|Porter got a camera for his birthday, so the following are mostly his photos|
|Porter's 11th Birthday party|
Porter celebrated his second birthday afloat. This time he was lucky enough to have a class of kids to invite. Birthdays are quite generic in Spain, everything is very uniform, so we shook things up a bit. We reserved a few tables at the local bar, organized a huge scavenger hunt (which was a brilliant move because while the kids were busy running across town the parents had a relaxing time with cake and coffee) and had rationed box cake and frosting from the states (there are so many ingredients I can't get here including good flour, and powdered sugar, so for important events we dig into our stash of imported goodies).
Lastly, we had a to make a run to Lisbon, three hours away, to renew Ana’s passport. It is news to me that you cannot travel on a passport that is less than 6 months from expiration. Anyway, her passport expires in November, but considering we don’t know where we will be and how easy it will be to renew it elsewhere, we headed to the nearest American Consulate in Lisbon. You know your kids are getting older when you can leave a 10 year old and a 13 year old in a separate country on their own for the day. They boys were in school and we had several other boats in the area checking on them in the evening, so we felt comfortable leaving them. It is nice to be in a place long enough to make some really fantastic friends, friends that will look in on your kids if need be.
We will have hard time leaving this place, we still have another month here, but I’m already getting weepy with the thought of leaving. Such is the nature of cruising, you meet wonderful people that touch your life, and then move on and they move back to their separate corner of the globe, leaving you only with memories.