Native Son

Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
Trip End Aug 27, 2010

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Where I stayed
Granny's House

Flag of United Kingdom  , N Ireland,
Monday, July 26, 2010

The kids seemed happy to see us return again although they'd had plenty of fun with Granny while we were away, going to "Bananas" (indoor playground) with Emily and Annabel and having a play date with Zoe, Mark and Neil.

With our return to Canada (and therefore a return to soccer) fast approaching it’s time to start thinking about getting back into shape and so when Derek’s friend Roger mentioned that he was going to the gym we latched on to the opportunity for a workout and joined him. The gym was a really good one with all of the usual equipment plus an excellent machine called a power plate that seems to shake you into shape! Just lie on the thing and your muscles get exercised and actually feel like it afterwards - surely too good to be true!  

There are always lots of people to see when we visit Northern Ireland and much of the remainder of our time there was spent enjoying the company of family and friends, young and well ..."more experienced" ;-) Granny has also taken the opportunity to take the kids out and amongst other things they had great fun at a local festival and spent a few hours exploring parts of the walls surrounding and learning about Derek's native home town ... often referred to as "stroke city" with tongue in cheek since the title "Londonderry/Derry" both pleases and offends both sides equally ... unless you're bothered by which name is listed first...  

With several more countries to visit before we return to Canada, there is still plenty of planning to be done requiring lots of computer time for research and making bookings, so much of our time has had to be devoted to this endeavour as well.

Before we go home, we will return once more to Northern Ireland, but for now the focus returns to travel as we pack the bags again and prepare for the journey to Morocco…..
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