Homeward

Could be the last post from abroad. We’re spending the night in Barcelona. Tomorrow we’ll stock up on books and food for the plane, then fly Barcelona -> London -> (drum roll please) Seattle.

Sprechen Sie Espagnol?

Quote of the Day The police came and burned my cave. But it’s OK, they didn’t burn my guitar or my kevlar. My understanding is that it is rude to mention the The War to the Germans, so I am striving to avoid insinuating invasion, connoting conquering and certainly blurting...

Arrivederci Florence

Somehow, a month has slipped by us here in Florence, and it’s time to leave. We wrapped up our stay by hosting an American-style Sunday brunch for the friends we’ve made while here. Michelle made french toast with real maple syrup and scrambled eggs with basil, mushrooms, peppers and feta,...

What DOESN’T Venice have?

We popped up to Venice for the day and found it very, very refreshing. Of course, you see the Grand Canal as you walk out of the train station, so there’s that, but as we walked around the city, down the big touristy streets and through the maze of little...

Pisa Dance

Last week, Michelle, Jen and I took the train over to Pisa. It was a gorgeous, warm, blue sky day and the tower, as advertised, was leaning. Easily the most entertaining aspect of it, however, was watching hundreds of people do what seemed to be tai chi poses so they...

Honey is hot

Best as I can tell, every man, woman and child in Europe keeps bees. No really, I just can’t get over how every store, every market, every roadside stand is loaded with twenty different kinds of locally produced honey, propolis, beeswax and what have you. Let’s take an example. Yesterday,...

Ars Electronica

A few days ago, I mentioned that Michelle and I had seen an interesting piece of art at the Palazzo Strozzi, Christian Nold’s "Emotion Mapping Greenwich Village", in which he’d created a mood map of Greenwich Village by hooking up perspiration sensors and a GPS to people as they walked...

Affectionately Yours

Our return to the States is still a bit over three weeks away, but a shift as big as this takes some time to prepare for, so I’ve already begun to plan. Specifically, I’m trying to decide which European habits and customs I should affect when back in the States...

Mood Maps

Fellow couchsurfer Francesco tipped us off late last week to the opening of the Strozzina Centro di Cultura Contemporanea, the Center for Contemporary Culture at the Palazzo Strozzi. The Palazzo Strozzi dates to the late 1400’s, when it was built as the home of the Strozzi family, (doomed) arch-rivals of...

Nicer Now

Michelle worried that the pictures in the La Vida Firenze post made our apartment look dreary, which it is not. I therefore present to you the results of her improved photo shoot: Now isn’t that nicerer?