Wednesday, March 31, 2010

So Long, For Now, To Good Friends

Well, I know this isn't in order, but I just thought that I should write about my last week or so with some great friends who are heading back to their respective countries. As you know now, I am a graduate student here in Manila, and during the semester I became good friends with many of the foreign exchange students ( mostly from Spain/Basque, France, Germany and Austria). If you can check out my facebook, you will obviously see that we had some wild parties and great times together, and it was topped off by a group trip to Puerto Galera(White Beach) here in the Phils. It was 2 days of great memories and lots of drinking, but inevitably it had to come to an end. From there many of the people started making their way home, and many have taken off to continue traveling SE Asia.

The last few days were pretty quiet, yet it was nice to hand out with a few of the fella's (namely Josef, Martin and Tobi), as we enjoyed a few last nights of sitting on the balcony drinking and talking, and today feasting at the fish market for our last meal together. We then all met to see Josef off, which was harder than expected, as he has become a great friend of mine. All I can wish is that he and other friends cross my path again in life, and that they are happy in however their life takes them.

As for me, I will be here for the long haul, and continue with my studies....although I will be able to visit my parents in Turks and Caicos for the month of May, which is exciting! First though, to experience my first Holy Week/Easter here in Manila.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Eurotrip Commenses - DUBLIN

Once I got home from camp, I only had a few weeks to pack up, book plane tickets with Brent and make some arrangements, and I was off the end of August 2007....This time to the Emerald Isle.

Thus began my Euro-Adventure. After spending 14 hours alone at the Newark Airport, Brent met me, and we flew to Dublin, Ireland. Once we landed we had to trek to our friend Jenn Leighton's apartment, just outside of the city centre. After a few hours rest there, we had to go into the city to find our friend Nat Janowitz at the iconic "Spire." Once we all got back, rested and met up with Jenn, we had a few drinks....including some homemade booze from her Spanish roommate.

The next day we got down to some serious sightseeing, as we only spent 2 days there. This day was highlighted the Trinity College, the Nat. Art Museum, just walking around Dublin was awesome. It really felt like we were in a bigger version of home. The day was topped off by going to the Jamesons Irish Whiskey Brewery Tour. Hahaha, the ginger girl who was our tour guide was embarrassing, especially b/c she didn't pick us for the taste test at the end, but it was a good time. In the last room before the drinking began, there was a wall of names of families who worked there, and wouldn't you know it NOLAN was up there....good shit. Next we went to the tastings...and while the group was listening to the ppl talk about the booze, I helped myself and the boys to more shots...which were set up for the following tour :)

Speaking about the last name, I really thought going there that I'd see O'SULLIVAN all over the place ( Mom's maiden name), but in fact I saw NOLAN all over the firms, walls, even frozen muscles (seafood). pretty cool.

Our last night there, we went out with some Maritimers and Newfs to a pub for some pints....that was a good time. Felt just like home, especially afterwards when we got a slice of pizza....although mine fell on the ground, it was still worthy to be eaten...remember " God made dirt, and dirt don't hurt." The next morning was my introduction to the hungover travel days....which I became quite good we almost missed our flight to Leeds, England.

I really loved Dublin, and would love to get back there someday!

Friday, March 12, 2010

THC Wrap-up

Continuing on Jimbo's World Adventure......

After I got home from Cancun, my liver needed a break, so i took it easy and started packing to return to Tyler Hill Camp in Pennsylvania. It was to be my 4th and final summer at the hill, and I was really looking forward to it.

As usual, it was an amazing summer, highlighted by taking the kids on a week-long trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls, white water rafting in Syracuse, a Brad Paisley concert with the boys, and being a Color War Colonel vs my brother Ryan ( the last week of camp, the whole camp splits into 2 teams for a week of challenges and competition).

Of course, it was a little heartbreaking to wrap up the summer. I had been with the same group of kids for 4 summers, and honestly I felt like an older brother to them. We had seen and experienced a lot together, and it was tough to know, and to tell them that I would not be returning to be with them for their final summer as campers, before they had the option to be counselors. It was also hard not to be back with the squad of counselors who I had become great friends with....Dylan, Roy, Liam, Gareth, Nolan, Taylor, Geris, CJ, Andy, Davidowitz, Naacht, Schatz, Klibby, Brent.....i could go on forever, and that's just the was just a place to let go and be a kid again...and get paid for it! Thanks to them, and the great people I worked under and with, I knew that my decided profession of being a teacher was the right thing to do.

Tyler Hill Camp had a huge impact on my life. I had amazing times, both on and off duty, and will hopefully get back there someday, even if it's only for visiting day!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Crazy Ass Cancun

Well, here's my first story down memory lane... Like I said, I'll try to recap all my adventures over the past few years, for both your enjoyment and so I won't forget. I have tons of little things written down, but never really put into a story or journal.

So back in May of 2007, as a graduation trip from Big Lar and Peg, i was sent to Cancun, Mexico to go celebrate with Dobbs and Jordi. We stayed at a sick 5 star resort, right on the strip, and pretty much partied our faces off, and barely dragged our asses out of the pool bar everyday. At night time, it was time to see what Cancun is famous for, so of course we hit up the clubs.

Cancun really is as crazy as advertised. Every morning, we somehow made it to the pool bar before it actually opened, I think.... and we were welcomed by the same awesome Eastern European tune "Dragonstea bla bla bla" it was pretty awesome. Then of course we drank our Zombies all day. Met a nice couple from California..the guy was a BSD, newlyweds from New Jersey, and a couple from BC. the guy, dave, was a show and insisted on calling dobbs "Deeds," as he resembles Adam Sandler.

The clubs were crazy...Senior Frogs, Cocomonga's, etc......they were all nuts, unlimited drinking.. pretty much everything a young guy wants. I don't really know what to say, other than it was awesome!

Back at the resort, one of the highlights had to be our last full day. As we were at the pool bar, tons of beautiful girls started hanging out around the pool...who might they have been? well it turns out they were the contestants for that years Miss Universe!

Great way to top of an alcohol infused trip!

Viva Mexico and El Mystico

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Here We Go

Well, I figured since my first semester is about to wrap up here at Ateneo, in Manila, I have lots of time to burn, and lots of stories to tell, so why not start to write and share all my good times! I've been reading lots of exchange students blogs and sort of got the itch to write too, so I'm gonna start with my Eurotrip in 2007 and work my way up to now!

For those of you who don't know much about me, I'm Jimmy Nolan, 26 years old and I hail from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I was raised by my father Larry, mother Peggy, and I have one brother Ryan. Growing up, I played hockey like every other Canadian kid, and I was pretty good, I made it to the Jr. A ranks. Through hockey, I played at least one game in every Canadian province except for BC and Newfoundland, and the Territories. After my Jr. A stint, I hung up the blades and concentrated on school.

I am now living in the Philippines and attending Ateneo de Manila University where I'm taking my Masters of Education degree. I'm also with my amazing girlfriend Andy almost everyday ( the reason I moved here), and I've really enjoyed my time here so far!

Since graduating in May of 2007, I've traveled traveled traveled....literally ( in order: Mexico, USA, Ireland, England, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Austria, Germany for OKTOBERFEST, Czech Republic, Poland again, Croatia, Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland again, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines!) So, as you can see, I love traveling, and have a few stories to tell.

Other than that, might finally have a friend visit from Taiwan ( 1st in 5 months since I moved down here), and I'm working my ass off to try and start up a small export business to the boys in Taiwan. I'm also having a feature article on the CNNGo - Citypulse section, which is pretty cool.

If you've got any suggestions, give'em up, but if you have any comments ( from the likes of the dinksquad, keep yer mouth shut).