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October 2012 - Nr. 10
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, Editor-in-chief

Dear Reader

It was a lovely summer. Never before did we take as much time for ourselves as we did this year. By skipping an issue, but distributing the printing schedule differently, we bought some time for everyone to relax. We even managed a 10 day vacation away from home, something we have not done in ages! Our trip led us to the east coast. While we have been all the way out west as far as Vancouver Island we never made it much past Montreal. On arrival to Canada all these many years ago that part of the country just did not look too inviting when we traveled there by boat, or should I say ship, along the St. Lawrence River in April of 1968.

This summer a 2 day road trip brought us to New Brunswick, and by sheer coincidence, because of a mistake, we did not travel all the way there on the Trans-Canada Highway as planned but hit another smaller highway through NB, which showed us the true beauty of that province. The long ride was somewhat tedious, even more so when we made the trip back on one day in 19 hours, including a few stops for eating and taking on gasoline. I felt like a pretzel and it took me a couple of days to get back to normal.

The view that greeted us in the morningOur stay in St. Andrews by the Sea was remarkable in many ways. The landscape with the phenomenal water views is enough to want to live there. The only thing missing is of course a sandy beach. The highest tide in the world changes the views every 6 hours and makes different adventures possible. The local people are lovely, friendly and warm. They invite you into their life style. The summers there are obviously glorious. The question is: What do they do in the winter?

The town does not entirely shut down but downsizes considerably, mainly because of the lack of tourism, but with some of the locals going to Mexico for the warmth that will be missing. Others stay, and I am still asking, doing what?

World affairs do not hold much interest in such a community that is tight knit, but several churches take care of communal needs. I guess it is there as it is in other small places: people move closer together. They need each other and rely on each other and their company, which only weaves the fabric of community stronger.

I shall reflect on this experience some more at another time. For now I am sharing the front page with you as a memory from this trip.

I have lots of other happenings to share with you this issue. All of them happened as soon as we came back from this memorable experience.

Until next time

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister

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