Nice sunset view as we pass over London, England, on our way to Albania.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Hiking in Albania, Kosovo, and Montenegro.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Porto, Portugal on June 25th!

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Bought some tickets to the theater

We had more visitors over for lunch yesterday, but before they came we wanted to get out and do our power walk for the day. They've got one road on our route blocked off for new culvert, so we decided to take a different route for a change. 

But I didn't plan it in advance, we just sort of took off.

And the next thing you know, our normal 5 km (3 mile) power walk turned into an 8 km (5 mile) power walk! We really had to rush to get back in time! 

We did the 8 kms (5 miles) in an hour and five minutes, so we had a pretty good pace going! 

Our walk takes us through some pretty high end neighborhoods...

Just a shack.

Another shack being built.

They've started work on Phase 9 of this wealthy area.

And yet another one being built.

This one is quite nice.

This one is for sale.
Only $2,875,000.

We had my long time friend Tyler and his girlfriend Sheron over for lunch. Tyler and I go way back to about 1981 when he was the accountant for an auto body repair shop and I was the newly hired clean up boy. We always got along well over the years, despite him being 15 years or so older than me. We were even partners in another body shop venture back in the 1990's. 

Nice to see them again, and we look forward to doing it again upon our return to this area a year or so from now.

Sydney the cat likes to sleep on top of the nice and warm TV box.

We are off across the pond to arrive in London, England this coming Sunday. Ruth has an aunt who lives right in central London, and we're going to be staying with her for four nights. (Edit: I see Queen Elizabeth has died. London will be busy...)

To show our appreciation we are taking her to the theater on Tuesday evening and I've booked us tickets to "Come from Away", the popular hit musical based on the true events the week after 9/11 that takes place in Gander, Newfoundland where thousands of international travelers found themselves stranded. At that time, 38 airplanes carrying 6,600 people were forced to land in tiny Gander, population 11,000 and they were stuck there for a week.

It's supposed to be really good. Our son saw it in Ottawa and our daughter saw it in New York City and they both said we'll enjoy it.

Today, we're headed out to our old haunting grounds in Orleans where we lived and brought up our family from  1989 to 2007. We have a few friends out there, and my younger sister is out there... so more visiting today!

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  1. I often wonder: who has all this money for houses like that?? They are beautiful, but also, a tad excessive.

    1. We have wondered the same thing! It would be interesting to hear how they came into that kind of money. They are beautiful houses but we could never see ourselves living in houses like that. I guess it is a good thing that we all like different things. :-)

  2. Big houses scare me lol. I perfer small cozy homes. But those big houses are beutiful to look at.

    1. They don't scare us but we totally feel the same way, they are nice to look at but we could never own something like that even if we had that kind of money.

  3. I read a book about those days in Gander, "The Day the World Came to Town and I really enjoyed it. A once in a lifetime event for this tiny, isolated area and they made itv work.

    1. We haven't read the book but we know the story quite well because we were on one of the first planes back in the air three days after 9/11 when we went from Ottawa to Halifax. When we were landing in Halifax we saw a runway full of parked planes that had been forced to land in Nova Scotia. It was a very surreal moment when we arrived there and then spent the next week driving around Nova Scotia as we were listening to the news during that week.


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