Just back: Cómpeta

Just back: Cómpeta

For our last night we went to IN's home town of Cómpeta, to visit with her dad. We couldn't have asked for a better way to wind up our amazing Andalucian adventure. The next day we left AWB and IN who were heading to Barcelona. We returned the rental car at Malaga airport, and began [...]

Just Back: Granada

Just Back: Granada

Welcome to the city with pomegranates on every bollard. The first batch of pics is just snaps of us exploring the city. The second batch is the glorious Alhambra. Our delightful and enthusiastic tour guide, Beatriz, shows up in a few of the pictures. Since COVID hit, we were only her 4th English-speaking tour. The [...]

Just Back: Sevilla

Just Back: Sevilla

Below please find the first burst of pics from our just completed visit to Andalucía. First batch is out and about in Sevilla, with a couple from the Catedral de Santa María de la Sede, which started, like many churches in the region, as a mosque and ended up being the largest gothic church in [...]

Daily Commute LVI

Daily Commute LVI

The office was closed because of COVID-19 and I needed something to replace my daily walks to and from the train station. So I started going for a walk down to the Hudson River every morning. On 6 July 2020, I started taking a picture of downtown Manhattan every time I went on Hoboken's Pier [...]

Just Back: Sonoma Coast

Just Back: Sonoma Coast

It was our first non-working vacation since the pandemic started. We flew to California for some hiking, biking and wine-tasting. First stop was the Sonoma Coast, north of Jenner. There was a cold wind blowing at about 1000 kph during our visit to Salt Point State Park. But the flowers were in bloom, and the [...]

Rain

Rain

When it’s raining in NYC it’s usually both a great and a terrible idea to visit a museum. Great, because what else are you going to do? Terrible, because everyone else has the same idea. But now that NYC is not swarmed with tourists, and museums are still limiting visitors due to COVID, the rules [...]

Music 2020

Music 2020

It was a bleak year. COVID-19 made sure of that. Without a commute, I didn't listen to nearly as much new music as before. But still... ..... here are 3 albums that I liked in 2020.  None of the artists are new to me. Gidge is a Swedish electronic duo consisting of Ludvig Stolterman and Jonathan Nilsson [...]

Daniel Van Willegen

Daniel Van Willegen

Daniel Van Willegen passed peacefully at his home in Toronto on Saturday, 19 December 2020. He was 58 years old.  Dan was born on 5 December 1962, in Toronto, ON, to Willem and Edith (Mindow) Van Willegen. He received his diploma in business management from George Brown College in 1982 and his B.A. from the [...]

Autumn in NY

Autumn in NY

We have been back in the USA for about a month now, but have been keeping a low profile due to rising COVID-19 rates here in NJ. Here are various pics from the past month that I never got around to posting. Socially distancing, here in Hoboken... And in NYC...

Not quarantined no more

Not quarantined no more

It was a good week to be out and about in SW Ontario. And I’m not even talking about the fire, police, ambulance and bomb squad who arrived in the neighborhood on Saturday night to take care of a WWII device discovered around the corner from us. @Etobicoke CreekBirdhouses @Etobicoke CreekHVW + SMB @Etobicoke CreekPrep [...]

2nd Week in Quarantine

Week 2 is not unlike week 1, except I got busy and didn’t take any pictures one day. Quarantine Day 8. Work station upgraded thanks to Don.Quarantine Day 11. FaceTime training session.Quarantine Day 12. Fall mums thanks to Dan.Quarantine Day 13. Best part of Canada. (Not maple syrup, hockey, or the Hip).Quarantine Day 14. We’re [...]

1st Week in Quarantine

1st Week in Quarantine

The rules say that if you cross the US/Canada border, then you must self-isolate for 2 weeks. So we are sequestered in a house that is just a few blocks away from our first home in Etobicoke. We left more than 25 years ago. Quarantine Day 0. At the border. Quarantine Day 1. Did the [...]