Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday 29th October 2014..if yesterday was busy today was nuts!!!

First on the agenda today was my yoga class which I always enjoy after class went a few doors down to my favorite bakery and bought some scones and wonderful whole wheat rolls and on the way home I bought a couple of Marigold plants for outside the front door…looks nice right!!!!




Home in time to make lunch and then go back into town for an afternoon of poker..I continued with my winning ways only 25 pesos but as they say a win is a win!!!

Again back home to get changed and showered and off to my English class.

Tonight’s class was particularly wonderful first of all their homework assignment for today was to write a paragraph on any subject…amazing the subjects they talked about but Karina's story was about her friend who has cancer and she was very emotional and had to stop..I immediately told her how wonderful a story it was that she shared with us and how we are all part of her family and share her sadness…..and then Fernando 1 there are two Fernando's in class……No 1 is about 6 foot 3 inches tall and weighs about 235 pounds and he told us about his three children and how much they meant to him and his wife and he also could not finish due to his tears and I again commented on how a big brute of a man can be so in touch with his feelings and how  proud we all were of him…what a class!

I always tell my class they can bring their children to class any time and today Blanca brought her 15 year old son Jesus to class…..Jesus has been deaf since birth.  What a fine young man and here he is teaching the class sign language!!!


It was such a great class and I receive so much from all these fine people!!!!

Home in time to watch the baseball game and then the soccer game…



Another interesting article!!!

Special to The Globe and Mail



Atul Gawande, Rhodes Scholar, Harvard-trained surgeon and staff writer for The New Yorker, writes about the conjunction of the human condition and the practice of medicine. He is the author of the thoughtful and provocative bestsellers Complications, Better and The Checklist Manifesto. He talked with Sandra Martin about his new book, Being Mortal, on how we age and face our inevitable demise.


Your book reminds me of writing by physician/writers like Oliver Sacks, Abraham Verghese and especially Sherwin Nuland. Were you taking a step back and writing a prequel to Nuland’s 1994 book, How We Die?

Sherwin Nuland is one of the reasons why I ended up writing. Nuland’s book focussed on what happens in those last few moments before death and I wanted to go upstream to see if we can understand what is happening before that, in such a way that we can manage mortality with less cruelty than we currently do.

Why are we having a crisis about dying?

We have medicalized the experience of aging and dying. In the last century we have added over 30 years to people’s lives. In the beginning it was mainly because of public-health and sanitation measures. But in the last half of the century it was by extending independent productive life for much longer. Seventy-five may be the new 65 but that doesn’t take away the fact that there are creeping limitations, or that serious illnesses can suddenly dramatically change the prospects of your life. When people can no longer be independent, either because of disease or age, we decided that medicine could solve the problem. Medicine is very good at problems we can repair, but we aren’t very good at problems we can’t repair. As doctors we don’t recognize that people have priorities besides just living longer.

You write that we want autonomy for ourselves and safety for those we love. That sounds sensible. What’s wrong with that?

We didn’t build our systems of taking care of the elderly with the idea of what a good life for them would be. We did it to solve other problems, like the hospitals were filling up with people who couldn’t be fixed, and so we started creating old-age homes as a place for their recovery and calling them nursing homes and applying medical ideas about health and safety rather than the goal of people being able to live as good a life as possible and make choices they wanted to make. As a consequence we have nursing homes that have become more like hospitals than homes and we have hospitals that are more like prisons where your choices about what matters to you have been taken away.

Are you seeing a cultural change from the era of the great medical guru handing down prescriptions and diktats to patients?

There are three kinds of relationships that doctors and patients can have. Half a century ago, the dominant relationship was that doctor knows best. Doctors would not give you options or explain what was happening. Instead they would tell you what you were going to do. We rejected that at the end of the last century and shifted to what I call retail doctors: Here are your options; here are the pros and cons, what do you want? If a patient asked, what do you recommend, we were literally taught to say it is for you to decide, not me. It turned out that people wanted a third kind of doctor: a counsellor. Somebody who can help you understand options and make a recommendation. It is still a minority of doctors who practise that way, but that is where I think we are heading.

You are very honest about your own fumbles in talking with patients about treatment options.

I knew that I wasn’t managing these questions about mortality well with my patients and that sometimes we were making poor decisions. And then I was stung with a father who was dying from an incurable cancer of his brain stem and spinal cord. The most miserable place for my father, a doctor, was his own hospital. He was admitted, his colleagues were taking care of him, but they wouldn’t give him enough pain medication for fear it might make him groggy or sleepy, interfere with his breathing. They wouldn’t pay attention to the things that he cared most about and he checked himself out.

Did writing change you as a doctor?

Absolutely. Writing allowed me to do things that others couldn’t do. I interviewed more than 200 patients and their families. I followed scores of nursing-home workers, hospice workers, palliative-care specialists, geriatricians and then I was allowed to try to pull out of that what is going wrong and what could be done differently. The stuff that I learned along the way I put into my practice and experimented with it. It is pretty amazing. It is very clear that a conversation with a patient and how decisions are made is a skill that has components that can be broken down, dissected, understood and taught. But we haven’t done any of those things. There are some experts who treat the conversation the same way that I treat the operations I do for cancer patients. I practise, I learn all the details, I vary my techniques. That is exactly what they do. They have done a transformative thing.

Do you see Advance Care Directives as key components in initiating the conversation?

Yes and no. I think we should make the ADC a normal part of medical care by making it systematic, and repeating it over time because your priorities change. I don’t think you need to talk about your ADC every time you go into the clinic to get your acne prescription renewed, but there are crisis points, say when you are admitted to hospital, when you have a new diagnosis, when you move into a nursing home, when you are on new medication, and that is when you want to have these conversations. You can overdo it, but we are nowhere near that point.

Your book is very poignant when you write about your father’s death. He had chosen hospice care at home, but at one point, your mother, a doctor, called an ambulance when he became unresponsive.

We weren’t reacting as doctors, we were reacting as families, and family members react differently. My father would take me aside and say, ‘Make sure I am not suffering. Do not let them take away my pain medication.’ And my mother didn’t want them to give him the pain medication because she could see that sometimes it made him slower to breathe. In a way I am glad my mother called the ambulance. My father spent a day in the hospital and they found he had a pneumonia added to all his other problems, but he made it clear he didn’t want any further treatment and he wanted to get the hell out of the hospital. It gave my sister and me time to get there – I was in Boston and she was in New York – and spend a last few days with him. It was a really important time. We were lucky.

Near the end of the book, you make an impassioned plea for better palliative and hospice care and you say that assisted living is harder than assisted death. Can you explain?

The goal of many dying-with-dignity movements is to have a good death and I think that is the wrong goal. The goal is to have as good a life as possible all the way to the end. There are some people who have unbearable suffering that can’t be relieved with the measures that we have and it would be heartless not to be able to offer a prescription to end that suffering, but for large numbers of people the failure is that we have not relieved that suffering. In Washington State, Oregon and Vermont, where assisted dying is allowed, they have strengthened the hospice and palliative-care movements by working on the idea that you want to provide assistance while people are living, although believing in the possibility of assisting a death.

What kind of death do you want?

My wife says that even if her brain goes and she looks happy, she still wants to live. From my point of view, if my brain goes, then let me go now. I also know we can change over time so my wife and I will continue to have this conversation.

Thanks to Inga for this little ditty below!!!!


I had a power outage at my house this morning and my PC, laptop, TV, DVD, iPad and my new surround sound music system were all shut down.  Then I discovered that my iPhone battery was flat.  To top it off, it was raining so I couldn’t go for a walk, bike or run.  The garage door opener needs electricity so I couldn’t go anywhere in the car. I went into the kitchen to make coffee and then I remembered that this also needed power, so I sat and talked with my wife for a few hours. She seems like a nice person. 

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Tuesday 28th October 2014…another busy day!!!!

Another beautiful sunny morning and not having tennis this morning I went into town early and bought some veggies and some chicken and came home and had a couple of hours in the kitchen cooking  some meals


Then it was time to work on a special event for my English students next week I am trying to plan something along the lines of the reality show on TV the Amazing race…I think it will be fun for them.

This afternoon I went to Rita’s casa for our usual chat and then Roger came over and we got right into our card card…always fun and Rita and Roger always bake some treats…a fun and lovely afternoon.

Next was to the tennis courts for an always enjoyable game and the sun was still shining a gorgeous day…..

I think now might be time for the baseball game….World series no less!!!




An interesting article from the BBC


By Dr Seth Berkley CEO of the GAVI Alliance

Staff treating Ebola patients at a hospital in Liberia The current Ebola outbreak is the biggest yet seen


The current Ebola outbreak in Africa is dominating headlines globally. But Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of the GAVI Alliance questions why this - rather than any of the other deadly diseases which exist.

He suggests it's because people in the west have forgotten what it is like to deal with an untreatable disease.

It starts with familiar flu-like symptoms: a mild fever, headache, muscle and joint pains.

But within days this can quickly descend into something more exotic and frightening: vomiting and diarrhoea, followed by bleeding from the gums, the nose and gastrointestinal tract.


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We have simply forgotten what it is like to live under threat of such infectious and deadly diseases, and forgotten what it means to fear them”

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Death comes in the form of either organ failure or low blood pressure caused by the extreme loss of fluids.

Such fear-inducing descriptions have been doing the rounds in the media lately.

However, this is not Ebola but rather Dengue Shock Syndrome, an extreme form of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease that struggles to make the news.

Ebola is without a doubt a truly horrible disease, but then there are many other bad ones that kill far more.

So, why is it that Ebola is grabbing headlines and other deadly diseases are not?

Not the only one

Boy with measles rash In the developed world, measles is seen as a mild condition - but it can kill

Is it because people in Africa are suddenly dying?

That seems unlikely. Dengue has a relatively low death rate, but it still kills up to 20,000 of the half a million people who are infected every year; that's an order of magnitude more than the worst Ebola outbreak, and yet barely a fifth of the number killed by measles every year.

And when you start to look at pathogens like pneumococcal and rotavirus - causes of the two biggest childhood killers, pneumonia and diarrhoea - the number of deaths rapidly climbs up into the high hundreds of thousands.


  • Dengue fever - up to 20,000 annually
  • Measles - 122,000 deaths globally in 2012
  • Ebola - 2014 outbreak - over 930 people

It is true that Ebola is also highly infectious, which drives away health workers who may understandably fear a needle stick.

But then so many others are more infectious, like measles, through air-droplets, and hepatitis B, which is transmitted by similar means to HIV but 50 times more infectious.

Perhaps then it has something to do with the fact that there is no cure and that 50%-90% of people infected will inevitably die.

Possibly, but then there is no cure for rabies either, and once someone develops symptoms they are almost 100% likely to die a slow and painful death, unless, that is, they have been vaccinated post-exposure.

And herein lies a clue.

The fact is while Ebola means a painful and isolated death, away from loved ones, there are other diseases that are horrific and equally deserving of both our fear and respect; diseases which, like Ebola, are still dreaded in West Africa and beyond, and which regularly kill hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world's poorest countries.

However, in wealthy countries, thanks to the availability of modern medicines, many of these diseases can now usually be treated or cured, and thanks to vaccines they rarely have to be.

Because of this blessing we have simply forgotten what it is like to live under threat of such infectious and deadly diseases, and forgotten what it means to fear them.

So when an outbreak like this comes along, from the comfort of our relatively disease-free surroundings it is only natural to look on in horror and be terrified by the prospect of something like Ebola making its way to our shores.

Attention 'welcome'

But while Ebola remains a genuine concern in West Africa, if it ever did make it to Europe or North America the chances of it spreading far are remote.

This is for two important reasons: first our disease surveillance is more stringent, and second Ebola kills or immobilises its host before they have much of a chance to spread it.

Boy being vaccinated Vaccination rates have fallen in some parts of the developed world

In reality, a bigger concern far closer to home is that some diseases which we once vanquished, like measles, rubella and pertussis, are now making a comeback.

Thanks to an insidious complacency we have seen significant drops in vaccination rates in many parts of the western world, to the extent that diseases are not only coming back but to levels where we are actually exporting them to poorer countries.

Why should we see deaths from diseases we have previously wiped out and for which we have safe and effective vaccinations?


And yet in these same wealthy countries people are now asking why there isn't an Ebola vaccine.

So the fact that this Ebola outbreak has received so much attention is something to be applauded.

For one thing it may help to accelerate the progress of some of the quite promising candidate drug treatments and vaccines whose development have otherwise been stalling.

More of a certainty is that it will help bring in improved emergency response plans in affected countries, measures which could help prevent any future outbreaks from spreading quite so fast and so far.

International spotlight

For people in West Africa who are currently trying to get through this terrible outbreak that will be of little comfort.

Even so, if casting the international spotlight onto Ebola helps to bring our notions of risk perception into sharper focus then that can't be a bad thing - not just in terms of boosting immunization rates at home.

But also if it helps to remind us that Ebola is not the exception, but rather just one example of the terrible norm - where thousands of men, women and children are dying from a range of horrible diseases every day - then perhaps that will bring the world a step closer to doing more about it.


Yashi Kochi!!!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sunday 26th October 2014…..clocks went back today!!!

I hope  you enjoyed the little jaunt down memory lane with me last week it was fun for me to read some of the older posts and to realize what a great time I have had these last 8 years….met some new wonderful friends…spent time my old friends…saw incredible vistas and travelled to new countries…..

So my life is still busy but loving every moment of it…the tennis is going great, the hiking magnificent and Paola doing really well and she is using her new retainer…..

We put the clocks back today so it will take a little time to adjust to that a sure sign that fall is on the way….

So tomorrow starts the last few days of October and it is almost three months since I arrived back from the Camino what memories…take care blessings and good to be here again…



Well I lost Internet yesterday so it is now Monday 27th October and today is my Dad’s Birthday!!!!


Today my Dad would have been 95 years of age


This is one of the last photos of Dad with his pride and joy his Great Grand son Tom!!!


Going into the archives for this one…Mum and Dad in Bermuda around 1975 when I was the bodyguard for the American Consul general and he invited my parents to his house for tea!!!

Miss you Dad and thanks for everything you did for me!!

So went hiking yesterday morning this time though there was 7 of us and thanks to Kerrie for driving us to the village we went to two weeks ago we were determined to find the cross that we have tried to hike to for three weeks now but this time we played it smart and we hired a local guide Luis….it was such a gorgeous day and away we went….



Some sights along the way!!!







What a beautiful horse!!!


At last we made it to the cross!!!!!



It was a great hike around 13 miles and a lot of that up hill………

So now relaxing and getting my lesson ready for my class tonight!!!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saturday 25th October 2014…….The last day of earlier blogs!!!

I have enjoyed having these blogs from other years great memories and I have been very lucky and blessed and so fitting to end the walk down memory lane with my very first blog…wow 8 years ago!!!!!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Am I anxious to go? Will I miss the winters? Why do you want to leave? They say one picture replaces a 1000 words....I think the photo sums it all up, have a great day ....8 days and COUNTING!!!!!!


Yashi Kochi!!!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday 24th October 2014….Day seven!!!

Another blog from the memory banks!!!!!

Tuesday 31st July 2012…..a bus day!!!

Woke up to a knock on my door at 7.45am and there was the owner with a plate of French toast and fruit!!!

At 8.30am I went downstairs and paid my bill $50 dollars for two great nights and I shook the owners hand and he said no he would take me the 300 meters to the bus office on his he put the big pack in front of his legs and I got on the back and off we went!

The first part was a mini bus to the main town 20 minutes away and a cost of 3 Lira…I had to wait 15 minutes for my bus to Antalya to arrive and this was a a big luxury bus….I went to the back seat which I had to myself and we left at 9.30am..this bus had two young men on board as attendants who brought round snacks and water….each seat had it’s own mini screen with movies and also a web cam at the front of the bus so you could see where we going!


  The cost of this section of the journey was 27 Lira and nearly 4 hours.

So now I am on the bus and with some time it gives me a chance to catch my breath….I left Nanaimo on 1st June and Janet and Malc and I left England on 4th June and they left me 30th June in Slovenia..what a journey!!

I have never travelled in this fashion and it was a challenge and one I looked forward to….and I really must state that so far it has been very easy.  In two months no issues no problems and I have enjoyed every single day.  I have tried to break up my journey so I am not on the go everyday packing and unpacking and I think I have done that too.

The rooms I have had without exception have been very acceptable, clean and cheap….the most I have paid for a room so far is $40 dollars!!!

I have met so many friendly, helpful, kind and generous people and my one couch surfing stop with Ina in Greece was delightful!!

It seems like every day there was a WOW factor…so many beautiful and wonderful sights….sights that I shall never forget and I am glad I have the blog to go back to in days ahead to relive the journey all over again.

One of my big concerns was getting from Montenegro to Greece….turns out really easy….the next challenge is the town I am going to after Side is an overnight journey and from there another overnight to Istanbul..I may look at air travel for that one.

Being in different rooms I am lucky I have not lost or left anything behind…..Heather and Kirby…..the back pack has worked out so well..thanks.

Apart from Turkey I have had a fridge either in my room or a communal kitchen and this have been so great for me with my strange eating habits and also saved money on restaurant food which I am not a great fan of.

I did hours of research and in my humble opinion it has paid off I have diversified my trip between the ancient, the modern and the wonderful ocean and mountain peaks.  I have done what I set out to do and now as we approach the last day of this fantastic month my mind starts to turn towards the next stage of my journey in September when I make a big move and change my living status from Nanaimo to San Miguel.

This is also a challenge that I accept and I see no reason why this move will not be all that it can be…I have been in SMA for at least three months every Winter for the past 5 years so I look forward to seeing all the seasons.

Of course my girls factor in a huge way especially with the changes that are taking place in Paola’s life….I will wait and see what I can do to maintain a relationship with her and you know me I will do that.  I also look forward to watching Daniela grow and I cannot wait to see how she turns out with those eyes the world is there for her.

I have many friends already in SMA a wide circle of tennis partners, the poker club and hopefully Linda and Guy will return…..the weather is perfect and the people the best…so I have a smile in my heart when I think where I shall be in a few weeks.

I guess the main issue when I get back to Nanaimo on 1st September is to sell my baby and best friend Ramona….I am going to market her properly in two weeks and hope there is some interest Heather has kindly agreed to show her to interested parties…so I hope to have her sold and then I will purchase a small SUV or something similar load up and leave Nanaimo on 17th September and be in SMA around a week later……so lots to look forward to.

This bus journey is great lots of leg room and now I am going to read up about Side and see what mischief I can get into there…

Ok now it is 11.30pm so I need to go back to the bus trip….. this bus had three attendants on it and maybe 20 passengers and they brought small package snacks and drinks often.  One of the attendants a young man about 21 years of age who could speak a little English seemed to take me under his wing.  he asked me where I was going after Antalya and I told him a town called Side.  from my research I already knew that I had to get on another bus in Antalya and get off before the turn off to side and then take a mini bus into the town. So the kid asked me if I had a ticket and I tell him no so he asks me for 10 Lira…….at this point I was really confused but I think he was telling me he would get me a ticket on the next stage of the bus leg anyway I gave him 10 Lira and off he went to the front of the bus.

A while later he comes back and hands me a ticket and tells me to stay on the bus when we get to Antalya and that this bus would drop me off at the junction to Side.  Well this sounded too good to be true but when we got to the huge bus station in Antalya about half the people got off and the bus left right away I was watching the road signs and sure enough we were going in the right direction for Side.  Then the kid came back to me and gave me a Turkey key chain!!!!!!  Unfortunately the Canadian key chains I brought over for gifts were in my back pack underneath the bus.  That is not the end of the story he then asks me where I was staying and he pulls out his cell phone and starts talking.  When he was finished tells me there will be a taxi waiting for me when the bus drops me off.  So around 3pm the bus stops right at the turn off to Side and there is the taxi…I shook hands and thanked the kid!!!!

I knew from here to my hotel was about 3km and it involved taking a mini bus then a walk of about 500 meters and the bus would cost me 1.5 Lira…so I asked the taxi driver how much to my hotel and he tells me 20 Lira..I smiled and said no thanks and I walked across the road to the bus stop and within 5 minutes the bus came and by 3.30pm I was in my hotel room…does it get any easier??

For 27 dollars a night I get a third floor very small room but very clean, a balcony, a fan, separate bathroom and in the hall a fridge!!!



View from my balcony


and the other way

DSCF3719Ruins and a mosque!!!

The front of the hotel

DSCF3722which is right on the ocean.

This is a most unusual town when I walked through the old gates to the town there are literally ruins everywhere but get into the center of town amid ruins there are these very tacky tourists shops…hundreds of them with tacky English and German tourists everywhere…it reminds me of a sea side town in England….not my cup of tea at all BUT other things to see.

A new friend on a forum Angela has been so helpful to me in arranging things here and she has put me in touch with a tour guide named Abdullah who she tells me I can trust implicitly!!!

So I called him and arranged for him to come to the hotel at 6pm.

before he came I walked around a bit and checked other tour agencies it seems they are all governed by one corporation and charge the same prices!!

Abdullah was on time and I liked him and one of my main concern was when I leave here on Friday I have a long journey about 500km to the next place I want to visit and getting there involves a few buses and an overnight trip….but one of Abdullah’s trips is to the same town so to make a long story short I have signed up with him for his 3 day trip to that town and it will cost me 130 Lira which includes transportation, tours and two nights hotel and I will just stay in the town and not come back with the tour…this is a great deal especially when the two other tour agents I checked quoted me 170 Lira!!! when you figure apart from the hassle of getting there it would be at least 45 Lira on the bus, then 2 nights in a hotel plus all the hotels…so a happy camper.

Other things Abdullah is doing for me was to show me where to get an authentic Turkish shave and a haircut and tomorrow morning I have booked a three hours full Turkish bath/massage/whatever  for 40 Lira and on Thursday I will rent a scooter for the day… that worked out great thanks Angela!!!

So off I went for my haircut!!!


All this time I have been missing my tea and here they offer me the famous Turkish tea and I say yes and it is lovely!!!!


DSCF3730Ali, my barber, was a great kid spoke English and even knew about my soccer team Sheffield United!!!

The haircut was really up….


Never had a straight razor shave before…he was good…next…


This was hard to explain..he had like dental floss which he wrapped around his fingers then put the other end in his mouth and like flicked it over my eyebrows and nose and it was just a little ouchie!!!!

Next up the open flame!!!!!!

DSCF3736The ceremonial burning of the ear, nose and eyebrow hair!!!!


Finally a good shampoo and conditioner, a face wash and I was done!!!!!


I really enjoyed everything and Ali was a good guy..the cost 25 Lira…worth every penny.

Went to another kebab place for supper…


Then walked around town..



Two blocks away..



DSCF3754Almost a full moon!!!

Came back to the hotel stocked up the fridge with drinks and ready for bed.

This is the journey I took today..


From X to Y

Then on Friday


From X to Y

So again I have been impressed with how easy it has all been and again my only negative comment about it all is the smoking!!!!!!  Every one smokes everywhere!!!!!


Yashi Kochi!!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday 23rd October 2014…Day six!!!

I am continuing to post blogs from my travels over the years just for a change…will do this till the weekend hope you enjoy the moments from days gone by….

Monday 25h June 2012……my last big city for a few days….Venice!!!

The camp site provides a ticket for 23 Euros that allows you to get two buses and then a ferry into the Centre of Venice and return plus all the small ferries all day…an awesome deal…so I left at 9am with bag packed

here is my neighbor on the bus


and it was easy to get into the center and my first glimpse…





Even though it was a Monday the place was packed with tourists and line ups everywhere and I refuse to pay to go into any church so I skipped that and just walked around and soaked up the flavor and the vitality that is Florence!!!




Where did you have lunch today??






After a few hours of enjoying wondering around I hit the wall was hot, too many tourists and I decided it was time to hit the water so I boarded a small ferry on the Grand Canal and did the complete loop!!!




I was still requiring some quiet time and did some research and with a couple of ferry changes I arrived and the out of this world small Isla of Burano!!!!

Never quite seen anything like in except maybe for the sights in Guanajuato in Mexico!!

Enjoy the peace, the tranquility and the colors!!!!!

DSCF0993Notice this tower leans as well!!!


The Island is famous for its lace!!!!




All this time in Italy with the warnings of beware of pickpockets well it happened to me on this tiny lovely Island…..I felt one of the zippers on my back pack opened and quickly turned around and found these two trying to rip me off…a quick shout and a wave of the hand and they were gone…


Must have been all of 7 years of age!!!!!!



What a great way to end a perfect day!!!!


Janet and Malc did their own thing today and Janet got her lifetime wish to go on a Gondola and Malc has been practicing his “O sol o Mio” all week…they said it was wonderful and 80 Euros for 30 minutes but well worth it!!

A bit of a hard time getting back to the camp site but made it now we are all cleaned and ready for the big scrabble game stay tuned….

Yashi Kochi!!!