After 33 hours of labor, Emily gave birth to beautiful Elena Margaret Davila Freeburg! She is almost a month old now (she was born 17 December 2010) and she is doing well. Below some pictures:
It has been great these past few days with family visiting from around the world and learning to be parents. Emily and I take it one day at a time, without much nighttime sleeping, but so far so good! Next week I’ll go back to work, so let’s see what Elena has to say about that…
I’ll try to put updates more often, and will start a series of food recipes that I have been meaning to include in this blog for a while. Maybe some videos too!
A colleague shared this comic book written by Hungry Man Books on the “truth about sustainable development.” It is translated to Spanish, but I’m sure everyone will get the point. It is amusing, sad and true all at the same time!
Last weekend I visited Arras, France to attend the Main Square Festival. I was able to catch M, Gomez, Ben Harper and Pearl Jam. M was a terrible French band for a lame type of hipster. Not recommended.
Gomez was surprisingly good. The band really tried to get the crowd going, and introduce the French crowd to their music (even though I read they have been around since 1996!). As much as they tried, they were not too succesful as the crowd was atypical of a concert crowd… Maybe too mellow? In any case, some people did recognize their hit song “How We Operate” and sang along. All and all, I thought they were a solid act. See below below for a picture from my phone:
Then we saw Ben Harper! What a great show! I had not seen Ben Harper before, but he did really well. He performed mostly newer stuff, with a bluesy feel to it. I was hoping for some of his work with the Blind Boys of Alabama, but it was great nonetheless.
Finally, we saw Pearl Jam! I have seen them before in NYC, but not in Europe. They performed mostly from their new album, and a series of greatest hits songs including Porch, Black, Alive and Jeremy. The set plus one encore was only 90 minutes, which seemed short for Pearl Jam. I noticed that they had their typical two encores at the Werchter Festival in Belgium the next day, so they may have been playing to French sensibilities… See some pictures below:
All and all a great show, and Arras was actually a nice looking town. I hope to catch more concerts soon!
Yesterday I got a new bicycle and started exploring around my neighborhood in Bonn. I plan to go to work on the bicycle so will need to find a good path to get there. Below is a picture of the bicycle.