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Nothing beats a visit from the family and I was blessed to be able to explore and share my Canada (and Montana) with not only my Mum, but also one of my brothers, my sister-in-law and two of the cheekiest nephews known to man kind!.

After arriving in Vancouver the night of the NHL Game 7 riots, the family chose to drive the beautiful scenic route from Vancouver to Calgary via Whistler and Jasper.  To say that I was slightly jealous that the time was an understatement (and still am on that note).

But on the plus side, I got to spend an unbelievable two and a half weeks with them re-visiting and exploring a number of amazing places in Southern Alberta, and being able to introduce them to my new Canadian family was a pleasure.

Being able to shares such amazing memories with those that you love is something that I will cherish and be forever grateful for and something that no one will ever be able to take away from me, nor diminish.

The photo above was taken in Waterton Lakes National Park.  Waterton is known for its howling winds and earlier in the day Tony, Tash, the boys and I had all climbed the ‘Bear’s Hump’ to take in the stunning views over Waterton (Mum, like the  trooper she is made it just past halfway before it became too steep and had to turn back). We had decided to take the last boat ride down the Upper Waterton Lake into Montana, USA in hope that we might see some wildlife along the water’s edge, but it was not to be, instead in the 15 minutes we had to enjoy our taste in the USA, the boys found time to ‘skim rocks over the water’ and get together to capture our time in this beautiful setting..

ps.  I can’t wait to get home and give these two nephews loads of hugs and kisses (and the other 8 nieces and nephews too )

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OMG… It is really happening… and I have a two-year Canadian work visa!!

I arrived in Vancouver (home to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games) around lunch time and was approved for my 2 year work visa….and you have no idea how happy that makes me!!.  I know that I am an over-thinker.  Yes, I think about things way too much and often always think of the worst outcome and dwell on that, so it was no surprise that I was scared while waiting in the immigration line up that I was going to be denied the visa and sent home for ‘being too old’ or some random reason that they could think of.

But luckily for me (not quite sure what Mum thinks) they accepted me, printed out my visa and stapled it into my passport (what are we in the early 70’s… stapled!!), and now I’m just killing time waiting for my flight to my final destination, Calgary.. home of The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth – The Calgary Stampede!.

 

 

 

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