Wet in Wellington

New Zealand is beautiful. Even in the rain. It reminds me of Vancouver in many ways – rain, mountains, mountains, water. Landing at Wellington was an experience – the combination of a short runway and high winds made for a few hairy minutes and a bumpy landing. Fortunately we landed at midnight – no scary visuals.

People are so friendly! I only need to pause to look at a map and someone is bound to stop to help with directions. We are staying downtown near the water and within easy walking distance of the Pipitea Campus of Victoria University of Wellington, where we have had meetings for the past two days.

On…Thursday (the International Date Line really messed with my head) L and I explored the downtown and went to the Te Papa Tongawera Museum of New Zealand – a magnificent place!

One area by the water is Civic Square. The Square included the old city library, now a gallery, a new library building, City Council buildings, and open public space with sculptures and bridge to the waterfront. Even in the rain this space is beautiful.

A trip to Hannah’s Lane completed our explorations – this little lane is tucked away and doesn’t invite the visitor in, but rewards the persistent with… chocolate, among other things!

So far, so good. Hoping for better weather though – after all, this is summer in NZ!

Oslo in October


Luciana and I arrived in Oslo early afternoon, desperate for sleep – that imperative could not be ignored. I have to say though that the drive from the airport was beautiful – rolling hills, trees in fall colours, tidy fields, some with rolled hay bales waiting to be gathered… lovely. Very Canadian! Continue reading “Oslo in October”

Paris between meetings

Last week Luciana and I were in Paris for the InterPARES Trust Transnational Team img_0050meetings. We worked hard and the meetings were excellent, but we also managed to find time to do some exploring. The weather couldn’t have been more cooperative – what’s better than Paris on a sunny fall day? Continue reading “Paris between meetings”


It is a real gift to be able to get away on a bit of a vacation without going too far from home. And really, you can draw a circle around Vancouver and hit any number of great places to go within a couple of hours. We are so fortunate! IMG_6065So, last Thursday after lunch I took off for Harrison Hot Springs with friends Chris and Catherine for a two-day mini-vacay. Chris, Catherine and I worked together at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver in the late 1990s. We have all gone our IMG_6108separate ways since then, and had many twists and  turns along the way, but we have always kept in touch, more or less often. Of course Emma came with us as well – can’t forget my lovely fur-girl! Continue reading “Mini-vacay”