Yoga and other fun things to do outside in South West France

"That means it will rain tomorrow." We are driving to Toulouse, about an hour and a half drive west from the Lamothe castle and farm we are renovating into a yoga retreat center here in the South West of France. The precipitation prediction comes from Michel, our driver and a Frenchman who knows about these things, … Continue reading Yoga and other fun things to do outside in South West France

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.

A Sunday in Spain Springing Forward up Montserrat

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

Joni Mitchell, Winter & Meditative Climbing

March 4, 1976. I was in my junior year at the University of Wisconsin in Madison when Joni Mitchell came to town for an upcoming sold out concert at the massive Dane County Coliseum. It was also the day of an incredible ice storm. I remember tree branches and power lines crashing  down from the weight of the … Continue reading Joni Mitchell, Winter & Meditative Climbing