Back through the same porthole

by Annalise on June 9, 2010

There has been a remarkable symmetry between features of our departure from our ‘normal’ lives in Calgary last September and those of our recent return.
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Home to the snow…

by Annalise on June 1, 2010

Yes, it was just this past week we arrived back home but we had snow for each of our first three days back. We thought we’d managed to miss the Calgary winter but it appears we were mistaken.

The transition is a bit strange but we’re all well and happy to be unpacking boxes to re-establish home. Robin has been the quickest off the line having already attended a school dance and played along with the pipe band at the Lilac Day parade yesterday. Dave has been engaged in a multi-day dance with our phone service provider and we’re all getting past the jet lag and enjoying unpacking treasures from earlier stages of the trip.

Although we were ready to return home in the end it is a bit sad to see the finish of this fantastic trip. I think I will need to get out for some good long walks soon and often to hold those experiences. And I may just consider the next deferred leave. As I thought the first time: “why would I not do this?!”

But for now, it is lovely to be home and remembering the extraordinary opportunity we’ve just shared as a family. A huge word of appreciation to all those who contributed to make this so memorable in each of Australia, Nepal, England, France and Holland. Thank you, thank you, thank you! May there be countless blessings on your home and family and may you enjoy peace in your neighborhood.

Gratefully, Annalise, David and Robin

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Just one more day!

June 1, 2010

When we were booking our flights home we found a great deal departing from London – Gatwick and so had to make our way across the water before flying home. And as everyone has heard, that volcano in Iceland had been wreaking sporadic havoc with air travel throughout Europe and the British Isles. [...]

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Savoring Holland

May 31, 2010

As we prepared to head away from beautiful Zundert and return to home we were all becoming a little travel weary. It was lovely to finish with family and we enjoyed such generous hospitality there.
We toured much of Holland with Sophie, traveling by Ferry to Scheirmonnikoog (pronounced Sheer Moniko) one of the islands in [...]

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Holland

May 16, 2010

The canal boat was a fantastic first step into this beautiful country. We saw all of those things thought to be typically Dutch but from quite a unique perspective; windmills along the canals, cyclists wizzing by, just one field of flowers but then we were usually well above the surrounding farmland when we [...]

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Big Walk Itinerary

May 12, 2010

Robin had to submit an activity log as a part of his Phys. Ed. course and so he submitted the distance details of the walk. We are actually hoping this walk should satisfy his school Phys. Ed requirements for the balance of this year. Not that he’s not active now but geez, that [...]

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Off to see the Queen

April 30, 2010

And we did! We were wandering around in Amsterdam after arriving there on the canal boat and happened upon a crowd waiting to catch a glimpse of Queen Beatrix as she exited a church. We didn’t have any pressing deadlines so we waited too and she came out, waived to her eager subjects, [...]

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Walking with Clowns

April 30, 2010

Robin reminded me today of some of the funny things that were heard while on our walk. When the two guys were expressing their doubt on the wisdom of walking 23 km daily they put a military slant on it all and borrowing from the Black Adder series referred to me as either Major [...]

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Holland by Canal Boat

April 29, 2010

I’m writing from central Amsterdam aboard what we’ve dubbed the ugly duckling – a rented canal boat about 11 meters long. It shows its rental status by the scratches and patches on its corners but serves as a great floating apartment from which to see Holland from the waterside -often at elevations above the [...]

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Reflecting on the Walk

April 29, 2010

The thought I awoke with on the morning after we finished our big walk was ‘it was like my childhood’. This thought caught me off guard a bit but upon reflection, that was it. It involved a great deal of time outdoors in vast agricultural areas and in the company of some very [...]

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