Since 2002 I’ve blogged on average over 10 times a month, however, apart from one quick post about Felix’s re visit to Paris I haven’t blogged a jot. This doesn’t equate to the lack of stuff I’ve done or we’ve done as a family. DragonDrop.org is a great thing for us to look back on, so perhaps as much for my own aid memoir, I’m going to write some stuff..
I did a work trip to Sofia, Bulgaria. back in July.
A beautiful vibrant and alive city. An melting pot of architecture and culture from the old communist influence (my hotel used to be a communist palace who’s courtyard wraps around Sofia’s oldest building – Church St. George Rotunda. Here’s the view from my hotel window:
There seems to be a real heightened intellect and strong tech community out there – they really are at the cutting edge tech production of the sector I know and love – digital. I got up super early a couple of mornings and went and found a geocache. Great way to find off the beaten path gems in a new place. It was super hot – like 37 deg C (someone told me it was 40 at one point). We worked, we drank, we ate we drank some more we worked. Cracking trip.
From there I flew home for a few days before heading to Majorca.
Eirene, myself and the girls went back to a place I spent many a happy time at when I was a kid. ‘The Flat’ as it’s known, was my Grandad’s. The story goes that he won it in a game of cards along with a white Mercedes. The Flat is now owned by my cousin. We used to go there loads when I was a kid – it’s the same place I wrote about in the blog post ‘Me circa 1980‘ (when I found an old camera with some undeveloped film in it that I processed and it had photos of me on it.).
We had a fantastic time – a proper trip down memory lane and it was lovely watching the girls re create the memories I created when I was a kid, like snorkeling, dinghy exploring and swimming..
The view from the flat was pretty much the same – a bit busier, but still as breath taking. We hired a jeep for a couple of days and explored the island a bit. Palma, a trip to see some friends who were staying the other side of the island and a bimble through the mountainous north which was particularly spectacular.
Another notable occurrence this summer was that we had a foreign student come to stay with us for a few weeks. Fasal (pictured sitting next to me here on a family meal out)
was a great guy to have around. We learned so much about his fascinating home nation of Saudi Arabia – hopefully he learned as much about England if not more!
Other than these highlights we packed in so much other stuff – parties, meals and multiple micro adventures. Elsie dog won first prize at a dog show for the waggiest tail and we got a hamster (unrelated). It’s now autumn. A pretty time of year yet slightly melancholic because I’m saying goodbye to my favorite parts of the year. I guess we’ll have to fill it with some new adventures!