5.10 / 2:42 post meridiem // The walk around the neighborhood is absolutely beautiful. My iPhone can barely capture any detail or how beautiful the view is but as I walk up the hill and look out over all of the homes I can see mountains and hills with colorful houses stacked on top of each other cascading across the landscape. All of the homes have flat walls, large windows, and balconies. Some homes are modern and white while others are colorful and antique. As I walk I see laundry hanging, community gardens, tropical flowers and plants everywhere, and the beach in the distance. There are small, white flowers falling from trees because springtime here is much later than in Texas. It's still cool here and feels like March in Texas. The outdoors always smell fresh and sweet.
5.11 / 12:13 post meridiem // I've been trying to workout 3 times a week here and this is one of my go to post-workout snacks. Sometimes my schedule gets a bit crazy trying to juggle the kids' school days. After I workout, I eat a snack and wait to eat lunch at 2:30. Lunch and dinner here are late. Sometimes we don't eat dinner until 10 pm. The kids never eat out of the fruit bowl which is fine because that's more fruit for me. It's full of pears, apples, oranges, kiwis, and bananas.
5.12 / 9:32 post meridiem // There have been some chilly, rainy days here but some days are quite warm and sunny. When that happens I open my window and listen to the birds. I have a west facing window, which is awesome, because at night I have a flood of beautiful sunlight leaking over my floor, bed, and walls. Notice the time--the sun stays up very late. I appreciate this a lot!
5.13 / 9:51 post meridiem // On Friday night, Jaime and I had a lot of alone time. Paloma was at the airport on her way to Madrid and the rest of the family was there to hand her the much needed passport (they did not pack it originally and had to race back home to get it). I cooked for Jaime and we ate dinner. During our conversation, in his broken English, he said, "Do you like beer?" I laughed and told him I did. Then he scrunched up his face and said, "I don't!"
5.14 / 2:28 post meridiem // On Saturday I went to the city, A Coruna, and explored alone. They have a beautiful beach and I climbed all kinds of rocks and explored the area like a little kid. It was raining on me. The day was cold and chilly but I didn't mind because the view was magnificent. The sea looked wild and the air smelled of salt.
5.15 / 8:06 post meridiem // This beer, Estrella Galicia, is brewed in A Coruna and is not only popular but it is also the only beer I see anyone drink. It's delicious, too. On Sunday, the family with their 2 friends from Seville and I went to Santa Cristina Beach. There are restaurants, bars, and a boardwalk that wraps around two sides of the beach. It seems that everyone and their dog, literally everyone's dog, was out walking. We got there around 7:30 and stayed til 9:30. People of all ages, solo or in groups, were drinking, walking, and enjoying the sunny day. Drinking a beer or a light cocktail on a weekday or Sunday evening is common here. Walking around town or the beach is a pastime that I wish was more popular in the states. The beach was breathtakingly beautiful. I will be visiting with my camera soon.
5.16 / 12:14 post meridiem // The kids play hard 24/7. Earlier I was asked to get this ball off the skylight (there's a window above). I asked Jaime to fetch me a broom and retrieved it for him. 10 minutes later I walk by and the ball is back. Lesson not learned!