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Simon Fraser University, Canada - 15th September 2008

By: AbbyB

I am going to tell you a story.

Once there was a young man was wasn't very good at sports, but was passionate about them and was so determined to make his school's basketball team that he practiced until he made it.  By the time he graduated high school, he was captain of his team.  He went off to university and made the team there.  One day he felt a pain in his leg, but thought nothing of it.  The pain got worse and worse until he went to see his doctor and he was told that it was cancer and his leg would have to be amputated.  He was given a prosthetic leg and taught himself how to walk again, then run, using the track at his university.  He wanted to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients by raising money to find a cure.  He decided to run across Canada to raise awareness and money, and called his run the Marathon of Hope.  He flew across the country to Newfoundland and dipped his prosthetic foot in the Atlantic, vowing to do the same in BC.  Then, he began his run, running a marathon a day, with his brother and best friend in a van behind him.  People would stand along the road and hand him money, or join in on his run for a few kilometres.  He was awarded medals.  In Thunder Bay, Ontario, he suddenly did not feel well, and one day only managed to run a few kilomtres before he had to stop.  He was rushed to the hospital where he was told that the cancer had spread to his lungs.  He died shortly after at the age of 23, never fulfilling his dream.  That man was Terry Fox, and every year around this time, millions of people donate money and run in his honour.  His old high school was named after him and the Terry Fox Hometown Run is the largest in the world.  He went to Abby's university and learned how to run again on SFU's track, and this statue stands in the centre of the campus to honour him.


(Abby says we would have participated in the hometown run itself, but she was sick yesterday and certainly not up for running.  She apologizes.)

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Coquitlam, BC, Canada - 15th September 2008

By: AbbyB

I took the train home from school.


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Maple Ridge, BC, Canada - 20th September 2008

By: AbbyB

Today I helped Abby's family make cabbage rolls.  Abby apologizes fo the quality of the pictures; she was out working (or 'paying for her toyvoyagers habit' as she calls it) and so Erin was taking photos, but she also had to keep a tight hold on Greedy for the duration of the cabbage roll making process.

Abby ensured that we would be included before she left for work.  The note says 'We (the I is crossed out) want to help make cabbage rolls!' then Greedy added '(But especially Greedy).'


The cabbage rolls are made from meat, rice and beans mashed together and rolled in cabbage that has been boiled to make it easier to wrap. Here, Abby's Mom is demonstrating.


Then, the rolls are placed in the oven, or in this case, a special cooker with bacon, tomato sauce and more beans.


This is how they look when they are nearly finished.  Yum.


This batch was finished just in time for dinner, and we ate them hot out of the oven.


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Maple Ridge, BC, Canada - 22nd September 2008

By: AbbyB

Today a new TV arrived.  It's Moony!



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Maple Ridge, BC, Canada - 23rd September 2008

By: AbbyB

A new TV arrived today, Alizée.



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Maple Ridge, BC, Canada - 25th September 2008

By: AbbyB

A new ToyVoyager arrived today, Vladimir.



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Maple Ridge, BC, Canada - 26th September 2008

By: AbbyB

Abby had a couple packages to pick up at the post office and so she took everyone along.  Out of one of the packages popped Hedgie Hedgehog!


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Maple Ridge, BC, Canada - 3rd October 2008

By: AbbyB

It's pouring outside, so everyone decided to see what we could do as a group to keep us amused.  Alizée decided to show us some yoga poses.  Greedy opted out and decided to just watch.


Here we are doing the cobra.


Hey, look!  I can do the splits!


After all that yoga, everyone was exhausted.


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Maple Ridge, BC, Canada - 3rd October 2008

By: AbbyB

After yoga, we made tea.


The cup is actually Abby's; she found a smaller, ToyVoyager-sized cup for everyone.  Nothing beats Earl Grey on a cold, wet day :)


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Maple Ridge, BC, Canada - 3rd October 2008

By: AbbyB

Then, we decided to read to each other.  Shirley Sheep went first, reading us a fairy tale called Princess Abigail and the Wonderful Hat.  It was apparently Abby's favourite when she was younger, because of the name.


Abby encouraged Greedy to read next.  He chose When Vegetables Go Bad.


Vladimir offered to go next, and instead of choosing a nice picture book to read and look at, he chose one of Abby's textbooks, Environmental Policy.


Zzzzzz...What?  Oh, right, we were reading about environmental policies...zzzzz.


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On my way home, Canada - 15th October 2008

By: AbbyB

I'm on my way home!  Goodbye, Canada!

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