July in Spain. Part 2: Saldaña

We spent time with my mom, brother and nephew. We visited La Olmeda Roman Villa, with one of the most important mosaics of the Roman world that is still really well preserved. We ate my mom’s delicious food, we ate “cecina” at El bodegón, had a lovely lunch at Cantina Sofia, went up the hill to the ruins of the medieval castle, did some shopping at the weekly market, visited the Roman market (that somehow had fairies?), and visited ‘La virgen del Valle‘ .

Other random things I liked

Overnight French toast for school days breakfast

The dad’s existential crisis in Moominpapa at the sea

Watching Kleo to practise German

The view from Lapham Peak Observation Tower


July in Spain. Part 1: Aguilas

I really enjoyed going to the coves around Aguilas in Murcia. They don’t have easy access and many were empty. We found some French cars around, maybe the area is featured in one of those Guides du Routard.

I also liked going for runs at 9pm, it was still hot. I love the long days of summer.

Other Random Things I Liked

The Full Focus Planer.

The Murderbot Diaries series and Moominvalley in November.

This fruit galette recipe.

A fountain pen I bought in Muji for $16.

Adventures Automattic

Above the Clouds in Madeira

I went to Madeira for a team meetup and on our free day, we went hiking. The clouds didn’t let us see the ocean but gave us a different type of sea. It was beautiful.

There was also a Madeira wine tour, good food, and of course, some work.

The day after coming back, I opened a drawer in my desk and found a welcome present from child #2 with my favorite candies (one baby jelly and one ourson guimauve)

Plastic bag with 2 candies

Other random things I liked:

And tomorrow I officially start my sabbatical, 3 months of paid time off, after 5 years working at Automattic. I am really grateful for this benefit and so is my family.


On Moving

Here comes again. That sadness of leaving mixed with the butterflies of a new adventure.

It starts with a possibility that opens somewhere else. You fall in love with the idea of this new place, and as love does, you see it through enhancing glasses. Everything is brighter, neater, more colorful.

The place where you are now has made itself discreet. But it is there, holding your hand. It is the road you know by heart, that winks at you when you have to look. The doctor that remembers the name of your children. The neighbor that calls in because your gate is open. The restaurant with that dish you like. The parking spot that always waits for you. The light switches that move to your hand if you are awake at night.

You will not have that where you are going. All roads will be unknown, all similar and shouting for attention. You will have to find a new doctor, and meet your neighbors, and try new restaurants. Parking spots will ignore you and the light switch will play hide and seek.

It is going to be exciting, interesting, playful. And tiring, so tiring that you will not have time to miss what you had, fully alert to your new reality.

Then comes a day when patterns and familiarity start to form. Most parts of the road are silent, a new doctor number has found its place in your phone. Your neighbor says hi, there is a parking spot you can rely on, the light switch is moving around less.

You think you have made it, you are happy, this is the right place.

Until you miss a turn and get lost, your doctor is on holidays, your neighbor is busy with family over, there are construction works on your parking spot, you wake up at night and don’t remember where you are.

You miss the old place, it was better before, this was a mistake.

You try to call, you try to visit, you compare, you tell others how good it was, you are mourning a loss.

As days go by, silent roads form a net, connecting the dots. A doctor replacement is now on your phone book. You have lunch with your neighbors family. You know there are more parking spots behind the construction works, you can find the light switches before the count of one.

You call it home.