Dan’s 30th in Majorca, Spain

de001a03-bf3b-45e3-9942-7707154ac1b0October was a special month for us this year, not only did Dan turn thirty, but his brother and family were able to hop across the pond to celebrate with us.  And we’re not talking a small hop…they came all the way from LA to London and then we flew on to Majorca, Spain with them!  And they have a one year old baby!  Scott, Christine and baby Henry were major troopers! 

They arrived in London the fd6b8ec9-8b2a-4419-9225-5e0b83a71045weekend before Dan’s birthday and we were able to show them our new London neighborhood as well as explore some of their favourite areas from the last time they visited.  

After a few days in London, we made our way over to Majorca.  We stayed in a fantastic villa up in the cliffs, with sweeping views of the beautiful Spanish island’s coast. The infinity pool was by far the best feature in the home, and where we spent most of our time.  

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We took a day trip up to Valldemossa, which is a quaint historical village lined with shops and restaurants. We had a fun time exploring and enjoyed soaking in some Spanish culture.

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We celebrated Dan’s 30th on the water at a lovely restaurant in Port d’Andratx. We enjoyed sampling the fresh seafood and we were treated to a beautiful sunset!

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We were able to spend a bit of time at a few of the local beaches.  We visited a popular beach in Palmanova on the southern coast of the island. It had beautiful white sand beaches and we all enjoyed swimming in the sea. Another day we decided to try a “secret” beach. Before long we found ourselves on a two-track winding into the hills. The road eventually became too much for our “mini-van” and so we decided to walk the rest of the way to the beach. After about a 15 minute walk, we were rewarded with a perfectly secluded beach in a small little cove. We spent the afternoon swimming in the crystal clear water and soaking up the sun.

All too soon, our time in Spain was up and Scott, Christine & Henry were headed back to LA.  It was unfortunate timing that one of my big deals at work was closing the week they visited.  It was massively time consuming and kept me occupied much more than I would have liked. As a result I wasn’t able to spend as much time with Scott, Christine and baby Henry as I had hoped, but overall it was a great trip and we love our precious time with family.  It’s so hard not seeing them when we’re living on opposites sides of the world, but we cherished every moment we had together!

M+D Glaser Adventure – Part 2: Mum G’s GUEST POST!

Early Saturday morning we had to say goodbye to Mom and Dad Glaser.  Dan and I had such a great long visit with them here in London.  It was great showing them around our new home and city.  They arrived home safely and we miss them already!

I’ve asked Mom Glaser to write a guest post on their trip here in London.  So here is part 2 of their visit:

It was our pleasure to spend a week with Dan and Kirsten. What gracious hosts and tour directors they are. It is very helpful for parents to be able to truly picture where their kids live and work. It was fun to be at their cute, cosy flat and to explore their neighbourhood, London and the countryside.

While Dan and Kirsten worked we toured Kensington Palace and learned about its history and the monarchs that lived there. – We rented a car and visited dear friends who live north of Cambridge. Dick is a very good English driver, but the double roundabouts are beyond me.

Our meals were delicious, interesting, and fun experiences both home and out. (Everyone knows what a great cook Kirsten is). We liked the traditional meat pies at the neighbourhood Blackbird Pub. Gelato ice cream in South Kensington was a treat after an evening walk. – Of course Dick did have to have one of his favourite meals, bangers and mash.

We used the London subway system “The Tube” everyday. Thursday Dan, Dick , and I met Kirsten near her office at Picadilly Circus, walked to Chinatown for dinner, and walked through Covent Garden.

Christmas decorations come early to London. We were impressed with the beautiful lights and special festivities happening throughout the evening. We continued on to the Lyceum Theater where we enjoyed a live production of “The Lion King”. So entertaining – a great show.

Saturday the four of us strolled through the variety of shops at the Portobello Market in Notting Hill.  Later we rode “The Eye”, London’s iconic ferris wheel. The rain stopped, the sun came out and we were treated to fantastic views of London. – Our stayed ended with a wonderful dinner at Oxo Tower Restaurant right on the Thames. Our backdrop was Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and historic London.

We thank Dan and Kirsten for giving us special memories together. We also thank God for keeping them in His care and helping them to flourish in London. Dan and Kirsten, you are brilliant, and we love you!