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Canadian World traveler, retired photographer and business computer consultant.

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Through our working life, we have been world travelers as vacation time permitted. After Rob explored his native lands of Canada and Nova Scotia, and some of the USA, he was drawn to Machu Picchu, Peru for an inspiring introduction to the Mayan indigenous culture that area is immersed in. Eventually a cruise down the Nile River in Egypt added some Arabic culture to his life experiences. The Hawaiian Islands were introduced by taking a wonderful Norwegian Cruise with lots of time for land based excursions each day before returning to the ship for dinner, entertainment and sleep in our floating hotel. Another cruise through the Baltic Sea added insights to the influences of Russia in that area and amazing tours of the famous Royal Palaces in St. Petersburg, Russia. My introduction to South America started with a trip to Guyana, where I got to experience the deep jungle retreat in a thatched roof hut with mosquito net and all, after a slow boat ride through their “mahogany waters”. Although I had taken an European bus excursion through Europe in my mid life, the Cruise through the Baltic Sea starting in Venice, Italy added a deeper appreciation for all things Italian, plus the Beauty of the Greek Isles where I now want to sail next. In search of an English speaking tropical paradise, we tried Belize and then Canary Islands. We also spent time exploring the Spanish Moorish castles from our base in Costa del Sol.

We have spent winter snowbird time in Mexico, Playa del Carmen, and Panama - Boquete, and Nueva Gorgana, and will be in Spain - Costa del Sol in 2024.

My Danish ancestors originated from Nordstrand Island in 1638.

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