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I have had the privilege to live in and travel to many places beyond my home country of western Canada. In the past, I’ve always brought back “stuff” from these adventures. Old photographs from a Parisian riverside book stall, a piggy bank from Copenhagen, a bag of fancy coffee beans from a San Francisco roastery, a bierstein from Munich, an old pipe from an antique shop in the Dutch countryside… Not to mention the whole mess of things I accumulated during my year living in England. I ended up hauling all of this back with me to Alberta, adding more stuff to all the stuff I already had at home. Now that I’m abroad again, I’ve made the firm decision to do things differently. Why?

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