• Saturday , 28 January 2023

Farewell for a few weeks!

After weeks of cold weather and snow, like many Canadians, I’m ready to get out of here and enjoy a bit of vacation time.

At this time of year, most people head south for warmer weather, and while I’m not embarking on a beach vacation, at least my destinations will be, to varying degrees, warmer than here.

With the Peachland View’s biggest project of the year, the Peachland Business and Telephone Directory, now sent to bed and in the process of being ready for delivery to every house and business by the end of the month, it’s time to take it easy for a little bit.

While I’m away, Osoyoos Times editor Dale Boyd will be editing contributed copy and monitoring my email, while former View reporter Eric Hall will be covering the news in Peachland. Between the two of them, I’m sure everything will be well looked after while I’m away.

As for me, I’m looking forward to burning 150,000 Aeroplan miles in my first mini around the world trip.

My holiday begins with layovers in Toronto and Paris before my first stop, Zagreb, Croatia. I’ve never been to that region of Europe before so I’m looking forward to seeing it for the first time. I have a couple days scheduled in Bosnia and Herzegovina to check out the sights in Sarajevo before heading back to Croatia for some time in King’s Landing. Erm, I mean Dubrovnik. While the beaches will be far too cold for sunbathing, I’m looking forward to visiting this popular area in the off season when I’m more likely to bump into locals than tourists.

I then get a 20-hour layover in Istanbul before heading to Budapest for a few days. It’s winter in Hungary but hopefully the thermal baths will make up for that.

After a brief layover in Warsaw, I’ll have a chance to try Polish Airlines’ Dreamliner to Delhi. I’ve never been to India before so I’m playing it safe by sticking to the Golden Triangle region, which seems pretty accessible to first-time visitors.

On the way home, I have almost 24 hours in Singapore, which should be enough time to check out the hawker centres and stroll around the city while soaking up 30 degree weather for every moment I can.

From there I have a nine-hour layover in Beijing, which is hopefully enough time to catch a day tour to the Great Wall of China, but not enough to pick up the coronavirus.

See you all in a few weeks. If I look a little exhausted, you’ll know why.

By Joanne Layh

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