march to midsummer moments

Portland half-marathon was fun, crowded and HOT (the fact I overdressed didn't help).

Lisbon half-marathon was fun, crowded and HOT (the fact I overdressed didn’t help).

I stayed in Lisbon for a few days...

Still, I got to walk around the city …

...visited a moss-grown abandoned monastery (those tiny monk cells, the cork-covered walls!)...

…visit a moss-grown abandoned monastery (those tiny monk cells, the cork-covered walls!)…

... and visited the most western point of Europe. No wonder the Portuguese were such sailors...!

… and see the westernmost point of Europe (with scenery like that, no wonder the Portuguese were such sailors…!).

I even popped into a few bookstores.

I even popped into a few bookstores.

Models of Azorean fishing boats! Just like the ones my family's ancestors would use :) The naval museum by far was my most Favorite Activity.

Models of Azorean fishing boats! Just like the ones my family’s ancestors would use :) The naval museum by far was my most Favorite Activity.

In Cornwall we hiked through the EXTREMELY windy & rainy & atmospheric moors...

In Cornwall we hiked through the EXTREMELY windy & rainy & atmospheric moors…

... found the famous stack of stones called the Cheesewring (is that what a ring of cheese looks like?) ...

… found the famous stack of stones called the Cheesewring (is that what a ring of cheese looks like?) …

... and camped out in a permaculture-farm-hostel type place completed with alpacas, sheep and a fuzzy bunny called Pablo.

… and camped out in a permaculture-farm-hostel type place completed with alpacas, sheep and a fuzzy bunny called Pablo.

Our campsite was in Bude, famous hippie-surfer-Tori Amos town.

Our campsite was in Bude, famous hippie-surfer-Tori Amos town.

We went on many, many seaside cliff walks and they were all drop dead gorgeous.

We went on many, many seaside cliff walks….

I even got to stand outside Doc Martin's house, he of the famed English television show so beloved by my mother.

… and I even got to stand outside Doc Martin’s house, he of the famed English television show so beloved by my mother. (It is still a private residence, hence the Private Property sign.)

We visited many little towns...

We visited many little towns…

... and walked, walked, walked!

… and walked, walked, walked!

In May I got to see Jenny Erpenbek win the IFFP prize!! WELL-DESERVED *fangirl swoon*

In May I got to see Jenny Erpenbek win the IFFP prize!! WELL-DESERVED *fangirl swoon*

Back in Norwich it was time to go enjoy Cromer beach...

Back in Norwich it was time to go enjoy Cromer beach…

... and the flowers in Sheringham Park.

… and the flowers in Sheringham Park.

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In NY I got to briefly enjoy the skyline…

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… before crossing the San Diego border to visit old friends & old haunts.

Some things never change!

Some things never change!

Like the candy market...

Like the candy market…

... chilies for sales...

… chiles for sales…

... though the graveyard graffiti was certainly new and interesting, ...

… though the graveyard graffiti was certainly new and interesting, …

... as was this Diego and Frieda mural

… as was this Diego and Frida mural

The border beach wall was still there, naturally...

The border beach wall was still there, unfortunately…

... but it had some new stuff too.

… but it had some new stuff too.

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I got to briefly visit a corgi in Eastern Oregon, and then it was off to summer school job on the East Coast. The library here is filled with Lydia Davis, Mary Ruefle, Ben Lerner, Nell Zink, Donal Ryan, Kathleen Founds, Miranda July and Michael Taussig books that ye merry ole English libraries either a) don't have in stock or b) take foreeeeeever to order. It's gonna be a good summer. Like Chris Pratt and his zookeeper stance before his lil' raptor posse in 'Jurassic World', i'm like BRING IT ON.

I got to briefly visit a corgi in Eastern Oregon, and then it was off to summer school job on the East Coast. The library here is filled with Lydia Davis, Mary Ruefle, Ben Lerner, Nell Zink, Donal Ryan, Kathleen Founds, Miranda July and Michael Taussig books that ye merry ole English libraries either a) don’t have in stock or b) take foreeeeeever to order. It’s gonna be a good summer. Like Chris Pratt and his zookeeper stance before his lil’ raptor posse in ‘Jurassic World’, i’m like BRING IT ON.

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