Can you believe the color of this water? This photo is from Isla Mujeres, where we went to see a really cool underwater sculpture garden when we were in Cancun. We rode on a car ferry to the island even though we didn’t have a car. (Most of the locals ride on the ferry, and you know how my dad is about living like the locals). And that evening? Hurricane Ernesto blew in to the area. Okay, so I think he was a Tropical Storm by the time he hit us, but it was still pretty exciting. If only Bayani had been there with his camera…
Have you ever been to Oz? That’s what some of the locals call Australia. They speak English in Australia, but they have a lot of different words for things – like “brekkie” for breakfast, and “biscuits” for cookies, and “arvo” for afternoon. Or maybe we’re the one with the different words… hmm…
You would not believe the Kouropolous’s yacht. It’s like a floating hotel! We sailed around the Greek islands, including to the island of Santorini, where the white buildings along the top of the cliffs look like snow from a distance. Very cool. Get it? : )
Here’s the postcard from Spain. If you’d like to see the back, just let me know (there’s a clue for the quiz on there…)
You can see my necklace in this picture, but you can’t see the charms so much, huh? I add a new one from each new country we visit. Ironically, we haven’t yet been to Italy, but the charm that started it all was an Italian corno that my grampa gave to me way back when. It’s still one of my favorites.
Before we move forward, we should probably go back to the beginning, and in many ways, that would be Spain. Until we went to Valencia, I watched my mom and dad’s show production from the sidelines. I was never pulled in front of the camera.
But in Spain, all that changed. That’s where the When in Rome producers decided to use me, along with our hosts (way cute) son Mateo to be in the B-roll footage for the episode. It’s also where Logan popped up after being gone from the show for three whole years without ever writing or texting or doing anything. Spain is also where the tabloids decided I was worth following, and where they gave me the nickname of “La Chica Moda.” And where I accidentally videoed an artifact robbery-in-progress.
How about you? Can you look to a certain time or place that changed the course of what my grampa used to call your “life path”?
To all my American friends, Happy Independence Day! I happen to be visiting my gramma in Ohio (and we finally have power, so thanks for everyone who was concerned about that), so we get to celebrate with lots of flag waving and firework watching (and gramma’s famous potato salad and BBQ ribs!)
I’ve missed other Fourths of July other years while we were traveling, so this is kind of fun for me. But we have celebrated Independence Day in other countries before, and that’s cool, too. Like, just north of us, in Canada, they celebrate Canada Day on July 1. That’s when they celebrate their independence from Great Britain. And to the south, Mexico celebrates their independence from the Colonial Spanish government on September 16 (not Cinco de Mayo, like a lot of people think.) There’s also Itsenäisyyspäivä in Finland (December 6), National Day in Greece (March 25), Gwangbokjeol in Korea (August 15), and Márciusi ifjak in Hungary (March 15), to name a few.
However and whenever you celebrate, I hope this day is a happy one for you!
(Photo: Hryck/Creative Commons)
Hi from Ohio, everyone!
OK, for those of you who know me from the books, you already know that I come and stay with my gramma at her farm in Ohio when we aren’t on location with the show. Well, this week was one wild ride around here! On Friday, a huge storm popped up out of nowhere – seriously, the weather forecast told us we had 20% chance of rain, and then next thing you know, wind’s bending the trees like blades of grass, and here’s this huge black wall of clouds closing in on us, growling and flashing lightning. Then it was raining, but the rain wasn’t coming down, it was whipping at us sideways.
When hail started pelting the windows, Gramma had enough. The tornado sirens didn’t go off, but she made us go down to the basement anyway. That’s about the time the lights went out. She turned on her halogen lantern and pulled out her ma jong set. It was kind of hard to concentrate on playing when we kept hearing things blowing around and crashing into the house. When it finally calmed down and we came upstairs, you wouldn’t believe the mess outside. Trees down, branches and leaves everywhere. Big, muddy puddles in the garden. And no power anywhere.
In fact, we still have no power. You don’t realize how much you depend on electricity until you don’t have any. I can still use the 4G on my phone to get online, but I have to be careful not to drain the battery because I can only charge it when we go into town to find someplace cool to hang out (no electricity means no airconditioning, and it’s HOT). In fact, we’re at the library now so we can cool off, charge everything, and so I can use their Internet connection to post this.
All this is to say, sorry about the delay in posts and emails this week. Hopefully the power guys will get our lines fixed soon and everything will get back to normal. Until then, the games and giveaways are still ON! But we might be a little behind for a few more days.
*trees photo courtesy of Lisa Klein