I had a chance to go to Berkeley a few weekends ago to see some friends, and we had a great time! My friends usually live in Spain but they were living in the US for a bit so I’m really glad I got to see them before they went back home. The last time I got to see them the kids were just babies – now they’re all grown up and speaking English! Amazing.
First off, can I tell you how amazing that slide was? It was super steep and there were bits of cardboard boxes lying around that you could slide down on. I ended up losing my box but thankfully my jeans were plenty slick! In this day and age where everything is wrapped in bubble wrap it’s awesome to see some old-school amusements. Plus this slide was particularly cool because it looked like something out a Southeast Asian ruin. In the same vein, there was this other amazing playground where you could go and run around and build, paint, or destroy anything. No supervision, no real rules, just fun. Some of these structures were really big – second stories, some were old boats and cars, and so on. If some place like that had existed when I was a kid, I would have never left.
This might be a little food geeky, but yeah, I took pictures of the fresh morel mushrooms. Sauteed in a little bit of butter and wine – astounding. Wish Colorado had markets that were anything like the ones in California. We went to a little farm market that made me want to move to Berkeley right that very instant. I’ve never seen so much produce in my life.
The last one is a little impromptu family picture – these are some of my favorite people in the whole world!