Monday, November 18, 2013

Just Walk It Out

Below is an interesting article I found while surfing the internet. The original article written by Grant Stoddard can be found HERE.

Halfway through a walk around the world, ultimate traveler makes a big American detour

By Grant Stoddard

Photo Courtesy of Karl Bushby
When Karl Bushby started walking north from Punta Arenas, Chile, pulling a handcart nicknamed the Beast and packed with 100 pounds of supplies, he was a 29-year-old British ex-paratrooper aiming to do something no one had done before: circle the globe on foot. His intended route would take him through the DariĆ©n Gap, across the Mojave Desert, over the Bering Strait, through Mongolia and the Middle East and finally back home to England, where he would be reunited with his parents and the son he left behind when the boy was just 5.

Within hours, the Beast fell apart. Within a week, Bushby's toenails started popping off. He's survived near-starvation in Patagonia, a dust storm in Peru, brushes with crocodiles and narcoterrorists in Colombia, and a total of 71 days in jail in two different countries. Over 15 years, Bushby, now 44, has covered half the planet.

Now he’s in an unlikely spot for a budget-conscious world traveler: the United States. When Moscow completely banned Bushby from entering Russia for five years in 2012, the indefatigable Yorkshireman decided to go on a 3,000-mile jaunt from Los Angeles to the Russian Embassy in Washington D.C. In September 2013 — with the support of “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon and record label owner Jordan Tappis — he set out on the 3,000-mile hike to the U.S. capital, where he hopes to convince the Russian government to grant him a visa.

By mid-October, Karl was in Las Vegas, where he’d accepted a free stay from Ceasar’s Palace and was busy raising awareness about his quest. Within a few days, he’d moved on and is currently crossing desert in northern Arizona.  

Anyone interested in watching the longest walk in human history live can tune in to, which Karl uses to broadcast his whereabouts. He's also gotten aggressive about maintaining his Instagram feed, which is currently full of images of the desert Southwest.

While posh grub and ritzy accommodations in Vegas were somewhat novel for him, the real change on this leg of his journey is his ability to get more people engaged with his mission via social media. "When I started out, it was before an age of smart phones, GPS and the Internet,"He told celebrity reporter Robin Leach in Las Vegas "I began with just a cassette player and a disposable camera. I've progressed as technology has progressed, and now, with GPS and the Web, everybody knows where I am any time of the day or night." 

The son of a decorated Special Air Services officer, Bushby grew up feeling he had something to prove. In school, teachers humiliated him when he couldn't master his lessons, and a diagnosis of dyslexia at 15 didn't remove the sting. The next year, he decided to try out for the army's elite Parachute Regiment. On his fifth attempt, he was given a "commanding officer's pass," meaning he was waved through more on effort and persistence than fitness for the job. The favor haunted him.

"Every time I stood in the mirror and donned my red beret, I was reminded of my shortcomings," Bushby says. "As a soldier, you're responsible for your brothers. If they're thinking there's a chance you don't deserve to be there, that's a burden almost impossible to bear."

Over the 12 years Bushby served in the military, his marriage fell apart, and he grappled with self-doubt. He soon realized that the only way to relieve it would be to accomplish something almost preposterous in scope, something only the hardiest, grittiest of men could pull off. So he started walking.

"It's quite a long walk," he says. "But I've made it my mission, and frankly, failure isn't an option."

Thursday, November 14, 2013

One Of The Cheapest Places To Stay In Boston

Most people in America are already aware at how expensive the city of Boston is. If ya want to go to a bar, it'll cost ya. If ya want to park your car, that will cost you $20 or more. Literally everything you do in Boston will cost you a pretty penny or two. However, in the Chinatown neighborhood of Boston there is a place to stay that won't burn a hole in your pocket.

A typical room in the HI Boston
Located at 19 Stuart Street in Boston, Massachusetts, sits a modern and affordable hostel called HI Boston. Compared to the hotels in the area this place seems almost too good to be true. The rooms go for about $40 a night, and you have an option of getting a private room or you can bunk in a dorm style room that sleeps up to 8 people. Next to each bunk is an over sized locker that provides some privacy. Every bunk also has a nook with four sockets that you can use to charge your phone or laptop. The bathrooms are located next to the rooms, and are very well maintained.

When you awake in the morning you find yourself enjoying the free breakfast from 7am - 10am. After breakfast you can hang out in the modern looking lobby and chat with fellow travelers. There is also a pool table and TV so you have in-house entertain.

Location is probably the best selling point for this hostel. It's located in the colorful neighborhood of Chinatown and just a block over is the entertaining Theater District. There are two T stops with in walking distances and a number of bars, historic landmarks, and other activities are located near by.

The lobby at HI Boston
The only negative aspect about this hostel is that check out is no later than 11am, beer is not allowed inside (quiet hours are 11pm - 7am) and there is an extra $3 a night charge at check in if you are not a Hostelling International member. Other than that, I can confidently say that this is the best hostel you will ever stay at.

For more Info check out their website HERE

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Amazing Video of a Flying Eagles Point of View

Check out this amazing video of an Eagle with a GoPro Camera attached to it. If this isn't the coolest thing you've seen all day, then I don't know what to tell ya.

P.S. Does any one have the sudden urge to fly??