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We were delighted to be able to spend some time with our dear friends the Ewerts for a couple of days before setting off for Paris. They had a few plans for the weekend, but were willing to fit us it. We joined them for an evening at the Annual Mennonite Central Committee Fall Gathering in Abbotsford. What a feast of traditional foods – who knew Mennonites love watermelon served with deep-fried dough. Steve participated enthusiastically in the auction, coming away with a great Christmas present for his son. Too bad Connor was there to see him bid on it, no way Steve can claim it came from Santa.

Ann Michele and Steve had tickets to see Elton John in concert, so we rode into downtown Vancouver and strolled around the new Waterfront while they raced to BC Place. It was the first time we’d seen the buildings and promenade that was developed for the Winter Olympics in 2010. Of course we’d watched the action while travelling in Beirut, but we’d never seen the actual Olympic Torch sculpture. It is truly amazing; I’m glad it wasn’t dismantled after the Games were over.

After a long walk to the Bayshore Hotel and back again through Gastown, we stopped for a glass of wine. What fun receiving regular text messages with photos of the Elton John concert in progress. Once Ann Michelle texted a photo of the song ‘Crocodile Rock’, I couldn’t get it out of my head for hours.

As a birthday treat for Anil, I’d made a reservation at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport hotel. We were able to sit and watch the planes take off from our room on the 13th floor. It was a great way to relax prior to a long overseas flight. To our surprise and delight, we ran into a dear friend from Anil’s years at Tempo School, Wynne Blades. She was just back from meeting Prince Edward and Countess Sophie in Victoria.


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