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Ski Banff

Ski Banff

Crisp mountain air, stunning mountain scenery and uncomfortable boots; I am standing on top of the world, about to point my skies straight down and send my 59-year-old bones hurtling down a mountain. “Welcome back, Donna”, I heard Lake Louise say, somewhat sarcastically. It’s been eight years since I’ve last been down hill skiing, and […]

The Crossing

The Crossing

The highways out of Manitoba in November are often not for the faint of heart.  Driving through prairie snow storms and on icy highways, over so many mountain passes, we migrated. We clocked  3117 kilometres, visiting friends, family and hot springs along the way. Finally we boarded the ferry. Hello Vancouver Island, once again. This […]

The Westie – A Love Story

The Westie – A Love Story

If you’ve ever been in love you know, the heart rules. That’s as it is with our 1985 Volkswagon Westfalia. Westie became ours because our original 1976 Westfalia caught on fire and burned on Highway 9 just out of Selkirk, Manitoba. We looked and looked for something more practical than a Westfalia, but when I […]

Hotel Mahendra Prakash – Udaipur, India

Hotel Mahendra Prakash –  Udaipur, India

Sometimes in India, a traveler needs a refuge. If you’re lucky, you may find Mahendra Prakash. The hotel was just another cheap booking.com find, no special recommendation has brought us here. We’ve just finished two days of wedding celebrations near Delhi followed by a flight and it is 39 degrees in the shade when Mr. […]

The Indian Wedding

The Indian Wedding

”Please hurry, the wedding has started!” I cried to the taxi driver. I couldn’t believe we have traveled all the way from Canada, and now we were late for the wedding. We started with our taxi 18 kms and 3 hours ago, and were still looking for our hotel. We needn’t have worried. We were […]

Delhi – Day 2, Oh Yeah India

Delhi – Day 2, Oh Yeah India

The shock of India is wearing off already, and I remember why I love this country and wanted so badly to come back. We woke early today after a solid zombie-like sleep. Our hotel has breakfast included and this morning the restaurant is full of tourists. The breakfast includes some recognizable foods, like an egg […]

Delhi, India

Delhi, India

When the invitation arrived it was not unexpected. We had, in fact, been anticipating it for years. “I’ve heard Indian weddings are amazing,” I mentioned to Gunjan one wet day in the flooded Amazon jungle lodge, where we first met.  “When I get married I will definitely invite you.” And here we are. We arrived […]

Victoria Discovered

Victoria Discovered

City lights and ocean walks, craft beer, fine dining and endless dog parks, winter clothing as a fashion statement – Victoria discovered. Ray and I became snowbirds of the Canadian variety this past winter. We decided to start trying on Vancouver Island, more as a second home, then some time in the future our only […]

Finally… on route to Vancouver Island

Finally… on route to Vancouver Island

Since 1977 I’ve planned this move to Vancouver Island.  Back then I had this bad-ass boyfriend that I was getting all too serious about. I decided it was time to pack a backpack and hitchhike west.  I was 17. My Mother bought me a 4 month rail pass at the last-minute. I hopped on the […]

Van Life

Van Life

Be careful what you wish for. If you’re life seems a little boring and you’re yearning for adventure, follow me but be prepared. It’s not always fun and games. We were still east of Regina when Westie broke down for the first time. The problem was overheating, but the cause was not completely obvious. I […]

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Winter in Victoria

Imagine, Manitoba if winter lasted a week (or two, we aren’t done yet), gave you plenty of beautiful fluffy white snow to play in and never dipped below zero degrees celsius during the day. Imagine, Manitoba if they canceled all work, school and shhh… don’t tell anyone but even military protection so everyone could just […]