Tuesday, June 29, 2010

unfolding goodbyes by k

we had another goodbye yesterday. i wrote to my friend today to thank her for having us and saying i would miss her and she wrote back:
In the words of the great Dr. Seuss, " Don't cry because it's over - smile because it happened."
a great thought. and i am smiling.

tomorrow we start a one-week road trip to the rioja (wine region of spain), then on to bilbao for a visit to the guggenheim. from there we'll head to biarritz in france and spend a few days there before driving back to barcelona.

we're going through things, getting rid of stuff, deciding what to bring back. the refrigerator and cupboards are getting low in supplies and i just opened what should be our last mega pack of toilet paper...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

vinaros - by b

we got back yesterday from a fun and relaxing time in vinaros with ian williams who invited us down to his and betsy segarra's house ... it's like 2 hours or so drive south of barcelona just across the state line in valencia. according to ian, lonely planet suggests people not even stop in vinaros --- but i like it a lot .

both times we've been there have been for the festival of san juan --- which brings together loud fireworks late at night and traditional music and a parade of gigants (giants)

plus the kids can run free as ian and betsy's place is on the plaza and a few meters from the sea. when we were there seven years ago we rode this fun ride (above) at the carnival ... which we did again this time. the goal is to stay on the bull -- not so easy as it moves somehow in a circle and side to side. more pix of vinaroz here.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

these days now - by b

these days now are like the water
where the river meets
the sea
the sea
meets the river
salty and fresh both
bitter and sweet

school is over... summer has begun...

tomorrow we drive to spend time with san franciscans in spain.... kind of a pre-reentry?

are we here. are we there?

just had a midnight skype with my dad.... and am looking forward to an ungrainy, hi-def, in-the-flesh chivas with the man ! soon

a few weeks left here

trying to get the most out of it

wrapping europe up, somehow--for this go-around at least

feeling really sad right now


Friday, June 11, 2010

get the ark! by k

it's pouring again! what is happening? we have had so much rain in the past week that i'm starting to wonder when/if it will stop. we finally had our summer weather and i was enjoying riding my bike everywhere, but that has come to a stop with all this water. it's still warm, but so so so muggy.

i recently watched an hbo miniseries called "the pacific," all about WWII in the pacific. besides all the other horrors soldiers faced there, they spent days, weeks and months wet! terrible. i left home the other day with dorian's umbrella, only to find when i needed it that it was broken beyond repair. by the time i got to shelter, i was drenched, and i still had at least five hours out and about. i popped into h&m and bought a dry shirt. i think i would go insane if i were wet for a long period of time...