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The past week has pretty much been a blur of writing and crossing things off a pages-long to-do list, but our wedding on Saturday made it all worthwhile. While Vancouver shivered in the cold, we married in blinding sunlight on a beach in Surfers Paradise, Queensland. Janelle walked down the aisle to a string-quartet cover of “There is a Light That Never Goes Out” by The Smiths, the reading was a Mary Oliver poem that seemed to perplex people more than anything, and our vows made people laugh, awwww and cry in the space of about 90 seconds. Then a great house-party reception, complete with kids swimming in the pool, septuagenarian Chinese-Australians talking about gambling in the corner, and plenty of tanned Aussie chicks.

A good day, all told.

I haven’t fully had time to process it all, but Janelle’s immigration application is finally complete and in about 12 hours we’ll be on our way to Kuala Lumpur to begin our extended honeymoon vacation walkabout. It seems amazing how much has happened, and is continuing to happen. Like we’ve crammed three years worth of life-changing experiences into a few weeks. But it feels surprisingly okay, and very right.


  1. Chris Nell wrote:

    Congrats Eric & Janelle! A thesis and a wedding in the same season — quite the accomplishment. It’s nice to know it can be done; this April, Mai & I will be following in your footsteps (in a sense); first an aisle in Japan, then down to Indonesia. In the meantime, a month and a half of thesis awaits…

    Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 12:28 am | Permalink
  2. Hey, congrats! ¬†We were actually considering Indonesia, and still might if we feel we’ve had enough of India (the plan is a few weeks in SEA, then Sri Lanka, India and Nepal).

    Good luck with the thesis!

    Monday, February 28, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink
  3. Tyson L wrote:

    Congratulations, it looks and sounded like it was a wonderful day. I look forward to traveling vicariously through your blog posts.

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Permalink
  4. YT wrote:

    Well, lucky you. Enjoy your honeymoon in my bizarre part of the planet.

    Monday, March 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Permalink