Gerhardt, as always, was in charge of travel arrangements. This time around he didn't get a gold star rating though. Getting in touch with his inner Jack Benny, he opted for "cheap" rather than luxury ... or even semi-luxury. And while we didn't get bedbugs anywhere we stayed, we didn't exactly get the Ritz. Our first night was especially interesting. My other had half found a house that let out rooms. The house was lovely, and so was our little corner of it, but it was missing a couple of things we Americans have gotten used to having provided for us when we travel, like soap. And the towel, well as you can see in the picture, they were expecting much smaller guests. No, Gerhardt isn't doing the dance of the seven veils. He's displaying the towel that was left in the bathroom for us to share with the couple in the room next to us. Needless to say, we went out and found a mall and bought a towel.
One of the highlights of our weekend was taking a quick trip to Abbotsford, where ON STRIKE FOR CHRISTMAS was filmed. We enjoyed meeting Theresa, who owns Quilting Essentials, one of the stores where the movie was shot. She and her daughter made us feel right at home and her quilt shop is a feast for the eyes. She shared all kinds of fun details about the filming of the movie. I guess quite a few people wandered into the fake yarn shop, hoping to purchase yarn. I hope if there's another movie in my future I'll get a chance to visit the set and see some of the fun firsthand.
And, as always, we found our Canadian neighbors to be friendly and fun. I love Canada! Somebody make me an honorary Canadian.