So, why in the name of god did all the gods decide to assemble in Colorado Springs?
That I don´t know, but I know that it´s not too bad a place for the authorities to meet and conspire!
Joking aside, I visited Garden of the Gods this morning and these huge rock formations are quite something to photograph! The mountains behind them make a perfect background, the perfect contrast. But what I loved the most were the different birds that I saw there. Apparently, the garden is home to more than 130 species of birds!
Enjoy this brief tour.
Someone, pray, tell these messengers that there’s more than one way to skin a cat.
Now doesn’t THIS look mouth watering!
During this trip to Spain, I got the chance to help Carmen, a very sweet Spanish woman from Valencia, cook a typical Valencian paella meal with chicken meat and rabbit meat. I watched her cook the meat at first then add vegetables (green beans and white beans) and finally water and have everything simmer for a long time. To add flavor and color to the paella, Carmen added 3 large fresh springs of rosemary, salt and a generous sprinkle of saffron powder. She left the meat and vegetable cooking until everything became soft and aromatic before adding the rice. She let the rice absorb liquid completely, which didn’t take a long time because she kept everything uncovered and on high fire. Excuse me for not noting down measurements of ingredients, but I took some delicious photos for you, so here you go!
Click for photos and description (almost a recipe!).
What is everyone up to this weekend? R. and I joined a group of close friends in Westport for a long weekend of catching up, relaxation and fishing. The cottage we are staying in is super cozy and warm. When we were driving to it, we thought we were going driving to the end of the world. The roads were unpaved, thin and lined with trees so high that you can’t see the sky. We had to drive for 15 minutes outside of the town of Westport to get to it. But the moment we parked the car and went into the cottage, we were breath taken by the genuine feel of it and the amazing view of the lake. Take a look at these photos and let me know what you think.
Have a nice weekend.
Until we arrive in Montreal, we have a couple of weeks of layover in Beirut to say goodbye to family and friends. This short stay has been pleasant and quite fast to tell you the truth! It feels like I left Jeddah last week. But I think R. and I are ready for our new adventure, our bags are packed, our one-way tickets are in our pockets and the level of excitements keeps rising!
We’ll miss all our friends and family especially that for the first time ever, we will be living in different time zones. But we’re hopeful that no year will go by without seeing any of them.
Here are a few photos from Beirut.
See you in Canada!
Um, why not?! It is a beautiful city with great schools, a good quality of life and a diverse cultural scene. We finally took our decision early this year and started the real preparations last month. We are both very excited, simply for the change. We have been living in Jeddah for 5 years now and have had enough of the 365 days of sunshine (NOT). It is time for us to move on, to move forward and as I always say, change is necessary for progress. So this crazy couple are embarking on a new freezing adventure late this Spring and they simply cannot wait!
Oh my god, Confetti hasn’t had a post in over 3 weeks! Where are you, Loulou?
Well, Loulou has been knee-deep in preparation for the big move. Big move? Yes, Loulou and R. are packing two suitcases (and selling everything else!) and heading West. What? West? Where? How? Um, Loulou and R. are moving to Montreal, Canada! Mamma mia, when?! Soon, very soon!
More details tonight. Have a good day everyone!
… are the best kind of gifts, no?! I was in Beirut last week (that’s mostly the reason behind my disappearance) and I received three unexpected gifts from my mom and sisters! I absolutely loved them. I’m not usually a materialistic person, but these cute gifts warmed my heart.
Thanks N., L. and L.! <3
Pendant of my favorite animal, the giraffe
A much needed pair of trendy brown sunglasses
An over-sized hip blue canvas bag
What an eventful year! It started out alright. My mom visited me at the beginning of the year and we had a good two weeks together. Then, my health took a dip and I had a rough few months. But it seems that traveling was in the cards for me because I visited several new cities this year and spent vacations with my family, with R. and with my mom. Another good thing that happened this year was that I managed to lose the extra few kilos that I had put on the past two years. Not all news is good as this year I wasn’t able to see my best friend whom I normally meet up with once a year. However, the year ended on a good note and … I went for LASIK and that changed my whole outlook on life (pun intended)!
Here are a few photos highlighting the beautiful memories of 2011:
weekend mornings by the sea
family summer vacation in Spain
the BEAUTIFUL San Sebastian (Spain)
fun with R.
drinking a lot of tea in Istanbul with mom
Paris with Mounir & Aida