Happy Easter Everyone!

March 23rd, 2008 by Joan

It’s a beautiful day here in Calgary–sunny, blue sky, a little breezy but a comfortable 12 degrees or so. The tulips near the house are pushing up–they’re going to get a surprise if they’re too agressive!
It has been suggested that I bring everyone up to date on my travel experiences this winter–it has been busy since I was at the cottage in September. The end of October I went to the Palm Springs area with my friends the Woods, and to Mexico with Len, Sue and the kids for the first week in December.
The end of February the Woods and I went to Mexico for two weeks. The first week was spent in Puerto Vallarta–we stayed in a hotel fairly close to the downtown, We went to local restaurants for breakfast and then usually walked downtown to do some exploring. After lunch in some fairly interesting restaurants, we’d walk back to the hotel for some sun and quiet time, then head out for dinner–again usually downtown–walk the Malecon and then back to the hotel!! A friend of a friend had given us a list of sights and restaurants which was really, really useful!! We didn’t do any touristy things (except shop)–this was just about “experiencing” the city. One day, we took the bus to the Marina area where the Woods had stayed previously and wandered around looking at the big hotels there. I remembered to wear my pedometer that day–by the time we got back to the hotel that night, we had walked 7.5 miles!!
The next week we visited our neighbours here in Calgary, Ed and Marilyn Doll, in Los Ayala which is the next bay over from Guyabitos which is a bit of a tourist destination. Very different there. Fewer tourists, more Mexican feel. The Dolls have been going there for four years and have bought a condo in the area, so they really LIVE there. We had several beach cantina meals, drove and walked to see some petroglyphs, went on a whale watching cruise and actually followed one–and spent a lot of time on their beautiful beach. It was a very good holiday and was hard to come back to Calgary!!
The next week I had secondary cataracts lasered from my eyeballs. Wow!! I had been looking through dirty windows for a year–and now they’re beautifully clean!!
Life should be quiet for the next little while–a little babysitting while parents go away–but then May 1 we move out again. I think of us as The Three Musketeers! The Wood’s daughter is getting married in Amsterdam on May 4 on a canal boat, and we’re using that as a jumping-off point to take tours in Ireland and Scotland!! We’ll return to Canada May 27.
Last but not least, I have been invited by the Kiwis to join them for two weeks in July to holiday in Viet Nam!! Now, that IS far out!! I said no the first time Scott mentioned it, but the more I thought about it the more it seemed like an opportunity that couldn’t be missed. My travel agent is checking out flights–looks like I’d go through Hong Kong and then to Saigon (HoChiMinh City) where I’d join them–the thought is to spend maybe three days in Hong Kong coming home.
Now it’s on to the boring stuff that has to be done–we all know what that’s about. Seems that the older one gets the longer some of this stuff takes!! Heck–I’m going to go for a walk and not worry about the ironing!!!

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