|Sophia, Joanna and Julian|
I will start first with the exciting news of the birth of our new family member...Sophia Marguerite Mazzella. She is the daughter of Joanna and Stephan and sister to Julian (2 1/2). Joanna is the daughter of Richard's sister Margui who died in June, 1999. Even more exciting is that she was born on Ricardo's birthday, Feb 18th. We look forward to seeing them on Long Island when we return to the states in April.
During part of Jan. and Feb. I took acting classes with a local acting teacher, Eli Hans here in SMA. It was very challenging and there were positives and negatives. I really enjoyed the process of being on stage for our short scene but the memorizing of the lines was difficult for me. It is a challenging activity and an incredible way to "be in the moment". I planning to take it again in two weeks. It has also given me a greater appreciation for actors and plays. We do go to many here in SMA but now I am looking at it all in a different light. Interestingly, my brother Richard has recently auditioned for a part and was in a play in Boston. Who knew that the Vogels had acting in their blood.
|Playing a writer who wants to be rich...|
both of us writing plays in a basement apartment
eating ramen noodles every night!
|Taking our bows!|
We traveled with Cindy and Ravi to Patzcuaro, MX...about 5 hours from SMA. It is a small city on a lake with many indigenous villages around the lake. Here we bought new hats in one of the villages. In the middle of the lake is an island which has a statue at the top of the hill.
|Island in Lago Patzcuaro|
|Graveyard on the island|
|Walking up the statue on the island|
|Very old olive trees in a small town on the lake|
|View from a church yard|
|Dinner with our friends Joyce and Ralph|
from Long Island, NY - in Mexico City
at Cafe Tacuba
|Inside one of the many churches in Puebla, MX|
|View from the roof garden|
of a hotel in Puebla, MS
|Puebla as seen from Cholula, MX|
|Church in Cholula|
|Tiled front of church in Cholula - home|
of Talavera tiles
|Flags flying from a church steeple|
|The new Suyumaya Museum with|
collection of Carlos Slim - the richest
man in the world - in Mexico City
|The sculpture floor in the Suyumaya|
I believe that I mentioned this in the past, but we are now getting excited for our upcoming adventure which is to walk the "Camino de Santiago" in Northern Spain in May and June. We have already booked our tickets to Spain. We will return to NC in April and then head to NY and Boston before heading to Spain on May 1st. We look forward to seeing many of you during our travel in the US and plan to return to SMA in August once again.
Thanks for traveling with us and love from the both of us.