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Jun 26, 2006 - Back in Vancouver!!!

Reported by JoMar All rights reserved.

Well as you all know we are back in Vancouver, (sad face) and have been here since June 04th. It's hard to believe we were on the road for 14 months!! It has gone so fast!! One of the best things about traveling to so many places, was befriending many great people from around the globe!!

This entry is for everyone, but in particular for all our new friends abroad and two friends that we met in Asia (Vietnam to be exact ) and who now live here in Vancouver. (Hi Matt and Teresa)

Hello also to Peter and Gary our Canadian friends we met in Indonesia (Bali to be exact) who live in eastern Canada (Ontario to be exact!) Hello also to Kevin whom we've met in Thailand and who lives in the U.S.

So, to our friends in Holland, Denmark, France, Germany, Switzerland, Tahiti, Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, Thailand, Singapore, Austria and Bali. This entry's for you. Thank you for making our trip so fantastic! It is not about the country, or the fantastic beaches, it is all about you, the people.

VANCOUVER is truly one of the most beautifully located cities we have ever seen and we are very fortunate to live here! Surrounded by the easily accessible and magnificent coastal mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, there is something here for everyone. Vancouver is the most beautiful city in Canada. Located on the west coast, this port city is truly a nature lovers paradise! From historic Gastown to yuppie Yaletown from funky Commercial drive to beautiful Kitsilano, Vancouver has much to offer. The West End, where we live, is fantastic. The West End is very multi-cultural and also has a large elderly and gay community. This diversity along with views of the mountains and beaches and gorgeous Stanley Park make the West End a wonderful place to live and work! We have one of the world's top ten ski resorts, Whistler, which is only two hours drive from Vancouver. We also, curiously enough for Canada, have one of the world's top ten nude beaches, Wreck Beach! Vancouver along with Zurich, Switzerland, and Vienna,Austria  is voted time and time as one of only three cities in the world, and the only one in Canada, as the best place to live with the highest quality of life!

More info about Vancouver attractions, accommodation, dining, etc. can be found following this link.  A few great pictures are here.
 
All is well here in Vancouver, playing the waiting game with the Indonesian Government and trying to make, yet another dream come true -- our re-location to Bali.  We (well, mostly me, Marc) have become gypsies.  We have decided to try and get back to South-East Asia to experiment a "live and work" experience. Bali, Indonesia, to be exact.

The culture, religion, food, "simple way of life", beautiful genuine smiles of the people have intrigued us that much. We are still working on documentation, permits, multiple entry visa's, etc. and should be gone, if all goes well, by 01 November this year (2006)

Those of you locals, here at home, *there will be no date announced for our departure*.  Nope. Nada. Pantout.

NO good-bye's, so-long's, take-care's, and no see-ya-soon's... none, way too hard. Can't do it. :-O

Once we are settled in our bamboo bungalow/shack, we will be in touch.
 
That is it for now, hope all is well around the world and right here in beautiful British Columbia! 

Heaps of love and stuff,

John and Marc xo

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