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January 29, 2010

The thing about living in Europe…

… is that when your colleagues plan a “workshop” in Switzerland in the middle of winter, they do it right. Tyler and Marina tagged along on a business trip to Champéry – a rustic Swiss village situated in the Alps complete with awesome mountain views, authentic chalets, rösti, raclette and minus 13 degree winds on the lifts. Despite the fact that I was working, we managed to get in 2 half-days of skiing. I, of course, made the same mistake I usually make in letting Tyler convince me that the red slopes wouldn’t be too difficult despite the more than 10-year gap since my last skiing adventure. Marina finally got the hang of her snow “choo choo” (sled) by the end of our trip which isn’t to say that she didn’t enjoy the local swing-set and slide even more so. If only we had THAT view from OUR park!

January 23, 2010

The Thinker

Marina and mommy tried out their own Rodin poses on Rambla Catalunya.

January 20, 2010

Words of the week

  • snow
  • ave
  • abeja

January 09, 2010

Word of the week

The word of the week is allá – the place where mamá and papá need to high-tail, so that Marina can do her thing SOLA. In the video she says ciao, her other fav word!

January 06, 2010

Another good year for Balthazar, Melchor and Gaspar

It never fails to impress me that the entire city of Barcelona gets into the holiday spirit for one magical night when the Kings arrive at the port at exactly 17:30. The mayor was on hand to provide them with the key to the city so that they could make their rounds to distribute toys. The Cabalgata or parade was the biggest and most colorful of the year, but the purpose was the same – to afford the kids a chance to personally hand in their King’s Day letters. Can you imagine the children of San Francisco, Boston or New York heading to the port or their neighborhood square on Christmas Eve so that they could personally hand their letter to Santa Claus?

January 04, 2010

Word of the week

yeah (yes)