Extremadura 2007 (3 of 3) – Champagne Barbeque

August 15, 2007 By: erik Category: Extremadura, Family, Food, Partying, Photos 1,959 views

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On Monday morning, Juan, Grandpa and I went to a local slaughterhouse to buy a half lamb. We really only wanted a few lamb chops, but they only sold in quantities rounded to the 0.5 lamb. That evening, we had a barbeque out on the patio with the primary objective being to decide on a champagne for the wedding. The champagne selection had been narrowed down to three final contestants, and we had one bottle of each.
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Extremadura 2007 (2 of 3) – Baby in Zahí­nos

August 15, 2007 By: erik Category: Extremadura, Family, Photos 3,065 views

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On Sunday, we drove two hours to Zahí­nos, the town where my future father-in-law grew up. The main objective was meeting the newest member of the family, the daughter of Marga’s cousin, Ana. She had a harrowing premature birth back in January, and all the doctors were 100% sure that the child would not survive her first week and repeatedly told the family so. But, through what the family no doubt considers a miracle, the little creature that started out about the size of my foot pulled through. The only lasting scar from the ordeal will probably be her name, Valle de Gracia, which means “Valley of Grace” or possibly “Valley of Thanks”.
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Extremadura 2007 (1 of 3) – Higuera Bullfight

August 14, 2007 By: erik Category: Bulls, Extremadura, Photos 3,134 views

On Friday morning, I cleaned the house a little and headed to Mondragon to pick up Gorka and his suitcase, go to a nearby town to pick up Aunt Marga from work (her oldest son talked her into letting him have the car to drive around Spain with his friends). When we dropped Aunt Marga off at home, Belén was waiting there with her luggage, and we took off for Extremadura. Eight hours later, we arrived in Higuera de la Serena, where Marga, her parents, and grandfather, were watching some sort of dancing horse show in the portable bullring. It finished as we got there and we all walked to Grandpa Ramón’s house for dinner and rest.
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Going to Extremadura

August 10, 2007 By: erik Category: Extremadura, News 519 views

Like an epic hero, today I embark upon a journey to go find the woman I love, wherever she may be. I happen to know that she has been in Extremadura ever since she left me 10 days ago. Hopefully my journey will be less wrought with peril and struggle than a typical Homeric epic.

Here’s my Extremadura entry from last year to tide you over until next week. Back on Tuesday.

Cloud Formation

August 09, 2007 By: erik Category: Colindres, Geeky, Timelapse, Videos 748 views

There seems to be a spot in the sky right near my house where clouds form.
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Crack Photography

August 08, 2007 By: erik Category: Colindres, Photos 1,578 views

Just a few photos that slipped through the cracks lately. Actually, they all contain cracks. Hey, a theme!
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Flickr Scare

August 07, 2007 By: erik Category: Flickr, Weird 715 views

Flickr just scared the crap out of me. I just went to my Flickr account at http://www.flickr.com/photos/erikrasmussen/, and saw this:
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Musca Mucus (a.k.a. Fly Spit)

August 07, 2007 By: erik Category: Geeky, Photos, Weird 974 views

The other day, I noticed the perfect silhouette and reflection of a housefly, Musca domestica, sitting on the glass table in the kitchen. I watched it for a bit and then went to get my camera. As I looked more closely, it looked like he was eating a breadcrumb.
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Movie Reviews

August 05, 2007 By: erik Category: Reviews 851 views

I thought I’d throw together some opinions about some movies I’ve seen lately.
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Roofless

August 05, 2007 By: erik Category: Colindres, Photos 697 views

No, “roofless” is not how David Beckham describes the Paparazzi. Seriously, have you heard that man speak? I think he and George W. Bush might be tied for the prize of “person who most sounds like an idiot when they talk”. At least David has some demonstrable talent and good looks.
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