My summer is over, friends. And it’s okay. It’s been a wonderful summer, it has truly surpassed all my expectations. Since I start at a new school, this Monday we will have a newly hired week training session, followed by two weeks of regional and campus training to prepare for the students arrival on August 15th.
I’m looking forward to this new school year. During our training, we will meet with no less than 4 authors. One of those sessions will be with author Sandra Cisneros, best known for her first novel, The House on Mango Street.
I have some read alongs with friends coming up. First, with Karen, we’ll be reading My Family and Other Animals. Her Penguin copy looks nice while mine is old and tattered. I bought it many years ago in Malta island, at one of those old garages that sells vintage things. Regardless of its age, its spine is in good condition, and it’s a cozy book that I started to read and quit, and that I’m now looking forward to reading in full with Karen.
The other read along, with Amy and maybe Kim will join us too, will have to wait until September. I chose Moon Tiger, from #ReadingJanakay.
Karen, Amy, Kim and I, want to read an Ishighuro title together as well. I decided to ask them to wait for the Japanese Lit month, next January, and read A Pale View of Hills. Dolce Bellezza has pointed me to many great reads with the Japanese lit challenge and other read alongs. I can’t wait to join her in another one, I am back to her blog updates and waiting for the right timing.
As you can see, my missing Ishighuro titles arrived while I was on vacation. It was a good decision to buy the missing titles since I love rereading his books.
Here you can see the neighborhood I lived from 18 years old until I left for the States at the age of 27. My parents still live there. It was great to visit, though that heat wave they’re experiencing in Europe was very challenging. The deaths and fires are very concerning to the population.
While on vacation, my sister, my daughter and I, went to Alicante for 3 days, and we had the best time. There the temperature was bearable, specially by the gorgeous Mediterranean.
Back in Madrid, one night we went out to dinner, and we walked through part of the Parque del Oeste de Madrid, which was also a pleasant temperature after 8:30 pm when we did so. This park has wonderful views of Madrid.
Back to “my barrio”, where my mom cooked one of my favorites, lentil soup.
I joked that this early morning picture that you see below had some Stranger Things vibes. Like Karen, I’m also watching Stranger Things. My daughters, specially my oldest, recommended me this series which I am enjoying.
And I close with this amazing paella that doesn’t look as good as it tasted. In Alicante they nail this dish. Any fish and seafood is gloriously fresh and the seasoned paelleras are like those woks where some Asian rice is cooked to perfection. The crunchy borders and bottom layer are the parts to fight for.
I guess I am a slow reader. I only managed to finish Watership Down, and I am now reading the short Simonetta Perkins, a novella, which was my Back to the Classics spin book. I see many of you who read and review so many books, and I am impressed by that, but I can’t read fast for some reason, lol.
Also, the museums we visited merit a post on their own. This is it for now. I am thankful to the Lord for this summer that I will never forget.