Montreal quick summary

5 days, 4 poutines, 6 TimBits, 2 bagels, 0 kebabs

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Meet the new traveling companions

More adventures with inanimate objects!  Soup Ladle Nessie and the Deep Tea Diver join me as I travel to Montreal and Las Vegas.  They take over from Cake Toy Prime and Pop Vinyl Elsa.  I considered naming this duo “Amy and Rory” but will stick with their formal names.


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Traveling this week, stay tuned.

Another trip, another traveling companion.  Who will accompany me on this short voyage north and back?

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Flights and food: Scandinavia 2014 Trip Part 7


Last time I was in Scandinavia, I visited the world’s largest IKEA.  This trip, I visit the world’s largest (and best) something else.  What is it?  You’ll have to keep reading.

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A dark night: Scandinavia 2014 Trip Part 6

My last night in Tromso, perhaps forever.  Let’s hope for a good show.  I already had one, why not two?

The second tour was with Green Fox Guiding.  Highly recommended on Tripadvisor, my guide was able to handle 8 people from different parts of the world with no problem.  He had good knowledge and was helpful with night photography tips.

The night began at our meeting point near the dock for the world famous Hurtigruten ferry.  You may have heard about the real-time, live streaming broadcast of the entire Norwegian coast trip that broke television viewing records in Norway back in 2011.  Watch the sped up version here, or the entire 134-hour video here.  The concept is called Slow TV and it might catch on in the US (imagine a more exciting Yule Log channel).


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2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Free fancy food and found finances

I spend a lot of time online, sometimes it is for research, sometimes it is to be entertained, oftentimes in the form of games.  Some of those games give real world rewards, like gift cards, Redbox codes, t-shirts, and more, all without paying out of pocket (unless you count time spent, which I don’t). 2 months ago, I was able to redeem points for a complimentary dinner for 2 with the executive chef or manager at 630 Park Steakhouse at the Graton Resort & Casino via MyVegas Rewards (a Facebook game).  Last night, I was finally able to make the drive for my first visit to the almost 2-year old casino.

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