Weedos' Cross Canada Adventures: Part One

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Read about weedos' Cross Canada adventures, where he travels across Canada getting drunk with fellow lomographers (those who answered the call)!

I’ve been very fortunate over the last couple of years to be able to do a bit of traveling across Canada with some of the organizations I volunteer for and on my own as well.

About two to three weeks before each trip I go to the Lomography shout box as well as on to Facebook and let the universe know I’m about to be visiting a different part of the country.

It usually goes something like this:

Me: hey everyone in ________ city, I’m coming to town. Message me if you’d like to meet up. :-)

The Universe: _________________________________ :-(

It could be bad timing on my part or it could be the fact that most people would find that a bit odd. Do you really want to run around shooting rolls of film with someone you don’t know in the middle of the night? I’m going to guess no. It is understandable in this day and age. We do live in scary times. However, we are lomographers. We know no boundaries. We are not afraid to run up to complete strangers and take their pictures. Our art frees us. Or so I’d like to think.

The first time I send out the invite to the universe, it went like this:

Me: hey everyone in Ottawa , I’m coming to town. Message me if you’d like to meet up. :-)

Ottawa: _________________________________ :-(

I was undeterred and besides, I still had a conference to attend. So armed with a dozen rolls of film and an assortment of camera’s, off I flew to Ottawa.

The conference was very informative and on my breaks and in the evenings, I ran around the nations capital snapping away.

Here are a few of my personal favorites from that trip.

Credits: weedos

A few months later, I found out I was going to be going to St. John’s. It was a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to go but I’ve never been able to make it happen until now. I was so pleased.

I thought I’d try my plan again.

Me: hey everyone in St. John’s, I’m coming to town. Message me if you’d like to meet up. :-)

St. John’s: _________________________________ :-(

St. John’s: _________________________________ :-(

St. John’s: _________________________________ :-(

And then it happened.

panzergirl to the rescue.

I had almost given up hope and then one day just before I was to go to St. John’s I got a message from panzergirl in my lomohome. We timidly exchanged likes and then email addresses and decided we should meet.

I was over the moon. It is the joy I get from meeting new people with my love of analogue photography. I couldn’t ask for anything better.

I flew to St. John’s eagerly anticipating our meeting. I got in late at night and went straight to bed as the conference I was attending started early the next day.

The morning was fine and the weather was unseasonably warm for that time of year. I went to the meet and greet, got my package and had the rest if the afternoon to myself.

panzergirl was at work so we were unable to meet so I grabbed my small arsenal of cameras and started exploring.

Credits: weedos

Just as I was walking back into town I received a text from panzergirl. We decided to meet up briefly as she had a few minutes to spare before she had to go home.

Suddenly, I was nervous. Would we like each other? Would our mutual love of analogue film be enough? Of course it would!

I must explain that I look ridiculous when I’m traveling. I usually have half a dozen cameras hanging off various parts of my body and that day was no exception. I think it helped break the ice as the moment panzergirl laid eyes upon me, let’s just say I imagine she had a hard time stifling a laugh.

We had a chat and she offered to drive me around town a bit and show me where to get more film as I had already ripped through several rolls that day.

She dropped me off in town as I had an evening smoozfest for the conference. We would try and get together to shoot the next day.

I got ridiculously drunk that night and the conference was rough the next day. I headed back to my hotel for a nap and just as I was nodding off, panzergirl sent me a text asking when we should meet. Suddenly I was excited again. I no longer felt tired. I was raring to go.

“Where would you like to meet?” I asked.

“Somewhere with beer,” came her reply. She’d had a rough day at work and wanted to blow off some steam. Who was I to argue :-).

We met at The Ship, a little pub I had noticed earlier in my travels and we proceeded to do what only comes natural to newly met lomographers. We got drunk and ran around taking night shots.

Credits: weedos & panzergirl

I stumbled back into my hotel room at four a.m. after she hopped into taxi to go home to her family. Another late night and another terrible hangover. But what fun!

The next day was very rough with more conference business to attend to.

We had another opportunity to meet before I flew back home. She picked me up from the conference and drove me out to her favorite beach in the area. All I can say is amazing.

Credits: weedos

Thank you panzergirl for making my trip to Newfoundland truly memorable.

We still keep in contact trough Lomography and Facebook. I’m so glad she responded to my shout.

As I’m writing this, I’m preparing to head to Toronto next week. I’ve already announced my intentions on Facebook. It’s gone something like this:

Me: Hey, everyone in Toronto, I’m coming to town. Message me if you’d like to meet up. :-)

Toronto: _________________________________ :-(

Toronto: _________________________________ :-(

I am undeterred. What do you say Toronto? Wanna have some fun? I’ll be the guy with the ridiculous amount of cameras hanging off my body! :-)

written by weedos on 2011-08-25 in #lifestyle

One Comment

  1. panzergirl
    panzergirl ·

    Ha! Totally accurate!!!! We had a blast with it all. I just wish the visit was longer. There are so many amazing places and scenes in Newfoundland for analogue appreciation.
    Thanks Weedos for your ‘shout’

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