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Christmas in Spain and a Winter Trip to Italy

Christmas in Spain definitely looks more like my old Florida days than it does any other recent locale. We spent the Christmas time season with some more foster pups. Carlitos found a forever family and they gave him a new haircut which was so disappointing. He had such cool hair. The good part is, I know they will be a great family for him. He is living with a retired man and his extended family including son and grandson and Carlitos absolutely loves men so that is perfect for him


Then along came little Blanquita for a couple of weeks. She was a 5 pound Chihuahua and the sweetest thing ever.


We took her on quite a few little adventures and she spent some of that time in a purse since her little legs couldn’t carry her so far. She went a family with two older children around 10 and 14 years old and she will be officially the dog of the little girl. I think they will be the best of friends.

We also attended a Christmas lunch with our gym. It was primarily Spanish folks and it was a cultural experience. The restaurant was occupied only by the members of the gym for our lunch since we basically took up the entire inside. It was a 4 hour eating bonanza with many courses, all you could drink wine and towards the end of the lunch, the group started up with singing. This went on for about 30 minutes where people sang, danced and drummed. No need for instruments. Everyone knows all the words to at least 50+ songs in this country. It was hilarious. Then the group continued the party and I received pictures from the group chat until well past 2 AM. The Spanish know how to party.


These are of us on our way to the lunch. Quite warm in December.


We took a little long weekend trip back to Italy to further explore western Piemonte which borders France and includes the city of Torino. We enjoyed the mountains, delicious food, a little city action, and mostly just checked out little towns and a few Christmas markets.


The last picture is an underwater nativity scene. We stumbled across a medieval town that decorates with a collection of nativities during the Christmas period. There were so many cute little scenes built into every nook and cranny of the town. Google Borgo di Bardo for more pics. We didn’t take so many even though it was adorable.

We spent Christmas Eve with our neighbors/friends/gym owners and had a bunch of laughs and delicious food. I didn’t take a single picture but I did take a picture of the dessert Quinn made and will also share a picture of our Christmas tree this year. (Thanks Patsy, look familiar?)


We also enjoyed a Christmas Day hike. This pictures didn’t turn out so spectacular but here is one of us trying to avoid a cow party.


Our gym is now an official HYROX gym. This is an exercise event where people do a 1 kilometer run followed by an exercise set which includes burpee broad jumps, 100 wall balls, a farmers carry, sled push/pull, Skierg and row machine, and walking lunges with a sand bag. Since there are 8 rounds, you end up with 8 kilometers of running by the end. There are many videos online. Anyhow, Quinn won our gym’s little kick off competition and the prize was entry into the Malaga hyrox event so he will participating in that in April.


It was a fun winter and although, it is only February now in Spain we have had several 70 degree days in a row so it feels more like Spring. I think it will be a HOT summer.

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