Yone and Dácil wish everyone a Merry Christmas

28 12 2017

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Dácil gets a Dutch passport

9 12 2017

And so does Yone of course. They have both Spanish and Dutch citizenship, but only Spanish ID’s. The Dutch Consulate in Tenerife closed some years ago and now all Dutch citizens must travel to the embassy in Madrid to get documents. A 2,5 hour flight. Ridiculous.

Anyway, we thought we’d get the kids their passports and turn the trip into a long weekend Madrid for 4.

We stayed with our friends Toño and Azu in El Escorial and enjoyed two full days in the Capital. Barely enough to realize we must definitely do this again and stay longer.

In the train:

At the Flea Market:

Plaza de Sol:

Las 4 Torres where the Embassy is:

Gran Vía:





Dácil and the white cane

2 11 2017

The very first introduction to the cane for blind persons to feel the terrain in front of them has been a success. Of course the video is taken at the 3rd, 4th or 5th attempt, as the first attempts were not so successful (rejection, anger, frustration, no cooperation…)

Dácil seems to find support with walking, let’s see how this is going to develop…





Dácil swims

22 10 2017

We’ve taken up swimming again at the beginning of this year. With a physical therapist. On her back she is completely autonomous in the water. She signs “swimmingpool” and “Rita” her therapist. She signs it all the time… Her first sign when returning home from school is “swimmingpool”…





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.





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!





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