Happy hanukkah!

Hanukkah is not a strange word for me anymore.  I was introduced to Judaism when I worked as au pair for 10 months in Golders Green, a well known Jewish area in North London. I learned about some main holidays, traditions and most of the the yummy food they have: the challah bread on Fridays, the bagels and the jam mini doughnuts for… Hanukkah!

We’ve been wanting to go back to Golders Green for long, but never found the time, really. We finally went yesterday. The streets were busy, preparing for the last day of the holiday, some Menorahs were lit in different parks around… very nice vibe. And we got some treats from Daniel’s bakery! The best bagels in the freezer for when I fancy them, it’s the key. Find it at 12-13 Hallswelle Parade, Finchley Road, NW11 0DL.

La palabra Hanukkah ya no me suena a raro. Fui introducida al judaísmo cuando viví y trabajé como niñera para una familia en Golders Green, conocido barrio judío del norte de Londres. Aprendí sobre algunas fiestas, tradiciones y sobretodo la comida: pan hallah, bagels y mini donuts por Hanukkah. Y volvimos ayer, todo el mundo preparándose para el último día de la fiesta. También nos llevamos algún que otro capricho a casa de una de las mejores panaderías de la zona.

Menorah at Brandenburger Tor, Berlin, two weekends ago.

It’s all about making the most of every experience and learning, like we did in Berlin ;).

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Summer hikes: Thames Path

Last Saturday El Hombre and I went for a day trip. It’s Summer!! And once settled down in the new house, we decided to go for a hike following the Thames Path.

I didn’t really know how big this trail was until last Saturday, when I saw National trail sings everywhere. It’s 184 miles long! Funny enough, I have done this trail myself many times before without knowing it.

When living in London, I used to go for long walks by the river: Tower of London to Big Ben, Millenium bridge to  Pimlico, Hammersmith to Richmond, among others. El Hombre was wondering what is it that I like it so much. Well, the answer is I don’t know. I just love being around water.

El sábado pasado nos fuimos de paseo con el Hombre. Decidimos hacer un trozo del Thames Path, que como bien indica, va por la orilla del río Támesis. No sabía que era tan oficial como para ser una ruta nacional, equivalente a los GR españoles, pero la verdad es que tiene todo el sentido del mundo. Y sin querer, ya había hecho varias partes de él cuando vivía en Londres.

So I found a very good route on this website, walkingclub.org.ukReading to Henley-on-the-Thames,  about 11 miles, and we just simply did it.

The route was very well described, step by step. We started in Reading walked by Sooning, then Shiplake. We stopped for berries, wheat or anything that could go into our mouths. We were amazed with some of the houses we saw (mansions) but, overall, the boats.

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