a little portrait filmed in an indian train ride
"home" is a little video I filmed a few weeks ago in and around a friends place in France. What a peaceful place!
Some shots I took the last two weeks during my road trip, down the west coast from Seattle to San Francisco;)
Hey nomads, pirates, and travelers, here i wanna share my experience with the canadian customs/immigrations...a couple days ago, may its interesting for some of you;)
The last 3 month I was traveling in Canada with a normal tourist-visa, so I was not allowed to do any kind of work there. But as I heard from the fruit-picking in the okanagan- valley, I went there and found myself working a couple weeks in cherry- and apple-picking to refill my travel budget up a little. My experiences in this job you can see if you scroll down in my blog;)
After the 3 month, I decided to do a little road trip from Seattle down the west coast till San francisco with a friend for like 10 days. After my tent and some important stuff got stolen in the US, I decided to go back to Canada to try some grape-picking and visit my girlfriend up in Montreal. So I booked a flight from San Fran. to Kelowna, BC, with a stop in Seattle.
When I landed in Kelowna the guy who watched my stamps in my passport, he asked me the usual questions (why you wanna stay here for 2 months, what you did in the US....do you have enough money, etc....
When I realized that he didn't give me a stamp, I knew that they will control me ... so I waited a couple minutes and the two "officers" took me in a little room beside and startet asking me EVERYTHING .... everything about the US and specially about my first stay and what I did 3 months in Canada.
The first 2 hours I was kind of bullshitting on them, of course... I mean I told them everything except that I did some picking jobs.
But than they startet to searched and controlled all my stuff and also my laptop and even my Facebook-chats.
So finally they found 3 or 4 telephone-numbers of some orchards in a little book and some points in my Facebook chats, that I was picking this summer, and that I planned to try grape picking now, too.
Also they found my canadian bank account. But in the end they couldn't proof how much money I made, there was like 80 dollars on that Bankaccount...so all they had, was some chats with my friends.
Anyway, it was enough for them to take my passport and asked me for like 3,5 hours and made a bunch of protocols, which I had to sign... than they told me that its late now and they will decide tomorrow, what they gonna do with me... Also they told me if I´ll not be on time tomorrow morning they will send out the cops and bann me for the rest of my life.
Of course I slept in the Airport and I was on time. Than the other guy (he had the power to make the final decision) started asking me all the same questions again for like 2 hours, a lot of paperwork and bullshitting but in the end they´ve been fair enough and polite all the time.
At the end he asked me if I wanna say something else. So I used my chance and apologized for what I did and that the money never left the country and that the jobs just came along my way and that I never planned to come here to work and that right now I just wanna see my girlfriend for a couple days and that I could buy a flight ticket now to show him that I don't wanna stay long in Canada. But it was not enough and he decided to kick me out and give me a 1 year ban for Canada, than he gave me some advices for my next time...that its not hard to get a work-visa etc.
So they kept my passport and escorted me till the security control, just than they gave me back my passport, my flight ticket and some paperwork. (Nobody asked me to pay that flight back and he told me that the airline is responsible for that.)
When I landed in Seattle, there have been two immigration-officers waiting for me direct out of the plane....same procedure, they took me in a small room and searched through my stuff. I have to admit, that I expected a really rough question-answer-game.... I have have to tell they´ve been really friendly, correct and even made some jokes, specially after I told them everything what happened honestly.
He said, technically I never left the US and that my stamp is still actual and just because Canada banned me for a year doesn´t mean, that the US do the same.....and I just picked some fruits and I was honest so it´s all good and I can stay if I want.
I showed him that I already booked a flight to Germany so I would just stay 2 days...that was ok for them and after a dog came in and searched for drugs, they let me go.
So in a couple hours there´s my flight back to Germany, and I´m happy to see my family and my friends at least for a couple weeks before I hit the road again;)
And my lovely girlfriend will come in one month for a couple days to europe to see me.
If you plan to do something similar, delete everything ...EVERYTHINg from your laptop/iphone/ travel journey....what ever!!! Or just get a work-Visa;)
After my tent, my sleeping bag, my mattress (with other words, my home) and another few things got stolen two days ago, I survived a fucking freezing night just with my jacket on. Luckily a friend from spain (Alvaro) let me sleep in his tent so at least I had something.
I took that whole situation as a sign. Maybe its just too rough to live on the streets in the US. And after my night yesterday in San francisco, my impression about that got even more confirmed.
I think I never saw so many homeless and fucked up people on the streets than yesterday night... and I have been in some really poor countries.
To me it looked like a third-world country in some areas....
So i decided too leave and go back to Canada tomorrow, it´s just much more relaxed and way less rough to travel than here.
This is just my opinion after a few days, and of course I met a lot of awesome friendly people as well, I just follow my feelings.
So after all these beautiful spots I used to sleep the last couple days, I feel more back in the real "hobo-lifestyle" ...
So right now me and a friend sleep on that train graveyard in Willits, California. And I have to say its a nice spot =)
Have you ever heard about "glass beach" ?
In the 50´s and 60´s this place was used as the trash-place of the town.. old glass, cars, electronic-stuff turned into this "magical" place over the years ....Human vs. nature.
After crossing the border to the U.S. by bus, a friend picked me up in Seattle and we drove through Washington, Oregon and finally hit California 2 days ok ;)
Enjoy the Pictures ;)
Since nearly one week we haven´t seen the sun here in Osoyoos and in the whole "smokanagan - Valley, because of crazy wild fires all around. The most of the crazy smoke is coming up from the US, it´s a weird mood... like in a Zombie apocalypse movie.... all the tourists left town, no one is on the streets, people are coughing. Today is the first day, we can at least guess, there is some blue sky behind the wall of smoke.... hope it´s getting better soon :-/
(the pictures bellow, was taken one week ago, when it startet! The last 5 days, we couldn't see any mountains or something else around....)
if you are interested in cherry picking in Canada, this is what you can expect ;)
a sweet little romance
...my big love
This is a little spontaneous song Marie and me made up on the road trip to Creston ....hope you like it =)
After another beautiful week in Osoyoos, which we spent more or less in Kurtis´ apartment, we went to Victoria on Vancouver-Island, with two German girls who took us from Kelowna.
The first 3 days we spent on the sailing-boat of Victor (a friend of Marie) in the Buchart- Garden-Bay. It was so beautiful to sleep and wake up on the water in the middle of the bay, the first thing you see in the morning is the bright sky and the fresh pacific ocean with a lot of jellyfish under the boat... it´s magical and i was not able to wait one second to jump in the cold fresh water....
So the whole boat-storry made me more thinking of having my own boat. So I think the plan for next year is already fixed ;)
After the "good times", there was some bad times, we slept in the beacon hill park in Victoria and woke up, cause the cops and a Bylaw sneaked around the tent. They told us to move and that it´s just allowed for homeless people to sleep here.... I tried to explain, that I´m homeless, too ....
But it´s just for "local homeless" ....anyway sometimes it´s a sad world. They took our names and warned us to sleep again here would cost us 150 dollar.
With the last 100 dollar we had, we startet busking in the streets. It was ok, we made some money to come over the day.
Now we are sleeping since 4 days at a beautiful spot on the beach, better than any hotel ;)
After I felt deeply in love with that wonderful girl Marie from Montreal, we decided to go together to Creston to make some more money with cherry picking cause we´ve been just too lacy in Osoyoos. we had a ultimative nice and long road trip with Dave, Banjo-Gab, Lu and the two twins Wojtek and Tristan.
To make it short, picking in Creston was not really what I expected, anyway maybe I just was too much into enjoying my life than fucking stand up at 2 am, picking my ass of... so a lot of fun - less money, fair enough.
....my new Adventure in the Okanagan-Valley, BC, Canada
My journey to Canada started about 1 months before on the canary islands, when I was broke with no money and I met Juliette from Quebec. She told me, I should just come to Canada and I will have a summer full of drugs, love, chilli-willy....and maybe I can make some money too....
So, with the last 400€ I had, I jumped into my new Adventure.
Osoyoos, the vortex...
So I started cherry picking in Osoyoos (a small desert village, close to the US- border.) It´s definitely not the hardest job what i´ve ever done (physically)... but it´s really not easy to stay focused ... usually we startet working at 4:00 am, cause around 11 or 12 am it gets too hot in the valley. At around 6 am the whole cherry field startet smelling more like a big marihuana- plant age and everyone just sited on their buckets, smoking bong...so you see, thats what i mean with staying focused is not that easy;)
but anyway, after work more or less everyone went to the beautiful and most polluted lake in whole Canada to chill, play music, drink, smoke, what ever.