Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Life's a Beach!

Hey, I'm back! Although I'm actually on holiday in Southern Spain as I write this.

The Professor and I had our not-so-dirty dancing debut, and it turned out much better than I expected.  We got through our Cha cha, Rueda de Casino, and Bachata without falling on our butts, and we managed to remember at least most of the steps, so I'm satisfied that at least we didn't make fools of ourselves.  I have a video and photos, but unfortunately they are not mine, and I don't have permission to publish them, so you'll just have to imagine it all in your heads...that's probably best anyway, because, while we didn't screw up, we are just a bunch of amatuers.

One thing is for sure, we didn't look like this (I only wish):

And now, with the show and all our classes behind us, we're at the beach, enjoying a sort of impromptu vacation.  We really didn't have any plans for the summer, and I had wishfully been looking at cheap holidays to Ibiza, all the while thinking that we'd probably just end up staying in Pamplona. But my parents-in-law have a beach house in La Antilla, Huelva, and this year they weren't using it, so they encouraged us to take advantage and come down for the month of July.

Needless to say, it didn't take much encouraging...

Catgirl, however, was less than thrilled because coming here meant missing out on San Fermines this year, but we've never had the beach house all to ourselves, so it was an opportunity we couldn't pass up. 

It's been breakfast out on the porch every morning, long walks along the beach, and lots of fresh fish ever since.  And no need for sweaters or jackets...coming from Pamplona, that's a real treat.

And Canasta.  Lot's of Canasta.

To belong to The Professor's family, learning this card game is mandatory...that's one of the first things I found out when I got here, nearly 20 years ago.  You really need at least four people to play, and none of our friends play, so we only get the chance when we visit the family, and we usually play for hours when we're at the beach with my parents-in-law.  But since they're not here, we had no Canasta partners.  So, we decided it was time to initiate the kids in the family tradition.  It's not a difficult game, but there's a certain amount of strategy involved, so they were really too young to play before.  But this summer we taught them to play, and now they're addicted.  Not a day goes by that we don't play a few hands.

And they're getting so good, that I'm thinking they should learn to play Poker.  Maybe they can even win us some cash so we can take that trip to Ibiza...

Monday, June 4, 2012

Photo Fun #45 Winner

And the winner of Photo Fun #45 is......drumroll please.....

 Jeff B, of Go Travelzing!

He guessed my photo was of some sort of cup or mug, and that's what it is.  I got a set of these, with matching saucers, in Portugal one summer.  I know it looks like a teacup, and maybe that's what the Portuguese use them for, but here in Spain this sort of cup is more likely to be used for coffee with milk at breakfast.

I guess this one was pretty easy, because Jeff got it right away, and everyone else pretty much concurred.  I'll try for something slightly more difficult next time, but that probably won't be until the Friday after next. 

This Friday I won't be doing a Photo Fun contest, because The Professor and I will be performing in a dance show that afternoon, and we have rehearsal every day this week.  Our Latin dance teacher talked us into being in the end of the year festival...and it turns out that we're the only two beginners that were brave enough to do it.  So, she stuck us in with the next level...and now I'm wondering if maybe we should have chickened out with all the rest of our group.

Anyway, I'll be back with the results of our not-so-dirty dancing debut sometime soon...

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Friday Photo Fun #45

Okay, ready for another Friday Photo Fun?

Here's this week's mystery object:

It's not my best photo, but at least I think it will be fairly easy to guess.

So, you know what to do.  Guess what it is, and let me know in the comments.  The first person to get it right will have their blog linked to my big red button until the next contest.  If the winner doesn't have a blog, I'll link to the page of their choice (I reserve the right not to link to any content that I find objectionable).

And remember, everyone who plays along gets a spot in my next linky-love post, which will be after contest number 50.  So, even if you don't have a clue, give it a try...or just say hi.