Batalla del Vino

June 29, 2006 By: erik Category: Partying, Spain, Videos, Wine 1,033 views

We just saw some footage on the news from this year’s “Batalla de Vino” that takes place every June 29th in a town called Haro, in the Rioja region of Spain. It looks like the Tomatina, except much safer and much drunker. We’ve got to try it!
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Small Town Festival

June 26, 2006 By: erik Category: Colindres, Food, Partying, Photos, Spain, Wine 1,820 views

As I’ve mentioned before, this past weekend was a big San Juan festival in Colindres. There was a bonfire, an exhibition of dance from the local dance academy (where we go for ballroom dancing classes), a concert by a double of the nationally famous pop star, David Bisbal, and a celebration in the park with free stew, oxen racing, and broom and beret throwing competitions.
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I Bought A Pair of iMacs

June 23, 2006 By: erik Category: Funny, Geeky, Photos 1,129 views

iMacsA few weeks ago, I was in the zapataria1 the other day, and I found a nice pair of sandals that I liked. I tried them on, liked them, and decided to buy them. Only after I had already handed over my money, I casually asked the shop attendant, “By the way, what brand are these?”
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Beer, Flowers, and Love.

June 23, 2006 By: erik Category: Flickr, Photos 1,482 views

Corona ExtraThree of the best things in life.

So the US got knocked out of the World Cup. I’m pretty disappointed. We got some pretty bad calls from the referees in our last two matches. Oh well. At least I feel some allegiance to some other countries that actually have decent chances of doing well. Spain plays today in a game that doesn’t matter for them, since they are already through to the next round. Rumors are they they will play all the bench warmers to let the stars rest for a bit (and get rid of their yellow cards). Still, I hope they beat up on Saudi Arabia.
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Feliz San Juanes!

June 21, 2006 By: erik Category: Partying, Photos, Religion, Spain 971 views

Well, we’ve survived to another solstice, today is the longest day of the year, and some of the warmest days of the year are in the near future. Sounds like a good enough reason to celebrate!
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Grandpa Ramón's 86th Birthday

June 20, 2006 By: erik Category: Family, Flickr, Mondragon, Partying, Photos, Spain 1,305 views

This past weekend, we went to Mondragon to celebrate Grandpa Ramón’s birthday. We had a big feast at the Extremadura Cultural Center where most of Marga’s family are members. I was surprised to see that the birthday cake bore a piece of artwork of mine.1 Read the rest of this entry →


June 19, 2006 By: erik Category: Media, Politics, Spain, USA, Voting 950 views

They just had a vote in Cataluña (an Eastern region in Spain containing Barcelona) to decide whether or not the people were in favor of Cataluña becoming it’s own nation. Less than 50% of the registered voters voted, and guess what? They got a result that favored the power-hungry minority.
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Illegal Emigrants

June 16, 2006 By: erik Category: Funny, Politics, USA 1,098 views

I got this in an email. It seems to be posted around the net with “author unknown”, so it seems like I’m free to replicate it for you here. Being a liberal emigrant myself, I found it quite funny.
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Bridge Problem

June 16, 2006 By: erik Category: Musings 909 views

Every year, my parents give me a bridge calendar for Christmas. I’m using and enjoying it more than ever this year. Most of the explanations are reasonable and make sense. A few weeks ago, however, I came across an explanation that I just don’t understand.

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Huge Monster

June 14, 2006 By: erik Category: Photos, Weird 1,971 views

For some reason, I often take my camera on my always-uneventful, five minute trip to buy bread every day. Nothing photo-worthy every happens. Until today…

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