We have been back on the west coast of Canada for a little over one month and already last summer's Baltic cruise seems a distant memory. When we last wrote we had said goodbye to Curare in Sweden and were preparing to fly home.
You may remember an earlier post when we discussed the Schengen countries, and the fact that Canadians (and many others) are only allowed to remain for 90 days in each 180 day period. However LE found out that Canada and Denmark have a bi-lateral agreement predating the Schengen rule which in simplicity says that "Canadians are able to remain in Denmark a further 90 days after they have used up their 90 Schengen allowable days". So we took the train to Copenhagen on day 90 of our Schengen stay and remained an extra three days visiting the "world's most livable" city. The weather was beautiful, LE gorged on pickled herring and rye bread, GG enjoyed coffee at some of the numerous hipster establishments, we walked around most of the touristy places, travelled on public transit, saw some awesome architecture, visited old friends and then it was time to leave.
Since setting foot on Canadian soil we have been very busy. GG is spending most of his time on Gabriola Island where he continues to work on the final details of the house construction, mainly cosmetic items, the major construction is finished. In contrast LE is spending most of her time in Vancouver in a new, very small, condominium close to the waterfront walking paths and numerous expensive restaurants. The unit is larger than Curare, but not by much.
To liven things up a bit we took a road trip to the center of B.C. to look at fall colours and do a little bit of geologic work. Yes WORK! We were very lucky because the end of September can often have nasty weather but we had blue skies and sunshine every day and the yellow trees were beautiful. I wish I could say the same for the area where we were working. A few years ago the forest in central B.C. was infested by the pine beetle and great swaths of pine trees died. Now these trees have fallen over, one on top of the other, creating large piles of logs throughout the remaining fir, hemlock and deciduous forest. It was tough walking; crawling over and under the log piles, at times not touching your feet to solid ground for a few hundred meters.
We probably won't write too many entries during the time we are land based, but when we return to Curare in May 2019 we will start writing more often again. And we hope to plan an itinerary that will allow us to spend more than 90 days on the water.