Saturday, December 22, 2012

Back in San Diego...

... and the surf is gnarly. I got wrecked by these waves in Del Mar!


Monday, December 17, 2012

Seen in Madrid #7 - Belén


This awesome nativity scene (Belén in Spanish) was made by our doorman Luis. That is definitely a space poster in the background.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Porto

I spent the last weekend in Porto (Oporto for some), Portugal.

Porto is known for its beauty, so we found a spot at the top of the Jardim do Morro and toasted with mimosas while drinking a breathtaking view of the old city and sparkling river below.



Porto is known for its wine (port), so we toured an old famous wine cellar called Graham's. I'd never had port that I had particularly liked until here. I also found out that I'm a high-quality vintage year (1985)!


 


Porto is known for its food, especially Bacalao (codfish) and Francesinhas (which are overwhelmingly rich 4-meat sandwiches, covered on all sides by walls of cheese and a sweet, but spicy gravy) so we ate unreasonable amounts of both.



Porto is known for its beaches, so I took the chance to go surfing in Europe for the first time, while my buddy Cromwell took the chance to go surfing for the first time, in Europe.



Porto is NOT known for its Americans, but I had a wonderful time with a pretty amazing group of them! Oh, and Ben. He's not American but he's a cool dude too. Special thanks to Herb, a fellow Stanford alum that we met in the airport and supplied us with humor throughout the weekend and beautiful photos afterward.






Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Lights

Even in a recession, Madrid doesn't hold back on decking itself out in lights during the Christmas season.

 


All along Gran Via, and down all the streets leading toward Puerta Del Sol, bright lights amaze and excite.



Inside La Plaza Mayor, lights shine down on the Christmas market, where vendors hawk gaudy Christmas decorations made in China, the crowds press close together and the smells of roasted nuts waft over everything.


Not to be left out, our house has gotten into the Christmas spirit with decorations and a tree! 'Tis the season!


Monday, December 3, 2012

What's That Under the Tree?





A Christmas puzzle!



...don't worry, back to actual adventure posts this weekend. I'm off to Portugal!

Seen in Madrid #6 - Don Quixote and Sancho Panza


At night in Plaza de España.