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Culture shock

5 Nov

When we moved to Spain, I knew that going back to the states periodically would give us random bits of culture clash. And sure, enough the last two weeks in California gave me ample opportunities to experience this. In the parking lot of Wal-Mart (don’t ask me what I was doing there!) I saw two […]

Traveling

8 Oct

I write this as I prepare to leave for a 13-day stint in the US tomorrow.  Today is only my second day home after a week in London, and when we left for London we had only been home a week since getting back from our wedding in Bologna.  I am loving all the adventures, […]

A few insights into Italian culture

19 Sep

In the two days since I returned from spending a week in Bologna and a day in Florence, I’ve been noting more differences between Italian culture and Spanish culture now that I’m seeing them in juxtaposition: I barely ate any vegetables in Italy. I mean, almost NO vegetables. I’d estimate that I cumulatively ate 6 […]

Living in the land of guapa

23 Aug

Greetings from Menorca! You may not have heard of the island of Menorca. Its a small island, part of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean — most people probably heard of Mallorca, the literal larger sister island to Menorca. In Menorca they speak a dialect of Catalan called Menorquí and in a lot of senses […]

Summer is here!

23 Jun

Slowly but surely we’re starting to fall into the rhythm of life here in Barcelona.  After an unusually long Spring, the heat has finally descended and we now understand the reason for afternoon naps (during peak heat), late dinners, staying up even later into the night when the temperature is mild, and sleeping in.  Most […]

One month

27 May

It’s hard to believe that a full month has passed since we arrived. Things are starting to fall into place: Rob now has his NIE & residency card, which gives him full access to his bank account, as well as the ability to sign other contracts such as signing up for Bicing, the city bike-sharing […]

Adventures in Hamburg

23 Apr

After some more putzing around Berlin we caught a train to Hamburg in the evening. We had beers before the train and we brought beers onto the train. Once we arrived in Hamburg, we went and had schnitzel and beer. The next day we went to visit my friend André’s mom and his brother — […]

Leaving from LA

23 Apr

[ Now that our neighbor has shared his WiFi with us, we’re online to share our stories! I’ll catch up on older posts to start with. ] So, we’ve started our travels! As we were arriving at LAX my Mom txted and and said: “Are you going to be able to leave”? I shuddered for […]

And we’re off!

19 Apr

The last few months have been a crazy, mad dash getting ready to leave the country.  In the last month, we cleared all of our stuff out of the Pacific Rim and onto a shipping container, got married (!!), and I made a last-minute visit to my ailing grandmother in Minnesota.  This all would not […]

Nowhere is Somewhere

3 Feb

I signed up to receive email announcements about  the Nowhere festival last week, and just a few days later I got an email saying that tickets had gone on sale!  I’ve heard it compared to Burning Man; it’s held in the desert near Zaragoza, Spain, about 3 hours from Barcelona.  It’s held in July every […]