We threw it together at the last minute. We drove all over the State. We hiked far and wide. We welcomed Laura to her new home. We didn’t know it would be the only chance we’d have to hang out for the next two years. We made the most of it. Take me back!
2020 has been quite the year for all of us, but nothing makes me long for the past, or look forward to the future, more than travel with the Balkan Boyz. Over a year ago we were on our Outback road trip, and it’s sitting real well. The tradition of the tour poster continues with fond memories of star filled Southern skies and an incredible Tali Wiru meal in the presence of Uluru. Take me back!
I love a good panorama shot. Thanks for the good times and perfect weather, Tassie!
The second half of 2019 has been a slow motion train wreck of death, injury, broken friendships and heartbreak. I’m back on the solo life road, hoping it only goes up from here. See you in 2020.
Anyone who’s travelled, and made great friends doing so, will question whether those friendships are going to last once life gets back to normal. When those friends live on the other side of the world, frequent or quick visits are mostly off the table. So it was especially meaningful when the Balkan Boyz managed to organize a couple of weeks together in Bali with partners and friends in tow. Despite a clear end to the ‘travel phase’ of our lives, and with new relationships and careers in full swing, our boy band bond remains a high priority.
The tours may not cover as much ground, or have as many dates, but they’ll always be worthy of a poster. Stay tuned. There’s more to come!
I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point in the recent past YouTube went and got itself a shockingly reasonable policy towards people using copyrighted music in personal videos. It used to automatically mute any offending audio, but now the system detects the songs used and determines if they’re allowed under specific circumstances: mainly that the copyright holders be allowed to show ads on the video, and that the video not be monetized.
This means I have finally uploaded the Balkan Boyz ‘North America 2015’ movie to a proper public location where anyone can view it. I’m still not tired of it :)
I walked around the world on these shoes. Well, not literally, of course. I bought them in Nice after it became obvious that my original travel shoes weren’t up to the task, and wore them nearly every following day until it was time to go travelling again two years later. Today I have three pairs of similarly styled foot ware, but nothing I like as much as I liked these. They tackled endless kilometres of city walks, dirt trails, mountain hikes, desert sand, a bit of snow, and more than a few dance floors. I never expected a pair of Sketchers to be that good.
Sometimes my travel year feels like it happened yesterday, and other times it seems like a lifetime ago. I’m always one to reminisce, and if a picture says a thousand words, what about thousands of pictures? Or one poster?
After the first two Balkan Boyz posters, there remained a very large, very obvious missing link in the chain. Our longest tour to date: Southeast Asia. The three months that cemented our bond, gave us a secret handshake, a logo, and tattoos. More than enough to warrant a few hours in Photoshop. Quite a bit more than ‘a few’, actually.
We all hope there are many more posters to come. For now, the Balkan Boyz project is at least caught up, more or less… ;)
There’s nothing like a great long weekend out of town. Exploring a new city, enjoying the outdoors, and having a good dance. Thanks San Francisco!
It’s been a year since I left the Balkan Boyz tour of the Americas. Everything I wrote about the trip still feels true. Since the guys’ returned home from their extended trip through Central America, life has changed for them, as well. It certainly was not the tour any of us expected, but it was the tour each of us needed. The travel bug has surely been tamed for the time being, which was perhaps the unspoken goal of all of this in the first place. We’re all firmly into new and different chapters of life.
I’ve found that I remember it all more fondly now. Certainly more so than when I first got home. I’d always wanted to do a big North American road trip, and I’m glad I did it with best friends, and at that time. We all hoped the Balkan Boyz wouldn’t be a one-tour-wonder and I think we’re proving that won’t be the case. In honour of the latest voyage, I’ve made up another poster. I hope that by the time we’re all old men, we can each have a wall full of them.
Thanks for the great ride, Boyz!