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Entries tagged with “Cariboo”.

map from Horsefly to Bella Coola0003

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A week ago my husband lined up a trip to Bella Coola to market his books.  I usually go with him on all these trips because I do not want to see him make long trips by himself anymore. Lately I have been overwhelmed with computer work, dealing with his publisher and the publishing process for three of his manuscripts, as well as trying to catch up on my accounting and book keeping for 2013, so I was grateful when he found someone else to go along with him.  Then at the last minute his companion for the trip couldn’t go so I put aside my work and said I would go with him.  And it turned out to be a spectacularly beautiful journey and I was so happy things had turned out the way they did!

The trip is about 1000 km round trip from our home at Horsefly to Bella Coola. 

We’d had cloudy, showery weather but Tuesday morning when we left home it was a sunny spectacular day.  I’d been watching the weather network from Alexis Creek, to Anahim and on to Bella Coola and the forecast looked good for the days we would be travelling.  The weatherman didn’t change his mind–we had sunshine and clear sky all the way there and back.  Fall is my favorite time of the year  and the colors were a feast for the eyes.  It was a fabulous trip!

kool-aid & cariboo stew

This book is a delightful collection of the experiences of a young couple who immigrated to Canada in 1979, to start life anew in a country that offered personal freedom and room to expand and grow that was not possible in their densely populated homeland.

It is filled with their wonder as they experience a different culture; language barriers, confusion, happiness, difficult and painful times, and their Swiss families disapproval and  unwillingness to accept that they would forsake their homeland and family, to embrace a strange new world.

Verena and her husband were not your normal run-of-the-mill people.  They were curious and adventuresome; this was evident when they chose to go to the “end of the earth” to get married in Barrow, Alaska.

I often laughed out loud, as I read Verena’s honest and hilarious portrayals of their experiences in their new homeland.  I have to admit,the title of the book threw me; I thought it would relate to living in the Cariboo, but it doesn’t and it has a wonderful significance in the story.

The introduction to the book says that it will appeal to immigrants, but I am not an immigrant and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Last fall I also purchased an audio version of the book, read by the author.  It enhanced my enjoyment even more.  Ms. Berger’s voice brings to life in a very personal way, the reality of the families experiences and I enjoyed her stories again on a totally different level.

Do not miss this wonderful collection of stories.  Look for this book in your local book stores, at, or contact  And do yourself a special favour and by the audio version as well. Also check  out Verena Berger on Goodreads, and after you have finished the book,kindly leave a review!