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Essential travel only

Help stop the spread of Covid-19 – essential travel only, read signs everywhere along the Trans Canada Highway. I think coming home is essential, but I’m not completely sure. Weeks before leaving Victoria, my anxiety level surrounding this road trip increased the closer we got to the date. We delayed a week, but that didn’t […]

Vancouver is opening for business

Vancouver is opening for business

Our first stop on our Covid-19 road trip home to Pinawa is the beautiful Sylvia Hotel in Vancouver.  This heritage hotel is located right on English Bay, on the edge of Stanley Park. My very pregnant (but you wouldn’t know it) and beautiful niece Chelsea, her partner Louie and Foxie their husky met us on […]

Time to come home

Time to come home

We’ve waited as long as we can. My neighbours have sent photos of my Pinawa yard, green grass finally growing and needing a trim, a few flowers peaking out through the Manitoba gumbo. This is the first time since we started wintering in Victoria I am not looking forward to the return to Manitoba. It […]

Jet Lag

Jet Lag

Our Airbus 330 taxied out of Taipai near midnight the night of February 26, landing in Vancouver 11 1/2 hours later – where it was only 8:30 PM, and still February 26. I’ve been jet-lagged ever since. What is jet lag? You might think jet lag is simply wanting to sleep at the wrong time […]

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Coronavirus Did we get the coronavirus? It was a joke among the four of us, Ken Louise, Ray and myself. Maybe it wasn’t that funny. When we left on our south-east Asia trip on January 21, the coronavirus outbreak was just hitting the news. It had been around for  a couple of months, but no […]

Railay Beach, Thailand

Railay Beach, Thailand

Railay Beach, Thailand Located about an hour by long-tail boat from Krabi, Thailand Railay Beach is a backpackers dream. We are arriving on a large ferry from Koh Lanta. Within view of Railay a long boat met us to take us to shore. Jumping out of the boat right into the ocean, we waded to […]

Koh Lanta, Thailand

Koh Lanta, Thailand

Ahhhh…. After a month of trains, planes, buses, boats and scooters through 3 countries, it’s time for a little vacation.  A week on the beach is just what the husband ordered. Koh Lanta Koh means island in Thai. Lanta is in the middle of the Andaman Sea, accessible only by boat. It’s a relatively large […]

Adventure on the Andaman Sea

Adventure on the Andaman Sea

Snorkeling Thailand “Sometimes the only difference between an adventure and an ordeal is your state of mind.” Not everyone enjoyed crossing the wild Andaman Sea on a long-tail boat as much as I did. The wild rocking and rolling of the old wooden boat and the walls of water pouring over the side and over […]

The Killing Fields – Cambodia’s Bloody Legacy

The Killing Fields – Cambodia’s Bloody Legacy

We are travelling into Cambodia from Ho Chi Minh City by road, a five hour drive, so we can stop in Phnom Penh and visit The Killing Fields. Our “luxury” van Is filled with an interesting group. Murray is a travelling Brit. Yo and his son are currently exiled from China, their flights home canceled because […]

Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam’s cosmopolitan centre Saigon, renamed Ho Chi Minh City in 1976 is the country’s largest city. 13,5 million people call it home. On first impression, Saigon appears modern, clean and orderly, but spend a few days here and pretty soon the Vietnam will shine through. Traffic The roads in Saigon’s downtown are wide and pretty, […]

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Essential travel only

Help stop the spread of Covid-19 – essential travel only, read signs everywhere along the Trans Canada Highway. I think coming home is essential, but I’m not completely sure. Weeks before leaving Victoria, my anxiety level surrounding this road trip increased the closer we got to the date. We delayed a week, but that didn’t […]