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Aug 12, 2006
So where did i stop...?
i was still in new york, getting ready to leave. Hmm well, i went to this live theatre in central park, they were performing The comedy of errors. That was my last night in the big apple, & a friend was supposed to meet me at this place to see the play together but he got a hard time finding the spot & got there late. The thing is, it was raining on & off... & they stopped the play just in the middle! -dammit- saying "well, see you tomorrow night for the end..." -double, trible damn- so i never got the chance to see it but my friend arrived & we talked for a while, it was really great spending this time with him. i enjoyed this time even though i got bumped by his non human friend & crashed my head on the ground... hmmm, weird sound... a headache for a few hours... but eventually i made it ok
i got back home & talked a bit with slawek, the goodbye night... i spent the next day packing & getting ready. Then slawek took me to the bus station.
The 2 next days were in the bus... hmmm, i couldn't say i loved it but still, nice to meet some new faces.
i met alex at the station, we were at the same level on the line. He was staring at me... or should i say at my tats i was thinking about asking him if there was something he would like to know, but i thought i'd better keep my mouth shut for one So we kinda talked & when we got in the bus, he came to my seat & asked if he could take the one next to me. His name is alex & he is coming from ukrain. Funny how 2 europeans get to meet in the bus We talked the whole way, but he had a connection earlier than me, so we said goodbye. He seemed pretty lost because he was going in a tiny city in tenessee... joining a friend, for a school exchange. He was hoping to be able to leave pretty quick. That was his first time in the us. then
i met anton who stayed about a hour until the connection in st louis -yes eric i was so frustrated i could not get out & stay a couple days to see you again!!! It seemed to be hours because we got late there & then the departure was delayed, then people were getting mad... pfff! Anyway,  anton was going to st louis for a burial. From there until the last stop before denver, i stayed alone. Then, this dude coming from nowhere appeared & asked if he could sit next to me. The weird thing is, this stop was in a gas station, so no new people getting in... he took his bag from a few sits before mine so i guess he had been here for a little while, but then... why would he change his sit... especially since he was alone. i still don't get it. But well, he was on the window side & after sitting, asked me to get out to put his bag above our heads, then his coat, then he needed to go to the bathroom, then he needed to take something in his bag, then he needed a pen, then he was shaking like crazy.... huh! During all this time, i had my headphones so kinda think he wanted to talk but had no opportunity... maybe trying to create one? Anyway, i eventually took them off & he started talking to me, asking me hundred questions. It came that he is also a photographer. But i had a hard time believing him. (first because of the terrible shake of his hands!) The funny thing is: he disappeared so quick once we got in denver! It seems he had no luggage. hmm, i forgot his name.
ben was waiting for me at the bus station. Easy to recognize him from the pic he has on his couchsurfing profile. So i arrived on sunday morning. i was so tired after almost 2 days in the bus! But ben made me feel really good & i could shower & rest a bit. We connected straight on, very good communication & a lot in common. He took me to a party he was invited to in the afternoon. The friend of a friend. Such as ever, i was the point of attraction due to my lifestyle... yeah you know, i do my best not to talk about it, but people can't help it... they always ask questions & since ben is aware of my diet, he sorta helped things to get out. Anyway, there was an english woman who doesn't eat the flesh of mammals (but that of fishes - so i worked on making her understand there is no difference) then i found out that ben does not eat red meat. Ok, a good start i guess... i did not arrass him, but still, he has some things to think about now. He is a lot into health & works on feeling good in his body...
It is so funny because when we got to his place, he asked about my age again... when i told him he was blown away telling me i look like a 19 yy girl lol! -& that was after 2 days in the bus
He's been a wonderful host & took me to great spots. On monday i met sean, the friend i came here to see. We spent the afternoon walking through denve, he took me to some gorgeous churches, a wonderful glass gallery. i'm telling you, some people are pure artists! i was completely blown away by those glass compositions! Especially one fish... On tuesday, ben took me to a pool down the mountains. We swan there for a few hours, then went hiking... or so i thought. It was actually about climbing... but with no rope. i've never done that before & since i was not aware, i did not have the right equipment. After a little while, i was struggling to get up a rock... but i fell... & i did not fell correctly... so i hurt my ankle & it swell a lot! We then got to a river close to there. i kept my foot in the cool water, it felt good, but still hurt. Back home ben put some ice on it, then he put me to bed with a pillow under my foot, to keep it up. The next morning it was not swelling much, but really painful. i walked a bit in the morning, then went swimming for a hour & a half. It felt really better after the time in the water.
i did not get a chance to meet sean again.
i've also been doing some photography with ben. He is a musician, & he needs some pix for his album cover. HE's been working with a photographer, but this dude hasn't been very effective. So he asked me if i could make some pix for him. i did some pretty good ones His music style is jazzy. If you are interested i'll tell you when it's out & maybe there'll be some of my work
So i'm now in santa barbara. i arrived yesteday morning, after 24 hours in the bus. i had a cool guy sitting next to me. We've had a nice chat on the way. i was so frustrated not being able to stop anywhere since the landscape was so amazing. It reminded me of how much i enjoyed utah the first time idrove through it... the stones are gorgeous. Then the sky in nevada is stunning... i had forgotten that! i definitely have to go back there sometime & be by myself so i can picture all of this.. guess i need to get a driving licence
So anyway, guess what is the first thing i did once i signed at this hostel...? -yeah.. i did not find anyone to host me so i had to go to a hostel, but it's pretty cheap & then my friend kody just sent me an email saying he could tell me about people to host me for free... so if i decide to stay longer, i won't have to pay. i have to call him though... later today i think. i might want to stay longer then the 15th... i love this city so much it's amazing!
So... what do you think i did first.... how much do you know me ;P yup, i went swimming!!! oH dear, the water is cold, but the sun shines so bright, it was wonderful swimming, then lying in the sun.... Now when i made it back to the hostel to get my camera & have a tour of the city, this dude stopped me & we started talking. He took me to another part of the beach & we spent the afternoon talking. An interesting person, he lives in a boat. The funny thing is: he suddenly asked me about my diet, if i were a vegetarian... so i told him, he was amazed But so was i... he has been a vegetarian for several years, & about 2 weeks ago, he turned vegan Anyway, we decided to meet again last night... then he  started taalking bollox about gay people... damn! a homophobe, it really disgusts me... i gave him my views on the subject & he seemed to think about it. Then i think he freaked out because he started criticizing most of my actions (you know the stuff like what about you using a place to travel, your clothes, your this & that...) so i was telling him i'm far from being perfect, but still, before he decides what i'm doing wrong ort right... maybe he should check out about his actions... but maybe i've just been talking too much & he felt hurt by my thoughts... anyway.... i left him & i don't think i want to see him again...
i sungazed last night, that was awesome More tonight, then today... this morning i went to the farmer market. i was hoping to meet gordon (he normally goes there early, so i did, but i did not see him... i would have loved to surprise him you know... oH well...
Ok, my plans for today... the beach... swimming... then... we'll see

bye for now. & yes rick, i'll call you tonight

take care.
pelagus

PS: i think i wrote a lot... sorry... hope that sounds interesting to you
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Posted: Aug 12, 2006 12:00pm
Jun 4, 2006
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ok, on the 6th of july i'm landing in baltimore, maryland. i'll be in the us until the end of september. i'll be travelling a lot & thought it could be good to meet some of you if i'm around where you are...?
So far, i know i'll spend time in baltimore, new york city, PA, NC, california (particularly in la), virginia, louisiana... more... certainly, i hope
So, do you feel like meeting? Are you on my way? Please let me know! So i can try to figure out my journey including you
Another thing, if you are aware of protests or activism in some of the areas i'll be at, just tell me. & if you have any kind of info about concerts, or exhibitions of interest...?

Hugs!
pelagus
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