Here, there and everywhere in between
I am an expat Canadian who has been "stuck" in Europe for the last three years.
My love affair with Europe began shortly after university when my then girlfriend and I spent 10 months (and all our savings) cycling the continent. Since then I have spent the better part of two years in London. However, with my U.K. visa set to expire I decided to use this opportunity to hit the road again and visit some parts of Europe I have not yet seen.
In London, after many failed attempts to make use of my biology degree, I ended up working many odd jobs, which included: turning spanners as a mechanic, selling outdoor equipment, giving bicycle tours of the city, pulling pints in a craft beer pub, and most recently working as a tour director leading groups of North American students on two week tours across Europe.
I suspect the reason I enjoy guiding so much is because I love meeting new people, exploring new places and learning.
My preferred mode of transport, travel, and being, is undoubtedly atop a bicycle. I love the freedom it provides. Once equipped with a tent and stove you become self sufficient, the world your oyster. Combined with the privilege of travelling for extended periods of time one is relieved from the constrains of a schedule. This allows for spontaneity and turns travelling into a journey, an adventure. It allows one to truly live in the moment. The trip becomes much less about visiting the 'main sights' and more about travelling 'between' the sights. Travelling at a slower pace allows one to engage with those around them and has introduced me to so many wonderful people. Ultimately, I believe the bicycle is the ultimate vehicle to elevate the mind, body and spirit.