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Off to Africa!

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Off to Africa!

So, I’ve spent a little over a month in Toronto, which I’m loving. Obviously, the company is part of it, since I’m here w/my… I don’t know what to call him. Sweetheart, beau, boyfriend? At any rate, we’re having a terrific time. And that would be one reason the blog posts have not been as frequent.

We’ve been exploring the city, meeting up w/friends, and getting ready for more travel.

This one is a doozy. We’re leaving Sunday for about 3 wks in Africa. First up is a wk in Durban, South Africa where he & his work partner are presenting at a conference. Then, we leave for Nairobi and take off on a 2-wk safari!!! Yes, that’s right.

We’ll be seeing all kinds of animals & it’s also migration season for the wildebeests & zebras. And we’ll be stopping by Olduvai gorge, where some of the oldest human remains were found. Typical of me, that & the flamingos are what I’m looking forward to the most.

To get ready, I’ve been watching Planet Earth DVD’s & getting lots of immunization. And yes, I have bugspray & malaria pills. And a camera. I think I’m ready… I hope I’m ready…

Senor’s trip to Cuba

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Lady in window, originally uploaded by sbmilagros.

Click here for more pix… Still digesting the experience.

TGIF #43

Friday, January 28th, 2011

IMG_1559, originally uploaded by sbmilagros.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted… Lots has been going on. I realized a couple days ago that my blog is not just for my friends and family, but also for myself.

I met up with a friend for coffee and we were catching up on what all had happened in the last year. Often, friends who read the blog know more about what I’ve been up to than I remember.

(Thanks, DE, for noting that the extra pounds are probably directly related to the food pix I’ve been posting- esp the poutine.)

Anyway, some of what’s been going on:

  • Went to Bernal for the winter equinox, which also this year coincided with a full moon & lunar eclipse. It was fantastic, and I love the town of Bernal a lot. We were about the only English-speaking tourists there. I’d been there on a daytrip before, but this time stayed 3 days. It was very calm & beautiful.
  • Moved from my little casita in Colonia San Rafael to fancier digs in Colonia Guadiana. It’s a very nice house, and a VERY nice n’hood, but I sometimes miss all the racket. It’s a flat walk into town, which means I’m doing more walking & less taxis, which is great.
  • Went on the Vagabundos trip to the beach (Rincon de Guyabitos) & finally got a bit of a tan. Went whale watching, stayed over in Sayulita w/a friend of senor’s. Generally a terrific lazy time, including a lot of fish-on-a-stick and coconuts.

Of course, there’s always a lot going on… The town is now gearing up for Candlemas, which is when the official gardening season starts. Last yr, it was pretty much wiped out by the rains, but this yr has been dry (normal), so I’ll get a better idea of what is supposed to happen.

Oh, and the chili cook-off is this wkend. Will report back…

I’m back!

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
Inukshuk sculpture Vancouver, BC

Inukshuk sculpture Vancouver, BC

Sorry for the long absence! I was on a trip to British Columbia. Went to Vancouver, Victoria & then 10 lovely days in Tofino (on the West coast of Vancouver Island.) Had an absolutely lovely time with my dear someone, and the weather was faaantastic. (I think my weather curse has finally worn off!)

I did take lots of pictures, and boy, did we eat well. Can you believe I’d  never had Dungeness crab before? (I know, I know. But they’re kind of scary.) Well, I made up for lost time. Now I can eat one quicker than a sea otter. And oysters- raw, grilled, fried- you name it.

If you’re in Tofino & not into cooking for yourself, I can highly recommend the Wickininnish Inn and Sobo. At the Wick Inn (where they make their own butter- these guys are serious!), an eagle flew right past the window while we were eating. And Sobo has some of the best food anywhere. The polenta fries & fried oysters, oh my! For casual, go to the Jiggers fish & chip truck in Ucluelet- you won’t be sorry!

As my rental ends May 31, I found myself stressing out about “the future,” trying to plan & control things (b/c I’m so good at that!) But once again, the Universe showed me that it’s all taken care of, better than I could have dreamed.

With a LOT of help from my friends, I’ve found my next place to live. As of June 1, I’ll be back in Pt Townsend! Not only that, but back in my old apt, with the lovely red bookshelves! It will be such a delight to be back in familiar territory…