It’s not every year that we get TWO trips to Italy. Last time our focus was Tuscany. This time was a mix of new and old destinations in Veneto and Emilia-Romagna, showing Sarah’s mom some stuff we knew, and some we didn’t. Clearly this is going to have to be split into several different posts. We took way too many pictures to cover it all in one post. Stay tuned for individual segments to follow.
For the last eleven months I’ve been cultivating a beard. I told everyone at work I’d shave it when we reached a certain milestone at work. Well, the work thing finally happened today. True to my word, the beard is gone, as of about 20 minutes ago.
I’m not excited about shaving (nearly) every day again, but I do look forward to eating without
- straining my food like a baleen whale
- giving food particles hundreds of jumping-off points as they try to land on my shirt
- hogging the napkins
We planned a rendezvous with some of Sarah’s extended family months ago and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
We’d been to Berchtesgaden before, several years ago, in that dark, rainy period before Christmas. Visiting it in the summer was a very different experience! Also, this time we stayed in the Kempinski hotel above the town. We were only there one night — just long enough to catch up with the fam and send them back on their way home to the USA.Continue reading Fast Break to Berchtesgaden and Burg Hohenwerfen
- Don’t re-use passwords, ever.
- Make the passwords you use cryptographically strong — adequate length, no stock phrases, and a mix of cases, numbers, and symbols can’t hurt. Lots of sites are dumb about these rules.
- Use a system that works for you to generate and store them: Password Safe, KeePass, 1Password, LastPass, whatever. Google them.
- Retire old passwords, and replace them with completely unrelated new, better ones.
- Use a password system that replicates across all your devices (lappy, tablet, desktop, phone).
- Save yourself some headache by generating human-readable (but still of acceptable complexity) passwords for when you do have to read from one device and type/tap into another, or read one off to another human.
- Set your password system bug you to update your passwords periodically.
https://pw.cliff1976.net is my gift to you for generating those.Continue reading Again with the passwords
Our birthday/Christmas/anniversary presents to ourselves was a long April weekend attending a cooking course at a winery/abbey in Tuscany. If you watched “Salt Fat Acid Heat” on Netflix, this is the place (and these are the people!) where Samin makes pasta from scratch.Continue reading Good Harvest at Badia a Coltibuono
Oops! This post has been lurking in our drafts for a couple months. Sorry about that!
We needed to get outta town for a change of scenery after getting most of the way through the winter. Plus, it was a chance to celebrate a milestone and a Hallmark Holiday.™ Barcelona was the right mix of travel effort, climate, and activity.Continue reading Cutting Winter Short in Catalonia
If you’re going to visit Regensburg, try for the Ides of May.
Easter weekend was a great time to bug outta town (again, some more) for a long weekend with our pal Snooker. Berlin welcomed us with these pretty trees all over town. Here are the photos. Click to embiggen.
After that stunning — but chilling — visit to Iceland the first week of November, we knew we’d need a little dose of sun and warmth before diving into the long, dark winter. We came back for basically a weekend at home in Regensburg before turning around and departing for Porto.Continue reading Warming up in Porto
Day 4: South Shore
It felt significantly warmer on this, our last day of adventure in Iceland. Unfortunately, that meant also it rained cats and dogs. Really would have loved my rain pants here. It was too warm for the ski pants but not dry enough for just jeans.