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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Vacation over. Crap.

It's been quiet around here ... too damn quiet. Attentive readers will know that I've been away on a little vacation in England and Spain, and despite vague plans that I might have something to say in the meantime, I couldn't face the thought of it when there were pubs, bars and beaches just a short walk away.

How strange to be back. Everything is on a different scale here, and while walking Number One Son to daycare this morning I only met three people in four miles, although the cheerful attitude of a Colorado Springs Utilities employee playing with the sprinklers in a local park was as refreshing as the water he accidently sprayed me with. The walking thing is inspired by the fine city of Cambridge, where the narrow streets and parking difficulties got us onto our feet after seven years of cruising in air conditioned lazy comfort. So Cambridge was a big hit with all of us - the kids loved the water, the wildlife, the little shops, the fish and chips etc., and the parents loved the beer gardens. The Cambridge Blue in Gwydir Street was particularly refreshing, as the kids could hop over the back wall and play in the cemetary. Lovely.

An impromtu walking tour of London with kids aged 2, 3 and 5? Interesting, and the perfect setup for a week of doing nothing in Spain. Well, I say "nothing". Obviously walking down to the beach every morning and ordering drinks and fresh fish for lunch while watching the kids go crazy in the water is not for the inexperienced, but we rose to the challenge pretty well.

No lessons were learned, nor observations made, that had any parallel in the field of database management.

Anyhoo, click here to acknowledge that you're so desperate for a vacation that you're willing to look at someone else's vacation photos as a substitute.


At 3:31 PM, Blogger Pete_S said...

Nice photos - where was the rough sea?

Can't wait until August and Switzerland for me (and the kids and the wife)

At 3:36 PM, Blogger David Aldridge said...

That was La Herradura, about an hour east of Malaga -- very pleasant indeed. Some of the sea photos were Salabrena, which is a little further down the coast.

Switzerland sounds nice -- if you're going past Geneva then you can collect my beers from DaPi!

At 10:02 PM, Blogger Amar said...

Welcome back and those pics are great. The kids enjoying themselves brought back my childhood memories of my vacations at my grandparents place which is near a river beach.

At 7:26 AM, Blogger Jeff Hunter said...

I see you finally figured out how to use the timer (http://slimdave.smugmug.com/gallery/608862/1/25715251)

At 7:48 AM, Blogger David Aldridge said...

He's a fine figure of a man, eh?

You have to check the captions at the top of the pictures -- this is a comment that I had anticipated ;)

At 4:35 AM, Blogger Jeff Hunter said...

Yeah, yeah. I saw the caption, but figured you were trying to cover something up (or not as the case may be).

At 2:05 PM, Blogger Niall said...


you came to England and didn't tell us. We could've bought you warm beer and told you how great it was!


At 10:04 PM, Blogger David Aldridge said...


You know I would have mentioned it, but after a seven year absence my schedule of places-to-go, people-to-see (beer-to-drink) was so full that I couldn't have fitted in another engagement -- although if it's any comfort, I did manage to get through a startling amount of beer anyway.


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