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 […]

Bike Week in BCN

3 Feb

I just found out Barcelona has a Bike Week, June 13-17! It looks like Barcelona’s equivalent of Pedalpalooza.  I wonder if Barcelona also does the World Naked Bike Ride?  It doesn’t say… Barcelona also was deemed one of the Top 15 bike-friendly cities in the world.  I haven’t actually seen a lot of cyclists there, but […]

Italian Wedding Postponed until September

1 Feb

We’ve been working hard for the last month to completely research and plan our wedding, international paperwork, moving and having a wedding party for friends. OMFG. It is ever complicated! TL;DR: We can’t realistically make all of that happen at the same time.  Instead, we decided to focus on making sure our move to Spain […]

Huzzah! Tickets are purchased.

22 Jan

Plans are coming along.  We just purchased our one-way tickets to Spain this evening, departing April 15th, spending a few days in Berlin to get the appropriate marriage paperwork sorted out, and then flying to Barcelona on April 21st. Additionally, Aleta’s house just went into escrow!  She finally got an offer on her house this […]

Creationists vs Pastafarians

15 Jan

I was heartened to read this story today about a young man who became an activist when his middle-school teachers tossed out their science books in favor of books that taught creationism and other unproven theories as truth, like the Loch Ness Monster.  I thought this might be a good segway to talk a little […]

Things I will miss.

13 Jan

I imagine this will be the first entry of many about things I will miss, or things I do miss once I’m in Spain. Of course I will miss the familiarity of home that comes with any familiar home, at first. There are also things that I’m worried I won’t have access to that I […]

Bookmark this blog!

31 Dec

While this site is currently focused on our wedding, we plan to use this site more generally to document our experience of moving to Barcelona and our subsequent adventures. The URL,, is shorthand for the blog title, Barcelona For the Win.  BCN is the airport code for Barcelona.  FTW (short for “For the Win”) is internet slang; […]