Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Cypress Hotel, Cupertino

Woooo Hoooooooo! The gang’s all here! When I arrived at the hotel (once again, my license was “declined” at the rental car agency. I showed them my brand new sparkling license and they said that it wasn’t in the system yet. Oh, I love bureaucracy! It just took more time.)

Here are a couple shots from my short two hour flight on Alaska airlines:

But oh, I am in heaven. No more rain, temperatures in the 70’s with a stiff breeze. The freeways aren’t crowded – at least not when I was driving in – I had the windows down, the wind blowing through my hair and I remember how much I LOVE California. Thanks to GoogleEarth, I have the exact directions to the hotel, including fractions of miles travelled, and I get here without any mishap. There is ample parking. The reception is cordial and efficient, and . . . there is a big plate of chocolate chip cookies waiting to greet the guests.

My room is a hoot. The only thing missing is . . . AdventureMan. Oh, AdventureMan, you would love this place.

At 5, there is wine in the lobby. This week, ironically, it is wines from Washington State, which are good, but I just came from there! As it turned out, the red wine I had was excellent. The gang gathered, laughing and exchanging family lore, welcoming the bride into our very geeky and kookie family.

Now I have to apologize. We all went out and ate barbeque. I was SO hungry, I forgot to take photos. My bad.

This is the view from my room at sunset:

Today, we are doing a tour of Google! Wooooo HOOOOOOO!

May 23, 2008 - Posted by | Community, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Food, Living Conditions, Relationships, Travel | , , , , , ,


  1. 1) whats with the leopard coat ;p?
    2) Why are you hiding their faces? CIA?

    Comment by Purgatory | May 23, 2008 | Reply

  2. looks like fun i need a vacation. would u be interested in going to papau new guinea?

    and yeah i second purg…the hotel room’s floor is also zoomorphic..dunno if thats leopard or cheetah print.

    Comment by Mrm | May 23, 2008 | Reply

  3. Poor Qateri is missing out 😦

    Comment by 3baid | May 23, 2008 | Reply

  4. Those are the bathrobes, Purg! What fun, huh? Yes, it is one big CIA wedding, we all wear masks so no one will know who anyone is, and we all have to know the password, which changes hourly.

    I had a girlfriend who did her PhD in Papua, New Guinea, Mrm. I can’t say it is a place I want to go. Now Zanzibar . . .

    I miss my fuzzy little QC, 3baid!

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 24, 2008 | Reply

  5. hamdella 3al salameh 🙂 🙂 🙂 the hotel looks great and the company even better! enjoy Google and the wedding (not necessarily in that order :D)!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | May 24, 2008 | Reply

  6. Oh Little Diamond, we are all missing you so much. The family is gathering, all the different sides and factions and oh, what a hoot. We are missing you too much!

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 24, 2008 | Reply

  7. Talk about endangerd animals, did they give you any seal oil too?

    Comment by Purgatory | May 24, 2008 | Reply

  8. Wow that throw on the bed looks so soft and warming!!!

    Comment by Ansam | May 24, 2008 | Reply

  9. No seal oil, Purg, but Occitaine supplies in the bathroom, which are very nice.

    The throw is faux fur, Ansam, and it is warm!

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 24, 2008 | Reply

  10. Hmmnn,…. so which one in the photo is you ?

    I am guessing the one on the far left is you. Am I right or am I rite? Or you are not even in the picture – you are the one taking the picture. Am I wrong or am I rong?

    Comment by When Jill Got Phil Preggers | May 25, 2008 | Reply

  11. Hee Heee, I am the one taking the photo, you are right.

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 25, 2008 | Reply

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