FLA Visit, Part 2

Dave and I did the light thing. Mom and Jess went shopping.

Don't worry, we had someone watching the kid.

Merry Christmas folks. Sorry about the weak amount of posts. I've been very busy or at least planning on being busy.


FLA Visit, Part 1

This post is going to be a little Vikie G heavy. Sorry.

Gracie and Me chillin' in Papa's new van. Lots of room in there.

The kid is a total Mama's girl.


Pouting. What a surprise.

When I returned from FLA Sofia said I had gotten fat. Yeah, no kidding.

Papa was looking good.

Back in Orlando: bath time.


VG and Unfitney.


While we were in Europe....

Vixie G was working on her moves.


You got any leads....

Today we start our search for a new (and first) car. A pretty big step for us. We are pretty sure about what type we ar looking for, but just need to narrow it down a little further. Anyone have any ideas or helpful info. We want a small four door, maybe five. Similar to the honda fit or toyota yaris.

Today we also began getting our resumes in order. Well Sofia did. I can't locate a decent version of mine so I will probably have to start from scratch. Suckfest...


Back and Ready to Start Something I Guess

First things first.

I had two orders of huevos rancheros and immediately asked who wanted to hit up chickfila.

Well to be honest this was not our first home treat. When we arrived in Newark from Barcelona, late of course, we ran to the Brooklyn Brewery bar in the airport and had one last Brooklyn brew. I did not get any pictures of this, because if we took once second to take a picture we would have missed our connection to TX. I will miss you Brooklyn Brewery. Cristy, Pastor, Homeless, anyone reading this from the North Atlantic region, bring me a couple bottles of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Much thanks.


Almost home

Our fantasy life is coming to a close. We will soon be back in the real world: buy a car, finding a job, finding a new apt, etc....

We will be in Barcelona for the next few days and then back to the grind.

Our flickr page has almost 600 pictures. As usual the most recent are toward the end of the set:http://www.flickr.com/photos/elmachuca/sets/72157602164711966


Sofia has been waiting forever to use one of those dumb cameras attached to every euro computer. She got her wish. Here it is. Us in Alicante. Live and in your face.

We have been schlepping our bags around all afternoon, because there were no lockers at the train station and we can´t show up at our host´s house till 730.

I think we will get a beer now. I am craving an IPA right about now by the way. You don´t even know.


Thanksgiving Success

Sofia pulled it off. Yesterday we had the full thanksgiving feast. The best thanksgiving in spain I´ve ever had. Seriously.

Tomorrow we are off to Almeria, then Alicante on Monday, followed by Valencia on Wednesday. We will be in Barcelona by Dec. 2 and headed to the states on the 5th.


Costa del Sol

That is where we are now. Google it. Today it is raining, but it has been nice. On Saturday we start our way up the coast back to Barcelona and will be back in the US in two weeks.

Yesterday we went to Granada for a day trip and saw the Alhambra. Google it.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. What were we thinking...being out of the country on turkey day...it´s my second favorite holiday. But Sofia is planning on cookin´up a feast for us. We will see.

Feel free to call us. Or email us. I am uploading Paris pics now, so keep yr internet eyes open.



El Corte Ingles es mi vida.

Hola a todos.

We are in Madrid and will be here until Thursday. If anyone wants to meet up with us, let us know. The weather is stupendous.....no, no.....Glorious. I am actually starting to miss bad weather. Yesterday we took advantage of free museum sunday and visited the Prado and the Museo de Reina Sofia. Full day, straight up. Today we got a nice late start and took a walking tour of historic Madrid. I learned three new factoids. We had churros and chocolate, a life long dream of mine.



Picos Chicos

Yesterday we took a lil day trip into the mountains, heidi style. The mountains are called the Picos de Europa. In the Picos we went to the lakes at Covadonga. The weather was awesome, meaning sunny and no clouds (pic above is someone elses).

Sorry for not writing back to all of you. We got your bday wishes and email. Thanks so much. See you in 4 weeks.



Hello again from Llanes. We just returned from a day trip to Bilbao and Getxo. We visited the Guggenheim in Bilbao and I skated the skatepark in Getxo.

Sorry still no new pictures. There is no reasonable place to upload pictures. Man are we gonna have a hell´o ´lot of pictures when we get back.


when juanes
comes to llanes
things go crazy
when juanes
comes to llanes
he puts the heat
upon us

we are in llanes, spain

sorry about no pics

anyone know anyone in madrid


Raw Deal

Ten years I have been waiting to visit Marseille, a mecca of sorts for skateboarding and yesterday and today are the first days it has rained in five months. Seriously, five months! It may be dry tomorrow before we leave for Barcelona.

But today we are making our way to Aix-en-Provence, home of Cezanne.

I have been uploading pics by the way:



Times New Roman

Sorry about the lack of pictures. We really have not had time nor the facilities to upload them.

We are in Rome until Tuesday. It rules pretty much. Saw st. peters today, money.



Where are we again?

Hello from Padua, Italy. Today we leave for Bologna and hopefully more good food. So far it has been great. Saw Venice yesterday, cool, over it.

Onward. No new pics up yet, sorry, maybe in Bologna.


Ok Yall...

If you dont start commenting, emailing, something....I dont know what. We have been trying to get as many photos up on flickr as possible. Finally we got some London pics up. So check em out (the link is below in past messages).

We are leaving Annecy, France tomorrow for Bergamo, Italy. I am really looking forward to the food in Italy. Im frankly sick of bread and cheese; yeah yeah we get it France, you guys rule at bread and cheese. Next!

P.S. Any news from the states. I am totally lost as far as US current events go.


More Photos up...still all from Ireland

Now over 100 photos up. Give me time folks. Now we are off to Paris...


Brussels, Belgium

Where beer is king and the damn fog never seems to lift. We will be here until Friday when we leave for Paris.

I added a few more photos to the flickr set:


It takes so long to upload, sorry for the delay. Dont expect too much just yet. Later on we will hqve more time.

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We are at the bus station in dublin. off to london on the ferry/coach. should be interesting.

Had soo much fun with Paddy and Stephen. Thanks to both of them for all their hospitality!


Ta me i Eireann

Went to the National Gallery today saw some great art and learned a bit about irish art/history. pretty cool. Then we met up with Stephen Slyman one of our tour guides and he drove us out to Glendalough. It's this really cool lake, made from a glacier. We had a great time. Now we are off to a pub to drink a Guinness or two.


Euro 2007

Check out our progress in photos. We have set up a photo set in flickr that we will be adding to when we can:


Check frequently.


Us in Europe

Let's Wrap it Up

Ok, this is it. We leave tomorrow. Austin Texas coming up, but for now Europe. I have been slow in posting. I am sorry. Check these links for what has been going on. And stay tuned for tons of frankage from Over There.

-Our last days at work and the parties that followed.
-Our last friday in Brooklyn.
-Our first and last stoop sale.
-Our last Grimaldis visit. With Brunkytunk and Cristy.


Oh Damn

Apparently this shit is all the rage in Paris.

And the Euro has hit an all time high against the Dollar.

Maybe we should rethink our plans Sofia.



Jason was in town this past weekend to become a monk. No, seriously.


Oh yeah, Anthony was here too. He wanted to get a crepe. But Sofia and I laughed and said "maybe next week in Paris, hahahahahahahhaahha!" Anthony did not laugh.

San Gennaro Festival.

Hot Bar-B-Q! That's a lot of swingin meat.

Oh, cheeeezy!

London Sprawling

Seeing this I am more pumped for London!


Skate Video Monday #24

Two of my favorite things: Sonic Youth and Skateboarding.
Video for 100% featuring the 360 flips of Jason Lee.

Are they Puerto Ricans?!?

Javier was in town last weekend for his last visit before we leave NY. We did some stuff. This was at a restaurant where Mike Chu and his Brazillian stomp band were playing. It's also where Javier might have met his future wifey. She was lovely, pissed and crazy, pissed meaning drunk. Very drunk. And very crazy.

Future Mr. Aaron Chamberlain???

We hit up the Gate too.

...when is this guy leaving...


Dos Botas

As mentioned before, we are making it a point to hit all our favorite joints on the way out of NYC. This night was Two Boots.

Quit lookin at the menu Sofi, you know you always order the fried chicken.

I can never decide. Not.

Chicken Fried Steak please!



While in Hamptonia, we also made it out to Montauk, which was pretty much perfect.

Except for the fact that Brian, Steve and Sofia played frisbee for about 4 hours. I only lasted about 3 throws. Boring.

Though Sofia was impressive. She did not spill a drop of that beer.

Natalie tried to get in on the action. She lasted all of five minutes.

Once I purposely through it into the rocks. Ha. Sucker.

We got a photo shoot going also.

Merry Christmas. (This will make sense in about three months).

Spear fishing didn't go to well for Brian. But he looked cool all kitted out.

"Cold, right Stewy?"

Yeah, it was damn cold.

This is turning quite bromantic...


Sofia and Natalie went for piƱa coladas after the beach. Brian, Steve and I went to Orient Point (or something like that). Steve had a ferry to miss. Whoops.