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Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman

A bit out of sequence, but here's the last in a series of dive trip reports (for now). We took a long weekend to the Grand Cayman last summer, prompted in part by cheap flights, and in part by an unusually frigid season on Cape Ann that left us shivering violently after every dive... Plus, we'd read that shoals of silversidesfrequent this area every summer. We were a few weeks late, but still hoped to catch some of the action.

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Mexico Trip Part I: Salty

Mexico Trip Part I: Salty

First day, and we’d already planned an ill-fated morning excursion. Heavy storms had been bearing down upon the Yucatan for about a week, and we woke up to a blinding deluge accompanied by twenty knot winds and violent sea swells. There were no boats going out today. But at the last moment, there was a reprieve and the captain gave the green light. It turned out to be a poorly timed decision for all, and before we got a chance to pick up all the passengers (who were swimming out in neck-high waves to the boat with all their gear) we were again under siege from a fulminant cloudburst. The weather didn’t improve for the rest of the twenty-minute ride and I got progressively more nauseated.

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Birthday in Barcelona

Birthday in Barcelona

Today was a truly Gaudí day. We paid homage to the eclectic works of Antoni Gaudí, visiting Casa Battló and Casa Milà before finishing at the majestic Sagrada Familia. Throughout the day, I was struck by the anachronistic aesthetic of his work that is meticulous yet whimsical, fantastical and organic. The massive scale of the Sagrada is simply awe-inspiring and breathtaking. I'm not sure what else to say so here are some pictures (top from this trip, bottom from Ann's visit in 2005)  that likewise do not do justice to his work. Just go visit.

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Eating ALL THE WAY back to BOS

Eating ALL THE WAY back to BOS

Before flying back to Boston we had an overnight layover in Beijing. From Bali here the temperature had dropped a good few degrees, and we're plunged into autumn weather, still in beach going garb.

We'd booked a hotel near Wangfujing the day before we were due to arrive, hoping to get in on the night street food action. For no good reason the hotel gave us a complimentary upgrade to the Grand Hotel Suite, and if you ever wondered a $965/night at a 5-star luxury hotel looked like, here it is...

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