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About lifeisacelebration

Retired early, but still active. Very involved in celebrating life! I love traveling because I always come back with less cobwebs in my mind. It is as if I empty my mind of all clutter upon departure, and fill it with many happy memories upon arrival. I also like the idea that life is so focused on the present, and my senses are all playing to listen, feel , see, smell and taste everything novel or not so new. The fact that I only have to choose from a limited wardrobe, or use the same pair of shoes throughout my holiday , or work and survive on a single budget make life so much simpler. Sure, you sometimes get a raw deal in a few trips, or feel hassled by flight delays and cancellations, but the joys and simplicity of the present far outweigh the negatives. Oh, btw, I always end up gaining more friends after each trip. Many I kept......

FUN. During My Time.

Pre-digital F.U.N. No iPad. No iPhone. No digicams. No Facebook. No Instagram. No tweets. No youtube. Just old-fashioned postcards. Snail Mail. Time when we actually dialled on the phone!  How times have changed. Yet a holiday then was truly a … Continue reading

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Good Enough To Share

When I first landed a job, I’ve already decided how to spend my first pay check. I treated my parents to dinner and got myself a set of matching luggage. I guess early on, I knew what I wanted. Food … Continue reading

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Feeling The Pain

Some things are best left unsaid. Some remarks are best left ignored. Some disappointments best dismissed. So let the heart bleed. đź’” At the end of the day You’ve done your duty Shared your blessings And feel much pain. đź’” … Continue reading

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Goofing With Cervantes

My childhood friends arrived in Madrid. A couple for the first time; another couple for the second time. Then there’s my sister visiting for the first time too, and my niece who’s based here but has not made the day … Continue reading

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Beyond Gildas & Pintxos En Donostia-San Sebastián 

Donostia-San Sebastián. I knew I’d be back for more of you. Those pintxos lure me, and your txakoli and gildas keep me craving for more. I may upset some friends who think I travel for food alone, forgetting or dismissing … Continue reading

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LOURDES for the 6th Time

The first time I visited was all planned but nearly got shelved because of a major surgery. Then my surgeon said I could go a month after the surgery. I went. With a dear friend and a nephew. Three years … Continue reading

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Murallas de Pamplona

Mi apologia. But I can’t leave the subject of “Hemingway’s Pamplona” without mentioning the well-preserved murallas or walls of Pamplona. This fortified city may boast of the Encierro (the running of the bull) which is quite a spectacle like no … Continue reading

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