Salud!

We are not big drinkers. We never have been. It doesn't mean we don't go out and enjoy a beverage, or several, with friends and family. But, as a general rule, we drink more water, coffee, iced tea or even Coke than we ever do some form of alcohol. It's probably a good thing. I've … Continue reading Salud!

A Fresh Perspective

The change of seasons blows in new ideas and new ways of looking at things. It's never the big stuff that makes the difference. It's always the small, subtle things that push us - sometimes kicking and screaming - in a new direction. Our new furniture arrives tomorrow. So it required a little re-thinking our … Continue reading A Fresh Perspective

Happy Gratitude Day!

I've said it before. I don't love Thanksgiving, for a host of reasons. But I'll admit, it does feel weird to be walking around and it's just another day in Valencia. It's also weird that the 'Black Friday' signs are every where here. In Brazil the signs said 'Black Day', but its the same thing. … Continue reading Happy Gratitude Day!

Time to Circle Back

When we moved here last spring, the furniture I bought for our living room was more stop gap than what I really liked. My sofa was on it's way from the US - it's took the long way around -  and I was going to build around that when it arrived. But for those who … Continue reading Time to Circle Back

It was a dark and stormy night

Well, it was actually a dark and stormy afternoon. And it was the day that I realized the theme of this week should be 'The Appointment to Make the Appointment'. We hit the ground running this week.Our first annual medical exams since we've been here - actually, we were way past due before we left … Continue reading It was a dark and stormy night

Brazil – Not Candy-Coated

We are home at last. We're both glad to be back in Spain. Not because we didn't enjoy Brazil but because it's truly home. Our language has changed now - and its a subtle thing. When in Sao Paolo we referred to 'home' and it wasn't the US. It was El Compartemiento. And I almost … Continue reading Brazil – Not Candy-Coated

Armistice Day – WWI

Taking a break from regularly scheduled programming to recognize that it's the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice that ended WWI. In Europe, it's a big deal. Millions died and parts of the French countryside is still scared and declared 'red zones' due to unexploded bombs from that time, and toxic soil from chemical weapons. In … Continue reading Armistice Day – WWI

Sometimes, getting there is Half the Battle

OK - I couldn't resist. We took separate flights to Sao Paolo - for reasons I won't go in to, the consequences of which I'm still paying for. But we did get here. I knew it was going to be interesting when I saw a Franciscan monk get on the plane in full robes and … Continue reading Sometimes, getting there is Half the Battle