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Travel. Adventure. Exploration.

These are the things that I have an unquenchable thirst for. Those of you that have been following this blog know by now, that this is something I talk about over and over. This thought will continue to come up over and over again, most likely until the day that I die. I have an extremely heightened curiousity about the world around me. Some might almost call it an obsession that borders on insanity, but this thought, this idea is what drives me to keep going. I need to see what else is out there. I need to see what’s over that next hilltop. I need to see what lies around that next bend in the road. Sometimes it drives even me insane. It’s like a nagging voice in my head, a driving force in my life, and an ache in my body and soul that I cannot sate.

Recently, I set foot in Japan on one of the most epic adventures of my life thus far. I saw some really amazing things:

  • A vampire cafe in Ginza
  • Tokyo from the top of Metropolitan Government Building
  • Aokigahara Forest
  • Akihabara
  • Takeshita Street

These are only a few of the amazing things I saw. To list all of the sights would take you days to read through, and I don’t want to subject you to that, especially if you’re still following this blog for some odd reason.

I took a month and a half after I got back to settle back into my normal routines, I took some much needed time to work on school projects, I took some time to wrap up my independent study in Anth 398. Once I felt comfortable enough, low and behold, my brain began churning once again. The gears began to turn and work on new thoughts, ideas, and places to go next.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m leaving my part-time job in December to focus on school and media aspirations. I’m going to be sinking myself into my bachelor’s degree as much as I can while honing the craft I’ve come to call anthropological journalism (travel documentaries, filmmaking, travel influencer, travel journalist). I took some time to sit down and think about what this meant to me after editing and uploading not only the trailer for my final video project for Anth 398, but the entire video in four segments, each of which is three to five minutes in length. The entire project is 17 and a half minutes long. The first segment will drop on November 15th, so keep your eyes peeled.

That’s when it hit me.

I live in one of the most vibrant provinces in Canada. My province and even my city have some of the richest history, some of the most beautiful sites and some of the most mysterious places in the country. I came to the unavoidable conclusion that if I’m going to start down this path, there is no better place to do it than my own backyard.

Within the next few weeks, providing the course load isn’t too hard on my schedule, I’m going to be filming locations around Edmonton, highlighting various places in short videos. Next summer, I’m planning to get my car back on the road, and I’m looking into the feasibility of traveling around the province to highlight people, places and things to bring to you all from the comfort of your laptop or mobile device, where ever you find yourself. At least that’s the plan.

I’ve started pinning places on Google Maps. I’ve got places of interest, touristy places, abandoned buildings, haunted locations, and I’m looking into adding a category along the lines of “places of cultural and historical significance” or something to that effect. If you have any suggestions of places that you’d be interested in hearing about or seeing footage of, feel free to drop it in the comments of this blog.

I’m still in the conceptualization phase of this project, and this project may be something more akin to a longer-term focus, but it’s an idea that once again seems to have consumed me from the inside out, and I seem to be obsessing over, which tells me only one thing:

I must pursue this idea to see if it has any merit. I must at least try it out and see how it works. I must see if it’s doable, and if so, this could be the start of something absolutely amazing.

Hopefully, this gives you a sneak peek into what’s going through my mind right now. I hope you all are well. I hope you seek out your own passions and your own adventures. I hope that you find whatever brings you happiness and pursue it with all your hearts.

That’ll be it for now, before I start rambling too much.

Until next time: I’ll see you on the Trail.



What’s this? Japan is in sight!

Hoo boy! Have I got some exciting news in the form of:

A Video!

Vlog aspirations

I know I’ve been saying I’ll get the Youtube videos up with some sort of regularity but I find I have trouble sticking to any sort of schedule I set at the moment. That may come in the future. In the mean time, here is the first of what I hope are many videos chronicling my life just as I am. I’m hoping I’m going to be able to post every few days, as I’m really enamoured with having content on my youtube channel.

Eventually, I hoope these videos will turn into something more than just “personal reflections in the moment”.

Upcoming video project

Now that things have settled down and I’ve been slowly returning to my “everyday” life, I’ve been slowly starting to release pictures, media, and thoughts on my time in Japan. I also have a project in the works for my final project for Anthropology 398. I’m hoping to put out a 15-20 minute video which compares fandoms and subcultures in Canada to fandoms and subcultures in Japan, with a bit of a look into religion and spirituality in The Land of the Rising Sun.

Once I’ve got the video together, I will be uploading it to Patreon for all of my subscribers $10 and over. I’ll be looking into uploading a “teaser” for everyone else. I’m still playing around with this idea, but the goal is to have a video that looks at things from an anthropological journalism aspect that will highlight the kind of research I’ve been involved with over the summer. Thank you all for your patience. Your support does not go unnoticed, no matter if you fund the research, or just like and share the posts.

Thoughts as I leave Japan.

Greetings Boils, Ghouls, and other assorted monsters.

This will not be the only blog or project I do on my experiences in Japan, so prepare for that.

I find myself in tears today as I’m on the Narita Express back to Narita Airport to fly home. I’m finding it extremely hard to tear myself away. I find that instead of returning home with a soul full of joy at some amazing memories, I’m sad that they’ve come to an end for now. I don’t feel like I’ve wasted any part of this trip, but I do feel like there is so much more than I could have done. Unfortunately, that would have meant pushing myself at a level I was uncomfortable with in this heat and humidity.
I watch the cityscape pass by outside my window and realize that soon enough, it will all be but a memory. I always despise this part of traveling, but it’s amazing to see new people, new places and consider new ideas and ways of doing things, even if just for a moment.
Japan: I swear to you that I will be back. This has not quenched my obsession with this country, but it has only stoked the flames of a quickly burning fire. A quickly burning fire that is soon to consume every fiber of my being and light me up in a spectacular explosion.
I have finally stepped off the continent I was born on. I’ve taken a step I’ve long dreamed of. I’ve broadened my horizons just a little bit further. I’ve seen the world through the eyes of a foreigner, I’ve learned to adapt for a short time in a culture and society that aren’t my own, and I’ve learned to communicate both need and intent across the language barrier.

The only thing that I can think to say is that when I am finally done with my bachelor’s degree: Watch out, Planet Earth. Nowhere on the planet is out of bounds for me, having made this leap. Travel is live, travel is soul. Travel is why I was born. It is who I am, and it is in my blood.

Watch out world. I’m going to raise holy hell as I leave a fire trail in my wake. Blaze is Blaze-in’ The Trails once again. This is only one chapter in a very long travel blog. Join me on this journey as I refine my craft, write about what inspires me, and bring content from all over the world.

Chief Trailblazer, Blaze-in’ The Trails
Communications Student, Grant MacEwan University