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Jun 12, 2020 - 12 Weeks Back in Canada

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD One day while we were taking one of our daily walks, we came down Fort Street and were surprised to see a fabulous portrait of George Floyd, the man who had been killed by a police officer who pressed his knee into Mr. Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes. His death sparked protests almost immediately in the US, and people all around the world, including many towns and cities in Canada, joined in marches seeking changes in how police carry out their duties, especially when dealing with people of colour. My cousin...

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Jun 5, 2020 - No More Known COVID-19 On Vancouver Island

Here’s an article about out famous Medical Officer of Health: https://www.newhamburgindependent.ca/news-story/10016315-bruce-arthur-i-felt-the-weight-of-the-world-says-b-c-health-officer-bonnie-henry-but-she-got-everything-right/?fbclid=iwar1ypk12luve2ctvsdbp6zf0vf5ycefpye_0lqgdhoezwjqik2eft4h60yc?s=e

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Apr 23, 2020 - 6 Weeks Indoors

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD Well today marks six weeks since we returned from India, and a full month since we completed the compulsory two-week quarantine period. We decided that the social isolation asked of senior citizens in particular, wasn’t too onerous on us, so we would just continue it for the foreseeable future and make good use of the time and lack od distractions the situation provided for us. Almost from the start, I copied the text that I was entering in my travel journal onto a Word document for safe-keeping. After the end of...

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Apr 10, 2020 - R.I.P. - Kamal Mehra

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD On April 11th, we received the very sad news of the unexpected death of the senior member of our close-knit ‘Gang Of Eight’. By this I mean, the four Kapoor siblings and their respective spouses. His death came as quite a shock to us all; we had just been together in Delhi in February to celebrate the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Anil’s eldest brother Arun, and his wife Neena. To me, Kamal seemed his usual vibrant self, but Anil told me later that he had complained of a certain loss of enjoyment in life due to his...

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Apr 1, 2020 - 3 Weeks Indoors

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD The first two weeks of our quarantine period went very quickly as it normally takes us at least one day per time zone to get over the jet lag when we travel home. India in twelve and a half hours ahead of Victoria, so we usually allow almost two weeks to get our sleep-wake cycles back on Pacific Daylight Time. The ‘leap-ahead-fall-back’ time adjustment had just taken place in early March, but it really didn’t affect us because we were already really messed up as far as darkness and daylight were concerned. Our...

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Mar 12, 2020 - We ♥ Victoria!

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We left for India on February 1, 2020 in order to meet up with family to celebrate my husband’s older brother’s 50th wedding anniversary. Our daughter and son in law, who live near us in Victoria, were planning to join us a few days later. We had invited my sister and her husband to travel to India for the first time, and after the festivities were over, we planned to tour the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan with them, and then head to Nepal for a couple of weeks of exploration as well. We also tacked on an...

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Feb 1, 2020 - Time To Hit The Road Again!

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD When we’ve flown to Asia in the past several years, we usually try to leave from Seattle (it’s easier to find points tickets from there – and the taxes are lower too). We like to leave a day early and spend the night near the airport because it can be tricky getting off Vancouver Island because of winter storms. The flights between Victoria and Seattle utilize small planes and they are often grounded if the winds are too strong. Ditto with the ferries. However, after booking our tickets to Delhi out of Seattle,...

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Nov 13, 2019 - I ♥ Victoria!

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD It’s always good to come back to our island home after time travelling overseas. We love Victoria’s little airport, even now that it’s not as little as it was when we first started coming to visit our daughter Adia. We are grateful for the fresh air on the west coast, especially after having to spent a week in Delhi during what was one of the city’s worst pollution events ever. It was so bad that news agencies around the world were reporting on how awful it was. Fortunately, we had a couple of days in Mumbai...

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Oct 16, 2019 - Victoria - Last Day

In spite of the threat of rain, we sallied forth in search of adventure around Victoria, BC. Turned out that the weather cooperated and neither of us was in danger of melting! Our first stop, and one I would highly recommend was Craigdarroch Castle, which is not a castle per se but a large mansion. Nonetheless, the place is impressive! Situated in a nice residential area just beyond downtown Victoria, the mansion was built for Robert Dunsmuir, who alas for him died just prior to completion of the house. Dunsmuir was a wealthy coal baron who...

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Oct 15, 2019 - Victoria & Butchart Gardens

Victoria is the capital of British Columbia and is located on Vancouver Island. While the weather was cloudy and then rainy, we sallied forth nonetheless. We walked around some of downtown Victoria, seeing part of the harbor area (including watching a seaplane land in the harbor), the Parliament building, and the Empress Hotel. The Empress is an upgraded grand hotel from 1908 and is elegant from its cultured and detailed landscaping to its opulent lobby. Attached are pictures of the hotel's front, a different kind of chandelier in the...

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Oct 14, 2019 - Canada - Thanksgiving & Victoria, BC

Yesterday we relaxed in the house of our friends, Barb & Bevin, before journeying over to their daughter and son-in-law's (Robin and Kevin) house for a Canadian Thanksgiving dinner with their family. About a year ago, Robin & Kevin completed a total tear down and complete replacement of their home, and what a job they did! The new interior features built-in cabinets, convenient nooks to hold a large TV and other assorted, but limited, vases and pictures. I took a picture of the front of their house, which looks nice, but unpretentious. From...

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Sep 26, 2019 - On The Road Again!

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We always look forward to travelling and part of the experience is not having to shop for groceries, cook our own meals every day, and do all the cleaning up afterwards. It’s great to try new foods in other places around the world, although the fact that we don’t eat fish or seafood does limit our choices a great deal. Living in a tourist city on the ocean means that fresh fish and seafood is a big part of the dining experience in Victoria. We don’t eat out a lot unless we go to ethnic restaurants for Thai,...

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