We had been to Seville, Spain, twice before, and this short trip was all about family--family members who live in Seville (Ken's brother, his wife, and their daughter) and family members who would meet us in Seville (our son and grandson) for the first week of January 2023. In order to get there on New... Continue Reading →
Portugal here we come!
An extended visit to Portugal has been in our plans for some time, and finally the time is now. We had been in Europe for three months just three months earlier and were lucky enough to make a return trip to spend another three months here (three months is significant as this is our current... Continue Reading →
Netherlands: The Hague/Den Haag (part 1)
With our son and his family newly settled in The Netherlands, our first stop on our first journey in two years had to be their adopted city of The Hague (Den Haag in Dutch). After an uneventful KLM flight from Vancouver to Amsterdam, we purchased our train card (see TripBits) and then followed signs (and... Continue Reading →
July was all about reconnecting with family in Vancouver and Calgary. We traded Artie for our car, checked in again with our moms in the Vancouver area, and then drove the 900km from Vancouver to Calgary. Since we were a little ahead of schedule, we stayed the night in Sicamous and had enough time to... Continue Reading →
Calgary in … spring?
It was hard to leave the warmth of Southeast Asia at the beginning of March. We had only been there for 3 months, which seemed much too short, but we had medical commitments in Calgary, so leave we did. After an overnight near the Vancouver International Airport, we hopped into our car (which had kindly... Continue Reading →
Koh Lanta: With family
When it was time to leave Chiang Mai, all 5 of us (our son, daughter-in-law and grandson) flew to Bangkok and then onto Krabi on the west coast of Thailand. We had pre-arranged a van to pick us up at the airport and take us to our hotel--a journey which included a short ferry ride.... Continue Reading →
Chiang Mai: With family
For our last 6 days in Chiang Mai, we were joined by our son (Kyle), daughter-in-law (Candice), and grandson (Alex). They had spent the previous 2 weeks in Indonesia on their own, and then joined us for Christmas. We had such fun introducing them to street food and some of our favourite eateries, and then... Continue Reading →
How we spent our summer vacation
It's odd to think of people who are living nomadically taking a vacation. Despite the title of this post, we don't think of it that way ourselves. But when we return to the familiar--our hometowns replete with family and friends--it feels a bit like a vacation. Though we posted about our comings and goings in... Continue Reading →
Calgary: Hugs, bugs, and puppy dogs
We managed to fit in a final trip to Calgary before heading overseas in September. It's about a 12-hour drive each way between Vancouver and Calgary, but we couldn't resist the opportunity for a few more grandson hugs. Since son and daughter-in-law Kyle and Candice are heading into a major home renovation, we couldn't stay... Continue Reading →
Canada: Winter or spring?
In the last couple of weeks we have traveled from Costa Rica to Vancouver, dipped down into Washington State, and then driven through the Rocky Mountains to Calgary, Alberta, where we are now. We have transitioned from 8 months of summer weather in South and Central America to the rain/sun/breezes and glorious colors of a Vancouver spring, rain/sun/fog... Continue Reading →
Nicaragua: The family plan
We had the great fortune to have our family visit us in Nicaragua for 11 days: son Kyle, daughter-in-law Candice, and grandson Alex (4 1/2). Our challenge was to create an itinerary that allowed for some activity, included local culture, was suitable for a child, wasn't boring but also didn't try to pack too much... Continue Reading →