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July 30, 2008

Vilasar de Mar

Marina and Martina

Gina and Tyler met Emilia and Eduard in their prenatal class and their daughter Martina was born the month after Marina. They live up the coast about a half hour by train from Barcelona in a little town called Vilasar de Mar, which, conveniently, is right across from a beautiful beach. Gina has made a number of trips up there to visit, usually while I've been at work. One day I was able to get away and spend the afternoon on the beach with them. There was practically no one else there (compared to Sitges) and the sea was gorgeous and refreshing!

July 26, 2008

Sitges: Marina experiences the beach for the first time

Marina and Mommy

So.... she's still a little wary of the water. But to be fair, it was a little on the cool side. Still, she enjoyed her baby tent which kept the sun off her. Mommy and Daddy, though, were a little annoyed by the crowded conditions and found it a little hard to relax, but what do you expect for the first beach trip with baby in-tow?

July 20, 2008

Dutch pancakes at Maaike and Ale's

Marina and Luna

Sorry, no photos of the pancakes. When they're this good you don't waste time taking pictures! We're going to really miss Maaike and her pancakes, Ale's risotto, and of course Luna, their cat. Incidentally this was Marina's first encounter with a cat -- I'm just glad it was with Luna 'cus she's just so soft and cuddly.

July 17, 2008

Rowan and Nuria


We were able to squeeze ourselves into Rowan and Nuria's busy summer schedule before Rowan's return to New York for the beginning of the academic season. Rowan and Nuria amused themselves with trying to teach Marina the Barça hymn. Bijou was highly entertained by Marina. Who knows what Marina was thinking :). Then a week later we all went and ate yummy Korean food at San Kil, where the owner paraded Marina around to the other tables in the restaurant.

July 13, 2008

Breakfast at Buenas Migas

We've started going to Buenas Migas (a cafe/focacceria) in the Barceloneta for breakfast on the weekends. Being right at the sea, it is perhaps one of the most pleasant places to have a café con leche (with real leche del día) and enjoy scones with jam or a flapjack with yogurt. Marina likes it a lot, too!

Yukari's visit


Yukari (former Mont Bell co-worker and friend) and Tomoko (a current Mont Bell employee) spent part of their European vacation to come see us and do some sightseeing around Barcelona. The weather was beautiful for strolling so we also did a bit of sightseeing ourselves.

July 06, 2008

Turkish breakfast

One advantage of having friends from all over the world is getting to eat a wide variety of home-cooked meals. Ogo and Greta had us all (Maiike, Ale, Gina, Marina and I) over to their new place in Sants for a fabulous Turkish breakfast.

Marina tries out the new floor gym

We owe a huge thank you to Tyler's office mates, who gave us the tropical island themed floor gym! Marina loves it.

July 04, 2008

The Fourth of July

How patriotic! Yes, she is American!

July 01, 2008


Tyler managed to extricate himself from diaper duty to travel down to Málaga for an overnight business trip. Tyler taught a class on gene prediction as part of a bioinformatics workshop held at a new node of the Spanish Supercomputing Network at the University of Málaga. The supercomputer ("Picasso") which they now have up and running is actually composed of some of the original nodes of the MareNostrum supercomputer (operated by the BSC, where Gina works) before it was upgraded to double it's number of CPUs. The workshop was a success and Tyler spent the evening sight-seeing and eating, among other things, "bocarones".