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Jul 27, 2008
So back on the road again... at last!
After several weeks spent in paris, we eventually made it back in our travels. Of course the parisian time was not that bad since it gave me the opportunity to go to several events such as the gay, lesbian, bisexual & transexual pride parade, a die in against death penalty in the usa, an anti G8 in japan & an anti nuclear gathering, plus some walks in the botanical garden. But well, leaving paris is a delight & on saturday night, christophe & i (yes, still partners in traveling ) took a train to biarritz where his parents have an apartment. Does it sound like we're always traveling by night? lol! i don't have much to say about the trip because i slept the whole time... Just heard the call to join the party inside the train, like a whole wagon dedicated to music (a DJ in there, yeah!) & an other wagon for people to hang out & play games... not very appealing!
Anyway, we arrived in biarritz around 5.30 am, the rain was falling like crazy! (it is supposed to only rain 45 days/ year...) & the first bus was coming around 6.30, so we decided to walk to the apartment. It was about 30mn walking, not that bad. As we got there, we put our bags, then went for a walk. christophe made me discover the coast, the beaches & some gorgeous rocks all along the coast. Since the weather was not nice, nobody was in the city, which was pretty cool for us
We stopped by the sunday market & found some delicious strawberries, delicious raw, fresh pickles, & some mushrooms. We then stopped by the tourism office & found out about a concert of the
in the evening.
When we got back to the apartment, we slept a bit (christophe hadn't slept in the train), then after an evening meal, we went to the concert. The first part was an american singer, my brightest diamond. The sound was aweful, but the singer had a terrific voice! The
started performing around 10.30pm. They were really good, but the beach was really crowded!
on the 16th, i went for a walk through the city, i pictured all that i found appealing i walked along the coast & saw the 2 haunted houses. i walked by the most famous one & pictured it a lot lol! On the way back i walked more intown, & saw some pretty buildings. In the afternoon, i went to the beach to lay in the sun for a little while. AMazing how quickly i tanned lol! The main beach is always crowded, weither in the morning, afternoon or evening, so i went to the one where local people go... but it was pretty busy too! Anyway, i enjoyed the time there, it was good to be in the sun after such a long time of ugly weather. On the 17th, i went for another walk in the morning, but this time, it was the beach. i made some nice shots of the sand & some shells, but since there are so many people walking around there, it's pretty difficult to find any In the afternoon, christophe & i went to the lighthouse. Well, such as all lighthouses, nothing very thrilling there, yet the surrounding was amazing. Rocks, the sea crashing on the rocks, really beautiful sea, turquoise! The sun was shining, but it was not too hot. We stayed a little bit in the sun, the wind was blowing, a cool, refreshing wind. The next morning was the same: by the sea. More waves, stronger then the previous day. But the night of the 18th was the full moon, which could explain the strength of the sea.
The next days were pretty much the same, beach, morning, afternoon, to picture, to tan...
i eventually found out about some tags in anglet, a city next to biarritz, so i went there to picture. But i started the day picturing a church behind where we were staying. Then on the next day, i pictured some more tags in biarritz, around the highschool of the city. In the afternoon, we went to a pine forest in anglet. We walked a long way to get there & chilled out in the woods. Nice place, just a bit too close to the highway
Eventually, we made it back to paris on the night of the 24th. Christophe has to work, so we cancelled all the wonderful plans to go to spain & portugal... to my greatest despair
So i'm back in paris, for a long time it seems, for this is the end of the travels for this year. Not much exciting. i have to admit i'm a bit frustrated & disappointed. So i'll have to figure out what to do here.
So you'll find all the pix here.
Thank you for reading me. i hope you're enjoying the summer.
Have all fun guys, & once again, please be patient if you sent me emails... i'll be slowly catching up.

Be well & in peace.
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Posted: Jul 27, 2008 1:56am
Jun 23, 2008
Hello!

So here i start again, but this time is another european journey. The goal is sweden, but it is only a first goal, for europe is pretty big & there are so many places to discover.
i'm traveling with christophe. So we left on friday the 6th. He had found a carpool, a guy, cedric who travels to köln every week end to see his girfriend. We left paris at 4.45pm & arrived at the railway station of köln around 10pm. The guy looked interested in couchsurfing, so i told him a bit about my experiences with it. There was another guy traveling with us, who was also going to köln to see his gf.
They talked about eachothers life & i will spare you with the details for it was far from thrilling. We also got their music which was not much of our taste. But well...
Anyway, when we got to köln, we ate, then got our "week end ticket", which is 35 euros to travel as much as you want, but only using local trains. We got our first train at 00.51am. The destination was rostock. We arrived there around 1.00pm. That was a long journey in the train. i slep a little bi in the train, but was exhausted once in rostock. christophe didn't sleep at all.
Before the last train from hamburg, there were those guys who seemed completely drunk, which they actually were, they were talking so loud, drinking beer & playing cards. They were so excited, for whatever reason, but they really bothered everyone. Anyhow, we were very happy to get out of the train!
All through the way we were really amazed by the consumption of beer german people make. Any where you go you'll see them with a bottle, & in the last train we used to rostock, they were even carring boxes of beer lol!
When we got there, we used a tram to reach deniz's place. He lives in a big apartment with 3 roommates. He was hosting us on the night of saturday. A very cool guy. When we reached his place, he welcomed us in such a friendly way. We left to go to a park to take a nap. We slept about 2 hours, & it felt really good. Then, we walked a bit through the city & found many interesting tags & stickers for me to picture. i was thrilled We ended up in the harbourg of the city. We sat at some point & enjoyed the smell of the sea. We then got back to deniz's place & had dinner.
In th evening christophe & deniz went to a store & they met a group of punks that came here for a rally against the NATO. We hadn't heard of this rally before & were quite pissed we missed it. We then had a shower, & got out in a pub with him & a friend of him, christian. We had interesting conversations about environment with him. He works in the protection of it. New & interesting perspectives. i really love couchsurfing for it makes you meet people you'd never have met otherwise. On sunday, we woke up late, then went to the beach. It was really overcrowded. People were all lying in the sand, but i was pretty cold. i had like 2 pullovers lol! Crhistophe found the courage to get into the water, but was freezing to death when he got out. We then walked a bit to some woods at the end of the shore. We were still tired of our sleepless night in the train. We got back then had to get ready to take the ferry: the departure was 10.45pm, but it seemed wise to leave earlier. We first figured out 8pm, but eventually left around 7.30pm, which was definitely a good idea for we had to take a tram, then a train, then a bus & the last bus was at 8.10pm, & if we had left at 8 we would never had it! So we ended up waiting for a long time at the ferry place. It was a soccer night, germany vs poland, so all the german people were watching it. Even in the bar at the ferry, they were all overexcited! The bus driver (taking us from the ticket place to the ferries) came out late of the bar. Anyhow, it was just to take us some 300 meters further!
In the ferry we settled in some lounge & i slept a bit, christophe could not. The sun rises quite early in sweden (around 4am), & we went on the deck to watch it, it was orange, almost read! How gorgeous. i made some pix of it, it was a delight! 2 guys had actually settled on the deck to sleep, i was thinking they must have froze to death! The trip took some 7 hours & led us to telleborg where we arrived at 7 am. There, we walked to the bus station, to check the buses going to malmö, & on our way, we were welcomed by 2 peacocks We were really exhausted & it took us a little while to figure out what to do. We decided to not go to malmö on that day, but wait until tuesday, & we wanted to find a beach to settle for the night. We asked a bus driver which beach was the best & he gave us the direction of a village called
Skåne. We went there & discovered a wonderful little village, with an empty beach. We first settled the hammock, then slept in it for a while, then went back in the sun & fell deeply asleep for a few hours. When i woke up, i realized how gorgeous the place was & pictured the beach. When christophe woke up, we decided to go back to telleborg to get some food. There were no buses coming, so we hitchhicked. One wonderful & friendly guy took us after 15mn. He drove us to the foodstore, explaining us how to reach the bus station & all to go to malmö, he was very nice & positive! We got the food, then took a bus back to the beach, it was pretty busy until late at night, but we had dinner, & made a fire. We then settled the tent & went to sleep. We had to wake up early to catch a bus to take us to the one bus going to malmö. Everything went ok. Once in malmö we found the bus stop to go to kristinnehamn & after 5 hours in the bus, we went to a foodstore to get things to eat, then decided to go directly to karlskoga. We were thinking we might find some woods on the way to sleep, but the bus we took, used the highway & we ended up in the city, which actually is big! So after a long time searching for a map, we found one, & figured out a place where we could camp, but there were no more buses at this time, we decided to walk, & after a few kilometers, we found some woods in the middle of a residential area, pretty quiet, & we decided to settle there for the night. Many crows welcomed us.
When we woke up on wednesday morning -we had actually planned to leave early so no one would notice we slept there- it was raining, so we decided to stay until it stops. We left after noon & decided to walk back to the city. On our way to find the bus taking us to the lake we were looking for the previous day, we were saying that we would ask the first hippie looking guy we'd meet about disarm08. About 30 seconds later, we met a young hippie looking guy & asked him if he knew anything about the camp. He did, he actually joined last year. We talked a bit & he even invited us to sleep at his place if we needed to. He gave us the directions to some spot he thought would be the place, near a lake. So we thought it'd be good to find a place to sleep. He left us his phone number & insisted that if we needed a place to stay, his apartment was ours. We then looked for tourist office & found it closed. Since it was next to the library, i went inside to check the internet & get the phone number to contact the people of disarm08.
As we were watching the map of the city, we decided to settle by a lake more south, called angslöjen. So we first went to get some food, then to the bus station to check out the time table. Then there, we saw this girl who looked like going to the camp. We asked her & she is part of the organization. She was waiting for others to pick her up. We talked a bit & she was telling us to come over even if it had not begun yet. But we were decided to go to the lake angsjölen, so we took the bus to there. The driver didn't speak english & he misunderstood what i said in my poor swedish, he actually misunderstood my finger on the map & stopped us before the path to the lake, but we found a friendly driver who showed us the way. We walked about 2 kilometers to arrive at the lake. The sky was so pretty, the whole spot was gorgeous! We decided to stay here at least a couple of days. We made a fire to warm us up, had dinner, then stayed out for some time & settled the tent in the woods. The rain suddenly came, but since the sun was still shining, a rainbow, then 2 appeared in the sky! It was less windy there then by the water. But a group of tiny mosquitoes (locally called "knot") attacked us. They were bitting like crazy, & the only escape was to stay in the smoke of the fire. We then went to sleep, feeling safer in the tent. i woke up very early in the morning & went for a hike in the woods, a bit further from where we were staying. i saw so many amazing birds, some modeled for me, others were running away! When i got back to the tent, christophe was awake. We made fire again for the sun was not particularly bright, hidden by some dark clouds. Since we were already running out of the water (we first thought we would drink the water from the lake, but it didn't look too good) we went to a store not that far from the place. We brought some more food also, to stay longer.
On saturday, we decided to go to the disarm rally, we left the lake to get the 8 am bus & got to karlskoga before 9. We waited a bit, then went in a park. We got to the meeting spot around noon to learn they had been here since 10 am & were about to leave. So we joined them & got to the campground in linnebäck. We settled the tent behind the disarm camp actually, in some sunny spot by the woods. In the evening we were once again attacked by the "knot" & even the local people have nothing to deal with them. Anyway, we talked to many people in the camp, gathering info about other things happening during the summer. But nothing quite interesting. Anyway, one anarchist camp happening in the beginning of july, during one week, on an island in the south east of sweden. If the cold & the mosquitoes don't kill us before, we might go there.
People here are very friendly, the 2 people we met at the bus station hugged us when they saw us, & all the new faces were so very friendly. We even met girls we met in brussels for the NATO: game over. Saturday afternoon was very sunny & warm for a change. That was a delight to warm up in the sun. In the evening we watched some movies about peace actions in the us.
On sunday morning i went for another hike in the woods. i met many mosquitoes, but other interesting insects to photograph.
We took part to some discussions but everything was in swedish. Fortunately some people were able to translate for us.
We talked with some swedish animal rights activists, with finish activists too. The attacks from the "knot" were crazy. The nights were incredibly cold. We decided on sunday night to leave. The first bus leaving from the campground was at 5.17 am. We woke up on monday morning & took all our things. As we were getting out of the place we put the tent, we saw a police car that was counting the number of tents in the camp. We waited for them to leave, then walked to the bus stop. As we were waiting, another police car came, that was a lady. She stopped her car & came talking to us. She introduced herself, then asked many questions about us & what we were doing here. The bus eventually arrived & took us to karlskoga. There, we wanted to find a warm place to sit, so we walked downtown, but nothing was open. We noticed the cope had followed the bus & was now following us! As we reached the center of the city, another police car came out & followed us aswell! So we decided we could not stay there, not even one night. Our plans being to camp in a park downtown. So we walked back to the bus station, thinking about either going to slottsbron, where my mother grew up or go to skove, where a girl i know lives. As we got into the bus, we decided to go to karlstadt (final destination of the bus) then slottsbron. i called my mother once there & asked her about a nice spot to camp. She mentionned a beach on an island, about 2 km from the village. So we got some food then took a bus to slottsbron. (mum, only watch those pix if you feel ready for so much has changed since you las went there!) Once there, i could hardly recognize anything, so many new buildings, & my grandparents' house was now hidding behind a huge brown fence, built by the new owners. i was pretty exhausted, we walked to the beach, & once there, what a delight! The sun was warm, we fell asleep on some rocks, then explored an old abandoned house, then talked. Most of you guys know how much i enjoy picturing abandoned buildings. It was really awesome! One odd thing is that sweden has so many nazi tags & this place was no exception christophe tagged the tags, which was great! The water was very cold, yet the air was warm & the sun shining bright!
We found a nice place on the rocks to settle the tent. The night wasn't too cold & not mosquitoes or "knot" to bother us.
When i woke up in the morning it was pretty cold though. The lake was covered by a huge & very white cold fog. i decided to go for a walk in the village. i couldn't recognize much. Too much had changed. So many things had been transformed or even destroyed. i pictured many houses, familiar places, then got back to the beach. We spent the day resting by the water. Early afternoon, an old woman with 2 dogs came to us & asked us how long we were planning to stay, reminding us it is only allowed to camp at a place for 24 hours. We replyed nicely, & decided we would then stay another night. So on wednesday morning we packed to go to säffle, where my uncle lives. But it was time to leave since the bad & cold weather was back!
Once in säffle, it was easy for me to find the way since nothing had changed from my childhood. We first went to a bar to get some warm drink, then i called my uncle who was at work. We decided to meet at 4 in the center of the town. He had changed a bit from what i could remember. The last time i saw him was in 2001 when my grandmother died. He invited us to his place, & in the evening, his son eric came & took us to his mother's house. It was so great to see them again! We ate strawberries together
Bawk to owe's apartment, we talked some more then went to bed. He was working the next morning, but left us the keys. We got the chance to do some laundry! i went for a walk in the city while christophe was sleeping, then we went to get our train tickets to malmö ffor the next day. In the evening, my cousin was playing soccers so we went to the match. There, we met my cousin sofia. She got back home with us & we talked a bit. That was awesome! Some more talk with my uncle the next morning, then we took the train at 1.18pm. That was the beginning of a non stop trip back to paris. We took the ferry in trelleborg at 10.15pm & got to sassnitz around 2 am. There, no bus, nothing. We stopped in a field to rest a bit. After an hour, & having seen many police cars, one stopped to ask us what we were doing here & also to show them our ids. After a few minutes talking, one of the 2 cops offered to drive us to the railway station. It was 6km from where we were & before they come we were gathering courage to walk there. Of course we accepted! That was so funny to be in a police car & that they were playing the taxi for us lol! Once at the station, we only had 1 hour before the departure of the train. We decided to go to köln again, for we had a carpool leaving from there on sunday morning. We arrived saturday in the end of the afternoon. We were extremely exhausted. We tried to find a way to get back as soon as possible to paris, but not train would make it on that night. We thought about staying in some lounge during the night, then try to take a but that was leaving at 6.45am the next morning. But we weren't sure they would take us since you have to buy the tickets from the desk & this desk was closed until 8am the next morning! But we wanted to give it a try. So we went to a lounge in the station & settled, talking about the next trips once back in paris. At some point, i was really tired & we decided to lay down & sleep a bit in the lounge. i took my sleeping bag out & fell asleep. The police from the station woke us up at 6am. We then got to the bus & had the wonderful surprize the driver accepts to take us. We suspect he kept the money of the tickets for himself, but it really doesn't matter!
So we arrived in paris on sunday, around 2.30pm. Uhhh! A long & exhausting trip, but full of many adventures!
So back in paris now, but for a week to the most, then, next destination: south of france then spain. We still need to figure out the plans, but it should be some existing moments!
Anyhow, i hope you'll enjoy the pix! Thanks for reading & allow me some time to reply your messages if you sent me some.

To be on continued
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Posted: Jun 23, 2008 2:23am
Dec 6, 2007
So... hello!

no i'm not dead yet, thanx for worrying
Back in aigues, we met arancha, a fruitarian wanna be!! She's a friend of rudolf & pretty cool i think. As we got back to his place, it was already night & there was no more wood to make fire. So arancha, rudolf & i went in the bottom of the garden to get & dead tree & turn hir into wood to warm us up! That was a funny trip. rudolf's garden is pretty huge & walking in the dark there can be dangerous lol! Big holes & pits! Anyway, we made it ok & got some warmth for the night.
The next day was market day in el campello. We first got to some healthfood store in an other village, then got to the huge market. On our way back, laurent, the dogs & i stopped on a beach. nanny had a good lot of fun. She found many pieces of wood, & i found some gorgeous waves to picture
In the evening, rubio came to the house & actually slept there. They wanted to make a party for us, but we wanted to go south the next day.
On the 29th, we left. laurent drove a lot. We first got to granada, then to malaga. i so much wanted to spend my birfday there, to sleep there on the seaport, then hangout the next day in the city. But laurent made it different. He didn't get in the city & drove along the coast. That was horrible! i really hate the spanish seashore. It's nothing but commercial centers & houses, you know, those huge buildings they make to pack tourists... hmm, i should say buildings, multiple housing. Really, really ugly! All new, all cracking shit! i didn't even know where he wanted to go. He either! ahah!! So we ended up in some mountains. Quite the usual landscape. After having dinner on a part of a mountain with view on a huge city, we drove to find a place to sleep. That was horrible. No path, no place to stop, except behind a building. Then we found those fields of clementines. A real hell! After arguing, he took us to marbella. A beach, we found a parking spot, that of a restaurant. Since it was 1 am, we found it empty We slept there & the next morning, the dogs had some fun in the sand, then we went to gibraltar. That was another place i wanted to spend some time. So we first stopped in la linea de la conception, then crossed the border to go to gibraltar (it is a bristish colony). The city is pretty, & once you reach the end of the coast, you have a great view on africa. It is amazing to see this other continent as if the other side of the road. IT was sunny & warm. Then we went back to the city & had a drive through it. After a few hours in there, we went back to
la linea de la conception. We found a nice hotel there, with view on a beach. Such a long time i hadn't been in a hotel! It was right before the beach. We found a part that was empty & had dinner there. We started arguing again... happy birfday pel!
The next morning was quite a surprise for me. December the 1st will stay in my mind forever i think. i woke up early morning, then went on the beach... there, i saw the most amazing thing ever! i was starring at the sea, then i noticed something red over one of the boats. i was wondering what it could be... guess what: THE SUN!! It was just completely RED!!! Like a flag or something. Then it reached a cloud, slowly passing through, & it turned orange. Ahah, like a magician would take out a rabbit from hir hat... Amazing, fantastic, magical! My vocabulary is not consistent enough to describe it!
Taking the dogs on the beach, i found a seagull lying in the sand. Well, to tell the truth, gyzmo first found hir. i did n ot dare catching hir right on, because of the strength of the beack, you know, i didn't want to get a finger cut! laurent joined us & i told him about the bird, i definitely wanted to take hir to a vet. So laurent got the courage to catch hir & put hir on my knees in the van. When we got there, we got the wonderful surprise that vets in spain are directly connected to the animal protection. So when someone brings them a hurt non human, they call the animal protection, then someone takes the non human! So we left this bird at the vet. We then went back to the beach & planned to go to the southest part of spain. We drove there, then... that was enough! i couldn't stand being there & arguying & all! So i asked laurent to head up back to paris. My sugar was low, i was tired of eating chemical fruit... i decided i wouldn't eat before paris. So the next 2 days were about driving again! We stopped in granada for one night, then zaragoza the next night. i had an early walk in both cities.
So the second day, we went through mountains to reach andorra. We needed to get a few things there. The taxes are very low, so it is worth buying whatever you need there. Spain is already cheaper then france, but andorra is more cheaper! We decided we would go back to perpignan, then laurent told me he couldn't drive anymore, he was too tired & wouldn't get back to paris the next day. i so much needed to get back home. He said i could still take the train the next morning... i hesitated, & after a walk in perpignan, i decided to stay with him there. He spent the day eating while watching tv. He asked me to stay with him, but i just didn't get the point of staying there doing nothing or watching him eating & watching tv... am i so wrong? Anyway, i decided to take the train early morning with nanny, on the 5th. i got back home around 1pm, went back home, then went grocery for nanny & i. i was so exhausted! My face was that of a living dead. So after cooking for nanny, i lyed down on the floor -my bed!- & fell asleep... it was not even 5pm. & i slept until 4am! When i woke up, my face looked rested. i felt a bit better & went for a walk wwith nanny. She had a good time, walking at night in paris is great! Then, i went to the swimming pool. After a month & a half... i can hardly tell how good it felt! The swimming pool was busy, but ok. i told a little about my trip to some of my friends there. It was nice to see them again. i talked to the housekeeper this morning. She was happy to see me again. Alain (a raw vegan friend) was excited to see me again, dominique told me he had been missing me so much all that time
So here is the end of my story... a long time, a lot of bad things. i'm so sad things didn't work out with laurent, but i'm so used to travel alone, i guess this is the reason why i cannot deal with being with someone 24/7. i cannot tell, but please my dear friends, next time i'm telling you i'm travelling with someone, just slap me in the face!
philippe, i'm very sorry i didn't get the chance to visit you, i would have loved to! But i might travel through france some time in the future, so, being by myself, i'll be able to come to see you!!
Pariss is grey, it's raining, & i have no idea what my life will be like next.
i guess i'll take nanny back to my mother's house, for the life in the city is not much fun for her. i so much love her & cannot imagine keeping her in the grey paris. i have no more energy, no more desires... i don't even feel like traveling again, but then, i just don't feel like being in paris anymore. i'm completely lost! Those of you who know me well, know this is not me. Please my dear friends, if you have any advice, tell me... i just have no more goals, nothing is left from the past & there is no perspective of any future... No place i want to go to, no place i want to be at... just nothing!
i hope you enjoy seeing all those pix i made. i hope to have your thoughts on it. Even though this trip was a nightmare, there were some good times, but other then this castle in the clouds, there is no place that thrilled me, no place i would have stayed forever... nothing left... i dunno...

be well & in peace.
pelagus

PS: linx to france's pix
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Posted: Dec 6, 2007 8:35am
Nov 27, 2007
So still in the "pyrennées orientales"!

Sunday the 18th was very sunny, & no wind!! ahah, that was a warm winter day. We drove to st hippolyte, where we were supposed to find a castle... hmm... we saw something like that, but being renovated, & no way to see anything interesting. So we decided to get to the pond... actually a huge one. Similar to a lake. It is the pond of salses. It reaches the sea on one side. We found a lovely place to stop, for the dogs to run & me to make pix We didn't find any path to walk, & the surroundings were quite wet & full of seaplants. So we decided to look for a spot to walk, & turned around the lake... we found out about hundred little houses all around, hidden in the grass. Amazing to find such a huge community, all living in peace & by the water. Unfortunately, all the surroundings were gardens, so no chance for us to walk at all. So next, we went to the fortress of salses. Amazing spot! Nice surroundings. Rocks covered with grass, & a pine forest. i got out of the woods really smelly due to the tree, but a lovely smell. gyzmo left us for over an hour & didn't mean to come back, we were a bit mad at him for we wanted to go to other places, but he refused to come back. So after about 2 hours at the fortress, laurent got him & we went to the sea. We found a castle in fitou (aude) but they turned it into half visiting castle then the other half being a restaurant! The castle wasn't pretty at all, but i got crazy when i saw all the cactus So we went to the line of land between the pond & the sea & stopped by a lovely place with a lake. The sky was gorgeous, the water awesome! nanny got for a swim, she was in heaven there. Then we got to leucate, a big city for both tourism & fishing You have all those "sea fruit" restaurants all along. The weird thing is they have the building, & right behind, the boat that goes to get their "meals".
On the 19th, we went on the beach again. We found on, in a national park. There was a river, falling in the sea. It was really windy & the waves were going crazy. It was a wonderful sight. We sat sometime in the sand to enjoy the view & breathe some fresh air. We then walked to a field of cacti & guess what: they had fruit, perfectly ripe. We picked many. How delicious. All dark, very dark pink. i'm usually not a big fan of those fruit, but i have to say that this time, it was a delight In the evening i mixed them in a salad: baby tomatoes, orange, olives, mushrooms & cactus fruit. i really enjoyed it!
The next 2 days, we went in the direction of the spanish border. We wanted to visit the church of marcevol & the hotsprings. It was rainning when we left perpignan & it rained on a big part of the way. We first stopped in prade to see an organic coop. It was actually a huge healthfood store & we didn't find anyone interesting to talk to. Then we visited an organic fruit farmer in los masos. She had apples, juices, sorbets. Then we waited for the tourism office in prade to open & ask them about the hot springs, but we found out they are on private properties, so no that good. But i didn't feel like getting in the water anyway, since the weather was quite grey.
Out of prade, we found a lovely abbaye. So we drove to mont louis, then odeillo, where there are solar ovens. The first one is really small, just a touristic attraction. The 2nd is the biggest on earth, yeah! just that ahah!! Amazing building. It is 30 years old & is now used by the army. i pictured it just too bad the sun was not around. It was getting close to the end of the day, so we looked for a place to stay. We went up the mountains, to a lake. We stayed in the woods, & did not reach the lake for the weather was getting worse as we were going up. The road we took was completely empty, we didn't see any car. We even found a camping ground that was closed but the gate was open... we didn't stay there though & found a lovely spot right behind some trees. There was snow, so i had my first walk in the snow this year When we woke up, we went to the lake "les angles". We saw this amazing hotel (close at the moment) that so much reminded me of the one in "shinning"! That was really cool. The weather was cloudy, there was almost no light. A very gloomy atmosphere. We walked a bit around the lake, that was covered with cold. We got back to the solar oven in odeillo, it was sunny this time, but not much. Then we went to "themis", the spot to find a solar central... Unfortunately, the weather there was the same as up in th mountains, so that was quite weird to see this central surrounded by smoke & with no sun at all!
On the way back to perpignan, we stopped in marcevol, to see the "prieuré". That was a magical place. The weather was warm & very sunny! i walked up the little village with nanny & we met some of the people living there: dogs, horses, all free, walking through the village with no human around. Only the donkies were locked up in a field. a horse & a dog followed us to the parking lot. Then we stopped in "illes sur têt" where you have a formation of orgues in the mountains. We walked a bit in the woods there & found some lovely mushrooms that looked like stones & a nice cherry apple tree. We met a wild turkey. At the same time, there was a wild pig hunt, so we heard the guns... & met the hunters on our way back... they all looked so happy of their hunt, that was disgusting!
We got back to perpignan. In the evening, laurent got a call from his mother telling she was coming back the next night, so i thought it would be better to leave. The next morning, laurent was not ready to leave, so we stayed one more day to my greatest despair. Anyhow, when i woke up the next morning, she was not back, laurent told me later she had a problem with the car. So we left in the afternoon, to go south, in the mountains, we wanted to visit "douceur & harmony", an ecovillage, vegan & selfsustained. We got there by the end of the afternoon. 6 people living there at the moment, 4 permanently, 2 visitors. The permanent visitors are between 60 & 87. They are spiritual vegans... with is not much my cup of tea. It was really weird for me to be there. i couldn't find anything to tell them. Many writtings on the walls, explaining why not consumming non humans & why it is ok to eat plants, even though they admit they are sentient, but not the same as animals... which is the perfect excuse to eat them.
They grow their food, or as much as they can, live with the money taken to visitors & sometimes during the summer, they sell their veggies to tourists. They own a huge land. The land is the one of the eldest woman, she got it in 1964. She was the nicest person there. Hey philippe, she mentionned you, saying hello
Laurent wanted to spend the night there, but i didn't. i couldn't imagine sharing a meal with those people. Especially since there was no raw fruit for me. Laurent (who still eats cooked fruit) could have eaten some pumpkins, talking away the veggies mixed with them, but i really didn't want to get into the discussion of why not eating plants, they were too closed minded on that topic. To the question "why not eating plants", the answer was quick: "what would we eaat otherwise?!!" Also, the man there was terribly sexist. In his attitude & words. So we left, looking for a place to stay for the night. We actually crossed the border (we were very close to spain, & i thought it'd be better to got there). We found a road with no custom, that was awesome since gyzmo has no papers, laurent couldn't find them when we left! So we got on the other side with  no problems We drove a little bit, then found a lovely church for dinner! We ate there, then drove some more & found a lovely path, half in the woods, lightened by the full moon. We spent a good night & woke up refreshed. It was good for me to be in spain. The night wasn't cold at all.
The next day, we drove to the sea. We actually first stopped in girona to find a healthfoodstore. We found one, but not much to eat there. Once on the coast, we found another one, but still not much choice when it comes to raw fruits. Oh well, we found some oranges, clementines & avocados. We didn't stop much, just in tossa de mar, a lovely city with a beautiful old town. We walked on the beach, then in the old town. i really enjoyed picturing this place. The first one in spain. After driving some more, we got in the mountain to find a place to sleep. i was really tired of being in the car all day. We found a national park & parked in a tiny path in there. The moon was still very bright. The next morning, on the 25th, we left quite early to go to barcelona. Hey foxy, i thought of you when you got there for iggy's concert There, everything started to mess up! ahah! i was really pissed because of my lac of freedom. i didn't feel like visiting anything. Even though barcelona seems to be a beautiful town, i was tired of being locked up in this van, then to have no freedom to access the internet or even walk alone... After an hour in the city, & the usual unhability of laurent to find anything, we left, driving south... the place where we should have been for weeks! So laurent stopped talking to me & took the highway to go faster! He drove & drove... we actually made about 800 km on the same day! i saw alicante on the boards, thinking, damn, i won't even be able to see rudolf Then wwhen laurent eventually talked to me, that was about 30mn from alicant... asking me about how to get to rudolf's place... & i was like, you don't pop out at people's place like that with out calling before. If you had told me in barcelona, i could have called him to ask if we could get there at night, but since you didn't talk to me, i thought you waanted to drive south with no stop! So he got to alicante, looking for a tobbacco shop... but didn't find anything, since it was sunday!! AH!! When night was here, he started looking for a place to sleep. & of course, couldn't find any place. The land around alicante (on the south part) is only full of commercial centers & clementines' fields. So he drove for over an hour, looking for a place. He was exhausted for driving the whole day. He was also mad. At him, at me... i dunno. When it was almost 10, i told him the best way could be to get to one of those cities & find a hotel... yes, me, offering a hotel room... i know you wouldn't believe it... but it's true. He looked like dead. Maybe because i told him earlier that this is the worse trip of my life... even with john 4 years ago, it was not that bad! He stayed in the van quite a long time before he got to the room. Then went to bed. We didn't talk. i cannot imagine continuing this trip in such conditions. But i so much want to go south. i need warmth, & we already drove so much, that it would be silly to go back to the cold paris. So close to the goal... i just don't know what to do. i need time by myself, but never can get any!
oh, mum, i couldn't find the place you mentioned with the migrant birds... all i could see was an island, but we didn't get up there on the way. We only reached the sea in palamos.
i'm so sad things messed up with laurent.
i'm just so pissed about this all trip. i said i wouldn't travel with someone anymore... & see how it's going... i'm doing it & it is quite a nightmare.
Anyway, the next morning, we eventually got to talk & i called rudolf. He was home & we were about 40 km from alicante, so we drove to rudolf's place! i was so excited to see him again We got there some time after noon & talked sitting in his garden, in the sun. Then the night fell slowly, warmth with it. We slept in his house, but i got really really cold. i don't know how long we'll stay, anyway, it is great to have a wonderful conversation & see rudolf again. Nanny feels really good there & eats a lot of tomatoes lol!!
i woke up early & went up the mountain to see this old abandoned building, "el preventorio". What a bad surprise for me to see people working in there & all the way locked... impossible to enter... then part of it has already been destroyed... sigh!! Then i went higher to see an old house in ruin that i remembered... & everything was locked! So no pix of destroyed houses yet. Just the sky & some mountains... But you'll see the pix next time since i didn't get the chance to download them. Anyway, less pix then the last time but some
So here we are, today in alicante. Hard to find this restaurant with a wifi access, but at least i got it, thanx to laurent who looked hard to find it. i'm gonna download all my emails & will reply later.
What else... hummm, we'll get back in aigues where rudolf lives later this afternoon... more landscapes, more pix... we'll see !
hey all, have an awesome day & write to you later!

be well all,

pel

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Posted: Nov 27, 2007 6:58am
Nov 17, 2007
hello dear friends,

so here am i, on the road again!! Quite a long time i know, i was really graving it!  But this time, my trip is quite different from other times since i am staying in europe & i'm traveling with other people (1 human - laurent - & 2 non humans -gyzmo & nanny) & we're travelling in a camping car.
i'm sending you this because you're were already receiving my logs last year or because i thought you'd be interested in reading about my new adventures, but if you don't want to receive this, please let me know & i'll remove you from my list.
So we left paris on thursday morning & drove to "le lot". We stopped in "la loire", to see a few castles. It was a real delight to see all those old stones, all those gorgeous castles from the middle ages. On our way, we discovered this lovely gothic bridge, that was sunset, the light, beautiful, water, trees, some old stones... dreamy! We got to gerard & sylvie's house in le lot around 10pm. The next day we already started to explore the land. Mountains, rivers, a sky to make you fall. It's pretty cold up here since winter is here, but when the sun shines, it is quite delicious & still pretty warm.
So we're staying in one of the 2 houses of gerard & sylvie. We have a lovely room. It is great for me to be able to discover france, since i seem to know the us better then the country where i was born lol!
They have wonderful churches around here. i've able to picture so many wonderful places, people, lands.
Sunday night, as we were coming back from sylvie & gerard's store in st cyr la popy, we met a dog, she looked completely lost! She was jumping at everyone, begging for attention & love. It was impossible to leave her there. She had no tattoo, just a collar with nothing written on it. We took her at the vet the next day, she didn't have any electronic device either: a lost or abandoned dog!! We went to the cityhall to ask for help, like names or addresses of people who host dogs until they find a family. The vet did not have that. The woman at the cityhall was wonderful, she did all she could to find a place for her, or find out if she was lost or something. She called the police, but nothing about a lost dog... We eventually found out about a place for dogs, a place that doesn't kill the dogs after a week or so! This was the most important. This little puppy (about 1 year old) is such a lovely one! She is so very sweet, & ready to give so much love. The woman at the shelter told us she seems to have been beaten. We left her there, knowing that she'll be well taken care of.
That was quite a stressing morning, having to drive from one city to another. But once she was there, everything felt better!
On the 28th, we went to brantome, a village near perigueux, in corrèze, to have the van checked & find a few things necessary. It looks very lovely too, different landscapes & stones. So we got back to veziou late at night. On the way back, we took 2 hitch hikers for a few miles; they gave us some good tips about alternatives places in spain. We'll definitely have to check them out once we're there! On wednesday we visited some friends of gerard & sylvie: josé & vero. They live & work in a farm they all made with their hands. They grow organic fruit, make jam & purée. They live in a house with no water or electricity, using nothing but what comes from the wild. They have electricity with solar panels & use water from the rain. They have acres of land, where they grow strawberries, blackberries, figs, rapsberries, apples, then some walnuts, hazelnuts.
It was really interesting to talk with them & find out about their lifestyle. They have been into thing for over 20 years & feel great about their lifestyle. They fight capitalism, & are deep into environmental progressions. They do their best to respect the wild & promote this lifestyle.
On the 1st of november, we found out how the countryside -& even the big cities there- are completely closed. We hadn't realized the 1st is a day off, until we started searching for food! We were in cahors (where they make a famous wine) & were looking for a healthfood store... we found some... but all closed! Even the vegetarian restaurant there was closed. So we decided to go to an omnivorous restaurant & ask for a raw fruitarian diner! The waitress looked at us weird first, but then, as we were asking for more & more unusual food, she started smiling & got really nice. We had a nice dinner, not much, & not organic, but at least we had a good time. It was the first time in year that i was eating in a restaurant! Funny.
The next day, we left to "la lozère" to visit marvejols & "les gorges du tarn". It was nice to go there, since i visited this place when i was young, but couldn't remember much. We walked around the city, then got out to go on the road of the famous story of the wolf of the gevaudan. A myth, based on the murder of several people, & the story was that the killer was a wold. There is now a park with wolves, "half free". It is quite sad to see them all, locked up in a huge cage, with all those tourists walking around. We did not get inside since you have to pay for that, but we found a few spots where we could see them. It really made us sad.
We slept in "les gorges de l'enfer", we found a small country road were we stopped. The woke up early the next morning to drive through les gorges du tarn". It was very very cold, most places were quite frozen. We saw some neat castles, nanny didn't get a chance to swim (she's been swimming almost every day since we left!) because it was really way too cold. But the 2 dogs both enjoyed an other nice walk in the mountains. They ran & had fun. We found some beautiful castles, churches, old houses, ect. On the way back on the 4th, we stopped in conques, an other old city, but famous for all its old houses. It looked like a fairy tail story. The church there is awesome!
i have to say france constructions are gorgeous! My love for old stones is completely fulfilled here!
Back in "le lot" we still visited some beautiful villages, saw other gorgeous landscapes. Then we started organizing the van & built a dry toilet (sorry, i don't know the correct english word for that: it is a toilet that uses dry leaves or tiny pieces of wood to cover pee & poo). i also planted a hot pepper tree in a jar for a guy gave us one. She was in pretty bad shape, so i had to cut hir a bit, but i put dead leaves & ashes mixed in the soil & put hir in the sun inside the house. i hope s/he does well.
We spent most of our time in the aveyron. It is not far for gerard's house. We went to a city called villefranche en rouergue, trying to find a book that would be quite useful: "guide for environmental holidays", but were not very lucky. It seems impossible to find it. Anyway, we found a little bird there, dead, lying on the concrete. s/he was so pretty, but really looked desperate. i took hir dead body to bring hir in some wild areas so hir body could recycle in the soil & feed some plants.
We visited some organic farms also & local farmer markets. We talked with many people. It is quite interesting to discuss with rural people for their perspectives are more down to earth. More walks in the woods also. The dogs are having so much fun. They eat twice what they usually eat! Amazing to see nanny eating so much for she's usually far from being a glutton, but here, she enjoys food so much!! Vegan food of course
The weather here is still sunny, but pretty cold now. Below zero every morning, everything is frozen.
On the 9th, we went to figeac & got some addresses of farms you can visit. So we went to 2 of them. One with geese & the other with pigs & cows. Sincerely, the farm for foie gras was not as horrible as what people usually show; i mean, we saw the farmer force feeding the geese, & they were not badly treated, just overused to it. Like a dog used to stay home all day long. We even saw some 1 day old babies, you can see the pix here. Dark & not friendly at all, but all clean. The cruelty plan used by most animal welfare activist wouldn't work there. The adult geese are in huge fields, surrounded by green grass & trees. The farmers take care of the birds in an exploitative way, just like tools to earn money you  see, but they truely take care of the welfare of the birds. This doesn't take away the fact that birds are, in no way, meant to be treated as a resource, but concerning the wellbeing, there is absolutly nothing to say.
The next visit was not that nice though. The pig farm was dirty, the pigs really looked unhappy & scared. We saw babies, teens & adults. The 2 first being locked up in rooms, with a disgusting smell, the mother pig feeding the babies was in one of those tiny stalls, you know, those where they cannot fall down on the babies. The teens were many in a small room. The adults (over 200 kilos) were outside. i did not have the heart to photograph anything there. i did not really wanted to show what is already so well exhibited by others.
We got out of this place quite upset by the way non humans are considered. This is really annoying to see they are nothing but mere means to human ends. To please the tastebuds... weither they are in a nice or unpleasant spot.
The rest of the day was driving through the aveyron, finding some local food & what we needed to leave. We got a sleeping bag for laurent. The next 2 days were dedicated to organize the van, & we also searched for wifi connections, but the aveyron & le lot are some of the worse places to get that! So we didn't get any. We then left on the 12th. We got to albi, in "le tarn", where i knew a fruitarian guy. Unfortunately, he left on friday, to get back to dublin. So we didn't get the chance to meet. But he should be back in france next year... we'll see.
Albi is a nice little city. i got a chance to get a wifi connection but didn't have time enough to send this & download all the pix i want to share with you guys. Anyway, 2 days here were fun. We found a wine farm in andillac, all organic, the farmer is part of "Nature & Progres", an organic part that is not recognized by the AB thing. So you cannot find them in healthfood stores if they don't get the AB logo in addition. Anyway, the farmer is awesome & very much into recycling of rain water, dry toilet, ect. They also offer a free spot for campers to stay for a night or 2. We couldn't stay there though because he lives with a non human girl who cannot stand other girls, so nanny couldn't get out there. But the nice thing is that albi lets camping cars stay for a couple days. So we slept 2 nights just under the cathedral. How funny to stay for free when if you rent a hotel room in front of it, it'll cost you a minimum of 70 euros/ night! On the 13th, i had an early morning walk in the streets, i found some awesome images to make.
Driving through the country, we found a castle, i think the most beautiful one i've ever seen. Many might call it a ruin, but to me, it is the most amazing building i've ever seen! i would like to call it the castle in the clouds!
There is also an organic market on tuesday nights. We went there & saw the wine farmer again. But the market was really tiny & full of animal products. There was one veggy guy, but it was all about veggies, so no chance to find fruit except for pumpkins. When we got to one of the healthfood stores, it was the end of the day & they only had some real bad looking & tasting clementines... yukk!
Gyzmo escaped twice on that day, letting us wait for him for almost one hour.
Sleeping in the camping car is very hard for me because it is so cold at night. i freeze & wake up completely broken. The trip was to get to some warm spots, but it seems we're staying in cold weather... sigh... When the sun shines it's quite ok, but it doesn't shine at night! Early morning is very cold. 1°C on wednesday... it didn't get above 10 during the day.
On the 14th, we left albi. We first went to the healthfood store to get some food & found this huge one, with another shop next door that has environmental friendly products, not tested on non humans & also from the fair trade industry. They have hemp clothings, recycled paper of all kind, ect. We talked with the owner who told us albi is one of the greatest city in france for this kind of things. In this small city, you have about 8 healthfood stores, people really feel concerned about the environment there. There are also many tourists during the summer.
So we drove through "l'aude" on the road of the cathares; we found this beautiful little house in the middle of the black forest then stopped in carcassonne. We had dinner under the old city. Very beautiful lightning at night. We went out of the city to find a place to sleep, we first wanted to stop by a lake, but couldn't find it. So we drove some more & stopped in a small path where a tiny river was going. We woke up early & drove along the mediteranean coast. We stopped on a beach to let the dogs run. It was so windy!! It is the tramontane, the very strong wind in the south of france. i walked on the beach with the dogs & had a hard time going back to the van, i almost flew away lol!! But the air was delicious. Very strong smell of salt! By the end of the day, we were in perpignan, where we're staying now, in laurent's mother's apartment. The wind is blowing like crazy & it is very cold, but the sun shines. & if you find a place in the sun, it is delicious. Yesterday, on our way to the beach, we found an organic farmer: he uses bioenergy, i.e. he uses only home made compost, & the moon to plant. Following a specific calendar to plant. One day is for roots, another for fruit, ect. He is labelled under the "demeter" logo. We had a nice talk with him & found some info. We then went to a beach in St cyprien where we stayed about an hour. i pictured the sea like crazy, it was wonderful, the strength of the wind on the water, making wonderful waves. Then i sat in the sand, hidden in the sand, hidden from the wind. It was really nice. We then went to collioure & had a walk in the seaport. We then got to the tourism office & asked for some wild hot springs. We got the name of 3 not too far from here. We also got maps for castles. We stopped by some old stones & had a nap. The wind was still blowing so hard, we felt like being in a boat The dogs had some more running, they are so happy in the wild.
So here are the news for the past month... rough & nice sometimes.
i apologize for not replying your emails everyone, but it might take me sometime to deal with it all!!
i hope you're all doing well dear friends.

Lots of hugz to you guyz!
pelagus

PS: i put links to all albums with the pix but here is the link for the whole gallery! Please do not hesitate to add comments, i always appreciate them.

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Posted: Nov 17, 2007 6:14am
Oct 5, 2006
Back in paris

my last week in nyc went too fast i spent most of my time doing activism, taking pix of activists for the 9/11 truth.Check out their website, there's a bunch of great info & interesting points. They have so much going on, it's great! If any of you happen to be in nyc any sunday night, they have a movie going on (starting at 6.30 at st mark's church). i would also suggest that you check out google videos: search for those 2 movies - loose changes 2 - 9/11 mysteries. The second is the best.
Anyway, being away from nyc feels empty! Great people & there are many i can' t wait to meet again.
slawek took me to baltimore since manu never returned any of my calls or emails. We spent the night at joice's place. slawek found her on couch surfing. She was cool, i slept pretty well, but have been very stressed the day before & the day of my departure. The trip was pretty short (6 hours) i almost did not see the time going. The only bad stuff was this little boy who cryed almost all the time. Since i came back, i've been having many odd/ bad dreams. When i think about something, i'm still in ny, thinking like a new yorker...
This morning i woke up at 3. i could not sleep anymore. i then thought about calling the apple center to ask about my memory's change... the announcement i got: "we are open from monday 'til friday, from 9 am to 5 pm"... holy shit! Far from ny where it it open 24/7! The only good thing was to go swimming. That's actually the first thing i did when back in my appartment, back at 2pm, in the water at 2.30! This morning i went to the one by the eiffel tower. One of the guys taking the clothes recognized me, he likes me because of my tats & was telling his collegue about it. Hmm... anyway! It's so weird to be here. i've been trying to catch up with a lot, i should have taken some rest though letting a couple of days going... i might wait until next week to do whatever i have to.
The guy i was supposed to host yesterday & tonight did not call... the girl i'm hosting tonight didn't call either... hmmm... people are weird!
Oh, i finished downloading the pix of my trip, so check out my album one last time... Just a little bit of all that i took, but a good selection i guess... Maybe i should try to be a tourist in paris?
On sunday, the antispeciesist collective is leafleting for the vegetarian day.

take care you all,
pelagus
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Posted: Oct 5, 2006 12:54pm
Sep 25, 2006
Good morning!

Let's see... more than 10 days since i last wrote... i'm back in ny & i did not get back to paris on the 20th as planned... i'll be here in the us until october the 3rd.
i got to st louis where eric was waiting for me at the airport. This is such a warm feeling having someone, a familiar face to expect where you get out of the plane.
Since he is back to school, we could not spend all the time together, but we've had a lot of fun
We went to a party on the night i arrived & played this game called "the village", i really enjoyed it once i got the rules They play it every week, & it's a lot of fun. The next night, we went to that coop house where there was a vegan meal, followed by the showing of some movies about activism. Some really interesting such as how to voice your claims. i loved it! There are so many struggles down this earth & so many people... i'll get back to that later when telling you about ny.
Anyway, i also took so many pix! There are beautiful old building, & i got the chance to get in an area where there is this old building falling apart (a fabric). It was a great experience. A bit scary though... especially since night was falling, so i could not stay as long as i would have otherwise. Anyway, great images came out of it.
i wish i had figured out then that i'd stay here longer, so i could have stayed in st louis a few more days... next time
Ok, ny... let's see... after hours in the plane, wrong time, late planes, etc... i made it to the airport where slawek was waiting for me - again, wonderful feeling
His place has been a bit busy with couch surfers, but it is fun to meet all those people Last friday we had a party... about 12 people. Pretty cool & great people. All the food was vegan - a lot fruitarian. It ended around... hmm, i actually don't even remember what time i went to bed lol!!
Before that, there was this protest against bush -he was giving a talk- i joined the march & took so many pix of american activists. A funny thing happened. This guy talked to me, asking me if i was not in tompkins park in july (remember the punk concert?) Well he was there & had noticed me. We talked a bit then listened to the speakers. eventually after the gathering we talked some more. He told me about a meeting about the 9/11. It is the group in charge of denouncing the big lies surrounding this event. That was so familiar... i mean the meeting & making decisions... very similar to the FRAP organizations (for those familiar with it )
Tonite they show a movie called "ground for truth".
On thrusday i went to see danny nova performing. We met last week. i met him the saturday before & ended up in nj where he has a house by a lake. He is an amazing singer & his performence was wonderful, except for the last song where he used one type of strip girl. What a pity because the song is actually my favourite & it made it look not as good because of that girl
You can have a look at his website & listen to some of his songs here.
What else... let me think... i guess i forgot half of what i did - once again - but here are the basic
oH, concerning my email with the argument i had with this dude in sb; i got some people feed back on that, it seems i did not express myself correctly: i absolutely did not mean people killed during the ww2 were guilty, that it was their fault & that german soldiers were sweet little guys who were not wrong: DEFENITELY NOT!
i was just talking about choices all around that & where this can lead you or not.

have a great day/night!

pelagus

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Posted: Sep 25, 2006 7:29am
Sep 3, 2006
i spent my last night in santa barbara mostly on the beach. Taking some last pix & listening to the sea. It felt peaceful.
Unfortunately, i did not meet neric on that night, but i got the chance to spend a few hours with him later during the week in la.
i got about 20 mn earlier even though the train left late & eventually found rick in the station. That was really great. We went to his appartment & talked a bit & prepared the garden for the party (lights & chairs). i took a nap & then his friends arrived to prepare a vegan chocolate cake, the people invited + from the building came all along the night. It was nice & some of rick's friends were quite interesting to talk & listen to.
The next day was dedicated to food not bombs so i got the chance to join the organization of the food distribution. i could take many pix while distributing, you'll find some in the album i made about my trip (
http://pelagus.myphotoalbum.com/view_album.php?set_albumName=album01) & also feel free to check out la's fnb's website
That was really impressing & it really gave me the desire to have it to work better in paris. But the thing is: we really need more hands...
During the week i've been visiting the city with rick (he took some days off) & by myself. i discovered the central library where i've felt like home. So i've spent some time there... i should say a lot
thursday night, we went to see those chinese dancers, they were really amazing! All made of fire
We went to that old brewery where there are now a bunch of artists working. There are some exhibitions there but the day we went there, almost everything was closed.
i've been to some interesting exhibitions though.
Rick took me to the concert of one of his friends: emily wells, she's an amazing singer, i was blown away by her voice! You can listen to some of her stuff here. Enjoy!
i also met gary, 5 year of email exchanges & eventually, my durian man was in front of me that was really cool! He also got the chance to meet rick who joined us that night.
We also went to a swimming pool where i could swim a little while, it really felt good!! i felt like a fish again: thank you rick!! 
Last week end was sunset junction fair. Concerts, booths of all kind -from clothing to activism. We saw some good bands; unfortunately, i got wrapped by some pod's smoke & got out of sentience... & that was just after the first song of this great rock band
i saw seng also. It was really wonderful to meet him again. We spent a whole day together & it was warm & soft to spent time with him again. Something funny actually happened as we were sitting in the park in front of the library: a flock of pigeons (about 50) suddenly flew to us, surrounding us. They stayed quite a while & i started talking to one right in front of me. S/He was funny because S/He was seriously starring at me as i was talking, as if S/He understood everything. Then, a few minutes later, i was relating an event to seng about a policeman who didn't want to let me go on a sidewalk & i spread my arms, this very same pigeon who was now on my right side jumped on my arm & stayed there at least 5 minutes. i asked S/He to get down, that S/He did. a few minutes after, i lifted my arm again, & S/He jumped again, this happened several times but every time i'd ask him/her to get down, S/He did. Funny/amazing anecdote.


So i stayed with rick one more week. That was so sweet of him to let me stay longer. Anyway, i moved last thursday & stayed with seng until today. He lives in el monte, about 30mn drive from la. We went for a couple of hikes. On friday, we went to that waterfall in the mountains, i think the name is stuvant, or something like that. That was so nice. i swam a bit, but the water was way too cold to stay longer than 15mn i then crashed on a rock, just likelezards do & fell asleep for a little while. i so much like this feeling of waking up after a while in the sun. But it was already shaddy when i opened my eyes.
Saturday we went to the african market, a huge market place with so many things & amazing people. There was the litterature part where i definitely had to hang out! i talked with some interesting people. They have a newspaper that looks pretty good. We talked for almost a hour & i got their 30 hours cd s about capitalism... i'll definitely have to find some time to watch it. By what they were saying, it is really interesting. We were also talking about coalitions & how to reach people. i'm hoping to keep in touch with them. They were very excited about the next protest in la against bush, unfortunately, i won't be in the us anymore since it is on the 5th of october. Anyway, i hope many people join, it has to be huge!!!
Later, i met this guy who works for a painter. i was watching the shirts they were selling, he came talking to me & gave me their card. i was really fascinated by some of the drawings. Eventually, he told me he'd give me one shirt if i wore it during the market & advertise for him; ie, just giving his card & direction to the booth while on the market... hey, i took the shirt & did i'm definitely in love with his work !
There was also this jazzy band, they played a lot of good stuff, but i did not get a chance to know their name. i took some pix of them though, i'll had them later on the album.
Seng & i then left & went for a walk in venice beach. It was pretty nice, some cool people (mainly homeless - such as everywhere) i went in a tattoo shop (there are thousands there!)to ask about their octopus drawwings. i got some good ones. Now i have a better idea of the shape i would give to the one i'd like.
i left el monte this morning. i sort of freaked out when i realized that there was no other way for me to get out of this place then seng's car or hitchikking... i just wanted to get out of there for the day & hang out on some other sides of la... so i left. i found some lockers at union station so my bag is safe. éhéh, the first thing i did once out was SWIMMING... how is that i always find a swimming pool/lake/ocean when i'm out of wack? Well, anyway, i did. This labour day week end seems overcrowded but dead for all the buses, trains, etc... i'll stay downtown until tuesday, then i'll take a train to san diego. At last. i think i've needed it so much & have been waiting for too long. i thought i could stay longer with seng, but my freedom seems more important then anything else. i realize how much i'm hurting people, but freedom is too important to me.
So after i send this email i should head down to union station to get my ticket.
The funny thing is, as soon as i get out of some "prison" -would it be human or physical- i'm feeling completely different & what seemed so necessary before, becomes completely meaningless.

More later
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Aug 18, 2006
More & more & more....
ok, more water, more sun, more people. i've stayed in santa barbara longer. i've been swimming every day. i usually went around noon because the sun actually appears by that time. i haven't been able to sungaze in the morning since it is so grey & also very cold! But once the sun appears, it get quite warm, until 5pm. Nights are pretty cold also.
Sunday was a funny day. i went on the west end of the city & took some pix. Some cool squirrels "modelled" for me. They were really cool As i was coming back, thinking about what i'd do next, i saw this punk guy acting crazy & i wanted to picture him. He caught me... & sort of "stroke the pose" We started talking & then we went for a walk on the beach. i found out that he is a vegetarian We did some crazy stuff on the beach, like dancing, painting our bodies: that was so fun!! People were starring at us lol. Anyway, i eventually left him & went for my evening sungaze
Monday noon, after my swimming time, i talked with those 2 guys. i saw them the first day i was here. Father & son & dog. The father is in a wheel chair but they go everyday on the beach & norman (the son) & the dog swim a bit. i noticed norman was watching me on that day & monday they talked to me as i was on my way back to the hostel. They are nice people, it was a nice chat. Funny because senior(the father) guessed i am french... i have no idea how he found out!
oH & guess who i've been swimming with... after the turtles & dolphins in hawai'i: a sea lion joined me for a while. That was such a wonderful feeling!! S/He was about 5 meters from me. S/He swam along for a while. It actually happened twice. The first time s/he was further & i was a bit impressed... but s/he seems quite peaceful & i guess they are used to humans.
Also, some pelicans have been dancing for me the other night. AMazing. i got really close to them, trying to be quiet, they slowly started flying away, by group of 3 or 4... but it was not because scared by me. Eventually they came back above me, dancing around me, going back & forth. i was able to picture them, they were so great! It has been a wonderful experience. All the seagulls around did not move a feather lol.
i also met that squirrel, he was so funny, that was ealier in the afternoon that same day, he was chilling in the sand, just like our fellow humans... such a cool guy

i think i'm falling apart... everywhere i'm going, i'm leaving some sand. It seems to be everywhere over my body & even after showering, i don't seem to be able to get rid of it But it does not hitch... & guess what... i'm getting dreadier everyday
Yesterday afternoon i called my friend neric because he told me he'd come to sb on friday, but he will arrive after midnight so i don't think we'll be able to talk for a long time. Anyway, he told me he's working downtown la, so that means i'll be able to meet him there, which is great
Yesterday i went to city college. It is a nice place. Quite empty at this time of the year, but it is pretty peaceful.
Last night i was feeling very excited, i was dancing as i was walking (yes... it happens to me sometimes ) As i was going to the beach i met the punk guy, & he looked really mad. i tryed to make him smile & take him with me, but i think he was a bit drunk & he just kept on walking rambling. hmm well... the sound of the waves was awesome. i almost fell asleep
oH i also met robert again at the farmer market the other day. We met the next day to go on the beach, but i don't know why people seem to be so angry. As if when you're telling them something that goes against their beliefs, then they get mad at you for opening a window... He is a jew & feels terribly frustrated by the holocaust -which i perfectly understand, i mean the murder of so many people is horrible of course. We then came to talk about choices. i might have expressed myself the wrong way, but i was telling him that all our actions, & all that happens to us depends on our choices. So in a certain way, the people who died at that time "chose" it since they chose to settle there at that time, they chose to work there or whatever... anyway, he was accusing me of keeping the blindness... of perpetrating false excuses & denying the holocaust... hmmm... so i tryed to tell him he was the one creating excuses since he was putting the blame on others, rather then coping wwith the situation... after over 30 minutes of argument... i chose to leave him.
This morning has been pretty cold here, i haven't been able to swim very long because the wind was strong & the waves quite big, so i could not go very far. The funny thing is that the weather was cooler than the other days, but the water was warmer then usual... how weird... Not that it was hot... but it easier to get in
Ok, now about this afternoon, i've had this amazing experience... you know the kind of thing that happens nowhere. i was walking in the street, & this guy appeared from nowhere with 3 snakes over him! He saw me - or my tatts - & put the bigger one on my shoulders .... WHAT A DELIGHT!!! This fresh skin over mine. The snake (a python i think) was so peaceful & stayed a while! Then i saw this guy taking a picture of us. He is a photography student & saw us, then he noticed my tattoos & asked me if he could take pix i gave him my email, hopefully he'll send them to me.
Anyway, i'm still very excited about this connection with the snake. We got along so well. i also talked with the first guy who has them, trying to tell him about hen shelters so he could get eggs to feed them rather then killing mice. He actually seemed more appealed by the "free food" thing then the respect of mice... anyway... we'll see...

ok, i'm leaving tomorrow morning, going to la. i'm so happy about meeting rick éhéh!!

aH! One last thing before i let you.. check out this link & you'll see a few of the pix i took along my trip until today (there are 23 pages with 276 pix so far...): http://pelagus.myphotoalbum.com/view_album.php?set_albumName=album01

so take care all of you, & to those i own an answer... please be patient... it'll come when i have more time & less beauty to photograph
be well &  in peace.

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