Life is Life (+ Whole Wheat Pasta with Lentils and Spinach)

[Lisbon, July 2014.]

It’s not really a secret that living in Casablanca has been … challenging for me for many reasons. But rather than dwell on the negative I’d like to focus on a major positive, which is our proximity to Europe and the relative ease of slipping over to explore there. Par example, this past weekend we skipped town for Lisbon to drink (and drink) coffee and vinho verde, eat loads of delicious fresh cheese and not a few pastries, wander up and down hilly streets and sit outside, and even watch the rain yesterday morning with yet another cup of coffee. You know how sometimes you visit a place and it just feels like ‘your place’? Yeah. That was Lisbon for me. I was wholly and happily smitten.

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Paris etc. (+ a Blueberry Cake)

Beautiful Paris. What else is there to say? We slipped over the Atlantic for just a few days and while the security line at Orly the morning we left was almost enough to make us question our judgment it was beyond worth it. On Saturday we walked all down the Champs Elysees, stopping to warm up with coffees every so often, and then spent Sunday in Montmartre just looking around and sitting in a lovely, quiet park that was so nice we got pastries and and yet another coffee and went back at the end of the day. Being there even if briefly rehydrated me: to walk for hours, to be able to drop into a cafe for a coffee whenever we pleased, to have a long lunch outside, to be able to wear a necklace without fear of it being ripped off of your neck, to have drivers actually stop their cars when you wait to cross the street — it’s the little things, no? I felt like myself, or at least the self I used to be in San Francisco.

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