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      Edgewater Couple Sends Postcards

      After ‘Virtual Vacations’

      By: Lisa Sileo, Acts Retirement-Life Communities                                                     and think more deeply about our next trip. We decided
                                                                                                           to share the experience of visiting our original homes
         Edgewater at Boca Pointe residents Gary Elsner                                                    virtually and other places that shaped us.”
      and Sharon Nottingham hoped to celebrate their first                                                    “This took us to Central New  York, Berkley,
      anniversary in a meaningful way. Unable to book an                                                   California, Kampala, and Uganda among other places.
      extravagant vacation with parts of Florida still under                                               We were able to visit all these places very easily with
      stay-at-home orders, they instead decided to travel for                                              Google Earth,” Elsner added.
      the special occasion – virtually.                                                                       The couple said the best part about their virtual
         Their first “virtual vacation” took them to the South                                             excursions  is the  interesting  conversations  afterwards
      Pacific. Their travels were exclusively online, but they                                             with family and friends.
                                                                                                              “The happiness people have shared with us about their
                                                                                                           own past and future travels has brought us even more joy
                                                                                                           than the wonderful virtual experiences on our itinerary,”
                                                                                                           Elsner said. 
                                                         Gary Elsner and Sharon Nottingham, taken before the
                                                         coronavirus pandemic.

                                                         sent a postcard to their family and friends to document
                                                         their experience and share what they learned.
                                                            “When we came back from our first virtual trip, we
                                                         shared the experience with a couple of friends,” Elsner
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