Friends

MY FRIEND EILA

My dear friend Eila Conte treated us to a four hour lunch on our last day in Paris. Wow. She is now retired and her husband Gerard passed away about five years ago.

Other than that, it felt like yesterday when we last met. Don't you just love it - having a friend from thirty years ago that you can just pick up chatting with like nothing has passed? And Eila's energy, broad interests and positivity are a true delight. We love you Eila!

Merci énormément. 

 

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YAY FRIENDS - PETER!

Our good old friend Peter is here spending some sunny days in Mexico. Yay! He got duly a bit sunburnt on the first day but since then everything has gone fine. We have visited San Pancho, Bucerias and Punta de Mita with him and in general had a groovy time. 

 

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Brunch in San Pancho. Dr. Grethel (the vet at Sayulitanimals) joined us - she lives in San Pancho.

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Visiting a chi-chi store at Punta Mita. We liked the paintings!

Hanging out in the backstreets of Punta Mita. 

Hanging out in the backstreets of Punta Mita. 

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Peter loves coconut, and we bought a stack of pastries last night. The macaroons were made with coconut and honey - way too sweet for me... 

DINNER WITH FRIENDS!

A super great evening with our friends and neighbours in Rio. We had pasta with Gorgonzola cooked to perfection by Dante. We just ate and chatted and ate and had some dessert and suddenly it was one in the morning!

 

Isabela in full form. O her right, Lili in Moroccan gear, Laura (Isabela's mom) behind her, then TT (Jose) Isabela's uncle. 

Isabela in full form. O her right, Lili in Moroccan gear, Laura (Isabela's mom) behind her, then TT (Jose) Isabela's uncle. 

Isabela, Lili, TT, Lais, Laura and Dante. Lais (TT's wife) and Laura are sisters.

Isabela, Lili, TT, Lais, Laura and Dante. Lais (TT's wife) and Laura are sisters.

Then Luiz and his partner joined us. They brought desserts - and bubbles! Later in the course of the evening Luiz told us the story of his family...  which I am telling in another post.

Then Luiz and his partner joined us. They brought desserts - and bubbles! Later in the course of the evening Luiz told us the story of his family...  which I am telling in another post.

 

 

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MAKING FRIENDS IN RIO

One of the objectives of this trip has been for Lili to engage with children around the world and maybe even make new friends. In Rio this took off right away as we are staying in a little co-op and there happens to be a couple of girls around Lili's age in the compound. So probably on day two we met Isabela, who is now Lili's best friend here. 

 

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Isabela and Lili playing in our hanging chair.    

Isabela and Lili playing in our hanging chair. 

 

It is very cool to see how well th kids play even though they have no common language. Isabela knows a tiny bit of English and Lili has been learning the odd word of a Portuguese. And somehow it all works just perfectly. 

This photo is from today - it has Lili, Melinda, Isabela and Cecilia. And there were two dogs running around: Michael Jackson (Isabela's dog - under the table) and Tobique (Melinda's dog - in Lili's arms). 

This photo is from today - it has Lili, Melinda, Isabela and Cecilia. And there were two dogs running around: Michael Jackson (Isabela's dog - under the table) and Tobique (Melinda's dog - in Lili's arms). 

Marina (R) and family will be moving out of Rio tomorrow. We are glad we met her and hope to see her again - maybe in Canada one day! 

Marina (R) and family will be moving out of Rio tomorrow. We are glad we met her and hope to see her again - maybe in Canada one day! 

YAY FRIENDS - CAREY AND ABDOU

Just sayin'.... how great is it that two friends who haven't seen each other for some thirty years, can just meet and pick up from where they left off like nothing ever happened?

This is how great it has been for us in Morocco with my friend Carey and her husband Abdou. (For those asking - Carey and I went to the same private school in South Africa, well, some thirty years ago.) And now we have been able to enjoy Carey and Abdou's lovely hospitality for over two weeks in Rabat. 

It will be hard to leave, but we have invited them to visit us Vancouver - hopefully before another thirty years.

 

 

Abdou Lili and Dante. Lili is still wearing her bindi from India.

Abdou Lili and Dante. Lili is still wearing her bindi from India.

Going to the countryside. It was cold. 

Going to the countryside. It was cold. 

Abdou and Lili soon became best buddies. 

Abdou and Lili soon became best buddies. 

Carey with a client. This gentleman (head of Volvo Morocco) has built a beautiful house outside Marrakesh. I got to see the finished job as an interloper on a site visit! 

Carey with a client. This gentleman (head of Volvo Morocco) has built a beautiful house outside Marrakesh. I got to see the finished job as an interloper on a site visit! 

Lili got a stunning handmade Moroccan dress!

Lili got a stunning handmade Moroccan dress!

Thank you! Merci! Shukran! 

Thank you! Merci! Shukran! 

Almost going away pic. 

Almost going away pic.