Honestly this girl and her face and those EYES absolutely melt me. I am liquified. LIQUID. 100% not a recognizable human form. She is so sweet. She loves kids and cats and rabbits and other dogs. She is snuggly and loves hiking and making new friends of any kind. She is forgiving when I am an absolute shit mom. I don’t deserve her. Yet, she loves me. She is pure and perfect in every way and I can’t stand it.
España, día dos... Feeling triumphant for defeating jet lag last night; we all took a two hour nap before going to dinner, which was just enough to fend off any cranky feelings, but not so much that we couldn’t still fall asleep easily enough for the night. I think I was the last to fall asleep at around midnight, and we were all awake (without the help of alarms ) by 8:30 this morning. A quick lunch with americanos and sangria (which my family teased me for ordering, “its 10:30 in the morning!” ...I’m on vacation, y’all 😂 ) and the day has started off without any hitches.
Buenos días de Pals! España, día dos... Began the day with a cappuccino and mini muffin in a very humid Pals, as can be seen in the misty quality of this photo. Went on to explore the town with my brother before the hustling and bustling of the day began. It was simple, and I loved it. 😌
España, día uno... I wonder about how the vegetation here is affected and influenced over time by the natural climate. There is a variety here that ranges from palm trees to cacti. This particular photo shows a cactus plant that has grown probably larger than my car. Nothing for scale, you’ll just have to believe me.
España, día uno... The buildings and homes in Pals all have a beautiful relationship with the greenery that thrives in this region. Many buildings had cubby holes next to their windows on the outside wall in which potted plants would sit. Many others were “overgrown” by vegetation in the most gorgeous manner. This is one example. . An added note is how the humidity here has affected some of my photos. In this one, you can see the lack of focus on the edges of the photo. I have not applied any filters or edits to this series of photos, that is just how it was naturally captured.
España, día uno... At the very soonest moment that we could make our great escape from the airport that had held us hostage for so many hours, we hopped in our new rental car and hit the roads. Our first mistake? Not taking at least one minute to look at our directions before actually starting to drive. So we became those typical dumb Americans pulling classic DC-driver moves and making too-late lane changes, missing exits, and pulling U-turns via roundabouts before finally settling into the then-lovely drive to Pals. We passed zillions of gorgeous stone homes and small town charms, as well as, to my delight, a few small vineyards. Mountains maintained as the backdrop for the drive, and we were immediately charmed by this ancient town upon arrival. This is the one of a handful from our afternoon exploring this sweet town.
España, día uno... With passports in hand, we made our way to Pals, where we have an apartment for the week. Upon arrival, the address we were given for picking up the keys showed zero signs of life; there were 2017 calendars on the desks, random posters/papers on the ground, and lots of dirt and leaves... All clues would indicate that no one had been here for *quite* some time. Beginning to wonder whether we had been duped by the travel booking website. Turns out the office moved but was never updated online, so after a few hours of exploration of Pals, we were let into our apartment. This is the first photo of Jenkinses exploring this charming town.
España, día uno... Landed in Barcelona at 7:30AM local time, only to discover at Customs that my brother left his passport on the plane. It was not until two hours later that they found it, and not until four hours after THAT that they finally got it back to us. So this was me, all morning, on the first day of vacation. Fully succumbing to the fate that the travel gods had bestowed upon us.
Yesterday marked 3 years with my baby Harley in my life. Here is a photo showing that she has completely stolen all of our hearts; my dad is Mr. Discipline when it comes to dogs... but not with Harley 🥰 When I took this photo, my mom exclaimed, “Mike!! No dogs on the furniture!” and he replied, “She’s not on the furniture. She’s on me!” 😂😍
#tbt to our cousin’s wedding, when I loved my dress so much that I got a haircut just for that Jackie O neckline 💁🏼♀️💇🏼♀️
My Social Media Hiatus was spent well. Not many photos were taken, it was a “be present in the moment” period of time... the likes of which, I’ve learned, are grossly under-appreciated in our society. It’s interesting how many people you see missing out in the beauty of the day by taking selfies and surfing social media when they could be sitting back, breathing, people watching, chatting with passersby, etc. There is a staggering percentage of people who are just wasting their days away into their phones, and you see it painfully clearly when you’ve put yours down. Look up, dammit. See the world for what it is! People are really cool, family is valuable, reading is nourishing... No amount of time spent on social media will ever be memorable, but the next conversation you have with a person just might be. This is me flying a plane because who wouldn’t if they could??? I have to say... Opportunity comes knocking a lot more often when you put your phone down. 🙂