My wife Barbara and I live in beautiful British Columbia (Canada), near to our 3 children and 3 grandchildren. We have been backpacking around the world for over 45 years, long before bottled water, cell phones, e-mail, travel guide books, and chocolate banana pancakes were invented. Between us, we have travelled to over 100 countries and enjoyed every single one of them! We enjoy natural scenery, culture, history, reading. photography, architecture, hiking, riding on buses and trains (unless it's the ride from hell), socializing, kayaking, swimming, shopping (well, Barbara does), and most of all, chatting with people we meet. As Barbara says, "everyone in the world has such an interesting story to tell."