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Christmas in California, part II

After a few busy weeks, I finally had a couple of hours to sort through and upload the remaining pictures from our Christmas trips: watching the sunset at the Skyline Boulevard, visiting the Redwood Bassin, and hiking at Mount Tamalpais. Nature here is abundant and engulfs every man-made construction. I used to tell Flo that moving to The Netherlands was like “moving into nature” for me, because of the amount of green in comparison with my hometown in Spain, which…

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Christmas in California, part I

I had a dream. In my dream, I was finally unemployed, taking photographs all day, reading books, swimming, taking a few online courses, Netflixing and writing on this blog about all the utterly ridiculous things we come across daily in the US. For example, about all the food being “sprouted” (beware Europe: the newest food trend is coming your way). Rice? Sprouted; Bread? Sprouted; Chocolate? Sprouted? I keep telling Flo that I’m really looking forward to the Summer, when we…

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Our first Thanksgivings

I remember being a kid and watching Thanksgivings films. Of course, during Christmas, because I don’t think anybody really understands Thanksgivings in Spain, so that’s when all these films usually play on TV. As you can imagine, I had romanticized everything that had to do with that evening: the turkey drama, family disputes, reconciliations, bringing a homeless guy to your in-laws elitist dinner who then turns to be an angel or something like that… Oh and I also have to…

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Week 2: Point Reyes National Seashore

Quite a lot happened in our second week living the American Dream. Most notably, I found an organic grocery outlet with not-so-outrageous prices (YES!), I finished writing the last experimental paper of my thesis, filed my work authorization application, and went on a hike! You may think it’s sad to be excited about a grocery outlet, but think that, given the prices here, getting to spend $100 a week on food really is a win situation. We also try to…

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Week 1: To new beginnings

Hi everyone! It’s been almost a week since we left the comfort of our home in the Netherlands to embark on our Californian adventure, and I wanted to share a few of our first impressions. I have to warn you that most of the pictures were taken with my smartphone. We left Amsterdam on November 1st as the morning sun was rising, after a week of goodbyes, all the packing and the repacking, the nerves and the stress. Our flight…

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Cutting the ropes, going adrift

I feel like we are preparing to become nomads. One by one, all of the items that made our apartment a home are disappearing before our eyes and always for a price that won’t fill the hole in our hearts. Preparing the big move is taking a toll on us. We are operating on autopilot and slowly losing the sense of direction, almost losing touch with reality. It is not like we are highly materialistic people, but our belongings and…

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The way to California began in… Chicago!

The clock is ticking: our big move to California is less than a month away. Our days are now divided between finishing our PhD work (no biggie…) and sorting all the belongings we have accumulated in the past 7 years. For me, that means cleaning up my closet –a tearful but necessary task. The first 4 months in California we’ll be living in about 20 square meters, which is half the size of our current livingroom. This means that we will…

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