Visitors For Life Welcome in Vancouver

When death comes knocking at your door, set your intention for the future and then let go, let be, and live in the present!

Views of Vancouver from the Writer’s Home

And organize visits with friends and relatives! (Please click on schedule updated August 7, 2017.)

At least that’s a part of Maggie’s Way of answering the call.

I’ve been so blessed with long-time and new friends and relatives in Vancouver dropping by, arranging visits (while staying fantastically flexible), and offering to assist me on all sorts of levels.

The Writer Vegging on Her Couch with Her Mother

I am being offered emotional support in highly mutual ways, home-prepared staple dishes and other delicacies, car rides and housekeeping / laundry tasks, among other ways of being supported.

I am also hiring some housekeeping / laundry assistance, getting groceries delivered, ordering my essentials online as needs and wishes evolve, and receiving house calls from my health practitioners, including my Family Doctor, Counsellors, and my Death Midwife (“Thanadoula”—I am hoping to write more on that later), as I slowly learn of various resources available for various stages of evolution of my bodily abilities.

Next in the queue for meeting with to join Maggie’s Way Team are Home Care Nurses and Palliative Care Team (in case the services they provide are needed).

Daytime views of Vancouver from the Writer’s Home

I feel so incredibly fortunate in my apparent misfortune to have access to all these resources, and to be surrounded by all these individuals who genuinely want to spend time with me and assist me in my daily and planning tasks for whatever the future may bring. Wow!

I now also look forward to the following out-of-town visitors and visits. I plan to keep this list updated as visits get scheduled and new ideas come up, both for visits in Vancouver and for my travels away from Vancouver. I am hoping that this will assist others in offering and planning their visits.

Schedule of Planned Out-of-Town Visits (photos from visits below):

  • Updated August 7, 2017
  • TBD — to be determined (visit under discussion, but not yet booked)
  • Tips for proposing visits (below)

May 7, 2017 — Visiting in Vancouver with Friends, Bob & Kelly, from Galiano Island

  • please try not to book additional visits during this time

May 23 – 26, 2017 — Visiting in Vancouver with Mother, Krystyna, & “Aunt / Cousin”, Mira, from Ontario

  • please try not to book additional visits during this time

May 28 – 31, 2017 — Visiting in Vancouver with Sister, Dorothy, from Ontario

  • please try not to book additional visits during this time

June 6 – 8, 2017 — Visiting in Vancouver with Cousin, Kasia, from Alberta

  • please try not to book additional visits during this time

June 12 – 13, 2017 — Visiting in Vancouver with Uncle, Romek, and Aunt, Marta, from Ontario

  • please try not to book additional visits during this time

June 13 – 17, 2017  — Visiting in Vancouver with Cousin, Janka, from Ontario

  • please try not to book additional visits during this time

June 15 – 18, 2017  — Visiting in Vancouver with Cousin, Stan, from Ontario

  • please try not to book additional visits during this time

June 21, 2017 — Visiting in Vancouver with Friend, Janet, from Mozambique

  • please try not to book additional visits during this time

June 27 – July 2, 2017  — Visiting in Vancouver with Friend, Janette, from Ontario

  • please try not to book additional visits during this time

June 30 – July 3, 2017  — Visiting in Vancouver with Friend, Usha, from Ontario

  • please try not to book additional visits during this time

July 7-14, 2017 — “Hospital Resort Retreat” in Vancouver

  • please try not to book additional visits during this time

July 14-16, 2017 — Visiting in Vancouver with Friend, Trevor, from Alberta

  • please try not to book additional visits during this time

July 17-19, 2017  — Visiting on Galiano Island, BC, with Bert, Bob & Kelly

  • please try not to book additional visits during this time

July 23-24, 2017 — Visiting in Vancouver with Friend, Jess, from Okanagan, BC

  • please try not to book additional visits during this time

July 26 – August 5, 2017 — Visiting in Vancouver with Friend, Birgit, from Hamburg, Germany

  • I am open to multiple visitors during this time

Next Visit

August 6-16, 2017 — Maggie’s Alone Time and Limited Visiting with Local Friends & Relatives in Vancouver

  • please try not to book additional visits during this time

August 17-21, 2017 — Visiting in Vernon, BC, with Friends, Christine & Trevor, from Alberta

  • please try not to book additional visits during this time

August 22-25, 2017 — Maggie’s Alone Time and Limited Visiting with Local Friends & Relatives in Vancouver

  • please try not to book additional visits during this time

August – September 2017  — Visiting in Vancouver with Friend, Trev, from London, UK (TBD — 2nd visit after our visit in April 2017)

  • I am open to multiple visitors during this time

September 22 – October 14, 2017  — Visiting in Ontario, with Friends & Relatives in Toronto & Ottawa areas — including 2-way VIA Rail Train Trip: outbound trip with Friends, Bob & Kelly, from Galiano Island, and inbound trip with Friend, Trevor, from Alberta, and Mother, Krystyna, & Aunt, Ania, from Ontario

  • I am open to multiple visitors during this time (in Ontario)

September 29 – October 1, 2017  — Visiting in Waterloo, Ontario, with Friends from Engineering Class of ~1997

  • I am open to multiple visitors during this time (in Waterloo)

October 25, 2017  — Visiting in Vancouver with Depeche Mode at Concert

  • I am open to multiple visitors during this time

Tips for Proposing Visits (NEW)

To help me schedule additional visits, please let me know by email or voicemail more of your thoughts about your proposed visit:

  • Considering the schedule of planned visits above, please suggest specific date(s) for my visit with you that work best for you.
    • Please try to space out visits to give me 3-4 days “alone” time between visits.
  • How do you envision our visit?
    • What would you like to do while you visit with me? (Vancouver Attractions)
    • Where would you like to stay (e.g., with me on a limited basis, at a hotel / Airbnb)?
  • What specifically would you like to assist me with while you visit with me?
    • It’s ok if you’re not sure what I might want or need.
    • Please indicate your interests (e.g., take me out for a meal, help me clean, accompany me on a nature outing, chat with me, read to me, hang with me doing our own thing, go for manicure together, join me for energy healing or Pilates, etc.).

For me, visiting at my place for low impact activities—or out somewhere that involves only 500-750 m of walking or a short drive / taxi ride away, once or a few times, depending on how long you plan to be in Vancouver and depending how I am feeling in the moment—would be great! My appetite and energy levels fluctuate moment to moment, so I very much appreciate all flexibility within our plans.

I prefer that my guests also have backup plan activities with which they can entertain themselves when I want a break. This takes my own pressure off me to entertain you during our visit. Please refer (Vancouver Attractions) for what to do in Vancouver.

I am very grateful for offers to visit with me in Vancouver or out of town. I very much appreciate your patience and understanding that it may take me a few days to respond to emails, voicemails, Facebook messages, Comments on my website, etc.—particularly during times when I have visitors.

Travel Logistics for Vancouver:

Some suggestions to think about for visiting me in Vancouver.

Accommodations:

While I am able to accommodate some visitors for some of their visit time on my fold-out double-futon in my livingroom, sometimes I prefer that my visitors stay at a hotel or at an Airbnb. Accommodations in Vancouver are pricey (>$250/night) and often sold out, especially in the summer. You may wish to book (cancelable) accommodation ASAP, and keep an eye out for better options closer to confirming travel plans and arrival date.

Suggestions for staying within a short walking distance from my apartment (between Pacific, Bute, Comox / Helmcken, and Granville (map)):

  • Ramada Downtown: Please ask for “Medical Rate” and mention my name (Maggie Wojtarowicz) when price shopping. I found the least expensive rate at this hotel through Expedia (~$170/night).
  • Howard Johnson Downtown: I found the least expensive rate at this hotel through their website (~$200/night).
  • Airbnb: I have an account, and am happy to book visitors via my account—or please consider signing up for your own account. Shared accommodations are in greater supply and less expensive than whole apartment accommodations. Please note that new Airbnb postings sometimes become available last minute, so keep your eye out for better options even after you’ve booked a (cancelable) hotel, if price or location is an issue.

Transportation to / from Airport and Getting Around the City Options:

By TransLink Public Transit (45 min):

Depending on the day of the week, the time of day, and the direction of travel, TransLink public transit (Skytrain + bus / taxi) single tickets to and from the Airport range in price:

  1. From the Airport to my apartment (get off at Yaletown-Roundhouse Station, take #6 bus to Burrard @ Davie, then cross Davie and walk 4 short blocks < 5 minutes south towards the bridge away from the community garden (map) OR take a taxi from the Skytrain Station for ~$10):
    • $7.75 on weekends and mid-week after 6:30pm
    • $9.00 mid-week before 6:30pm
  2. From my apartment to the Airport (in reverse from above to the terminus station at the Airport):
    • $5.50 on weekends and mid-week after 6:30pm
    • $6.75 mid-week before 6:30pm

By Taxi (20-45 min, depending on traffic):

Taking a taxi between the Airport and my apartment costs approx. $40.

By Rental Car:

Please Note: Car parking is in short supply and expensive in downtown Vancouver, but some visitors parking spaces are provided at my apartment on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited street parking has time restrictions. Public parkades are within walking distance. For getting around the city, we can use transit, taxi it, walk it (<500-700 m, while holding hands or with me using a walking stick for balance assistance), and if I’m up to driving, we can also go by one of the 3 car shares that I’m a member of (Modo, car2go, Evo).

Vancouver’s (Other) Attractions:

If you would like to make a little vacation out of your visit with me, please see my list of places to visit in the Vancouver area. Currently, my ability to join in most of these activities is limited, so you may enjoy them on my behalf!

More Vancouver-bound tips to come as needed and thought of.

Thank you to all my visitors, travel companions, travel hosts, in body and in spirit. Please email me if you would like to chat about possible visit plans together.

Visit Photos:

The Writer Enjoying a Meal with Cousins Marek & Debbie, “Aunt / Cousin” Mira, and Mother, Krystyna

The Writer Enjoying a Meal with “Aunt / Cousin”, Mira, Mother, Krystyna, and Friend, Karl

The Writer Celebrating Life with Some of Her Support Team