Sunday, October 04, 2009

visiting cousin

Cousin Kirsty is in town from London for a week and a bit more. She's the daughter of Andy's Mom's Scottish cousins Margaret and Phil, who visited with us in July. Kirsty works for St. George's University, and is here visiting high schools here, to make presentations to students who may decide to pursue degrees overseas.

We haven't seen Kirsty since she was 15 years old - about 10 years ago, so it was like meeting someone for the first time. She came for supper Friday. After supper we drove over to Andy's Mom's place, bringing dessert with us. We had a nice visit, and Andy's Mom gave Kirsty a book about the power plant at Stave Falls, where she grew up. On Saturday, we met Kirsty at her hotel downtown, and together we took the Aquabus over to Granville Island. We explored the shops and galleries there and ate lunch at the market, then walked out along the south side seawalk as far as Vanier Park. It was good to get to know our London cousin. She has traveled to many places in the world and has a very interesting job at the university, working to encourage at-risk youth to stay in school and pursue post-secondary education. We compared notes about post-secondary education in Canada and the UK and talked about politics, economics, the environment, religion, social justice... we covered a lot of good territory! Kirsty's co-worker is joining her Monday, and together they will visit Victoria and visit more schools in the Vancouver area as well, so we probably won't see her again before she returns home next Saturday. We feel glad to have spent time with her, and hope to see her again.

I'll post a photo of us together when Kirsty emails it to us - forgot to bring my own camera!

question: who has visited you recently?

mompoet - the world is a small place, with people connecting all over it, all the time

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