This Old Dog

They say you're only as old as you feel. But, as I've discovered, that's not necessarily true. You're actually as old as you are. And there is no way around that. I have been playing on a women's futbol (soccer) team here in Valencia. We practice every Monday and Wednesday. It took me a couple … Continue reading This Old Dog

Fin de Semana Delicioso

A Gorgeous weekend in Valencia. Saturday was windless on the beach. Micro waves, no wind. And it was warm enough to be out and about until the mid afternoon without a jacket. And the water wasn't too bad after you got used to it. It's nice to get back to normal. Or what feels like … Continue reading Fin de Semana Delicioso

No Passa Nada

I know some people who moved here after we did. They had been reading my blog and told me, on more than one occasion, ‘All we had to do was ask ourselves ‘What would Kelli do?’ and then do the exact opposite’. Sure, I’m pretty clear I’ve made some mistakes, but it’s all learning. That’s … Continue reading No Passa Nada

Perfectly Imperfect

I read somewhere that in Japan they have a tradition. When a bowl or a plate is broken, it is repaired, but with a thin layer of gold along the crack. They don't try to fake it with super glue or send it out to a master ceramicist to refire and repaint it, so it's … Continue reading Perfectly Imperfect

Roller Coaster Sunday

'God takes care of fools and little children.' It's been my motto my entire life. So far it has worked for me nicely. I've toddled my way through things and while there were potential dangers - I mostly ignored them. I just kept toddling. But I digress. I'll start at the beginning. We left the … Continue reading Roller Coaster Sunday

Fresh Squeezed

It's a cool crisp morning here in Valencia. Surprise! We woke up to fireworks. Shades of Fallas - reminding us it's coming and we need to book some rooms out of town for that week. First, it rained and then the sun came out like it inevitably does. A day without sunshine here, in some … Continue reading Fresh Squeezed

The Sun Also Rises

Time smooths out the rough edges of memory. Sometimes it makes the past seem rosier than, perhaps, it really was. We are home from Ireland. We were excited to spend Christmas in New Years in weather that felt like so many holidays of the past. Especially all the years we spent in Seattle. And it … Continue reading The Sun Also Rises

Derry on the Uptick

*Still doing this on my phone. Formatting, etc. May be wonky. Derry is a vibrant walled city with the old and new working side by side. Traffic and people weave through the gates; tourists and locals walk the top of the wall. Life is good here. The walled city sits on an island hill that … Continue reading Derry on the Uptick

Derry: Two Sides One City

I've traveled to conflict zones over the course of my adult life. Some have been boiling over while I was there. Others quietly simmering. Like in the Middle East, being stopped at checkpoints controlled by militia who stationed a 12 year old boy sitting on a bucket to ask why we want to travel a … Continue reading Derry: Two Sides One City

Holy Shit! Driving in Ireland

First off, renting a car at the Dublin airport mimicked buying a used car on Aurora Avenue in Seattle. It felt like we were haggling with a used car salesman for insurance, transmission and tire coverage. If he'd mentioned 'clear coat' I would have gone ballistic. We needed a shower after. The swearing started directly … Continue reading Holy Shit! Driving in Ireland