PACHA AND WHAT SHE'S UP TO

Welcome

Graphic designer, Mommy, Adventurer, Artist, Nature explorer, Typography nerd, Fermenter = Purely Pacha

Design Studio

15 Years of Graphic Design. Find my latest projects here - everything from logos and book covers to websites.

Travelogue

Follow my husband’s ongoing travelogue for a vicarious glimpse into our family’s journey from Coastal California to the pastoral family farms of Western Europe.
August 10, 2017
Spanish Village

Raising the Bar: Life in a Spanish village

I’ve been reflecting and reminiscing on the days of early 2016, when we were hustling full time on Craigslist, in the driveway, at the dump, scurrying […]
August 5, 2017
Spanish assimilation

Spanish assimilation: Finding our way home

Our integration into Spanish society has continued with many new and notable milestones. Most members of our family (those with natural European citizenship) now have their […]
July 9, 2017
Spanish village Bar

No Holds Barred: Settling down in a Spanish village

Fourteen months ago we embarked on a journey, an ambitious undertaking many years in the making. We liked to think of it as a voyage of […]

Kitchen

Pacha's Fermentation Station. Here we answer questions like "What's the easiest way to make sourdough bread?" and "What on earth is kimchi?"
March 23, 2016
Finished Loaf

The Easiest, No-Knead Sourdough Bread EVER

It’s been almost a year since my guest blog post about sourdough bread over at Bambu Batu. I’ve made that bread many times since then, and […]
May 17, 2017
School in cerdanya

The Gift of Gab: Back to school in Cerdanya

The number of things we’ve learned about on this trip is virtually unthinkable, from the social hierarchy of domesticated bovine to the proper preparation of an […]
May 9, 2017
workaway family departing SLO regional airport May 2016

Q & A: Post WorkAway interview with the traveling family

For the last year or more, I’ve been regaling you with tales and misadventures from the WorkAway road show, from one unique perspective: mine. Now, at […]
May 1, 2017
passports recovery

Midnight Run: Several Steps to Recovering Lost Passports

When I left you last time, we were still wandering from campsite to rest stop, meandering with indefinite direction to the eclectic soundtrack of my second […]
April 28, 2017
Purely Pacha on the move in Freiburg City Park

Freewheelin in Freiburg: WorkAway tour winds down

Two weeks ago—or was it three?—we packed up the bus and bid farewell to Erfurt, Germany, heading south toward the Spanish Pyrenees. Which has prompted a […]
April 11, 2017
volkswagen represents the finest in German engineering

Urban Germany: Well-oiled engine of the European Union

I woke up the other morning in the back of a Volkswagen camper van, trying to remember where exactly I was, hoping for something more definitive […]
April 7, 2017
Gannat France

End of the Road: We ain’t gonna work on Gabi’s farm no more

Last week we completed our tenth and what appears to be last Work-Away stint of the seemingly endless 2016-17 road show. Three and a half weeks […]