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One of the things that used to hold me back from starting a blog was the thought of having colleagues read it, slide on over to me and say, hey, you are one bizarre individual… Then one day I said what the hell, I’ll start a blog, and they can read it all they like. I just won’t reveal too much about me.

Now after a year or so of posting, I figure they know as much as you do, so here goes:

  1. See that photo at the top of this blog? Add a bunch of overhead cables and telephone wires, and that was our family’s view out of the front window when I was growing up.
  2. When I was born, I was driven home from hospital in a banana box placed on the floorboards of an old Austin.
  3. My elder brother wanted me to be a girl. I know because he wrote that in a letter to my mother right after I was born. I don’t hold it against him.
  4. Had I been born a girl, my name would be Fiona.
  5. I’m glad I’m not a girl.
  6. My earliest memory is of me standing up looking through the bars of the crib, that same brother coming in and saying, “there he is.”
  7. I don’t know if that was a dream or not, but I can see it clearly.
  8. I was only three years and eight months old when JFK was shot, but I remember where I was and what was going on around me.
  9. I’m the youngest of four children.
  10. My sister, the family’s first born, was killed in a level crossing accident when I was seven. She was 18. Damn that Canadian Pacific Railway anyway.
  11. They say she was like my second mother, constantly taking care of me as a baby.
  12. I have always missed her.
  13. Not for what might have been, because my memories of her are vague, but for what never could be.
  14. For the past six generations, my family has been afflicted with a hereditary skin condition called epidermolysis bullosa.
  15. I consider myself to be very lucky, because I don’t have it, nor can I pass it on.
  16. We didn’t have a television until I was nearly eight. Thank you, Mom and Dad, for holding out that long.
  17. I grew up during the Vietnam war.
  18. I’ve been fascinated with that country my whole life.
  19. I started delivering newspapers when I was eight. I’d often read ours before starting the route.
  20. The Canadian town I grew up in was a one-company mining town. Anaconda – an American company – owned it.
  21. I was skipped a grade. I did the first half of Grade 3, then was moved over to the other side of the room to do the second half of the year in Grade 4.
  22. School mates were angry at me because they thought I’d deserted the gang.
  23. I also had a terrible time adjusting, because all of a sudden I had to write with a pen, and didn’t know how.
  24. I was an overweight kid from the age of eight ’til 12, when I made a conscious effort to lose weight. It worked.
  25. Perhaps too well, because when I hit Grade 8, skinny and a year younger than the other boys, I was picked on.
  26. Don’t worry, I’m over it.
  27. I first went skiing when I was 10 years old, and hated it. I went another couple of times that year, and hated it even more.
    Then the next year, I went skiing again, and was hooked.
  28. I am still absolutely nuts about skiing.
  29. Photo break:
  30. eastern-townships-skiing.jpg
  31. I wish we lived closer to the Alps.
  32. I have a deep scar on my chin from a skiing accident when I was 12. Back in the day, they used to have so-called safety straps attaching your ski to your ankle, so that when you fell and the skis released, the ski wouldn’t flit down the hill and impale someone. I fell badly and my ski whipped around, smashing an edge into my chin.
  33. That happened on the Harmony Bowl at Whistler, back when a lift ticket cost a kid like me all of four Canadian dollars.
  34. Blood everywhere, six stitches.
  35. I spent a year ski instructing at Cypress Bowl, one of the three areas close to Vancouver. The job’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
  36. We used to spend hours either playing street hockey, Canadian football, soccer or baseball until it was so dark, it was dangerous to play.
  37. My first real girlfriend had an identical twin. They were beautiful girls, always leaving me at a loss for words not only for that, but because I couldn’t tell them apart when they greeted me.
  38. Then on January 27, 1977 at precisely 4:20 pm Pacific time, I kissed one of them. After that, the difference was unmistakable.
  39. I learned to drive in a 1972 MGB, but I have fonder memories of a 4-door 1970 Plymouth Satellite.
  40. The first three years I had my driver’s license, I was in five accidents. I haven’t been in once since.
  41. If you don’t know what I mean by real girlfriend, then don’t ask.
  42. I used to run around in the BC coastal rainforest behind our house from the time I was old enough to be let loose out the back door.
  43. It was like a forest village, with a stream to catch frogs and make dams, great hiding places under old stumps and logs, a clearing to play little games of baseball, a hill for a lookout, and patches of huckleberry, salmonberry and blackberry to plunder as Spring slowly ripened to Summer.
  44. When I arrived back from my first long trip away from home – a year-long jaunt with a backpack through most of western Europe, Egypt, Israel and Turkey when I was 20 – I discovered they’d clear-cut my forest playground to put in a fucking trailer park.
  45. First day back from that trip, one of the first songs I heard was, “The Rodeo Song.” Its first line, “Well, it’s 40 below and I don’t give a fuck, got a heater in my truck and I’m off to the rodeo” didn’t make sense to me.
  46. It made me wonder if I was coming back to the right place.
  47. I miss Canada a lot, but I think it’s mostly nostalgia not for the place, but for the careless days of youth.
  48. I can speak French and German fluently. I prefer to play Scrabble in French, though I haven’t for a while.
  49. I sometimes dream in German.
  50. The first five words I learned in Cantonese were five, four, three, two and one in that order.
  51. I have an extremely good memory for places and dates. That skiing photo was taken in February, 1992 at Owl’s Head, Quebec.
  52. I can be very self-deprecating. That’s a good thing, because it puts me in some good company.
  53. I love learning new things, even if some of them are unpleasant.
  54. For example, I had to learn the hard way the meaning of narcissistic personality disorder.
  55. I don’t have narcissistic personality disorder.
  56. I dislike crowds intensely.
  57. I have no superstitions save one: I never write anything in red ink.
  58. I have climbed to the top of two of the three pyramids at Giza, Egypt. They say you’re not allowed to do that anymore.
  59. In the winter of 1980 – 81 worked as a ski patroller at Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights, Israel.
  60. I paid my way through university and for that backpacking trip by working for the Canadian National Railway at a job that doesn’t exist anymore thanks to the fax machine, a device now overtaken by email.
  61. Thanks to that job, I know what it’s like to live in pretty well every town between Prince Rupert, BC and North Battleford, Saskatchewan.
  62. I used to work for Overwaitea Foods packing bags and stocking shelves. One day, the manager came up and asked me to start stocking the frozen food section. As I was doing the job he came up to me again and said, “the reason I’ve asked you to do this is we’re serious about training you for management, and this is the job we give everyone who’s starting out in that direction.”
  63. Feeling horrified, I looked up at him with a bag of frozen peas in my hand and said, “Well, I’ve registered for university in the fall.” He looked disappointed, and two hours later, I was packing bags again.
  64. I was robbed in Nice, France in 1980. Two years later, I was robbed in Cannes. Watch your stuff when you’re on the CΓ΄te d’Azur.
  65. When I started scribbling things down for this, my goal was to have 100 entries in the list.
  66. I believe the secret to boring the crap out of everyone is to tell them them everything, so I’m going to stop here.

Β© 2008 lettershometoyou

42 Responses to “99 + 1 too many things about me”

  1. 1 bubbleonfire
    May 20, 2008 at 8:04 am

    mmm very interesting and I just added you on my blogroll.

  2. May 29, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    I think I like you …
    Keep writing .

  3. July 8, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Hello Ian
    Been a lawwwwwng time!
    Re: #’s 60 & 61 on this list….we were there for that part of your life. Think back….waaaay back.
    One particular time “I” remember was giving you a ride to the coast (or??) from P.G. at Christmas time. We were heading for Vancouver.
    “If” I recall correctly there were at least 4 people (us, you & ??? I want to say “Mitch F.” but not I’m really sure), one dog (ours), skis (yours) & tons of luggage. I believe this hellishly scary & somewhat hairy trip took us 14 hours in our ’78 Green Acadian (we still have her!!!).
    So… you remember?
    We found your ‘blog through your brother. We are just North of Kamloops now.
    Dale is still with CN….30+ years! Retires in 5 then were off to our second home in Costa Rica. We have a cool “little” chocolate farm there with more types of fruits that we can even name. We even have Cashew Nut trees…how cool is that!!?? Toucans, sloths, monkeys everywhere! We’re on the Atlantic side, 5 minutes from caribbean. Our little slice of “Paradise”.
    We’ve never been to Germany….sounds great. Might have to go there one day if we can tear ourselves away from beautiful B.C. & tropical CR.
    Hope you are having a wonderful life!
    Sherry Lidstone

  4. July 8, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Hello Sherry!!!
    I remember when that was – it was about a week before Christmas 1979. It was a hairy trip for sure. Not long into the voyage we watched a car spin off the highway in snow and hit the ditch, right? I can’t believe you still have that car!

    I remember when it was because the only stretch I ever worked for the CN longer than a summer was that one year. The following summer, I headed off to Europe. Was the fourth person in the car Mark Bouchard? I think it was, can’t be sure. Lost touch with the guy.

    It’s so great to hear from you again. Gordon mentioned he was working a new sub, and that he’d spoken to someone who asked him if he’d ever worked at Giscome. I asked him if it was Dale before he even got a chance to tell me who it was. πŸ™‚

    Your Costa Rican paradise sounds fantastic – and now that I’ve discovered the photos behind your name, it looks so, too! How often do you get down there?

    ian in hamburg

  5. July 10, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    I figured you would remember. Your right on the date…jeeze…we weren’t even married then! Dale can’t remember who was with us either. He “think” Mitch Florence…a native fellow from Smithers area. Old minds :).
    I too remember the car going over the bank. We were travelling at a super slow speed in a long line of cars & he just went over in slow motion. Don’t know how we made that trip in one piece! I also remember Dale’s little Acadian passing stranded semis on the slippery hills. What a trip!
    I am supposed to point out that Acadian is a 1968 not 1978….guess that matters to guys! Dale was glad I wrote you & passes on a big hello.
    We were getting down to CR twice a year but now we are only going once a year for about a month each time. Sure hate to leave it for so long!!! CN only gives Dale 6 weeks so until retirement we are stuck with that.
    Pura Vida!

  6. July 10, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    My wife always laughs when I mention dates because I can usually pin-point things down to the week even if it happened decades ago. My mind’s like that – but I’m terrible with names. Come to think of it, I can’t even recall a fourth passenger. I was always hanging out with Mark in those days, especially when we were posted either in the same place – Aleza Lake – or just a few stations apart. I have a story to tell about a lost weekend in Prince Rupert… wait — I’ve already blogged about it! Got on a memoir kick a while back and told this tale of falling asleep at the wheel:

    That was in the Spring of 1980. We went from Prince George to Prince Rupert in two days, then drove all the way back in one night. Brutal.

    About CR – how long have you had it? You have a great place to look forward to in retirement, that’s for sure.


  7. July 12, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Hey I checked out your falling asleep at the wheel story. I think it’s a CN thing! Dale did it at least once while driving while doing CN stuff, when he was a supervisor. He woke up at the bottom of a cliff with his passenger (another supervisor)passed out beside him. I think the impact knocked him out, the other guy, not Dale. The huge bolder that stopped them from going any further also disinigrated the CN truck. He said after they crawled up the cliff in the pitch black all they could hear was heavy breathing. Seems they ended up in the middle of a heard of elk. They were somewhere near Jasper. He had fallen alseep at the wheel. During his supervisor years he lived on wake up pills because he was expected to be in several different places at once & they were always hundreds of miles apart! That CN is a tough place to work for now a days. Now he’s back as a welding foreman & it’s not quite as stressful. He can’t wait for these last 5 years to fly by! At least we are not up north any more.
    We just finished building a new house. We sold our last one 2 years ago when there was such a seller’s boom going on. We never thought we would ever have a “new” house. Of course the first thing we did after the sale was zip down to Costa Rica & buy a house there. When we got back all we had was money & a iffy piece of property with an ugly unuseable house on it & no water. So we ended up camping in a 5th wheel trailer we bought when we returned from CR. We lived in it for a year & a half before this place was finished. We just love it & the river view is incredible. Made the camping crap (hauling water, begging for showers etc) worth it!
    We bought our CR place in Dec. 2007. We’ve only stayed in it twice so far. Last Christmas we got there & hundreds of hog-nosed bats had taken over! The hardwood floors were ankle deep in guano. Gross! We worked for 7 days cleaning it up enough to stay in it. Then on Christmas day a river just north of us was dammed by fallen trees & the entire river diverted through our yard. What an adventure! We had to carry everything out above our heads. It was up to my chest. Good thing our house is up on 4 foot stilts. Our neighbours weren’t so lucky. Went back the next day & the yard was bone dry & beautiful again. Amazing! Two weeks after we left to come home some little shits broke in & stole our beds, furniture, aplliuabces etc. Guess we have to start over again this December. We sure wish we could spend more time there. And get this…our property taxes are a whopping hundred dollars a year! Super cheap! The water bill is $40.00 a year. Sure beats costs in Canada! Our place is about 5 minutes from one of Costa Rica’s most famous National Parks…Cahuita. It’s also got the only reef on the caribbean side. We haven’t snorkeled it yet…maybe this trip. The caribe side of the country is mostly blacks….rastas…no worries mon! We chose this area because it is so laid back & under developed. The pacific side is just crawling with tourists & hundreds of 5 star hotels. On our side it’s very small hotels & B&Bs. Costa Rica is a really adventurous country & we’ve tried everything. We even zip lined…now that is a rush! We spent our 25th anniversay at the base of their most famous volcano…Arenal. It exploded all night…very impressive! I could talk about CR forever so I will stop now!
    Oh there is one more thing :)….we went to a Carlos Santana concert while we were there…WOW! We were only about 10 rows back in the V.I.P. section. It was outdoors & just fantastic!
    Next week we celebrate Dale’s big “50”. I had mine a few months ago. Getting old πŸ™‚

  8. July 12, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    You two sound like you’re living in your own adventure movie down there!

    I know what you mean about how hard it must be to work for the CN these days. Lean and mean, and then some. I can’t believe my own brother is now number five on the seniority list – I used to look at that list and see him around 1,450 or something. The guys at the top I associated with fossils. Ah well, he IS in his fifties. Speaking of which, when’s Dale’s big day?

    One thing about falling asleep at the wheel. Whether or not you survive, you probably only do it once. πŸ™‚

  9. July 14, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Believe me….”every” trip to Costa Rica has been an adventure, never a dull moment! We didn’t even know we were the adventurous type until experiencing Costa Rica. I’ve kept a diary of every trip & if I ever find the time I hope to one day write a book about it…one day, hopefully while sitting under a palm listening to the waves roll in.

    By the way…do you remember hearing of the terrible fire storms we had here in B.C. in 2003? They were everywhere…Kelowna, Kamloops, McLure-Barriere were the biggest & most devasting. We lived through the McLure-Barriere one…as residents & members of our local fire department. Wow…scary time. Our town was empty except for hundreds of firefighters from across Canada & our crew. The only vehicles that travelled the Yellowhead Hwy # 5 between Kamloops & Clearwater were emergency vehicles. It was so quiet & so smokey. Most of the time you couldn’t see more than 10 feet in front of you. We couldn’t leave because we were firefighters & we couldn’t even think of leaving our horses behind if we fled. Dale would have swam them down the river if he needed to. The local farmer’s fields were littered with dozens of aircraft & other firefighting equipment. It was one of our firefighters who accidently started the blaze with a stray cigarette. It wiped out over 80 homes, killed thousands of animals, one helicopter pilot & destroyed the only mill which employed half the town of Barriere. Our area, where the fire originated escaped relativly unharmed & is one of the greener areas around. The fire swept north of us after a few days, raging for 30 days, obliterating everything in its path. Quite the experience, one that we will never forget. There is a big 5 year anniversary coming up at the end of this month to celebrate surviving it & bouncing back. Two years after the fire, house prices shot up in our town because it was untouched by the fire. That’s when we decide to sell & buy the place in Costa Rica. We still live in the same town just in a newer & more private location. We are no longer firefighters for our community….getting too old to be racing around up & down mountains etc! There were dozens of T-shirts designed by various people that sold by the hundreds during & after the fire. Our department sol well over 5000….I designed it!

    Here are a couple of sites about it.
    This one is short & sweet short & sweet.

    Check this one out too…

    Enlarge the picture when you get there & you’ll see Dale & I with our illustrious premier! Dale is 3rd from the left,in behind with the black cap. Me….I’m sitting 4th from the right next to our new buddy Gordy Campbell. The 2 trucks in the background are what we fought the fire with. They were so old! They served their purpose then had to be put out to pasture. We were given 2 new ones after the fire. Funds were donated by…get this…Brian Adams & Cher, proceeds from their concerts….as well as others from all over the world. Our firehall was paid handsomly(extremely),as were we, for our services.

    Dale’s big five “O” is this Wednesday July 16th. His whole family is coming out this weekend, minus his father who passed away last month. They’re all camping at the campground below our house. I like that idea alot! We still have our privacy yet we can party ’til the cows come home or until we can herd everyone back to the campground! πŸ™‚

  10. July 14, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Whoooo hooo! I picked you out right away, but Dale! I remember when he had long, blonde hair. Come to think of it, so did I – though his was down to the middle of his back, right? Will definitely be thinking of you guys from afar on the 16th. Have a really good time! πŸ™‚

    We had heard about those terrible fires. Saw some of the pictures of the Kelowna houses burning and the devastation elsewhere thanks to – can’t recall if we had them on our news feeds here. (I work in a newsroom, see lots of pictures every day… Yeah, the scale of it was amazing, even for those of us used to fire season and reports of hundreds of fires burning.

    What really struck me on our recent trips back to BC – I left in 1990 to move to Quebec, then Hong Kong, now here – was the awful destruction of the spruce budworm. We camped in Manning Park in 2003 and it was just not enjoyable. OK, it was a fun to camp with my family and my brother’s grandkids and all, but the park itself looks like a mangy dog, with patches and streaks of dead tree everywhere. I was really shocked.

  11. July 15, 2008 at 12:36 am

    I’m not sure when you were in B.C. last but the mountain pine beetle has pretty much killed every pine tree for as far as the eye can see. The forests are a horrible red now. Up north by Pr. Geo. they say is much worse. They also say that we are being invaded by the spruce bud worm in our “fir” trees. If this keeps up we won’t have any! Dale & I just started noticing the webs of the Tusock moth attacking the firs near our place too. Apparently we haven’t had cold enough winters in the past few years to kill the little buggers off. If it isn’t one thing it’s another! The town we live in right now used to have mushrooms & moss everywhere. Now its mostly sage brush, bare mountains & dead trees. Looks more & more like a desert each year.
    Yes you are right…Dale “did” have long hair….& considerably more of it too!Those days are gone as is most of his hair! 😦

  12. July 15, 2008 at 9:59 am

    That’s it – mountain pine beetle. Coming back to see it after so many years is quite a shock though. It must have happened pretty quickly. Brothers Gordon and Bruce and I went on a two-week camping trip through the Island, ferry to Bella Coola, then Williams Lake, PG, McBride, Jasper and back to Gord’s place in Edmonton in June, 2001. I don’t recall seeing any of the damage you do today.

    Was last in BC in June, 2007. That’s when I took the photo I use as the banner. πŸ™‚

  13. July 15, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Beautiful pic….your banner….should have known it was beautiful B.C.
    Yeah that pine beetle is a bad one. B.C. Hydro just cut 13 trees on our property that were affected & could fall on their power lines. Luckily they did it for free through their pine beetle program. We have probably 50-100 more dead pines on our property still. One day the tree looks fine & then it’s dead. It’s very quick. Unfortunately we don’t burn wood in our house….we’d be set with wood for life! Of course with all these dead trees the forest floor is several inches deep in fallen needles which makes it perfect for another forest fire. Hopefully our firs survive the onslaught of insects.
    I had Dale looking over our last few letters & of course he found a big error!
    It’s the link I sent you with the picture of us & our fire truck. I gave our positions wrong. Dale is 3rd from the “RIGHT” not the left. I am 4th from the LEFT not the right. I must have been typing dislexic!:)
    Dale was wondering what your job is over there? Children?
    I hope I’m not bogging your blog down with all my chatter:)

  14. July 15, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Actually, I figured it out from the “black hat” and the Gordy Campbell reference! Or looking at it the other way, if the viewer puts himself in the picture, you had it right. πŸ™‚

    Chatter away Sherry Everyone can see what you write, of course, but that shouldn’t be a problem. It IS a blog, after all…

    Maybe you should look into getting a wood stove put in… with all that wood around, it might pay for itself in lower heating costs.

    Speaking as someone living in Germany, where 90 – 110 bucks Canadian for a one month’s light bill is normal – that’s without heating – and firewood costs… well honestly I don’t know, but I imagine it’s pretty pricey.

    What do I do over here? I work in TV. Details I think we’ll have to take off the blog. πŸ˜‰

  15. October 21, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Found your blog via another, via another (it’s a long story, which involves a lot of clicking), but I have no regrets. Yours is a very interesting blog, much like its owner! πŸ™‚ I will be back.

  16. October 26, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Hello Helga – I look forward to having you drop by again – thanks!

  17. 18 droppingtherake
    October 27, 2008 at 1:31 am

    Hey, thanks for replying to my thread over at the forums about me having writer’s block; really gave me some interesting ideas. This is a really eye-catching blog, to me it’s spontaneous and thoughtful at once. I added you to my blogroll, if you wouldn’t mind.

  18. 19 Beth Agustina
    November 20, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I looove traveling! I have to bookmarks your blog! Very interesting! Love the story and the pics :))

  19. 20 Firerocket
    February 17, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    This is so fascinating. You should add to the list.
    I was smile most of the way through.
    I’m sorry about your sister. *hugs*

    But really, you should keep adding to the list. It’s fun to read.
    I added you to my blogroll XD

  20. May 11, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    I like to read these sorts of lists backwards. I get to end of yours and I find “66”. This means you are special. I have to read your list upside down and backwards!

  21. May 30, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    When I complete my list, which I now feel compelled to compile, I will commend you for inspiring me. Nice post!

  22. 24 K4W
    June 2, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Hi Ian

    Great stories, I’d like to hear more. Are you available for a coffee or the national drink, in your/my neighbourhood of HH. It sounds like we have a few things in common, with the exception of, I grew up closer to the east coast. Tschuss/Take care =K4W=.

  23. 26 K4W
    June 3, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Genau! =K4W=

    • June 4, 2009 at 5:15 am

      Well, if you want to meet up for a sandwich or two, you’re going to have to reply to that mail I sent you – or send me one. πŸ™‚
      You can find my address in the sidebar.

  24. December 3, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Hey Ian,
    First of all, thanks for stopping by my blog, I might not have found your gem of one otherwise. I find it interesting some of the parallels of our lives (minus all the travel – I only dream of that). One think that struck me is that despite being just under four I too remember vividly the assassination of JFK, it is my earliest retained memory. Keep up the excellent writing. I look forward to returning here.

  25. January 2, 2010 at 11:27 am

    YOU me lad, are a creative genius!
    i like geniuses – my brain likes them.
    99+1 not read – yet!
    will be baaaaaaack
    delightful fulfilling 2010 to you!

  26. January 2, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Tsk* I bet you say that to alllllll the bloggers. πŸ™‚

  27. 32 sweetangelanna
    January 7, 2010 at 9:56 am

    wow.. i would love to know all the 99 +1 things about you. πŸ™‚

  28. 34 John
    January 11, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Thanks for sharing your blog, I happened to find it today simply by coincidence. Some great writing and thought provoking as well. Now at 53, I reflect on my innermost desire to “go home” and your blog serves as a point of reflection as I do think many of us at this stage of our lives have that same inclination. Perhaps it is the calm we draw from it as we recollect on our happiest childhood memories. I especially enjoyed your piece on skating the canals of Holland. That has been on my list since a boy when I first read Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates. Very beautiful photographs as well. Thank you so much again for sharing your life in a way that inspires so many. Peace of the New Year be yours!

  29. May 24, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    love your list. i think we ex-vancouverites like making lists. i have a list of 25 things about me on my blog too. hmmm. i wonder why.

  30. May 28, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    I think since your are an ex-B.C. groupie, but now living in Germany, you would appreciate the Canadian perspective on Germany:

    My partner was originally from Germany. He was in Hamburg a few years ago and enjoyed it.

  31. 37 Anonymous
    August 12, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Thanks Ian! I enjoyed reading your blog. It is the personal details in this life that it wonderful. Keep the blogs blogging.

  32. October 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Great blog Ian. I’ll have to spend a year reading it.

  33. November 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Where are you?! LOL I miss your comments πŸ™‚

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