Unintentional Brushes with the Law (or What Not To Do When Using Transit in a Foreign Country)

Budapest tram at dusk

The other day I was riding the Vancouver Skytrain (our subway equivalent but above ground) when my mind drifted off to thoughts about transit police. See, Vancouver's system doesn't have any barriers to entry. It’s run on a very Canadian honour system which clearly doesn't work because the system is constantly not making enough money and there are so many abusers of the system who ride free. At the entrances and exits of random Skytrain stations and some times on the train, transit police will come and check for valid tickets, but generally Continue Reading

In Photos: San Francisco’s North Beach Neighbourhood

North Beach on the Street

One of my favourite things I did during my time in San Francisco was just wandering around neighborhoods, taking in all the architecture and brightly coloured houses. The neighbourhood of North Beach, aka San Francisco’s Little Italy, was no exception. North Beach got its name because at one point in its history, it was a beach on the north side of the city. Since then, the city limits have expanded, but the name stuck. The term “beatnik” originated here during the 1950s as the neighbourhood was the centre of the Beat Generation. The Continue Reading

Touring Alcatraz in San Francisco

San Francisco Alcatraz

Two kilometers off the shore of San Francisco, in the middle of the bay lies “The Rock” aka Alcatraz. Most famously known as the federal penitentiary that held notorious criminals like Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the Birdman of Alcatraz), and George “Machine Gun” Kelly, Alcatraz held prisoners who refused to cooperate or caused trouble at other prisons – a prison for prisoners essentially. The island also served as a lighthouse, military fortification and military prison before it was occupied by aboriginal activists. Today the Continue Reading

Quirky San Francisco: Musée Mécanique at Fisherman’s Wharf

Musee Mecanique Inside

Hidden in a corner of Fisherman’s Wharf is a passage into the past. For some, it’s like stepping into their childhood. For others, it’s a fascinating look into a bygone era. A place full of mysterious sounds and equally mysterious and slightly eerie painted faces. I’m talking about Musée Mécanique an interactive arcade museum featuring games from the 20th century. Musée Mécanique is home to a large collection of over 300 vintage arcade games. On display are a variety of vintage games from fortune tellers that reminded me of the Continue Reading