Dakar, Senegal February 2019    We spent the next three and a half months on our boat at the Huanacaxtle marina near Puerto Vallarta.  We enjoyed exploring the nearby towns and beaches.  I flew to Dakar on February 22 for a 3 week stay with Isabelle and Niko.  I was so excited to see baby Lucia.

I was able to visit some restaurants, museums and markets (amazing textiles), which were bustling with activity.  I visited Goree Island, which was from the 15th to 19th century the largest slave trading center on the African coast.  The House of Slaves was reconstructed as a museum in 1962, a testament to the human suffering caused by the slave trade.

Isabelle's nanny, Souadou, was very good with the baby, and I enjoyed my time with her and Lucia.  I was amazed by the womens' beautiful traditional dress.  Souado and her friend were beautiful.

We met Pat's brother and his wife, Jim and Chris in Puerto Vallarta.  We rented a house in Sayulita; we had a great time!


We drove to our home in San Miguel de Allende.  It's always nice to show off our charming town, especially when there are frequent, beautiful weddings.

In April, we sold our sailboat in Puerto Vallarta.  We felt we needed to be close to Susan's mother in California at this time.  

For the Memorial Day weekend, I flew to South Beach, Miami to meet Pat who flew in from Canada, where he is working.  We had a long relaxing weekend together.

We drove from San Miguel de Allende to Los Altos, California in July.  We have decided to base ourselves in Los Altos to be close to my mom who lives in San Francisco, as she has had some health issues.  In September, Isabelle and Lucia were able to stay for five weeks.  Niko joined us for a couple of days. What a treat to have them with us!

My mother was able to visit with us.  Four generations together!

We had a great time with our good friends Claudia and Wes in the Amador wine country, just east of Sacramento.  The wine is very good too!


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