One thing perhaps we all agree on: There are few things as welcoming as a French table set for a meal. This past Sunday in the south of France began beautiful and at peace, birds chirping outside this country castle the only sound in the 7:00 a.m. sunshine. A serene scene, quite the opposite of the election of the … Continue reading Preparing for Yoga Retreats on an Important Sunday in France
It's a beautiful French day so of course lunch takes place outside the castle I will be working at for this month of May. The countries represented at our table include not only France, but also Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia, Syria and my U.S., so our passionate discussions I am able to sometimes follow, yet often times can't. But when I hear … Continue reading Yoga in the South of France
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.
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.
"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
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!
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
Something just didn't seem right when I woke up this morning. In my Spanish castle huge bedroom the iPhone says it's almost 6:00 a.m. Outside, however, it's dark as can be. I see sparkling stars dotting the remote country sky, and that's about it. I make my way down the stairs to the kitchen, and finally figure it … Continue reading A Sunday in Spain Springing Forward up Montserrat
My flight to Spain went unbelievably quick. Departed in a NYC darkening spring dusk and was walking through a just waking up Barcelona-El Prat Airport before 7:00 a.m. the next morning. Now all I had to do was follow my instructions - bus, train, another bus and then a ten minute walk through vineyards - to get to the … Continue reading Welcome to Spain!
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