Monday, December 14, 2009

Zoo, BirdPark and Pappa in Madrid

I was in Madrid for a conference, and had a lot of fun trying to find sites from the Spanish Civil War. I was fortunate to meet Stephen Drake-Jones who runs the Wellington Society of Madrid, and organizes historical walking tours in English. Highly recommended!

We walked around near Ciudad Universitaria. Here Stephen sits near a statue with bullet holes on both sides.

Standing in front of a Nationalist pill box in Parque del Oeste.

No pasaran! Then and now. Stephen helped me find this location. What you see in the background is Plaza Mayor!

We still go to the Zoo every Sunday.

Sometimes we go to the BirdPark instead.

Dinner with Terje and Elin from Sandnes who stayed with us a few days.

Al fresco dining at home.

Class pictures.

Anna driving.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Moving to Lynnsville

The pool is right outside our unit.

Mamma painting the kids' room.

The kids see their room for the first time!

Enjoying their room.

Living room.


Master bedroom.

Library corner on the third floor.

The two guest rooms on the third floor.

Stairway to Heaven.

There are two small rooms (with window and aircon) and two storage rooms in the basement. I use one of them as my study.

Floorplan and layout of the development.

Saturday pancakes al fresco.

Playing on the patio.

Playing with the IKEA train set. BRIO compatible, but at a fraction of the price!

Serving pizza to the neighbors at the patio.


Anna helping Pappa make Moomin gingerbread figures.

Serving the cookies to Uncle Jukka on the roof terrace.

Fun at the Zoo.

Feeding the kangaroos with Lars, Trude and Aleksander.

Hanging at the gym!

Anna loves playing with Mamma's shoes!

Childrens' day at the child care.

Dinner with my first cousin once removed from Australia.

Playing at the Norwegian Seamen's Mission.

Taking the subway.