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Vicarious Travel Log #6: Switzerland

Well what can one say about this little jewel of a country? It is amazingly beautiful – mountains with peaks that are like children’s drawings of mountains – so satisfyingly mountainy – lakes full of sailboats – tiny flotillas of baby sails on weekends when the young are initiated into the yacht club life – [...]

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Vicarious Travel Log #5: France Part 2

This is the 5th installment of my mother’s travel journal that she’s sharing with me here on T-Lex.  They’ve moved on to Switzerland now, and there are some new pictures up in their Flickr stream (see below, and click to access entire photo stream).  If you’ve missed the other parts, you can check them out [...]

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Vicarious Travel Log #4: France, Part 1

This is the 4th installment of my mother’s travel log.  You can find the previous parts here.  Free wifi being what it is in France, they’re having trouble providing pictures to illustrate their updates – so I continue to pull visual aids from the web.  That’s okay though because it makes me research the places [...]

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Vicarious Travel Log #3: Gloria

This is the 3rd installment of my mom’s travel journal.  If you missed the last part, you can find it here.  They’ve also since started a Flickr photo stream to track their journey visually.  Here’s the first slideshow:

I neglected to tell you that we are not alone on our wandering through Europe. We have with [...]

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Vicarious Travel Log #2: July 19 – 25, 2010

This is the second installment of my mom’s Travel Log, which we are posting up on T-Lex while they wander around Europe.  If you missed part one, you can check it out here.  For now I’m pilfering the illustrative photographs from the interwebs (you can see the original source by clicking on them), but my [...]

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Worth 90+ minutes of your life

I got a Measles-Mumps-Rubella booster shot today (fun!) to make sure all my immunizations are up to date, then came home, played stick-tug-of-war in the park with the dog (I won!), ate lunch, and skyped with my parents who have (inadvertently – according to them, their sat-nav doesn’t indicate European borders) wound up in the [...]

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Vicarious Travel Log #1: July 17 – 19, 2010

Last Saturday, my parents closed up their house and got on a plane for Europe.  They won’t be back for 5 months.  I know – whoa! right?  Actually, relatively speaking 5 months is a short trip for them.  Most of the extensive traveling they‘ve done has been in 11 – 12 month periods.  Also, for [...]

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Taking the Heat

Looking out my window as I write, I can see a haze has started to fall over Vancouver.  It’s reached that peak in the current heat wave where, although the sky is still technically cloudless, it’s no longer exactly clear.  It’s turned a milky blue.  I think that means the pollution is beginning to build [...]

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Home, for a rest.

I just dropped off some lovely house guests at the airport and drove home along a highly congested Marine Drive, because I’m not good at navigating in Vancouver and missed the exit for the highway.  Never mind.  The point is, that the airport drop-off officially concluded our travel-guest-wedding-hosting duties for the past 2.5 weeks.  While [...]

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At the juncture between hindsight and foresight

When I was in grade 3, I poked myself in the eye with a pencil.  The blunt end thankfully.  I had dropped the pencil under my desk, and my desk being against a wall I had to crawl underneath my desk to retrieve it.  As I was emerging from under the desk, I put my [...]

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