Wow, it seems you have lived an eventful life!
As someone who is planning to quite her job someday soon, this is inspiring. However, since my current day job pays well, I only want to quit it when I have managed to have a steady side-income that equals at least 50% of my current salary.
I have one request for you: please write about your experiences as an extra in a movie. Sounds like one hell of an adventure. :)