Alvaro Uribe elected President of Colombia

So it turns out that Alvaro Uribe has won the presidential elections in Colombia! He’ll face a challenging job in dealing with the nearly 40 year old conflict in that country. Success should mean improved security conditions in the country – which is good news for me (and for Colombians). Fingers crossed! :)

My old CEGEP and University textbooks are all for sale to try and raise ca$h-money for my trip. Feel free to e-mail your titles too and I’ll gladly post it up on my site. :)


I’ve also added Pico Search to my site, see the bottom of my menu at left. You can search the site for keywords that interest you! (PS December 26th, 2003: The PicoSearch function is currently down, it will be visible from the homepage once it’s working again.)

Telling my parents about the soultrip

On Friday, my parents arrived home from their “2nd honeymoon” trip. They spent 8 weeks traveling Europe and returned to North America by ship, on the Queen Elizabeth II.

I am kind of amazed to see my father finally traveling outside of North America. He has an intense fear of flying, which has limited him in the places he can travel to. For this trip, my mother convinced him to travel by sea to Europe (return-trip). From the conversations I’ve had with him since his return, I suspect that this trip may have changed him – opened his eyes.

My parents – about to leave on a trans-Atlantic cruise to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary

On their return, I told my parents about my plans for a backpacking trip to South America. They took it well and I was surprised. I thought they might try to convince him not to go.

As I plan to spend time in Colombia during my trip, I’ve taken to watching the news from that country a bit more closely. For one, presidential elections are taking place in Colombia today. Depending on the outcome, it could change the dynamic of my term of study in 2003, since Colombia is in the midst of a decades-long armed conflict with rebel and paramilitary groups, and dealing with the conflict is a major election issue. You can see the results of the elections here.

Aside from that, I’m vacating my apartment on the 8th of June. I will be moving back to my parent’s house for a few months to save on rent ($500/mth, plus food, hydro, etc – it adds up). Living in the suburbs will mean cutting down on parties and bar-hopping, but at least I’ll get a ton of practice driving to work on my motorcycle every day!

That’s all for now folks! Please keep an eye on this site for regular updates and changes. You’ll be seeing lots more on here in the days to come!



As you have probably noticed, this site is undergoing some renovations. I’m tweaking it in preparation for my motorcycle backpacking trip through Mexico and Central America later this year, during which I want to share photos and stories from my travels. I’ve had a lot of free time on my hands lately, as the weather has been horrible here – rain, and cold wind in the middle of may! In fact, they forecasted snow only a week ago! I cannot wait to leave for Colombia, only three months to go.

For a holiday (Victoria Day), today was relatively sedate and uneventful. I spent most of my time working on the computer, doing laundry, and organizing my personal things for my upcoming move. I showed my apartment to two people today. I am hoping I will be able to sublet or transfer my lease as soon as possible. If you’re interested in an apartment in downtown Montreal, click here to see a description of it. I’d like to vacate as soon as possible to save as much money as possible before my trip starts!

OK, it’s getting late; I gotta hit the hay, catch ya later dudes!