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Finding my way in Paris

Mark Campbell - A Canadian in Boston

My name is Mark Campbell and I am a Canadian who was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. Despite the natural beauty, moderate climate, and warm gentle nature of my hometown, I somehow always felt that Boston was the place that I wanted to live. As a kid, I was fascinated by the colonial history of New England, cheered for the underdog Bruins, cursed the hard luck Red Sox, set my sights on attending Harvard, and generally felt that life at Cheers represented life as it should be.

Soon after completing college at the University of British Columbia, I sold virtually everyting I owned, took only what I could carry, and headed south to Las Vegas. It's not quite Boston, but Las Vegas was never intended as a destination. Instead, I was there to train for a much bigger adventure - a cross-country bicycle ride from California to Florida - still not Boston, but getting closer.

After two months of training, I was ready for my big ride and although I didn't know it at the time, the cycling trip was actually just the start of a much larger adventure. On the morning that I set out from the youth hostel in San Diego, I talked to a girl name Kelly, who just happened to be from...Boston. She gave me her card, and I promised to send email updates from the road. Two months later, after crossing the country by bike, I was in Boston visiting Kelly. A month later, I was living in Montreal and starting a career in the web business. Kelly later joined me in Montreal (her dream city), and on March 9, 2002 we were married - courthouse style. After five years in Montreal and two years of immigration procedures, we finally moved to Boston Massachusetts, just in time to see the Red Sox win the World Series.

It's been over four years since we made the move to the city of my dreams. In that time, the Boston Red Sox have won a second World Series, the stock markets and the Canadian dollar have both soared and plunged, and in 2007 I entered the crazy world of ad agency life, working at Modernista as Senior Interactive Producer for Cadillac.com.

I've also come to the realization that I'm gradually becoming an East Coaster and even an American. In the coming month I will take the final steps, and officially apply for US citizenship. A part of me though will always be Canadian, no matter where I live. For now, Mark Campbell is a very happy Canadian in Boston.

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Driving the 2008 Cadillac CTS

2008.05  |  U.S. Southwest

During our recent vacation in the U.S. Southwest, I mixed work and pleasure by renting a Cadillac CTS, which we drove to Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Red Rock Canyon. My test drive proved that the CTS is not just a car, it's a Cadillac.

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Happy Mother's Day

2006.09  |  Boston, MA

What could be better than flowers on Mother's Day? How about 2 dozen flowers "picked" from all other North America and the Caribbean.

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2009.08  |  Paris, France

2009.08  |  Paris, France

We've talked about going to Paris years, but finally took the plunge in the Summer of 2009, with our first trip to Europe. After 7 days, numerous museums/churches, dozens of walking miles, and 971 photos, we're looking forward to our next European vacation.