Monday, 29 November 2010
Sunday, 28 November 2010
and very cheap, and lots of people speak English which does make
things easier, largely thanks to the influx of 'Beefsteaks', the
flabby English who come here to the beach and go bright red in the sun.
Saturday, 27 November 2010
enough from shows, and the Portuguese connections weren't covered by
her Eurorail. We both love Indian food through so she'll be annoyed to
miss out on one. The Algarve has everything. I got chicken as they
didn't have daal. My first meet in 3years. I think I haven't been
getting enough protein and I have gotten quite thin I noticed. It's a
shame, as I prefer the veggie lifestyle
(actually two because I didn't know Portugal is an hour behind - I
could have booked the earlier bus). It's very nice here, despite the
rain. (And cheap, €1 for tea, it will be €4 in Paris next week).
Lots of expats here. I'm sure I could have set up a string of shows
here if I was staying longer. Pissed off about that. I planned the
shows based on the eurorail pass, and had to have many shows strung
together to pay for it. I'll come with the bicycle next time and stay
as long as I like. So much to see. Everyday I get asked when I'm going
to stop travelling, but I still haven't cycled up Australia, ridden
across Thailand, had a residency in a New Zealand ski resort, busked
in Brazil, played on a cruise to South Africa, on a game show in
Japan, in a Theatre in Norway, a beach bar in Hawaii, a sex theatre in
Amsterdam (actually I did that one already). And that's just this
planet. It will take me a while. The moons of Jupiter will be hosting
couch concerts by the time I'm finished.
Friday, 26 November 2010
style. There were cockroaches strolling along the bar.
We had great friends out. Juan, next to Emma, was out on his last
night before heading to Afghanistan in the morning (to be a lawyer for
the Spanish troops) so they had a large one. We got him onstage for a
special version of Gay OK.
I bailed at 1. Emma got home much later.... It's not pretty this
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Monday, 22 November 2010
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Neither of us are tech savvy but have worked out that its easy to
record and post videos on her facebook and we'll do a song/video a day
to relieve the boredom, so if you want to see them befriend her. There
are two on there so far.
Saturday, 20 November 2010
have to look after her. She's like the illegitamite little sister that
I never really wanted. Only 22 but already played 100s of shows, and
has no home either. Only last month, jet-blue airline in the states
had an offer for unlimited flights in the states for $500 for a month,
so she bought a ticket and booked a whole US tour with only a few
weeks notice. Utterly exhausting to plan let alone do, travelling
every day, sleeping in airports, floors and chairs. Now she's come
over to join my tour for a rest. It's good to have somebody stupider
than me along. Makes me look sane. I could tell her to slow down
because her health is suffering, but she wouldn't listen.
voting for Berlisconi. However bad it is in other countries it's worse
here. Lately he's been organising Boonga Boonga parties (anal sex
parties with prostitutes, he got the idea from his friend Colonel
Gadaffi). You couldn't make it up. And of course he owns the media
here and TV is worse even than America.
food and wine though and I got carried away, and feeling worse for it
today. Good crowd. Meetup.com to thank, I should use that site more.
Americans and frenchies as well as Italians, a good mix of people.
Friday, 19 November 2010
than Steini. Only 22 but already very experienced with touring, and is
nice and relaxed about it, even though it's her first time in Europe.
When I was touring round the states I said to a lot of artists that
they should come over in Europe with me but Emma was the only one to
take me up on it.
We missed the early slow train to Reggio Emilia by a minute so we're
on the faster later train so we'll get there earlier, which is more
expensive. Emma will help me save money I expenses I think, which is
good as funds are low. She has an eye on the price and when I'm on my
own I splash out on the odd comforter, like a bed instead of the
floor. (Etc. I'm on the train so there's not much else to do than
write long blog posts.
Follow Emma's more interesting blog at (she can't remember the link
right now but it's on blogger.com)
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Eurostar Italia fast train, with the bike in the bag. I was settled
and asleep when three conductors woke me up to kick me off the train.
There was a 'superior' on the train, they were nice about it and even
bought me a coffee. So i had to wait for the regional train in Foggio
and won't get in until midnight. I'm worried about the night trains to
come. If they won't let me on those either it's going to be rough. I'm
thinking of posting the bike ahead somewhere and will look at prices
tomorrow. Mixing transport modes hasn't been as smooth as I'd hoped.
as Para-somethingorother. I stayed in a nice B&B. Big new place but I
was the only guest I think. The terrace here overlooked where they had
the Red Bull Cliff Diving Championships this year. I didn't give it a
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
I cycled all round Athens today and saw only about 15 cyclists in total. Incredible! But there are motorbikes and new motor bike shops are everywhere, because of the increase in petrol prices the Greeks are switching to them. But not bicycles. The crisis needs to get worse here I hope. They still have plenty of money and the bars and cafes are full.
Monday, 8 November 2010
Sunday, 7 November 2010
and Scorpio, but in the end I took the path of least resistance, as
there was a direct train to Thessaloniki in Greece, which cuts out the
hassle of getting on and off more trains with the bike. This way I can
cycle around Greece for a week where I'm sure it's warm. I'll come
back and do the Balkans properly next time. I liked it more than the
rest of Europe because it was new to me and the people are
enthusiastic and open. I'd also stick to one of those European cycle
routes I saw. Navigation is a pain in the arse on the bike otherwise,
and the roads were very dodgy in all ways!