Here is a short video of s’more making during our Conversational English activity this weekend (watch for the barbarities committed when people realize you can roast more than just marshmallows).
We took a day to visit the sea with our friends. My goal was to find a petrified sharks tooth. This is how the story unfolded.
Sifting through shells
Building castles in the sand
Me: “How do you find sharks teeth?”
Her: “You just look for little slivers…like the one you just about stepped on.”
Her: “See, that was a sharks tooth that you missed. I will now add it to my collection and leave you green with envy.”
Her: “Let me count out all the sharks teeth I have found today in front of you so that you feel incompetent.”
Me: “Thank you.” *walks away with head down*
* Conversation may or may not have extra dialogue added.
** She didn’t really say that. But I did feel like that.
A couple weeks ago we were able to take a trip to visit friends in England. The Houghtens are working along the coast in Essex and we were able to spend time with them, speak and present in the church where they are ministering, and experience some English food and culture!
Hunting through Used Book stores.
Hitching a Ride
We had another day of walking, and kept the distance to another 17 km. We hiked from Gonzar to Palas de Rey.
Still feeling happy after two days of hiking!
Fun with friends!
Getting a stamp everywhere we stopped
One guy’s name means “10,000 lakes” in Korean and the other guy is from “the land of 10,000 lakes”
Hiking when the sun comes up
Proof we did the Camino together
A Bug’s Life
Watching the pilgrims
Lost in time
We finished with everyone who started, and picked up a couple along the way!
To read the explanation and see the photos of the first day on the Camino this year, click here.
After we hiked over 30 km the first day, we learned our lesson and did 17 km the second day. We had a lot more time to sit and talk, drink coffee, and “smell the roses” (although I prefer to “eat the blackberries”). Here are photos from day 2.
A misty morning
The concept of the Camino is fairly easy – follow the arrows.Beautiful pueblo homes
Tanzen was kind enough to hold Kate’s hand to keep Kate from falling
One of Tanzen’s favorite things- getting stamps in her Pilgrim Passport
Ready for lunch!
Our family participated in a hike with our Conversational English Group on the Camino De Santiago. The route is a 500 mile trek across the Iberian Peninsula which normally takes about 40 days to do, but we only did 3 days of it. Last year Crystal and Tanzen both participated in the first day and took a bus home, but this year they stayed with us the whole time. It was a great time for conversation, friendship building, and cultural exposure!
The first day we walked from Samos to Ferreiros, a full 30 kilometers. Tanzen did quite a bit of the walking (with the help of Crystal, and gracious friends!) and by the time we arrived at our hostel, we were exhausted!
We had a great group with us!
The path is a mixture: gravel, single track, rocky, smooth, pavement, and stone.
What keeps the pilgrim moving? Take a guess.
We count this as science class.
A church along the way
Enjoying the walk
Learning new whistling tricks
Pulling (or pushing) her own weight
Constantly changing landscape
By the end of the trip our stroller was a moving flower shop
In Minnesota I remember going to Pioneer Days and a Renaissance Fair. Here in Spain we seem to stumble across a Medieval Fair in different places. This one was a great experience for Tanzen to try out different crafts. My biggest mistake was the partially cooked octopus at the end (still gag thinking about it).
While we were in A Coruña we took some time to visit an aquarium, something we don’t have access to in our city. Here are some pictures from our time.
What weird creatures
Someone was not happy that we made her stand next to the glass while the shark passed.
Entering the Nautilus
In case you were lost
Feeding the seals
We celebrated by eating…fish and chips.
We took a quick trip to the city of A Coruña for Crystal’s birthday. The city is a major port on the Atlantic coast and we loved walking around the city.
Awhile back we visited Ourense with some friends interested in evaluating possible church planting possibilities. The city is located about 2 hours away in Galicia, the province between us and the Atlantic. We took the day to walk around the city, ask questions, visit shared spaces, pray, and imagine opportunities. Here are some of the pictures from the city.
My awesome parking skills