3 Nights in Barcelona! Sleep Optional.

You can easily miss the entrance to my Barcelona hostel. The train ride costs only 2.15 Euros, ends at Placa Catalunya and I march up the stairs to join the throngs marching down La Rambla, Barcelona's most famous street. It's dusk on a cooler than usual but dry Thursday in late April and there's energy in the air. A lot of people … Continue reading 3 Nights in Barcelona! Sleep Optional.

Call me Andorra, but don’t call me late for lunch.

With a population under 90,000, the country of Andorra has less people than my hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin. It's majestically tucked high up in the Pyrenees, landlocked between France and Spain. I read the food there is excellent, featuring a blend from both its superb neighbors, so that was enough for me. I'm going. With 24 hours … Continue reading Call me Andorra, but don’t call me late for lunch.

Ah, Spain! Cardona, Long Easter and a Karma Yoga Retreat

"My biggest pet peeve is when you go to a fine restaurant, and it's like a mausoleum inside. Good food should be joyful. There should be laughter and chatter." - Jim Harrison In Spain, the Friday before and the Monday after Easter are holidays off. In my U.S.  you're expected to be on the job all the time, … Continue reading Ah, Spain! Cardona, Long Easter and a Karma Yoga Retreat

Yoga Retreats in Spain

"The cows are in the yard!" What's life like at the Anima Mundi yoga retreat center in Spain? Well, we're an hour outside Barcelona in a very nice restored castle that most recently was a winery. It's quiet. The only sounds are birds chirping, the soft tinkling of cow's bells and occasionally the wind in the trees. A couple of … Continue reading Yoga Retreats in Spain

Torres de Fals, on the way from Barcelona to Cardona – lunch included!

I'm up early at our yoga retreat castle in Spain. I teach yoga and meditation classes here, but I also cook. We have two groups for breakfast. The first, four uniformed people heading out just past dawn to race motorcycles, includes three men and a woman. She sort of looks like Kristen Stewart, if Kristen Stewart lived … Continue reading Torres de Fals, on the way from Barcelona to Cardona – lunch included!

Ramblin’ Barcelona’s La Rambla

No trip to Barcelona is complete without an afternoon or two perusing the Erotic Museum. Just kidding, though that was a fun sentence to write. No, not on this sun splashed 70 degree perfect spring day will I be inside Museu de l'Erotica, even with a Marilyn Monroe lookalike with flowing dress beckoning from the third story window. Cold rain … Continue reading Ramblin’ Barcelona’s La Rambla

Cooking and Eating in Bali

I love the food in Bali! During two months there it seems I was always eating, but still losing weight. Of course I was teaching and/or practicing yoga daily, hiking, gardening, etc., but a few pounds easily and surprisingly drifted away. At the Jiwa Damai Retreat Center where I taught yoga the meals are strictly vegetarian. Often before dinner I would … Continue reading Cooking and Eating in Bali