Friday, July 31, 2009

european adventure


Monday, July 20, 2009


Friday, July 17, 2009

goodbye calgary

a few of my favorite things...









recent acquisition

©2009 Karen Klassen

Monday, July 13, 2009

my last weekend in Calgary

We've spent most of our weekends up to this point, and any other free time, just trying to get stuff done before our big move. Since this was our last weekend in Calgary, we decided to take some time off from our 'to do' lists and just have some fun. It ended up being one of the best weekends ever.

• my best friend was in town visiting and I hadn't seen her in over a year
• I drank some pints on a patio
• attended the Calgary Stampede for the second time in 11 years (I'm usually not a fan)
• went out for breakfast; ate yummy dutch pancakes
• window shopped with girlfriends
• sat in a park downtown and chatted
• went to a BBQ at the home of some good friends
• played board games and drank lemonade
• walked around in the sun holding hands with Dario
• attended an all ages musical show - my husband performed

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

tips for passport photos, travel insurance, thank you gifts...

Some things I discovered while planing our trip:

• If you need passport or visa photos, the best price I found was at AMA (CAA). Plus, if you have a membership your photos are free.

• Travel Cuts had the best price for travel insurance by far - their best coverage was still close to half the price of any other quote I got. Plus, they offer budget plans with less coverage depending on what you want and can afford.

• We wanted to bring something 'Canadian' with us to Europe to give as a thank you gift to people we stay with. Because we're only going with backpacks, space is at a premium so it had be something very small. We ended up getting a bunch of Canadian flag pins from our local member of parliament office - they're free for people who live in the constituency.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

the ball is rolling...


After a stressful and busy couple of weeks of packing and selling our stuff, we moved out of our house on Sunday. Big thank you to my family and Dario's friend, Colin, who helped us move. My parents drove for 10 hours to come pick up the stuff we're storing and bring it back to their place in Saskatchewan. The new owners took possession of our house and moved in yesterday. Even though it's what we want and we know we're going on to more exciting things, we were sad to leave our home. I had lived there for 6 years, Dario for 3. We had fixed it up quite a bit and we loved it.

Now that that part is over, I feel like I actually have time to relax now. Maybe even do some drawing.

We're down to our last 2 weeks in Calgary.