Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital of the island of Tenerife, Canary Islands.

The main architectural symbol is Auditorio de Tenerife, not that impressive up close.

Better are the Spanish parks and plazas.

Most tourists head straight to the pool or the beach every day.

Not a beach guy, I spent only about an hour walking this edge of this one β€” because SHARKS. πŸ˜€

Photobomber

Puerto de la Cruz, Canary Islands

I enjoyed 3 nights in Puerto de la Cruz on the island of Tenerife.

Staying that long because of the superb hostel with ultra-modern “pods”.

My first impression of “Port of the Cross” was to be disappointed in the waterfront. It’s not nearly as developed as other tourist cities. The beaches are volcanic black stone and ash.

I ASSuME it’s because the Atlantic waves are so massive here. Much of the coastline is protective concrete.

Once finding my way around, there are lovely tourist spots, especially in the evening.

Here’s the plaza closest to my hostel.

Sunset.

One highlight is the botanical garden. Almost anything can grow here.

All in all, tourists are happy in Puerto de la Cruz. Mostly Europeans. I didn’t meet even one Canadian or American in a week on Tenerife. It could be they are in all inclusive resorts.

Atypicap Capsule Hostel, Canary Islands

Atypicap Capsule Hostel is the first capsule establishment in the Canary Islands.

I’ve stayed in a few airport Capsule hotels β€” but this is the best hostel version I’ve ever seen. ALL hostels should offer these capsules. Singles and doubles.

Cost for my single in 2022 was $26.15 / night (25.24 EU).

Shared leisure areas, kitchen, bathrooms for individual use, and a Chill-Out Terrace on the roof with bar service.

Electronic door-opening and closing with card. Lockers.

Equipped with USB connections and Bluetooth, air ventilation, 26-inch screen with headphone connection where you can download the multimedia content on your device (mobile, tablet or laptop), wifi, a 15x12x12 cm safe, adjustable led lights for reading, luminous alarm clock, vanity mirror, digital thermometer, power outlet, cloth hangers, smoke detector, and ‘do not disturb’ option.

Details.

British Music Experience, Liverpool

Of many exhibitions and museums I visited in the hometown of the Beatles, best for me was British Music Experience.

Born 1957, it was like walking through a timeline of my life:

Beatles βž™ Petula Clark βž™ Stones βž™ Kinks βž™ The Who βž™ Pink Floyd βž™ Led Zeppelin βž™ Queen βž™ The Police βž™ UB40 βž™ The Clash βž™ The Smiths βž™ Arctic Monkeys βž™ Coldplay βž™ Amy Winehouse βž™ Adele βž™ Ed Sheeran … to name a few artists who had great influence on me.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

I got closer to a hologram than ever before. Local boy Boy George.

The history of popular music in the UK is told through a narrative divided up into galleries with common components. …

There is an interactive timeline in each of the galleries. …

Wikipedia

Click PLAY or get a glimpse on YouTube.

Liverpool PHOTOS

Liverpool was once one of the wealthiest cities in the world.

A major shipping port β€” including being implicated in the slave trade.

Over time, many warehouses were abandoned. The citizens impoverished. Thatcher and the Conservative government were seen as being indifferent to the industrial decline in Merseyside.

The Beatles started a thriving music scene.

And in 2022 Liverpool is one of the most popular tourists cities. There’s much to do and see.

Click any of my photos below for a larger version. They may take a while to load as they are high resolution.

Liverpudlian Scouse, Please

Scouse (/skaʊs/; formally known as Liverpool English or Merseyside English is an accent and dialect of English associated with Liverpool and the surrounding county of Merseyside.  …

Scouse is also a general term for this pan-ethnic community or Liverpudlians in general. The accent is named after scouse, a stew eaten by sailors and locals. …

You can’t be called a “scouser” unless you eat this stew β€”Β every day, I assume. πŸ˜€

Lunya restaurant was recommended. Their version has a Catalan twist.

Happy November 2nd πŸŽˆ

I’m 65 years young today.

Give me ALL the pensions. πŸ˜€

Last year I was in Lisbon for 64.

For the 62nd I was in Nepal.

53rd was in Porto, Portugal.

I’m usually travelling the world on my birthday.

30 years ago I decided on my far-from-typical philosophy.

Life is short. Too short to waste working. Do what you want.

Financially my plan was to retire” from age 33 to 65 β€” then go back to work full-time when I’m no good for anything else. At age-65. Today.

I can do that as a Gymnastics coach. There are plenty of elderly full-time Gymnastics coaches.

Sounded a brilliant plan. But I think I’ll put off un-retirement for a while longer.

Perhaps until I’m medically tied down.

All the best from Liverpool, England. I’m here for the World Gymnastics Championships.

What’s next? … I’m researching sunny European hiking destinations. Azores? Canary Islands?

Visiting Manchester

Birmingham and Manchester are both sprawling British cities, both famed for their influence during the Industrial Revolution.

While I had a poor first impression of Birmingham, I liked Manchester right off the train.

The first thing I saw was this tribute to the wounded of WW I.

War is Hell.

 Manchester acquired the nickname Cottonopolis during the early 19th century owing to a massive number of textile factories.

The Science and Industry Museum does a terrific job explaining the city legacy.

 John Rylands (7 February 1801 – 11 December 1888) was the owner of the largest textile manufacturing concern in the United Kingdom, and Manchester‘s first multi-millionaire.

The John Rylands Library, which opened to the public in 1900, was founded by Enriqueta Augustina Rylands in memory of her husband.

A tourist attraction today, it reminded me more of a Cathedral than library.

End of October, the best foliage I saw was at the University of Manchester.

To move coal and goods, canals were built across the nation. And it was walking those canals that I most enjoyed as a tourist in 2022.

I stayed at a hostel on Potato Wharf where narrowboats are stored and travellers moor. Warren Long and family once parked here for 2 nights in a rented narrowboat.

Narrowboat

I’d return to Manchester anytime.

BAD 1st impression – Birmingham

After a good flight from Canada, I arrived Birmingham during a booming rain storm. In the dark. Late Saturday night.

Stopping for a bite to eat, a local asked where I was going.

Liverpool, I replied.

He recommended I not stay long in Birmingham. πŸ˜€ Nothing to see here.

The empty, dark streets were a bit scary. Maps.me directed me through a parking structure.

I was relieved to finally get to my hostel about 9pm.

NEXT morning, just across from the hostel was this street art. πŸ˜€

Crime in the City

It was a grungy part of town.

Weather improving β€” but still threatening.

Britannia ruled the waves because men wanted to find more sunshine. πŸ˜€

Birmingham

Normally I like weird cities.

Reflection

But decided to flee Birmingham in fewer than 24 hours.

Birmingham Cathedral

En route to the train station, I did find one MUST SEE attraction.

Birmingham

My Video Editing Journey πŸ˜€

When pandemic cancelled all my travel and Gymnastics coaching gigs, I took the time to improve my video editing. It’s become my main hobby.

Three phases (so far):

  1. Learning the technology. Experimenting with different cameras. And acce$$ories.
  2. Story. Story. Story.
  3. My personal style.

After posting my French Creek tribute, I declared I was GOOD ENOUGH at video editing technology for my purposes. I could sit down at a table with a professional video editor and understand 75% of what they were talking about. πŸ˜€

Far more difficult is to decide on what story to tell. And to tell it effectively. Many super skillful editors struggle finding their next story.

I threw this short video together quickly as a teaser for my How to Survive the West Coast Trail videos. But in some weird way, it’s evocative of that wild and challenging hike. It tells the story well

I’m particularly happy with the audio.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Putting these together is incredibly time consuming.

I kept trying to find ways to improve my efficiency. And that ended up evolving into my personal style of video β€” as of October 2022, at least. Who knows what’s next? πŸ˜€

I posted Valencia, Spain in January 2022. My edits today are all similar. But I’m adding more personal drone footage rather than drone stock video.

What is my style?

  • Music driven
  • Landscape, not vertical (portrait)
  • Cuts are mostly on the beats
  • Mostly hard cuts
  • Use transitions sparingly
  • Use gimmickry sparingly … though I do love speed ramps πŸ˜€
  • Lots of drone footage
  • Normally no voice over
  • No ads
  • Social media pestering only at the end.

Challenging for me is finding the right music for each story.

One of my best edits was Norway Highlights. I credit the song β€”Β Odesza Higher Ground β€”Β as once I decided on the soundtrack, it was easy to decide where to put each clip. In the example, below, the colours are music blocks to be filled with scenes I decide upon later.

Increasingly I’m picking music first, shooting the video later.

Odesza is my favourite band right now. Very popular for YouTube edits.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

What’s next?

I’ve been studying Colour Grading through a course called … Color Grading Academy.

It’s a very complicated process.

Some of the best video editors online send out their final product for Colour experts to finish. An art, not a science.


Things I’ve decided NOT to use:

  • Tracking
  • Hue / Saturation curves
  • … more to be added

P.S.

I posted the Englishman River Falls hike in November 2020 and again in October 2022. I’ve definitely improved.

Click PLAY or watch the Nov 2020 edit on YouTube. I was quite happy with it. But NOW I’m wondering what weird colour grade I was experimenting with at that time. πŸ˜€

Click PLAY or watch the Oct 2022 edit on YouTube.