Still editing and transcribing videos. So far we're up to May 21, with another 10+ days of videos to go. But I thought I'd share this interview with Gayle Anderson, our delightful and generous host in Kamlooos, BC. Click here for the interview.
Yesterday, we said goodbye to Steve Todd after hosting him for five days, during which he shared some of the insights he's piled up from travelling to 137 countries. We interviewed Steve for the Love Tour in Winnipeg in May. He's continuing his east-bound travel across Canada.
We still have interviews scheduled in the Ottawa area for the Love Tour. The most exciting news is that we've received a generous donation to pay for the transcription of our video interviews. So I'm madly editing the videos--and loving every minute of it! It's like reliving the trusting connection we had with every single person we interviewed.
Here is one of the interviews I edited today: Ina Visser, of Medicine Hat, Alberta, talking about her phenomenal love of music. Enjoy!
I'm skipping one of the video interviews we did in Regina because the interviewee was, let's say, under the influence (not that there's anything wrong with that, but I thought it would be more effective on stage). So here's a tidbit from our final Regina interview: yoga instructor Anna Scott, talking about a love nugget from an unlikely source. Enjoy!
Gabriel Blank was our server at Fresh and Sweet restaurant in Regina. He so clearly loved his work and all the people he was dealing with--and was so enthusiastic about the Love Tour--that we were delighted that he wanted to be interviewed.
Click here for an excerpt of Gabriel's interview, where he talks about the source of his inspiration.
On the last night of our Love Tour, we stayed with Amanda Lanno in her beautiful century home in North Bay, Ontario. After dinner at Average Joe's restaurant on Trout Lake, we interviewed Amanda as well as her roommate, Rob Scott.
Today we wandered the streets of North Bay and interviewed Veronica Cameron, who was about to take part in the Big Bike Ride for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The Big Bike actually seats 30 passengers. Then we interviewed Aaron Crosby on the shore of Lake Nipissing.
We are finally back home in Ottawa after 30 days and 9,000 kilometres. It feels a bit strange as we seem to have gotten used to living out of suitcases and being comfortable wherever we landed. We interviewed almost 100 people across Canada, and collected countless hugs and more amazing stories than we can ever recount. If you are one of the people we interviewed on our journey, please know that we are honoured by your trust and your openness. Stay tuned for updates on the Eye for Love Tour.
If you live in the Ottawa area, we are still doing interviews and would love to interview you. Please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also welcome your comments on anything you've read on this blog or seen in our YouTube clips.
Finally, here's a clip from our May 10 interview with Neil Child in Regina, Saskatchewan. (Please excuse the wind effect in the mic!)
How did people ever manage before WIFI? We’ve been off the grid for the last couple of days. On Tuesday, our bus had to take a humongous detour because the road was washed out between Wawa and Sault Ste Marie. It felt like we were driving through a gravel nowhere, surrounded by deep bush and untouched lakes. Awe-inspiring really, to think of all that thrives and pulses with life beyond our everyday awareness.
We had to transfer at Thessalon, where we were resigned to a gruelling wait before the last leg to Sault Ste Marie. But two phenomenal Greyhound drivers, Ron Duchesne and Julie Horsfall, conspired to get us a drive right away on our own “private” bus. So, after a total of 13 hours on the road, we landed in Sault Ste Marie at 11 pm and (after a quick supper of MacDonald’s fish fillets : < P) collapsed into our hotel bed before rising at 5:30 am for the next leg of the Tour.
For all that, we did get in three interviews that day—gems that were dropped in our path. Here are their photos.
On Wednesday we travelled four hours to Spanish, Ontario, to reconnect with our Ojibwe extended family. We did an interview with our hostess Betty Townshend. After lunch with Betty and her cousin Millie at the Picnic Basket restaurant, Millie’s boyfriend Denis Gagnier drove us out to the Sagamok Reserve, where we visited the graves of some family members. In the evening, Betty made us a fish dinner, and we hung out with her son Danny and his fiancee Debora Gagnier.
This morning (Thursday), Danny, Debora and Betty drove us to the side of the highway to get our bus to North Bay. The bus was late and the black flies were so thick, we had to sit in the van. But not before doing an interview with Danny.
I manged to edit another video interview on the bus today: Jordan Fieseler, in Regina, Saskatchewan, speaking about empathic communication.
Switching things up a bit tonight, with the video links at the top. Click here for the touching interview with Tammy Cook-Searson, filmed in Regina on May 10. There's also an interview with Tammy's brother-in-law Al Searson (whose mother is Cree). PS. We were still trying to smooth out our audio glitch in Regina.
Today was an amazingly full day, beginning in Dryden, Ontario, and landing in Thunder Bay for the night. It was tricky getting interviews in Dryden because our motel was on the highway and we didn't have time to get downtown. The customers at the Canadian Tire across the road were too busy to be interviewed (it being the lunch hour probably didn't help!). Yet, Dryden's a friendly place. Dave, the owner of the Timberland Motel, even drove us to the bus terminal.
After that, it was clear sailing all the way. We interviewed Sharon Taker at the bus terminal, Katie Colling on the bus to Thunder Bay, Chris Kriszka in the cab to the hotel, and Bruce Adderley in the Java Hut restaurant.
Well, it ain't fancy and the train rumbles behind it like an earthquake, but it's clean, has plenty of amenities, and our desk clerk Dave practically did our laundry for us (free of charge).
Yesterday in Winnipeg, Steve Todd told us that one thing he's learned from all his travels is trust. That's been ridiculously true for me as well on this Love Tour. All the worrisome "what ifs" are a non-issue, being in the flow and knowing that whatever happens is fine. Ah, so much more relaxing this way.
We had an amazing interview with a self-titled "love bug" named Cindy Fichault, who expresses her love through her many tattoos.