I was so happy to be spending time with my dad! Charles and I went up to be with him while Boricua was on a work trip.
We could talk for days about etymology, history, science, music, psychology, etc. He's the best. And his playground - the Central Coast - is a dream.
Misión Santa Ines
Misión Santa Ines is in a town called Solvang, a really interesting Dutch settlement. The town is charming in its own way but its bindingsværk (I had to look this up - Danish provincial style architecture with timber framing/post and beam) did feel incongruous in the middle of Southern California to me! Just having moved home from Europe I didn't feel too appreciative of the touristy feel and felt a twinge of regret that we don't there live anymore, thinking about seeing homes like that when we visited the Black Forest in Germany, Amsterdam, Switzerland and of course Copenhagen. We even saw a timber frame medieval home Southampton, England. Solvang is cool though. The mission was definitely there first haha, part of the chain of 21 missions started by Spain in 1769, as part of their Alta California territory. When I write "their," I mean the territory they "conquered" and confiscated from already present indigenous people. We walked around and enjoyed some food eating on the patio (where Charles is allowed too!). I didn't take photos but the town even had a replica of the Little Mermaid statue and a windmill. I can't wait to take Boricua there around Christmastime!
I was so happy to be spending time with my dad! We could talk for days about etymology, history, science, music, psychology, etc. He's the best. And his playground - the Central Coast - is a dream.