We are back from our eastward adventures, and doing our best to enjoy the days we have left in Seattle. We were away for 40 days, with stops in New York, Connecticut, Boston, New Jersey, Philadelphia, New Jersey again, Portugal, Sweden, and another visit to New York before returning home. Yowsah!

After our time on the East Coast, we jetted off to Portugal for a more proper celebration of Dina finishing her residency. We spent a few days in and around Porto before meeting up with friends near Lisbon in Portugal, and really enjoyed our time up there.


Porto, from Vila Nova de Gaia

The week we had in Cascais with friends was pretty fantastic, too — we had a big house that overlooked the beach, and spent equal time exploring the area and doing very little, all the while eating great food and drinking our share of vinho verde.

Guincho Beach

Guincho Beach, just down the hill from our house in Cascais

Guincho Sunset

Sunset over the ocean, from the house

We made it into Lisbon one day, and up to Sintra another; both places worthy of future re-visits.


Looking up the well at the summer palace in Sintra

From there, we flew to Sweden for a week in Stockholm. Unsurprisingly, it was quite different from Portugal, and though we liked it somewhat less, we still had a great time. Highlights included a visit to Millesgarden, a tour of City Hall, a trip out to Grinda — an island in the archipelago off the coast — and of course, mass consumption of gravlax.

Lily at Millesgarden

Lily at Millesgarden

Stockholm City Hall

Vaulted ceiling at City Hall

Our flight home from New York to Seattle was perfectly timed, and we had a 5+ hour sunset as we crossed the country.

Sunset from the air

Lots more photos from our travels are up on Picasa:

We did find a place to live in Somerville come September, and I’ve just booked movers (via the very cool startup Moveline) for the end of August. The countdown is on…

posted August 9, 2013 – 10:54 pm
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