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August 1st 2009
Published: June 21st 2012
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Home to an order of the Teutonic knights during the times of the crusades
Malbork is E..'s home town, and she still has family there. Her cousin and husband drove us from Gdansk and another cousin organized a wonderful celebration dinner for us and our friend G..'s family.

We have fond memories of that dinner, but we got news that E..'s dad was not doing well in hospital in White Rock. So right after dinner, we went online and got tickets to fly home to Vancouver, cutting short our planned visit to the southern parts of Poland and Prague.

We had some good luck making connections and also really good service from the Air Canada checking agent in Ottawa. When he became aware of our situation and our need to get to Vancouver, he ended up personally walking us through security to the gate check in agent. We took a taxi from the airport straight to the hospital and E.. got to spend the last 2 nights with her dad at the palliative care unit before he died. We were all glad we managed to say a proper good-bye.

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