Ibiza – Party Island of the Med

May 17, 2015 By: erik Category: Partying, Photos, Spain, Travel 108 views

Ibiza and Formentera August and September 2011Lately, I have had different groups of friends talking to me about Ibiza. A married couple with a 5 year old girl that choose Ibiza every year for their holidays, a woman from our salsa group that went there for her bachelorette party and other women that have gone there twice for their holidays, and I have grown interested in the little island.

Ibiza has tourism as its main economical activity, and from November to March there is not much activity. From April to October is when all the tourism happens with good weather in general, even though there can be storms which can leave a couple of inches of water running down the streets.
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Boating In The Bay – A Daunting Tale of a Family Marooned

May 11, 2015 By: erik Category: Family, Photos, Spain, Travel 139 views

Boating Sunday - SantoñaI’ve lived here by the beautiful estuary, delta, tidal basin and beach that is the triangle of Colindres, Santoña and Laredo for a full decade. Two features dominate the landscape: the long wispy finger of a sandy peninsula that makes up Laredo’s world-class Playa Salvé, and Mount Buciero, the rocky mountain that protects all three from the brutal waves of the Cantabrian sea. In the ten years I have been here in this fishing village, I have never once been on a boat. All of that changed yesterday.
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Growing Crystals

May 07, 2015 By: erik Category: Art, Photos, Timelapse, Videos 103 views

Crystal GardenMy parents are currently visiting us. One of the gifts that they brought for six-year-old Nora was a little crystal garden. It came in a little box, containing a plastic tray, some colored paper, four packets of clear liquid, and some instructions. Nora and her grandmother followed the instructions and placed the paper in the grooves of the plastic, and then Nora and I poured the packets of “water” into the grooves to irrigate the garden, and we watched as capillary action sucked the water all the way up to the top of the little paper trees and mountain. By then it was about time for Nora to head to school, but the packet said that in the two hours she’d be gone, crystals should begin to grow.
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State of the Offspring Address – April 2015

April 30, 2015 By: erik Category: Family, Offspring, Parenting, Photos, Videos 82 views

Ian in SusinosWith her sixth year firmly under her belt, Nora has had a good start to her seventh. Meanwhile, her adoring and adorable little brother finished his second solar lap in style. Ian continues to babble in increasingly coherent ways. Sometimes when he’s bored, he’ll test out different sounds, like a child learning to speak. He’s already got some good solid English phonemes, like when I say “bridge”, he repeats “-idge”, which is a sound that’s tough for native Spanish speakers learning English.
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Ian Is Two!

April 26, 2015 By: erik Category: News, Offspring, Photos 112 views

Ian's 2nd BirthdayIan turned two years old yesterday. It’s hard to believe in both ways, that it seems so long ago that he was born, and yet it seems like yesterday. It’s so nice to celebrate the completion of our family. His mother, unfortunately, had to work in the morning. We had a lovely celebration with his Spanish grandparents and aunt. As one might expect, he didn’t really have any clue as to the significance of the day, but he had a grand old time.
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La Taberna de Alberto and other Santoña Sunday Activities

April 19, 2015 By: erik Category: Food, Spain, Travel 123 views

Santoña SundayFor the past three days, my wife has worked super-mega-overtime to the point where she has gone to work before the kids get up and returned home after they are in bed every single day. So it was important that today, we all spend some time together. We’ve learned that we can’t do that at home. If we try to spend time at home, there is always something that an adult could be doing – e.g. ironing, cleaning, cooking, etc. – that we end up saying, “You watch the kids while I go do this other important thing.” Going on a day trip as a family is the best solution to actually making us interact as a foursome. It’s been way too long since we’ve visited the nearby village of Santoña, which we can see right across the bay every day, but don’t often go to visit.
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Brow Stitch

April 09, 2015 By: erik Category: News, Offspring, Photos 130 views

Nora's cut eyebrow stitchedOne of my children got hurt. But first, let’s talk about me!

When I was in the sixth grade, a gifted and talented education program I was a participant in organized a multi-day field trip from western North Carolina down to Huntsville, Alabama to the US Space and Rocket Center. I would’ve been about twelve years old. I remember having a pretty good time on the bus ride there. About a half hour before we arrived to Huntsville, I got up to get something out of the overhead compartment. I was in the window seat, and I reached over my seat mate and up to the latch to open the overhead compartment. When I unlatched it, the spring-loaded door flung open, and I lost my balance, falling over the legs of my companion, the empty aisle providing nothing for my arms to slow my fall, and the armrest on the seat across the aisle literally hit me between the eyes.
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Smoking in Bars in Spain

April 08, 2015 By: erik Category: Complaining, Photos, Spain, Travel 195 views

Smoking ManI first set foot in Spain in January 2001, and visited off and on before becoming a permanent resident in June 2005. [Wow, that’s a decade!] Due to the structure of the human brain, my memories of that time can be easily triggered by smell. Since Spaniards primarily socialize in bars, many of those memories are linked with the pungent odor of tobacco smoke, which was thick in the atmosphere of all Spanish bars during those years.
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Meerkat and Periscope: Live Video Broadcasts From Anywhere

April 03, 2015 By: erik Category: Geeky, Musings 80 views

meekscopeIt has been fascinating to watch the results of the proliferation of smart phones in the last decade, both the imaginative apps that can be made and the cumulative effect of how having a computer, camera, internet communicator, and HD video camera in everyone’s pocket has been shaping out society. Events like the Arab Spring or the demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri have been enabled by internet connectivity, and also reported on, not necessarily by journalists, but by citizens on the ground, in real time.
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State of the Offspring Address – March 2015

March 31, 2015 By: erik Category: Family, Offspring, Parenting, Photos, Videos 106 views

Ian WritesMarch has seen several major milestones hit by the offspring, pretty much all by Nora, and I’m not even counting her sixth birthday or losing her first tooth, both of which were amazing sources of pride for her. Ian is still plodding along being adorable, friendly and so curious that he gets into trouble. He’s just finally started getting out a third or fourth syllable to his thoughts, like “Let’s go, Nora”, or “Daddy, jacket!”
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