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So I ran a week long blogging workshop in Barcelona and part of it is hands on… we take photos, I teach Lightroom editing, we talk about editorial calendars and mission statements… then people write up their plans. It was funny in the context of all of this teaching about blogging to see my own photos from that week. Everyday we’d go out to lunch, getting one of the menu del dia 10 euro lunches, which is an insane amount of food plus beer (or wine). Above is one of our attendees holding another attendees’ sleeping baby. And drinking a…

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This summer’s travels are my little happiness project. As I’ve gotten older I’ve given up the idea that happiness is found because we made the perfect life decisions or did creative work or have a great relationship with our spouse. I know for me, I am much more simple than that. A lot of things will be make me happy, but a few things make me really, really happy: 1. Sunshine 2. Exercise — but not of the gym-exercise variety, but more of the being outside and active kind 3. Travel and doing new things 4. Laughing 5. My kids…

This summer’s travels are my little happiness project. As I’ve gotten older I’ve given up the idea that happiness is found because we made the perfect life decisions or did creative work or have a great relationship with our spouse. I know for me, I am much more simple than that. A lot of things will be make me happy, but a few things make me really, really happy: 1. Sunshine 2. Exercise — but not of the gym-exercise variety, but more of the being outside and active kind 3. Travel and doing new things 4. Laughing 5. My kids…

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Can you be super out of shape, walk out of the house with nothing more than a backpack and your street clothes, hop on a bike with two kids, ages 1 and 4, and bike up the coast of Spain? Yes, apparently. For context, here is the route we took, it’s about 60-70 km total if you include the diversions, but we biked about 25 km a day. I kept Barcelona on the map for reference. Girona is a big biking hub, and there’s lots of pro and very serious bicyclists that tour the area because it’s really great biking,…

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Living in Mexico has completed the slow shift we’ve been making from traveler to expat. When I started traveling I just wanted to see new places. I was collecting experiences and it didn’t matter that I was traveling quickly and perhaps missing out on other things, as long as I kept going somewhere new. It was fantastic, actually, I’m really lucky to have gotten to see so many corners of the globe. Having kids changed that, but not for the reasons you might think. Certainly we travel much slower now because of the kids, but really it was the way…

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Leaving Barcelona. Finally. The pent up energy spent anticipating Africa, well, it’s made the time in Europe stretch out… and what was two weeks felt more like an endless cycle of work, Spanish food, red wine, walks and more work. It was great, but it wasn’t Africa. And now the day was here. Leaving! It was a perfect travel day. The sun streamed in through the floor to ceiling windows that line one side of our studio apartment. Drew was up, packing, making coffee. I nursed the baby, then we (baby and I) crawled out of bed and ambled around,…

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(by Drew, the husband) On Sunday, I took the train out of Calella down to Barcelona for a second day of documentary shooting. The night before, Barcelona had soundly beaten Manchester United in the Champions League final. While there was still very much an air of pride happening in the city, there was also something else going on.   Unemployment in Spain is at 20%. Among youth, that number is somewhere around 45%. Figuring (probably likely) that their government has failed them, these young people have staged protests all over cities across the country. When I was finished shooting for…

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It’s been a strange weekend. My husband has contracted some mysterious virus, and I’ve been playing nurse and trying not to catch what the doctor called, “very contagious”. I will find out soon enough if I have it. It’s kind of like buying a lottery ticket and hoping your number doesn’t come up. Let me back up. On Thursday, I was lugging the 900+ page tome Ulysses around Dublin, stopping occasionally to sink into plush oversized chairs in some cafe, and melting into the text for a few blissful hours. The key with Joyce is to relax your mind. It’s…

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Sure you’ve heard of a vacation: it’s the measly two week period you end up using up for doctor’s appointments and your cousin’s wedding. And the “staycation”? Well don’t get me started– you might as well call suicide watch on anyone that tries to convince you that sitting in the house for a week watching Oprah re-runs and getting sloppy drunk is a sign of a healthy work-life balance. No here in Spain, they’ve got their priorities straight. If you’re going to travel half way around the world to see this fine country, you might as well throw tomatoes at…