I met my friend Christina when we were in youth group together at church during the years we were in high school. We kept in touch throughout the years we have known each other but we haven’t seen each other in quite a long time maybe at least 10 years or more. Christina got married on July 23, 2011 and shortly after that moved to London, Ontario which is a 3 hour drive from where I live in Canada. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend Christina’s wedding when she got married because I was living in Romania at that time.
I always thought it was really sweet of Christina to invite me to go to London to see her whenever I visited Canada throughout the years I lived in Romania. It just was not possible though to make the trip to London to see her with my finances and the short time I had when I came to Canada. Christina extended the invitation to me again to visit her this summer. Finally on July 12, 2019, I made the decision to take a trip to London by train and visit Christina and meet her family.
On Friday August 9th, at 11:16am, I boarded the VIA rail train at the Oshawa train station for my reunion trip to London. I had two trains to travel to London. My first train was only a 29 minute ride to the Toronto Union station and my second train to London was around 2 hours. When I arrived in London I was quite tired from the long trip and I also worked before I left as well but it was really great to see Christina again after many years of not seeing her. I also finally got to meet her husband David and her daughters FaithAnn and Lydia as well. Their daughters are adorable! Faithanne is 6 years old and Lydia is 5 years old.
On Friday for dinner we all went out to the Swiss Chalet restaurant to celebrate Christina’s birthday. Four ladies joined us that are good friends with Christina. It was really great to meet the ladies Christina knows and spend a bit more time with the them. On Saturday we had a pretty relaxing day at their house and did a shopping errand. In the evening we went to a park and had a barbecue with a refugee family from Africa. It was really great to meet the family and have dinner with them. I am really glad FaithAnn and Lydia were able to play with the children in their family.
One of my highlights during my weekend visit to London was when we went to Grand Bend beach on Sunday for the day. We took a bus to Grand Bend from London in the morning and we returned at 5:00pm. I was a bit surprised when we got there how touristy it was there and how packed it was at the beach. I had a really great time spending some time with Christina’s daughters FaithAnn and Lydia as we swam in the water and played with the sand together. Both of the girls are really sweet and it was a real blessing to spend some time with them during the weekend. In the evening we enjoyed eating pizza and watching a movie together.
The weekend went quite fast but we had a great time. It was hard to say good-bye to Christina and her family. It was a real blessing to have this reunion trip with Christina and reconnect with her after many years. I returned home again by train on Monday August 12th at 11:00am and arrived home in the afternoon. I would like to end this blog by thanking God for all of the friends He has brought into my life and how they have all been a real blessing to me.