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Trip Start Aug 29, 2005
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

As we come to the end of our stint in France we are of two minds. Ready to go on to the next part (and being reminded that a year away is a long time!) and yet beginning to become familiar faces in town. Being greeted in the boulangerie with a 'oh, you are the people living just down the street'! We have been told by French people themselves that this region, although very friendly, takes more time than usual to 'fit in'. Even people in Hérépian will say that just 30 km down the road the people are more welcoming and open within the village...oh, the idiosyncracies of human nature! We have thoroughly enjoyed the area, despite it being one of Europe's coldest in some years. It has been wonderful to be based somewhere for 4 months to see things progress and to see a glimpse into a few of the local peoples' lives. All the stone houses have Ted's hands itching to build. The kids will miss the regular boulangerie visits and the milk and coffee breaks in the cafés. Feeling nostalgic already. Onwards.
Ted heads out to Scotland mid February to move the majority of our 'things' to the UK. (moving companies much too expensive for the amount of stuff we have) The last role of our monster vehicle. He's looking forward to the 1200 km solo drive! Music, sunflower seeds, and maps in the front seat and he's off.

Next stage of travel (without the end in Greece as originally planned to visit friends- unfortunate but plans change...) will be done without our trusty Dell Inspiron companion and thus no more travelpod updates for the next while - one less thing to carry as we become the backpackin' train jumpin' gypsy family - is it appropriate that we will be going to Romania??! [English teachers out there - do you not just love these long run on sentences??] We will start with a hop, skip, and a jump from Montpellier to Nice (carnival time) and to Vienna. Then on to Prague for a few days (to celebrate Isla's 2nd birthday - how will she top this? .......I'm sure she will). Budapest, Hungary then calls, followed by 'Dracula' and the castles in Transylvania and perhaps a bit of skiing in the Carpathian Mountains, Romania. Next some exploring behind the still existing communist remnants of Bulgaria, the traditional transport-by-horse-and-trailer rural areas, and perhaps a visit to the Black Sea. Will likely end with an overnight 'sleeping' train between Bucharest and Budapest again where we will experience the 'no frills' airline travel to Glasgow. Ahhh some haggis and whisky in April. Talk to you then. Enjoy the beginnings of springtime.

JTAI
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nicpip01
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what a trip!
good to hear from you all again. Love the photos...my favourite is the brick ruins/palm tree b&w...it's a classic!
You should try to get Buffy (the vampire slayer) to join you on the next leg of your journey...can't be too careful you know...
all is well here...no winter to speak of but just barely enough snow to get the kids out (and us ) to the cross country runs every weekend and get Nick his 1st snowboarding lessons.
Will be taking Nick down to Trail in 2 weeks as he won the right to compete in the BC winter games in judo (brag brag)
Finally...Caro's friend Zoe and her family are confirmed...they are officially moving here from London on April 1st...quite a transition for them
Have fun on the next leg of your journey
Bruce

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