Cooking to get over a cold
DH and I both have the kind of cold that lingers - we've had the same cold for about 10 days now, each. The kind where you cough, sneeze, etc. My voice comes and goes. And flying home with stuffy nose/ears was not fun.
So I'm making chic... Read more
Getting drunk on rum balls
Did you know that when you make rum balls, you actually absorb some of the alcohol through your hands? I didn't know that until one summer, when I sat with my old Seattle buddies and made a huge batch of rum balls, and became quite tipsy. Alth... Read more
Finished travelling and home
We're home, and the flight was a bit rough. As well as the Miami to St. Thomas flight was 2 hours late. DH and I both have colds, although he's at the coughing stage and I'm still congested - so the flight was uncomfortable that way too.
B... Read more
Three Kings Eve in Madrid
We booked the same hotel we stayed at 4 or so years ago, because the parade went by the front of the hotel. This year, the route was changed and we didn't find out until after the parade was over.
But we did see the huge crowds, the kids, ... Read more
Tarragona - World Heritage Site
We looked through our mini-guide books, did a quick search online, and decided to stop in Tarragona (on the southern coast of Spain, about 2/3 of the way from Valencia to Barcelona). We picked this town (city?) because it has all kinds of Roman... Read more
An extra night in Valencia
DH likes to travel without a plan, so that he wings it. I prefer to know where I'm going to sleep at night (having been in places where I spent most of the day looking for a room for the night).
So we've compromised on most of our trips. ... Read more
Fashion in Barcelona
Yes, DH and I stand out as Americans. We're both wearing jeans, he has a ski jacket and while I have a short black trench, I do wear white sneakers (with red rhinestones and a tattoo style heart and rose on the back). But we both have the scar... Read more
A not-so-nice adventure
DH and I were walking to La Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi's unfinished cathedral (which is fabulous and wild and crazy and it kind of morphs from classic Gothic cathedral to Gaudi's undulating organic lines, all in one building) - anyhow, we wer... Read more
Day 3 in Barcelona
We definitely have fallen into a different rhythm for our days. We both sleep late (for us) and slowly get showered and dressed. Breakfast has been between 9 and 10 AM. We wander around, people watch, and eventually come up with a plan for th... Read more
DH and I rode the local bus up to Park Guell today - this is Antoni Gaudi's famous park that was supposed to be an urban development, but turned out to be his mosaic and stonework masterpiece. It's sort of like fairy tale houses in Central Park... Read more
Quirky European dinner
DH and I decided that after an 8 hour siteseeing day (and over 15,000 steps on my pedometer), we probably didn't need to walk too far for dinner. So after about 45 minutes back in our hotel room, we wandered around our neighborhood, which is 4 ... Read more
Greetings from Barcelona
DH and I arrived in Barcelona about 5 PM, after about 18 hours of travelling, including an overnight flight. We're both tired, but we both wanted to walk around the city, enjoy the holiday lights and decorations, and find a light dinner. (We a... Read more
All our bags are packed and we're ready to go
I put my "wardrobe on a diet" in my small roll aboard bag. Jacket, sweater, book, laptop go in the backpack. DH had a huge pile of clothes, I offered him the use of my larger roll aboard (which makes it still pretty small). He had to take out... Read more
Putting my wardrobe on a diet
I've read several articles about downsizing one's lifestyle, and it usually includes keeping one's clothing to a minimum. And while I've stopped buying as many clothes as usual, and forced myself to think twice before making any purchases, I st... Read more
Encouraging students to read
I have a few students who love to read, so they have chosen to take a summarized version of a play by Shakespeare, read it over the school break, write a short one-page summary, and bring it back in January.
The rest will do this in class i... Read more