Youtube Channel is still moving so if you haven’t visited it yet, I invite you now. It’s already up to nearly 200,000 minutes of SHABL being watched on a monthly basis and growing. I’ll also be showing the entire build as I’m still vlogging daily, just trying to find the time to actually edit / do everything else in my life / have a life… On the topic of life, my dream definitely came true and I truly did stop having a boring life.

Tips hat,

P.S: This photo is from the first day when I met the crew and they measured out the plot…

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Fantastic First Day in Manhattan http://stophavingaboringlife.com/fantastic-first-day-in-manhattan/ http://stophavingaboringlife.com/fantastic-first-day-in-manhattan/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:40:36 +0000 http://stophavingaboringlife.com/?p=22050 Greetings, Apologies for not writing this in real-time but I was having a really good time and as a result, had to prioritize. Do you see what I did there?! Anyways, Manhattan is a special place but you don’t need me to tell you that, you already know that. It’s almost overwhelming really as there […]

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Greetings,

Apologies for not writing this in real-time but I was having a really good time and as a result, had to prioritize. Do you see what I did there?! Anyways, Manhattan is a special place but you don’t need me to tell you that, you already know that. It’s almost overwhelming really as there is so much to do and if you ask 100 people you’ll get a few hundred answers as most people are more than happy to give you some suggestions…

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I decided to follow the advice of a distinguished gent who is from the area and head straight to Frick House. Around the world, I love visiting the estates of titans from yesteryear. Also, I was in New York for business so sightseeing wasn’t really the focal point whatsoever. Finally, it was winter and who knew what kind of weather I’d get? As it happens the weather was fantastic and perhaps ~8 degrees and sunny which for late January is out of this world, one believes.

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I was staying at the Lexington Hotel which is at the corner of Lexington and East 48th street so I headed to Park Avenue and strolled my way up to East 70th Street where I’d find Frick House. What is this Frick House you may be wondering? It’s the house of late Henry Clay Frick which has been transformed into a museum. This gent bought a block of real estate on 5th avenue between East 70th and 71st street near the turn of the last century for a cool ~$2.5 million and turned it into a mansion.

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Upon his death it became quite obvious that his plan was to turn it into a museum and while he was still alive he stacked it with countless incredible works of art. The place is awe-inspiring on countless levels and I’m going to stop talking about it because you aren’t allowed to take photos inside the building really except in the courtyard. It’s a shame but I also understand where they are coming from. If you like art and walking through the halls that housed business titans of the past, you’ll love it!

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This spot also happens to conveniently be in front of Central Park on the Upper East Side which is one of the more sought after areas in New York City. From there I strolled through Central Park and I had a really weird feeling of excitement. I’m always excited to travel but I often go to places whose name I can’t pronounce until I’ve left and I know very little about. This time I was in New York and all I really couldn’t believe it; even seeing the NYPD in uniform made me smile; odd I know.

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After spending sometime in Central Park I made my way south towards B&H which is without a doubt the most incredible electronics store I’ve ever visited or dreamed of. To say they had everything would be an understatement and I totally geeked out while buying all sorts of new toys I had been looking at for quite some time. To get there I took the subway to see what that was all about. I’ve taken a few underground in my time but Manhattan had what appeared to be numerous lanes as though it was a highway under the city; unreal.

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Following that I made my way home stopping in for some sushi and even meeting my first big city crazy. This gent that just wouldn’t stop talking about this, that, his girlfriend, the time he met a celebrity, Jason Kidd being his cousin and insisting on showing me photos of the basketball team he was coaching. He seemed harmless enough but when he told me he was showing me the photos of his basketball team I almost turned around and said “No, you won’t be because I could care less and I’m trying to enjoy this sushi” but I decided against it; fun looking team.

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From there I made my way home before linking up with a friend for a drink later in the evening. I hadn’t seen this friend in ~15 years or so. Where does time go? Make sure you’re using your time wisely and enjoying your life because everything seems to be moving as fast as a New York minute(sorry, couldn’t help myself) and at this rate; a few more blinks and the odd squint of the eyes later and we’ll all be in our final season. Anyways, enough of that… This was my first day in Manhattan and was left hungry for more.

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On the topic of hunger, let’s talk about food quickly. Seems like every corner has countless places to eat at. I’m sure if you really wanted to, you could go a few years never eating at the same place in Manhattan even if you eat out for every meal of the day. Also, everything is so convenient that you can tell it’s a city built for people on the go and find yourself consuming like there is no tomorrow but maybe that was just me? Definitely not just me, NYC seemed like a place where you could earn countless coins but would have a heck of a time managing to move even a few to safe keeping for later…

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I took my first bite out of the big apple and I loved it.

Tips hat,

P.S: Life moves fast, make it count.

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Manhattan is Most Amazing http://stophavingaboringlife.com/manhattan-amazing/ http://stophavingaboringlife.com/manhattan-amazing/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:56:28 +0000 http://stophavingaboringlife.com/?p=22037 Good day, I arrived in Manhattan last night and it seems like everything In need is around the corner? I’m in the heart of mid-town supposedly and to say I love it here is an understatement but how could I not? I had all these errands to run for friends on the island and they […]

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Good day,

I arrived in Manhattan last night and it seems like everything In need is around the corner? I’m in the heart of mid-town supposedly and to say I love it here is an understatement but how could I not? I had all these errands to run for friends on the island and they are basically all done; just like that. Now I’ve got a few days to enjoy the city and rest up before the launch event on Thursday.

The internet connection here is mind blowing, it’s 13.42mps up and down! I uploaded a video to youtube which was ~500mb and it took less than two minutes, two minutes?! I already asked about rent and that’s quite sobering to say the least, ha. That said, looks like a hotel could be even cheaper than renting a pad. Something great about living on a small island which is quite affordable is that for other months of the year you can entertain living places like this.

I think spending July in Manhattan would be a good time, yes?

This place has a pulse to it which you really need to feel for yourself so I won’t even attempt to do so with words. People have mentioned New York City for so long and it was always just a name to me, that’s all changed and I’ve been here ~12 hours. I’m a motivated man here to say the least and I guess you need to be when in one of the highest rent districts in the world?! Beyond that though it’s one of those hubs where people come from far and wide to make something of themselves and that’s contagious my friends.

I woke up really early today and I’ve been getting down to work. It’s 7:57am at the time that I write this and I’ve already written a blog post for another site I contribute to, done a lot of emails, finished a youtube video, gone to the gym and had a delicious smoothie packed with protein powder across the street. What I loved was that I casually glanced to the left and saw the Empire State Building in all its glory. It’s not even 8am yet?! Oh what you can do in a day when you’re motivated and living in Manhattan.

So for today I’ve got some plans but nothing concrete. I want to stock up on some digital goods and buy a new Canon camera to really step up my game. My iPhone is great and I will continue using it for most things but for other things, particularly video blogs it’s time to step it up a bit. I’m starting to digress, yes?

Anyways, the plan is to stroll the streets looking for delicious things to eat, visit Frick House as it sounds perfect for a gent like me and then go to B&H to do the electronics shopping that I just mentioned. I’d also like to see Central Park but I’m positive I’ll be back here sooner than later so there is really no rush. Also worth noting is that the weather is great and in some kind of winter heatwave of sorts, I went outside today to get the smoothie in my shorts and it’s like mid-fall in Ottawa, ha.

I’ve said enough but do come to NYC, you need to feel what I’m feeling now at some point in your life. In closing, another quick reminder, join myself and others on twitter at 2pm est this Wednesday to talk about discovering the countryside when you visit Great Britain; you can follow along on the hashtag #unexpectedGB.

Tips hat,

P.S: Only been here for an evening and haven’t done seen much so photo is from the lobby, ha.

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Flying to New York City! http://stophavingaboringlife.com/flying-new-york-city/ http://stophavingaboringlife.com/flying-new-york-city/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 03:11:25 +0000 http://stophavingaboringlife.com/?p=22032 Greetings, I’m writing this with a big smile on my face as tomorrow I’m flying to New York City for the first time. I know, I know, how can I have not been to New York City before!? It’s one of those destinations which I always knew I’d visit at some point so there was […]

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Greetings,

I’m writing this with a big smile on my face as tomorrow I’m flying to New York City for the first time. I know, I know, how can I have not been to New York City before!? It’s one of those destinations which I always knew I’d visit at some point so there was really no rush and it looks like the time has finally come. That said, I never thought I’d be flying there from Managua, Nicaragua but that’s travel for you!

I’m there to partake in an event being hosted by Visit Britain. The Countryside is GREAT Launch Event is all about showcasing the wonderful attractions to be found in Great Britain when you get outside the major cities and into the countryside. If you followed along on my trip through North Wales you’d remember I saw all sorts of extraordinary castles, sampled some delicious dishes and photographed some stunning scenery.

This is a great time to mention that if you’re free on January 21st aka this Wednesday, there will be a Twitter chat from 2-3Pm where all your questions about Great Britain can be answered; simply tune into the #unexpectedGB hashtag. RachelleKirsten and I will be on the chat as well as countless others who are enthusiastic and knowledgable about the topic; do come join if you’re free as it will surely be a great time.

I’m very excited to be going to New York City and really plan on taking it easy while soaking in the scene as much as possible. There are countless attractions which could take weeks to see and instead of spending my limited free time racing around to take the 000,000,000th photo of a popular landmark, I’m going to take it easy and see what comes my way. That’s what I love about big cities, anything can happen anywhere and especially when you least expect it.

I plan on doing some shopping for items I’d like to have back on the Corn Islands and simply being part of the vibe for a bit. I’ve heard nothing but great things about New York City and realistically will probably return at some point in the future when the weather is warmer without other obligations. As a result,  I’ll be leaving the bucket list type items and major sightseeing excursions for then; it only makes sense, yes?

All I know is that I’m a big fan of visiting bustling world-class cities so I’m sure I’ll thoroughly enjoy my time in New York. I’d go on but it’s getting late for a gent who is flying out of Managua at 8am and arriving in New York City at 6pm. Ahh New York, glad to finally be going!

This reminds me, where did I put my winter jacket?!

Tips hat,

P.S: Don’t forget to tune into the Twitter chat, you’ll be glad you did.

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Best Places to Work Online & Live in 2015?! http://stophavingaboringlife.com/best-places-work-online-live-2015/ http://stophavingaboringlife.com/best-places-work-online-live-2015/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:12:45 +0000 http://stophavingaboringlife.com/?p=22023 Good day, While I was back in Ottawa I teamed up with my friend Sam from Nomadic Samuel and we decided to collaborate on a few videos. I’ve been traveling as you know since September, 2009 and Sam somewhat similar. We’ve both lived around the world and work as hard as we play so I figured […]

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Good day,

While I was back in Ottawa I teamed up with my friend Sam from Nomadic Samuel and we decided to collaborate on a few videos. I’ve been traveling as you know since September, 2009 and Sam somewhat similar. We’ve both lived around the world and work as hard as we play so I figured nobody better than him to talk with about top / best places to work online and live in 2015. Some of the destinations you’ll know and a few others will probably be ones you haven’t thought about.

An important takeaway is that you need to consider the 3 C’s… They are connectivity, cost and climate. If a destination doesn’t score favourably for all three of these then chances are it’s not a good place for you. If you want to extend that slightly it’s CCCV because another important one is visas… Can you get visa on arrival? How long does the visa allow you to stay? How easily is it renewed or extended?

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In 2015, I’m keen on numerous places but one of them is the Azores in the North Atlantic. It’s removed from everything but very affordable by European standards, a temperate climate and unreal connectivity. I had the pleasure of visiting there in late 2014 and for the first time since the Corn Islands, fell in love near instantly. I’ll be back at some point this year and the reason I mention this is that sometimes the best places for you are where you least expect.

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Also, besides cost, climate and connectivity you need to consider what you like doing when you’re not working, yes? I like golfing, fishing, hiking and such as well as seafood so Azores rank high but I can see how it wouldn’t be a good spot for others. Do you like kitesurfing? If so try and find the best combo of cost, climate and connectivity for a major kitesurfing destination and the list goes on and on and on… You need to realize what’s most important to you but also realize that the three C’s must be present as well.

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I’ve based in a few cities before but I work online so I now figure why bother? I like clean air, peacefulness, rugged natural beauty and small towns or villages where I get to know people. I guess my base style could best be described as being somewhere which most consider to be in the middle of nowhere… Then again, I rarely stay somewhere longer than a few months so perhaps that’s why I like these isolated destinations because once I leave, I’m back in the thick of things…

I hope you enjoy this video and if you did, subscribe to my Youtube channel here.

Tips hat,

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Train Mission to Meteora, Greece – Vlog http://stophavingaboringlife.com/almost-missed-train-meteora-greece-vlog/ http://stophavingaboringlife.com/almost-missed-train-meteora-greece-vlog/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 17:28:21 +0000 http://stophavingaboringlife.com/?p=22009 Good day! Below is a video I made a while ago after leaving Athens and heading to Meteora which are these crazy Greek Christian Orthodox Monasteries setup high on the hills. In this video I’m traveling with friends and we need to take a ~5 hour train ride from Athens to Kalabaka. I was beyond […]

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Good day!

Below is a video I made a while ago after leaving Athens and heading to Meteora which are these crazy Greek Christian Orthodox Monasteries setup high on the hills. In this video I’m traveling with friends and we need to take a ~5 hour train ride from Athens to Kalabaka. I was beyond tired at this point from a crazy week in Jordan, an amazing time in Athens and guess what? We almost missed the train

My new friend Alex from Finding the Freedom went on a gyro mission which I can’t fault because we basically flipped a coin on who was going to go. This man is a determined one and he was set on finding some gyros because when in Athens… You eat gyros. Turns out he did find some but the lady was taking FOREVER to make them so we nearly missed our train; at the last minute he did what anyone would do and just bounced before running full speed to meet up with me and catch our train just before it left.

Stay tuned in the next episode for a tour of the Meteora Monasteries.

Tips hat,

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Little Corn or Big Corn Island? Both! http://stophavingaboringlife.com/little-corn-big-corn-island/ http://stophavingaboringlife.com/little-corn-big-corn-island/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 13:49:12 +0000 http://stophavingaboringlife.com/?p=22013 Greetings, I’m writing this from my office on Big Corn Island and I’d like to take a moment to talk about the similarities and differences between the Corn Islands. It seems like many people who come are in the either or mode and that’s a shame. The majority of people I know who go to […]

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Greetings,

I’m writing this from my office on Big Corn Island and I’d like to take a moment to talk about the similarities and differences between the Corn Islands. It seems like many people who come are in the either or mode and that’s a shame. The majority of people I know who go to Little Corn have no desire to come to Big Corn and much to my surprise, lots of people I’m meeting this year on Big Corn Island have no desire to go to Little Corn Island. Both groups of people have different arguments and reasons as to why the other isn’t worth it but they’re wrong, all wrong!

So you know, my office is a reasonably priced hotel room which I found last year. I was buying these breakfasts at the Fisherman’s Cove or Cave or something of that nature to use the internet when someone tipped me off about a spot which wasn’t much more for a room. It started off  as my office and I’d commute to and from Little Corn but I’m a workaholic you see so now I just sleep in my office and I’ve never been happier! Alright, moving along…

Little Corn Island is where I live and I love the place but lots of people here on Big Corn this year are basically saying it’s too touristy, expensive and not worth the horrific panga ride. In all fairness, the seas are high right now and people coming and going are in for real treats. That said, in the past I’d maybe run into one couple that would just stay on Big Corn, now it’s a bit of a trend I’m noticing. Also, Big Corn Island is getting a lot busier from what I’ve seen; nothing like Little Corn but it’s noticeable.

Big Corn Island is a place where many people who frequent Little Corn Island merely arrive at by boat or plane before waiting for the panga to Little Corn Island. It’s also basically an island ATM to many as in you come to this island to use the ATM and then leave. I think that’s a shame because it’s like they are two different brothers from the same mother who have more in common than not. The food, people for the most part and beautiful beaches are all very similar just one is more grown up, the other not so much. Also, one loves cars and fast internet connections, the other one bonfires on the beach.

Big Corn is obviously the big brother and the “big city” if you want to call it that. The vibe is decidedly different and yes, you’ll hear the sound of cars, horns and all that jazz. It also has power 24 hours a day, decent internet and prices on day to day goods can be a solid 33% lower or more. Great example is a 1.5L bottle of water on Little Corn that will set you back 35C or ~$1.45 while the same bottle here depending on where you go will cost you 20C or ~$80. Besides that, there are more restaurants to choose from although most sell similar dishes. Many places on Little Corn will sell you a beer for 40C or ~$1.60 while the same beer will cost ~20C or $0.80 here.

Little Corn Island is the smaller brother but it also feels like you’re more removed from the world which is part of its charm. That panga ride isn’t just a ride, it’s like a barrier of sorts which brings you to an enchanted place where the rest of the world feels like a different universe of sorts. Once you get off that panga, there is just a a feeling which can best be described as relaxing. There are no cars, the pace is even slower than Big Corn which is already quite slow and it feels as though whether you show up in the morning, afternoon, tomorrow or next week, it will be the same thing going on and it’s always easy. Little Corn is considered more expensive and it is on day to day goods but accommodation wise it has similar options.

The point of this message isn’t to think of going to Big Corn Island or Little Corn Island but think of going to the Corn Islands and if you haven’t been I highly recommend you split your time up. My suggestion is to come to Big Corn and stay a day or so to decompress from the voyage before hitting up Little Corn Island for as long as you wish and then ending with as much time as you see fit on Big Corn Island again. An odd phenomenon is that Big Corn Island actually feels smaller to me because you can take a taxi anywhere so it’s more accessible. Little Corn Island is considerably smaller but with lack of transport it feels quite big as it can take you ~35 minutes to cross the island where on Big Corn, you can be anywhere in ~5-10 minutes.

Also worth nothing is that the concentration of tourists is much higher on Little Corn not only because it has a smaller population but also because more tourists go there. I mention this because if you enjoy going out in the evening for some socializing and refreshments you’ll probably prefer the scene on Little Corn Island as there is one strip where most of the action happens, lots of locals and tourists out and about to mingle with and just a decidedly different vibe. I consider Little Corn a place that is fun in the day or night where as Big Corn for me is more of a place to be enjoyed during the day and take it easy in the evening if that makes sense.

Have I told you lately that I just LOVE living in the Caribbean?

It’s early morning and time for this gent to get some breakfast.

Tips hat,

P.S: My head is spinning at the number of times I wrote Big & Little Corn Island.

P.P.S: This is the panga ride on a beautiful day…

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