Monthly Archives: November 2011

Retiro Picnic


May 16th We were supposed to meet Alene & Ethel in the morning, but they needed extra zzzz time so the Dieden clan headed out to take on Madrid once again as a party of five. Starting with Atocha, we took in the station from afar, then up close, then inside. I hadn’t seen it since the bombings ...

The Monday Flood


The flood actually started Sunday morning, and after four unreturned calls to our landlord we took matters into our own hands and began calling plumbers.  Apparently Sundays aren’t ideal for your pipes to burst because we called every plumber in Santa Monica and nobody returned our calls…until 30 minutes later.  We finally got ...