PART 2: Back to Vancouver - surviving with a goal in mind.
Vancouver, Canada - February 08, 2010
I started working for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics on the 5th of February. There has been a lot of disappointment among people who applied and were hired for the security sector - we were told that we will have two or more months of full time job but we got much less. Many people reserved this time between January and the end of March for this, quit their jobs or took the time off because we were led to believe there will be full time work for us for two or more months. Unfortunately most were given only three weeks or so. What can we do about it right now other than trying to make the best out of it and adopt ? I am disappointed and it screws my plans up, but it is still going to be good for me - after a lot of pushing and pulling I am finally working and living at a hotel in my own, paid for, room for the whole February.
Today I saw a display of fireworks - just a rehearsal which came as a surprise and it was great. I will be working on the 12th during the opening ceremony. I will not see what's going on inside of the Stadium, but I will see the fireworks again and I am looking forward to it.
I have been meeting people and making friends - this has great ! In a way it is like during my travels - living at hotels and meeting new faces. Many nice people came to work here from all over Canada and even from other countries. Being able to talk to people with a different perspective has been very refreshing.
The room where I am staying is small but comfortable. I have a TV, a radio, and a balcony with a nice view. The breakfast is also included. Two eggs and a slice of toast, or two egg omlette with a slice of chees - nothing special and very basic, but it is all right.
I am looking forward to getting paid. It will be much less than I expected, but still not bad for a three weeks job. I have to plan ahead and look for another house-sitting gig in March. Once the job is over I will also have to concentrate on sales of my stuff - I will need money before I can go on the road again. I also want to buy another lens for my camera, and a flash. I will need a new backpack and a few other things. My hiking boots are very worn after the 45.0000 + kilometers I walked in the past two years. These are small things, but they quickly add up. I need money.
Photo: The view from my hotel room on the 7th floor - on a sunny day.
I am not sure yet where I will go when this is finished, where will be my next destination - it all depends on finances. I will have to stay in Vancouver until I am ready, but what then ?
Actully, it would be quite easy to choose if I had my bank account back to the previous state. I would love to go back to Central and South America for 2 to 3 months. I still have a few places there which I have missed. I have been to every country except Venezuela, and I also want to visit Trinidad and the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti. I also missed one major destination while in South America - Patagonia. I have to be realistic though if I want to go somewhere further, like Europe, Africa or Asia. Ideally, I would like to fly to Europe and make some money there so I can go from Moscow through Mongolia to China overland. Then move South towards South East Asia, spend time in Indonesia and Philippines, make some money in Australia and New Zealand. There is also the whole Africa... Step by step, I will get there.
My life has always been about freedom and I shall continue to walk this path.
Safe travels ! ........... Stan
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