This post is a recap of a recent trip to Spain that I took with my wife. I’ve tried to put together a scrapbook and guide that catalogs and combines my own research before going, experiences during our stay, and recommendations from friends who’ve also visited Spain. I hope this list of places to stay, see, and dine at comes in handy to you if you are considering a trip to the Iberian peninsula. I am only going to cover the more popular areas of the country. I hope to make a return trip in the future to explore the Basque region, Canary Islands, and more. I would also love to come back and watch the Running of the Bulls in mid-summer.
What a week we had in Barcelona, Europe’s Modernista architecural marvel. Followed by a train ride to and a few days in Madrid. The US really needs to embrace the low cost air carrier, regional airport, and train transportation options that Europe has. So many of the fellow travelers we met, who were from Europe, were in Barcelona on some ridiculously low airfare trip from London, Germany, etc. We are almost intentionally limiting social mobility and economic development by not opening up our transportation options.
This week we embarked on our longest vacation as a couple. Two weeks traveling around Spain. It’s so hard to be away from home, our family and routines for so long. But no growth comes from being complacent or an unwillingness to step outside of your comfort zone. This trip I am trying a project where I take all the notes I put together before the trip, tips given to me, and experiences along the way into one long blog entry under that will be my travel guide on visiting Spain. It’s a great way of being really engaged in the trip, creating some great content and perhaps helping someone else put together a memorable trip. I will have it posted by the end of the first week in May.
Recently I discovered the “On” brand of shoes after doing some research and reading reviews in various athletic magazines. On is a Swedish manufacturer and relative new comer to the shoe game. Their differentiator is the use of the Pocket cushioning system in the sole. This scientific approach creates a number of individualized air pockets across the bottom of the shoe. This system adapts to almost any foot strike pattern and running form. Moreover, it gives the shoe a very lightweight feel by not carrying so much cushion material in the sole. In this review, I will discuss and rate the Cloudflow model from On. This particular model is the most akin to the low profile, minimalist, and racer style of the Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit.
We’ve started our no car experiment. We turned in our last car a week ago when the lease ended and made no plans to purchase a replacement. We are going to test out the next 90 days without a car and see if that makes a huge lifestyle difference. Between Lyft, Marta, Walking, Cycling and ZipCar, we hope we won’t notice too much of a difference. This challenge is driven by a desire to live a more minimalist lifestyle and one that has a meaningfully positive impact on the environment.
Re-discovered some Ella Fitzgerald. It’s so fitting to hear her classics while walking through NYC On a spring day. You can just imagine that some of the same amazing sights lifted her vocals and inspired some of the lyrics. I even took the A Train to Harlem, just to catch the same vibe. Music is […]
It’s a real challenge to stay even-keeled and kind in places during times that send some off into twitter tirades. All of us wrestle with the delicate struggle between emotions and reason. My approach has generally been to retreat into myself and clam up in situations where I would rather be confrontational but know it […]
My exhaustion has reached level 10. I believe there is a pronounced personality misalignment with the project team I am on but I am trying to tough it out. Also, LaGuardia is the airport where dreams are crushed, 6 flights in 6 weeks and only 1 has been on time. None of this frustration is helped by how NYC cold snaps can kick your butt.
Another busy week and my first time experiencing a NYC Snow Storm. After these past four-week, I don’t believe I could be anymore tired. The travel up and down is mentally and physically growing. The hot, then cold, and then hot again constant temperature changes is maddening. You have to pack everything; to that point, […]