From Yellowknife to Bhutan

Regular visitors to this blog will have noticed that I haven't been posting much lately. In August, 2007, my wife and I sold our house in suburban Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, in expectation of moving into a condo currently under construction downtown. Our purchase contract stated that we could occupy our unit at the end of September, so we loaded the camping gear in the car and drove up to Yellowknife, North West Territories, for a holiday.

Upon our return from NWT and Alberta in September we were told that the project was delayed and that the new occupancy date was late November. So to put in the time, we booked a flight to Singapore with a connection to Male, Maldives. We spent a few days at Kai Lodge in the heart of Male town. We didn't get to any of the famous Maldives resorts as we thought them overpriced and were more interested in seeing how the locals lived. Commuter ferries connect Male to two other inhabited islands, so we saw quite a lot.

Upon returning to Singapore, we immediately caught a series of buses up through Malaysia to Bangkok, Thailand. I've been to Thailand many times and love the food, temples, and general chaos. This time our object was to catch a Druk Air flight from Bangkok to Paro, Bhutan. I missed Bhutan when I was touring India in the early 1980s and have always wanted to go there. Then as now, you can only get in on an organized package tour and it's not cheap. Well, after a brief visa mix-up at the new Bangkok airport, we were allowed to check in for our flight and Bhutan became the 195th country I've visited.

After Bhutan we caught buses back down the Malay Peninsula toward Singapore. Malaysia was the unexpected highlight of our trip: clean, orderly, reasonable prices, good facilities, friendly people, safe, and lots to see and do. Back in Singapore, we only had time to visit the Asian Civilizations Museum before catching our flight back to Vancouver, Canada.

Well, our condo still isn't finished and the builder says we can only move in at the end of February, 2008. Tired of travel, we've rented a house in Nanaimo where we'll live until the condo is finished. Our future home will have two balconies overlooking the Pacific Ocean and we're impatiently awaiting its completion. The construction industry in British Columbia is red hot in the run-up to the 2010 Winter Olympics and many projects are delayed by labor shortages.

Anyway, from now on I'll try to post here a couple of times a week, as fresh material crosses my desk. Feel free to email me using the Contact button on this page if you have any ideas about topics I should be covering.

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