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High School Prom

The boys just had their Prom.  Here are some pics from the big day.

Here is Vikram with his date.


And Nikhil with his date.


Here is Anjali before the boys head out.


And of course Annika below.


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Christmas Day in the OC

We went out for our annual family picture at a park in Irvine.  khare-blog-004khare-blog-003khare-blog-0071khare-blog-006

Its getting harder and harder each year to get them up for a picture.  Here’s their “serious” pose.


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Annika turned 13 yesterday.  She went with her friends to Cheesecake factory for dinner.  Here are some pics.

Here she is with her friend Lizzy at our house.


Here are all the girls at the Cheescake factory.bday3

Posing for a picture after dinner.

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This was a very busy weekend.  Annika had a Bat Mitzvah for one of her childhood friends – Samantha.


Here are Annika and Lizzy before the ceremony.


Later in the evening, Nikhil had a Homecoming formal dance.  Here is Nikhil with Emily.


Here is a picture with his friends.


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We just got back from two weeks in Spain and France.  Our adventure started in Barcelona amongst all the fantastic architecture and museums.  From there, we went to Bilboa in the northern part of Spain.  We visited the Guggenheim museum in Bilboa.  Next stop was Bordeaux.  Only two days there but had a chance opportunity for  private tasting and tour of Le Chatelet winery.  Next stop was Toulouse where my roommate from Harvey Mudd College lives with his family.  Then back to Barcelona and the long journey home.  A total of about 1200 miles of driving and a lot of Tolls!

Here are some pictures from Barcelona.  I’ll post the other sights separately.

This is the family on the tour bus the first day in Barcelona.   This is a great way to see the all the major sights in the city.

Barcelona Tour Bus

Barcelona Tour Bus

Barcelona has the most amazing blend of both new and old architecture throughout the city.

Here is a picture of the “bullet” building or the Torre Agbar designed by french architect Jean Nouvel.  The outside lights up in different colors at night.


One of the most impressive is the Sagrada Familia church designed by Antoni Gaudi with construction going on since 1882.


The interior is much more impressive than the exterior.


Gaudi has influenced much of Barcelona architecture.  Here is a local park called Parc Guell.  The views are amazing.


The crowds were even more so!



Of course, no trip to Barcelona is complete without the Tapas.  We found our favorite vegetarian friendly Tapas Restaurant called La Ciutat Comtal near Plaza Catalunya.  This was a very short walk from our apartment in the Gracia district.  We tried several different ones but kept going back to La Ciutat.

Try the bravas, cabreados, padron peppers and their sangrias (both the white and red)!

Fried Egg over Fries - Cabreas

Fried Egg over Fries – Cabreados


Padron Peppers




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We went up to the Bay Area over Thanksgiving holiday.

Here are some pictures from my sister’s house. In front is Vikram and then in the back from from left to right: Kiran, Nikhil, Annika, Maya, Saurabh.  Saurabh is my nephew visiting from India.



Here is Kiran literally sitting on Nikhil’s head.

khare-blog-0012The next day, we went to Abhijit’s house.  Here are the boys, all jacked up after 4 desserts!

khare-blog-009One day we went into San Francisco and hung out at Crissy Field.  It was a rare sunny and warm winter day.



Alcatraz Island appears to be a very short swim from where we were standing!


Here are the lovely ladies.


And I actually got a good one of Vikram without a frown or a pose!khare-blog-0017

Nikhil contemplating driving soon.


And finally, a parting shot of the Golden Gate Bridge.khare-blog-0016

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The boys just had their 15th birthday.   We celebrated at home with homemade cup cakes.

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