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My “I have a friend going to Barcelona…” list

I get emails every so often with people asking me about ‘off the beatin’ path’ types of things to do in Barcelona. I thought it would be a help to put it in a blog with some links. Favorite Restaurant – Caravelle in the neighborhood El Raval. My friends Zim and Poppy own it. They…

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EDA Vintage French Fixie

This is the bike that I bought as a rusted pile of nothingness at the flea market and transformed into a super cool (in my opinion) fixed gear bike. It’s a vintage french frame…from the 60’s I believe. The only marks on the frame are the angles of the tubes on the lugs and the…

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My New Bike – 82 Colnago Mexico

I saw this super grainy, black and white photo of a bike for sale online. It was nearly impossible to tell what it was (you can see the picture in the flickr set) but I could tell it was 1.) my size, and 2.) looked kind of like a Colnago. I called the man selling…

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On Community

I think I’ve realized that I thrive being in community…in work, play, and life in general. When I don’t spend time processing with other people, getting feedback, sharing ideas and frustrations, and being around others I start to misfire. I just feel funky and out of sorts. Even going days with a lot on my…

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Rogier’s pictures of Leadership Summit

My good friend Rogier is also a good photographer and shared some of his pictures from the recent conference we were at. There is one photo of Cutler and I apparently sharing a beer…but honestly, I don’t know where it came from. I think Rogier is just good at Photoshop. haha (Thanks Ro for the…

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Movember 2010 Begins

I’m participating in Movember this year. Basically, a group of guys thought it would be a good idea to grow mustaches all of November to raise awareness for men’s health issues. You can read about it on the website: Movember.com When I was in high school my grandfather died of prostate cancer. It’s ‘funny’ how…

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Oakland Corners

My brother posted this on facebook and I liked it so much that I watched it twice…I love the dancing, but there is just something else about it that I like. It might be the art of all, might be the fact that these guys are talented and just doing what they do because they…

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It’s not easy

The title of this post could apply to a lot of things in my life right now. Speaking spanish, playing futbol, finding rhythm in life…but right now it’s about how it’s not easy leading my family at the moment. I want to be a good husband, father, and leader for my family. But this season…

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I’ve really been wanting to write more…

Hey all 3 of you that still check this…I’ve really been wanting to write more, but my life has been a bit busy with the new addition to our family two weeks ago. So, hopefully in the new year I’ll be able to get into a routine that includes me writing some more! I need…

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Now that I’m gone

Now that my life is settled in one city, I’ve had a bit of time to reflect on all of the leaving that I’ve done over the past two years. To be honest, I think leaving is a really hard thing to do well. I don’t know how I would grade myself or my efforts…

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Jesus Atop Tibidabo

Jesus Atop Tibidabo, originally uploaded by pbert. This is a great picture of a statue of Jesus in Barcelona…We hope to bring life to the many stone renderings of Him here!

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Spain at 300kph!

So we’re on our way to Madrid by train. The train from Barcelona to Madrid is pretty nice and it goes pretty fast too! To make the drive would take about eight hours. The train takes 2 and a half! And plus, they are showing High School Musical 3 in Spanish! Obviously a huge bonus.…

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Blogging from Walmart

Blogging begins turnaround for homeless woman – CNN.com I’m thankful that I have the luxury of blogging from a fixed apartment…This story of optimism brings me hope and I wanted to pass it on…

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This just doesn’t add up…

So, the city of LA is 530 million dollars in debt, but thought it was still ok to spend 1.4 million on MJ’s memorial…Michael was a great performer, but seriously…We are in a financial crisis people! Mayor’s office: Michael Jackson memorial cost L.A. $1.4 million – CNN.com Apparently, we live in an age where this…

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New Blog Name?

Jen and I are going to be starting a new blog and I need to decide on what the address should be… Here’s a few ideas: justinandjenpowell.com (that’s our original web address) powellsinbcn.com (bcn is short for Barcelona) storiesfrombarcelona.com (a bit long, but not bad) storiesfrombcn.com (shorter version) I don’t know…I want to come up…

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Passion Pit – Manners

This band is awesome! Manners is definitely going to be my feel-good-album-of-the-summer-09. The more I listen to this the more rich it’s getting…that’s the only word I got for this layered bit of musical excellence. I would die a happy man if I could make an album like this…ok that’s maybe a bit strong. But…

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Heading to Spanish Consulate in the Morning

So, we finally have all of our papers together to apply for our visas! (I think!) So we have an appointment in downtown L.A. at 10:30am PST. Pray that we really do have all of the right papers and that we’ve filled things out right. And while you’re thinking of us, pray we get there…

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Radical Living in a Comfortable World – Seth Barnes

Radical Living in a Comfortable World A Blog by Seth Barnes I just found Seth Barnes’ blog and I have to say…it’s some great stuff. I like the straight-forwardness and the depth of what he writes about. He goes after some good internal development stuff…it’s worth a read.

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Maisie’s 2nd Birthday

***I wrote this in December on Maisie’s birthday while we were in Holland and I never published it because I didn’t really finish it…now I did. Maisie is in the other room watching an Elmo video that Amy sent for her birthday and Jen is clipping her nails…I’m sitting here trying to figure out how…

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One of those trips…

17 hours of travel is brutal. There’s no doubt about it. But there are sometimes things that make a long trip a bit longer…here is my list of things that made 17 hours seem like 27: -Airline worker trying to shame us for not checking into the domestic leg of our trip 3 hours in…

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Back to Europe…and well…back again

Hola Friends, Family, and Partners in the Gospel! We’ve had a ton going on in our lives the past few weeks! Of course there has been transition, moving, and traveling, but there have also been some big decisions made about our future and timeline to returning to Europe Barcelona Bound! About a month ago we…

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Above All?

I’m teaching a bit from the book of James for a group this Sunday night…because I want to get the context right, I’ve decided to read through the whole book a bit. I was surprised when I came to 5:12… “But above all , my brothers, do not swear eitehr by heaven or by earth…

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A Quick New Years Update!

Happy New Year Friends, Family, and Partners in the Gospel! We hope that you all had a great Christmas and New Years! Jen and I have been enjoying our time in the States and have been making some good connections thus far! We wanted to send a quick update out to let you know some…

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Blog was down

To all 3 readers left…for some reason, I couldn’t post on my blog, or even see my blog in my browser for the last week and a half…but it’s back, and so am I. I hope to come up with something to say soon…

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Black Friday

Well…today we had our own version of Black Friday…the day typically known as the biggest shopping day of the year in the U.S….we did spend money, but it wasn’t on gifts.  Our Black Friday contained us missing our train back to Holland by…1 minute. Then having to pay a nice sum to get on the…

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