We’re Back!

7 05 2012

It’s always so bittersweet having to end a holiday and return to real life but alas, it must be done.

We had a most amazing time exploring the streets of Spain & Paris -and explore we did.  I’m positive we walked 20 miles a day as around each corner and down every, tiny side street there was something beautiful to discover.

I’ll be blogging city by city starting with Barcelona just as soon as we’ve had time to settle in and I can sort through photos.  I can’t wait to share it all with you!





Say NO to UHT

24 02 2012

We don’t get fresh milk in Gabon.  I didn’t even think that was possible.  I figured everyone had fresh milk.  Apparently not.

Instead, we’re stuck with this crap…

It’s called UHT milk or Ultra High Temperature milk which means it’s heated to 135 degrees C for a few seconds before it’s bottled, sealed and stuck on a shelf.  Yes, that’s right, a shelf… and not in the fridge.  It has a shelf life of 6-9 months.  Once open, it must be kept in the fridge and spoils after a few days.

Apparently, 95% of France consumes UHT milk which completely baffles me.  Yes, it’s convenient that you don’t need to worry about refrigeration and you can always keep a stash of milk in the pantry but it just doesn’t taste good.  (This coming from someone who grew up allergic to milk and limits milk intake to lattes but I can confirm that a latte with UHT milk does not measure up to a latte with fresh milk.)  Joe, however, does drink milk (or used to.)  He now limits his milk consumption to cereal and even so, much of the milk is left in the bowl when he’s finished.

Fresh milk is one of those things we really look forward to when going home and we certainly hope it’s a staple in our next location.  (That along with fresh fruit, fresh vegetables & fresh meat.  Maybe we’ll just go crazy and even luck out with stable electricity and water.)





Spring Travel

18 02 2012

When life gets us down, we plan a trip.  It’s the easiest way to pull yourself out of a funk and it gives us something to look forward to.

So… we’re heading to SPAIN!

We'll start off in Barcelona.

And then we'll head to Valencia.

We'll rent a car and head South to visit places like Granada and maybe Seville.

And we'll end our stay in Spain with a few days in Madrid.

Before we return to Gabon, we'll spend a weekend in Paris.

 We depart 2 months from now and we’ll spend 2.5 glorious weeks abroad.

Have you been to Spain?  Recommendations are welcome!

(Photo Credits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)