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Blog Update – Slacker edition

I’ve been a slacker, I know.  Here’s to a renewed blog in the New Year!  Life has been wonderful these last months.  My boyfriend and I are beyond happy with each other.  We took a few trips out of town over the fall – a camping adventure and a trip to Pittsburgh to see (and for him, to meet) my best friend Jeni and husband Jason, and they all loved each other. We also went down to see his family for Thanksgiving, which was the first time I’ve met them.  We took to each other like a fish takes to water…I love them already and they seem to love me too.  His younger niece asked me if I could be her aunt – I was honored.  They remind me a lot of my own family, and they really made me feel welcome.

The day after Thanksgiving, we went to Paris, which was just wonderful!  I’ve been there a number of times, but this was his first trip there and it was great to be able to show him my Paris.  I was also confident enough in my French ability to make it through most of the trip just speaking French to the various merchants and French people and not once asking “Parlez-vous anglais?”  We also got some beautiful photos, one of which I’ve attached below.

Paris at sunset

We had a great trip back, and a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s.  The new year is upon us, and as we’ve taken stock of the last year, the many ups and downs, we are blissfully happy to start this new year.  He is turning 40 this year, and we have planned a trip down to Cancun, where much of the rest of my family we will meet up with (and he’ll finally get to meet them in person!) and have a ton of fun.  We are both looking forward to that!  We also look forward to getting healthier in the new year, learning new things and just appreciating everything we have.  I think coming back to Washington for a tour was the best move I’ve made in a long time!


Oh Canada…

While back in the United States for R&R, I visited a friend in Pittsburgh.  From there, we took a road trip to Niagara Falls – and my first trip to Canada.  Niagara Falls was beautiful – we got some great pictures.  The first one here is of the Canadian Falls.  Somehow I was picturing the Falls to be taller, but I suppose it all depends on your vantage point.

The second photo is a panorama of all three falls – American, Bridal Veil, and Canadian, from left to right.  Beautiful, aren’t they?  All of the Great Lakes flow through these…Amazing.  It was a fun time, some fun sights, and now I can say I’ve been to Canada!  I have a friend from the South that always says that I’m FROM Canada, due to the fact that I grew up in Minnesota.  To her, that’s Canada.  After traveling all over the world, I’ve made it to both our northern and southern border countries.  🙂

We even did the Maid of the Mist tour, which got us a bit wet!  If you look in that first picture at the boat near the bottom of the falls – that’s the Maid of the Mist boat!  You get really close, and it’s amazing to see it from that close – seeing all that water rushing over the falls.  I would recommend it to anyone going as a must do!

 Oh yes – Pooh loved it too!!  I hope you get to see it some day – whether from the American or Canadian side.  Happy traveling!

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