Born Again Blogger


Hello from the other siiiiide...

After 3+ years of blogging only in my mind - a period of time dominated by raising a girl and doing very little travelling - I am back online.

Except, this time, it's coming to you from Montreal and not Amsterdam.

After almost seven years in Holland's remarkable, rainy, and occasionally really annoying capital, I've moved back to my birthplace.

It's only been a week so far, and seeing things for the first time in many ways (I haven't lived here for 20 years) is exceptionally refreshing. As a wise stranger named Shunryu Suzuki says:

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few” 

This is a quick hello post - posts to come in the next few days and months will include pictures, impressions, reviews, and occasional rants. Happy to read your comments and suggestions too...

A bientot!

If A Blog Falls


If a blog falls... does anybody hear it?

This is the temporary end, for now at least, of Big City Blog. It's actually quite sad to  type this, as strange as it sounds.

First off, my apologies for not posting for several months now. A perfect storm of work, holidays, a very rough and sad time with a sick dog, and the end of the Lonely Planet blogging program all added up to zero bloggage from me.

Lonely Planet decided to stop its program on Dec. 31, 2012, so there are a few dozen untethered travel bloggers out there now, along with myself. But LP were great supporters and provided an excellent platform to allow me to get some exposure globally, so no regrets there at all.

I don't know how many people have visited here over the years, or are even continuing to; Big City Blog has reached over 76,000 pageviews since 2009. And it's been quite cool to see the traffic feed over the years, with people checking in from Jakarta to Calgary to France to Australia to New York... (Must stop typing in destinations now. Travel bug activated...).

A very big and heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who followed this blog and helped keep me going. If you follow it on Facebook, you will still see updates to it periodically when I can travel more again, or when something really grabs me here in Amsterdam.


Oot and About


Out of town this week folks, on business of the no-time-to-blog kind. Back next week...