RNC 2008

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Today’s Throwback Thursday #tbt is a protest at the Saint Paul Capital during the 2008 Republican National Convention. Protestors. Helicopters. Turtle suits. It was a photographer’s dream to live within walking distance of the chaos. However, I will be eternally grateful for the nice man who threw his coat over me when we got pepper sprayed a few days later in a parking lot just a block from home. Too close to the action. And it was thrilling!

Salvador Dali’s Signature

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In our digital age, I still have an odd love for good penmanship. It’s probably because I’ve been typing for so much of my life I can barely write a short note without getting a hand cramp.

When husband and I visited the Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Spain, I was taken by how much Salvadore Dali’s autograph on his paintings evolved over the years, from 1920 to the modern era (check out the Dali signatures). I especially liked his 1973 version on yellow, which is artistic in itself. It would seem Dali was always creating, even down to the simple task of autographing his masterpieces.

Bob Dylan Revisited

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If anyone here is new, then you might not know Husband is an uber Bob Dylan fan, and proud of it. Bob just announced his fall tour, which includes a stop in Minneapolis in early November. This information could have prompted this scene in Lowertown Saint Paul this week. Who’s going to the show?

New HQ

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Sometimes you look for a new job. Sometimes it is a hard decision to do so, but you know it’s the right one. While I will still reside in Minnesota going forward, my new company headquarters is in Miami. I don’t think the view from the office is half bad, especially during the upcoming winter months.

Plaza George Orwell

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In Barcelona, most tourists pass through Plaza George Orwell on their way to Las Ramblas or to see the historic Barrio Gotic. When husband and I passed through, we stopped in our tracks. When your band consists of one vegan and one vegetarian traveling in a meat eating nation, you are quick to hone in on a vegetarian restaurant immediately. In Plaza Orwell we saw multiple vegetarian restaurants nearly side-by-side with “Vegan!” advertisements hanging from colorful doors. We had found culinary home in Spain.

Many salad and hummus plates into our visit, we decided to dive in feet first, and hit the vegan joint, Gopal, at one corner of the plaza. This is considered “fast” food in Spain, lots of burger options, fake bacon and sandwiches. If you are living on tomato pan and olives, Gopal is a nice break from veggie tapas.

A few doors down is Vegetalia, my favorite Plaza Orwell vegetarian restaurant. A believer in sustainable, organic food, Vegetalia offers saffron rice, Thai tofu, quinoa, tempeh, lentils, brown rice, millet and seitan. You can tapas or entree. Vegetalia doesn’t care as long as you are satisfied.

There are other great bars in the square serving veggie friendly tapas, with square-seating so you can watch families play in this bohemian atmosphere, which is part of the experience. Instead of passing through – linger. Have food that fills you, heart and soul.