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Alta States

Embedded in the culture - from happy hippie to realtor and back again

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She's also fallen in love with Whistler again. "I got a little disillusioned with this place," she admits. "It lost its charm there for a while. So I started travelling - looking for other places where I might want to try and live." But when push came to shove - when she took a close look at these new destinations - she realized just how much she really cared about her old stomping grounds.

"In some strange and wonderful way," says the woman who now runs hatha yoga sessions out of her own home studio (see jansimpson.com), "travelling allowed me to discover my roots again.  Whistler is where I want to live. This is where I want to stay." She offers me one last smile. "I was bitter before. But not anymore. Now I just want to contribute..."