Traditional Family Anniversary San Marcos Ocean Dive And Italian Food

12 09 2017

15 years since we celebrated our rainy subtropical wedding with friends and family.

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Dácil in San Francisco

11 08 2017

So we take Dácil on our every trip. And we rather don’t stop to think about whether this is sensible or not. We find it sensible to just include her into our plans the same way we do with Yone. Of course we take many of her special aspects into consideration. We try not to tire her too much and give her space to recover from our activities. We visited Alcatraz, went camping to Santa Cruz, and saw the famous boardwalk with its attractions and we just got back from a 4 day spartan camping trip near the coast in northern California: coast, lighthouses, sequoia redwood trees… And guess what: the princess loves oysters!





Yone in San Francisco

29 07 2017

After a 24 hour trip: 3 planes of which the middle one took us in a 12 hour flight over the Atlantic and most of the USA, we finally arrived in San Francisco. Talia greeted us with gin on the rocks and drove us to Fairfax, basecamp. Yone gets along with Felix and Gideon, his hosts, as if they had known each other their whole lives. So far we’ve been hiking at Lagunitas, investigating the San Anselmo creek, eating porkbuns at the San Francisco embarcadero, Chinese in Chinatown, spent a morning at the Exploratorium and been to a Giants baseball game… And that’s only the first 5 days…





Thank you Helen Keller

26 06 2017

… for being, first of all, an inspiring human being, a fighter, a person who believes in justice and equality… for being Anne Sullivan’s other half… 

Today is International Deafblind Day. Helen Keller was born on June 27th 1880. She was deafblind, struggled through childhood, found Anne Sullivan who believed in her, and developed tactile sign language. But she was much more than a sum of her disabilities: she was a political activist and stood up for women’s rights, she was a writer and a lecturer.
Here’s her story:

 https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Keller





Dácil wants to walk

26 06 2017

Normally, when we go out, we take along Dácil’s stroller. We drive somewhere by car, we park, we mount the stroller and Dácil goes straight from car seat to stroller. This time was different. She didn’t want to, absolutely refused to sit in the stroller, she wanted to walk. We, Ama, Yone, Dácil and I, were heading for the shops to buy some t-shirts and comfy summer wear, and as she refused to be driven, she walked all the way through the shopping centre, sat a while in the stroller when we were busy choosing and buying, and then walked all the way back to the car. Just laughing her head off during the whole stroll. Yone captured the last bit, arriving back to the car.





Yone’s second hike

19 05 2017

One of the disadvantages of Dácil’s poor mobility is the fact that we can’t do any family hikes. And we sure love to hike, especially living on an island where paths are plenty and beautiful and the weather is inviting all year round. But alas… You just can’t have it all… So we have to plan short hikes, in the vecinity of our home. Start early, right after they pick up Dácil for school, and make sure we’re home by the time she gets back.

We picked the 3rd of May, the day of the cross. A bank holiday in Los Realejos, where Yone goes to school, so he had his day off, but not in La Orotava, where Dácil goes to school, so she was picked up by her bus as usual, at half past 8. 

We walked to the bus stop, not a cloud in the sky, took the 101 to Santa Úrsula, where we got off and walked past the house where “Project Lazarus” (or Realive as they later called it) was partly shot – the movie Yone had a small part in. From this house, there is a steep coastal path that descends to sea level and follows the coast towards the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruz leading to the Botanical Garden. A beautiful day, stunning views, delicious smoothy at the end and a refreshing dive in the pool back home. (We had taken towels and bathing suits but we didn’t go down to the beach for fear of not getting back home in time for Dácil).

All in all a great way to spend the morning!






Dácil enjoying her brother play

19 05 2017

Waiting for Yone to finish his procession with the band, we watched them pass. Dácil was having a great time too!