You do. I know you do.
Eleven years and two months, 51 pairs of shoes, three buggies and continuous support from his family—these are the things required for Montreal native Jean Béliveau to walk 75,000 kilometres across 64 countries and five continents around the world. On Friday, May 27, 2011, the world wide walker passed through Virden [Manitoba] on his way home.
Unhappy with his working career, Béliveau was running in his Montreal neighbourhood one day late in 1999 when he offhandedly wondered how long it would take him to reach New York, and then Mexico. Returning home, Béliveau researched the distances and, just like that, his dream to walk around the world was born.
I have lived on the west coast for nearly four years now and, despite the fact that there have been reports of a few incidents in the last few years, I have yet to feel the tremors of an earthquake. I have, however, written an article about one.
If you’ve done some sleuthing on this site, you may have already read this article, but since I know that most of you haven’t (unfortunately, the sad statistics are reported to me), I thought I’d dangle it in front of you like a carrot. So here you go… maybe you’ll learn something.
When John and Dianne Liefso of Virden, Manitoba, booked their vacation to New Zealand, the last thing they expected was to find themselves sitting in a booth in a pizza joint in Christchurch, holding on to a table for dear life amidst the roar and rumble of an earthquake. Expected or not, that’s exactly where they ended up.