Saturday, September 07, 2013


Our last day in Ourense and we've gone touristy :)

We have walked all over the city, figured out our starting point for tomorrow and we went shopping.  Now it's time for siesta and then back out for more coffee, picture taking and dinner around 10 or so.

Friday, September 06, 2013

impromptu orchestra by the cafe we had coffee at

Mayor Plaza at night 

Krispy Kreme - Heathrow

Dinner at Wagamama - becoming an annual tradition :) second year in a row

So it was a long few days with mainly flying - we started (Kirsten and I) on Wednesday evening with cattle call area from Calgary to Heathrow.  We were smart and had pre-selected the exit row seats - which meant that although we had no foot rests, we at least had lots of leg room.

We had two average meals each and we managed to sleep about 5 hours on the flight.  I decided not to work as I had to excavate my laptop from my carry on which was up in the overhead bin.

We arrived in Heathrow and had about a six hour layover which ended up being good because we had to enter the country to check in and drop off our bags as we bought the tickets separately.  We entered and then wandered for a few hours and then checked in and wandered inside the secured area for another few hours - good for stretching after a long time sitting on a plane.

We had supper at the same asian restaurant that we went to as a family last October in Heathrow and the food was still good and reasonably priced.

We then headed off to our flight - which was on Iberia and again on an exit row.  This time though there was a flapping noise off the wing and we wondered who they had left outside or what had gotten caught in the door.   We did arrive safely in Madrid by 11pm - which was about 3 hours after we were supposed to arrive because the plane had been late leaving.

We arrived at our hotel safely - slept soundly for a few hours and then got up by 5am to catch our last flight for a few days.  We flew into Santiago Compestello and then took a car to our starting point for the Camino in Ourense.

We arrived by 10:30 (our driver was FAST) and then wandered the city looking for food for the next two hours.  The definite lack of bakeries and eateries does not bode well for us for supper....but we did find plenty of grocers, so we plan on stocking up for the walk at the grocery store.  We did find a sandwich shop finally and bought two sandwiches for takout and some pastries for $4E.

We got back to the hotel, headed for our room and promptly decided it was nap time.  Now 5 hours later, we're starting to get ready for the Camino and supper.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Travel Day!  I have it all organized - suitcase in the car, dogs walked and fed, Karma in daycare (will pickup before we leave), got all my laundry done and put away, sheets have been changed so I have fresh sheets when I come home, trash is out, all the devices have been loaded with movies, shows and magazines and everything is fully charged.....ready to go and it's not even noon.....ok, I might be a bit excited :)

Dave and I still have to finish drywalling the new wall before I leave, but otherwise, everything is set.

Spence said he was having a good time and found candy in the honeypot - so he was stoked.  So I think our vacations are going well.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

So busy last full day today - a bit at the office, chores, groceries, etc and framing the old mirrored wall.  Overall a busy but nice day.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Bro/Sister construction team 1 and mirrored wall 0.  The mirrored wall is now covered with plywood and we're hoping to finish framing tonight.

We're both fighting a bit of something, so between meds / food / drink and naps - we got it done at least.
Well, we decided we'd start Phase II today, Stage 1....covering up the mirrored wall from the 80's :)

Off to Home Depot we went, got everything and we were both so tired by the time we got the mirror scuffed and drilled that we called it a night.

We had decided on the food tonight being a clean out the fridge night and so we had left over Indian.... still lots in the fridge though.