One of our favorite things about our new house is the small backyard we have, including a small area of earth, just big enough for a little vegetable garden.
An assortment of goods
- Rainbow Chard
Special thanks to my mom who helped us plant this winter crop while she was visiting.
Here it is! The patch on the left is the garden, and fruit trees on the left.
Some of it was turned into a yummy yellow veggie curry!
After the wedding, a quick trip to see my family in West Texas was in order. Since I live abroad, I don’t get to see most of my family as much as I’d like. Little ones like my niece and nephew get so big so fast!
So why is the fair so famous? Well food, of course!
There were moments of joy.
Followed by moments of crying.
Guess when you’re that little, those cars move really fast!
Don’t forget about the livestock and tractors, we are in West Texas after all!
What do you think Miranda, did you have a good time?
Overall, good times!
It all began in Chicago, in more ways than one.
That’s my Great-Grandfather Ned Merriam’s HOF plaque, a 2011 inductee to the University of Chicago Athletics Hall of Fame!
After Chicago, we had a planned five hour lay-over in Austin, TX. No, it was no accident, it was to visit my sister!
After a quick stop-over in Austin, we had some quality family time in Sacramento and Lake Tahoe!
When Yosemite is closed for fires, find the closest watering hole!
On Friday we took a day trip to Burgos to meet up with a few old friends. That was of course accompanied by good food and an after lunch coffee with the beautiful cathedral de Burgos in the background.
After lunch on Sunday, what could be better than watching some locals play "la petanca." It was an experience to say the least. It was an authentic experience, to say the least, accompanied by the main pastime of the pueblo, gossiping.
We were even able to get a climb in before we left. I didn't have any climbing gear with me so big thanks to Angelito who provided all the gear. He took us to a climbing called "Arauzo de Miel." We only climbed a few routes, but just being out there, getting some fresh air was what the doctor ordered.
Baeza in the rain
Baeza is a beautiful place. We had a little bit of a stressful arrival, showing up just after dark. We had done the Caminito del Rey that afternoon, hopped in the car, and a few hours later we made it to Baeza. The problem was the "Cabalgata de Reyes Magos" or a parade in honor of the three wise men. In Spain, it's tradition. Think of a Thanksgiving parade, but it's held in towns and cities all over Spain. They had most of the roads blocked and it was a pain in the you know what to get to our Airbnb. Once we got there though, it was worth it. It was cozy, and most importantly, had a fireplace.
We were hungry though so first things first, a comer! Tapas, tapas, and more tapas. It's the type of place that you get a tapa for every drink ordered. The first bar had about 15 or so to chose from and everything we tried was tasty. The second place was a little disappointing, but you can't win them all. Once our bellies were satisfied, it was fire time.
The next day was raining and foggy. I'd been to Baeza ten years ago and remembered beautiful views of olive orchards down into the valley. We couldn't see more than 5 feet ahead of us, so, no views. The city had a unique charm in the rain. We spent the morning walking around and exploring and decided the weather is shit, let's go home. We had kept Saturday night free but because the weather was so bad all over Spain, our trip was over.