‘allo! That’s an ancient Swahili greeting which means “I’ll have a taco” in French Canadian. Actually, that’d be ‘allo eh! I’m Kris, or Kristoffer Gair for short or if we’re being informal. Yes, I’m a smart alec. I used to go by the name Kage Alan when I wrote under a pseudonym, only I’ve decided in the last year to nix the old name and re-publish everything under my real name. It’s a long-term process. Book I’ve written include A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My Sexual Orientation, Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell, and Falling Awake. I’ll be re-publishing Falling Awake within the next two months, then, for the first time, it’s sequel, Falling Awake II: Revenant.
Now, I used to do crafts. Mom had me making stained glass ornaments, coating hangers with yarn, string art, latch hook, and probably many more things items I no longer remember. Since then, I’ve found it’s much easier to have hobbies than to do crafts. Like travel. SO much easier than string art. All I need is a backpack. And deodorant. Okay, and clothes, currency, a GPS, and my husband to tell me everything I’ve forgotten.
Ralph is the traveler between the two of us, though I’d been to Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the great nation of Canadia before I started dating him. Since being together, however, I’ve also gone to Japan, Hong Kong, mainland China, France, Dublin, London, Glasgow, Milan, and Puerto Rico…before the storm wiped it out.
The perks? Ralph has a nose for finding any place within a 2-mile radius serving hot chocolate. He’s also extremely adventurous in foreign grocery stores that sell chocolate bars, or bakeries with fresh cookies. And the annoying thing is the man still fits into his jeans from junior high school. I do not.
If I can be said to have any culture added to my life, it’s definitely because of Ralph. Most folks I know don’t like to leave their neighborhood, state or even country. Him? He told me the first week we started dating he was going to travel and I needed to accept it. He’s right. And it’s been a whirlwind! He met a cast member from the show Mrs. Brown’s Boys on the street in Dublin while I tried desperately to find ANY store that sold Blu-Rays. On the other hand, we ran into Ben Stiller in Toronto. Well, his mother did. She was driving. But Ben was fine and as far as we know, didn’t get the license plate. Kidding. We did see Ben there, though.
So there you have it. Travel is a little piece of our life when we’re not working, doing laundry, dealing with sinus infections, and when I’m not writing. How about any of you? Got a favorite place you’ve traveled to?
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