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.
November 20, 2016
Logo Design by Purely Pacha

Logo Design

Almost two decades of Logo Design no-repeat;center top;; auto It’s hard to believe, but I’ve been doing logo design for almost 20 years. Wow. That thought […]

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.
December 31, 2017
Sunset over Bar in 2017 on its way to 2018

The year 2017 becomes 2018

The year 2017, as observed in the rear view Another twelve months have now risen and fallen Four seasons of weather and feathers and pollen We […]
December 6, 2017
Holiday logs in Catalonia

Christmastime in Catalonia: Holiday rites and wrongs

The days have shortened, the leaves have turned, and the frost has bitten. In this place with four seasons—which I’m still getting used to—the fourth season […]
October 31, 2017
Spanish Immigration

Spanish Immigration: Theater of the ultra absurd

Gregor Samsa awoke one morning to find himself transported to the center of an impossible circle of stairways in a painting by M.C. Escher. So goes […]

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?"
December 28, 2017
Kale salad

King of Greens: Fresh kale salad

It’s the super food of the century. Faster than a speeding multivitamin, more powerful than a handful of goji berries, able to feed an entire staff […]
December 27, 2017
marinaded mushrooms from Purely Pacha

We are the champignons: Marinaded mushrooms for any occasion

It’s holiday season. You spent all your money on stocking stuffers, and all your time trimming the tree. Now it’s party time, and what are you […]
November 23, 2016
Purely Pacha's Hot and Sour Kimchi in 4 easy steps by Purely Pacha

Hot and sour Kimchi in 4 easy steps

I did it. I figured out my favorite kimchi recipe. I’ve tried a few over the past year. Some were too spicy, some were too garlicky, […]
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 […]
February 22, 2017
family odyssey 2

Family Odyssey: 8 Easy Tips for Traveling with Kids

Since removing ourselves from a perfectly comfortable life on California’s idyllic Central Coast, exchanging safety and security for a world of exotic uncertainties, we are continually […]
December 4, 2016
spanish immersion

Spanish Immersion: Mi Queso es Su Queso, and other cultural conundrums

It’s been almost two months in the Pyrenees, and we are already settling in like a family of mollusks atop a bed of seafood paella. Which […]
November 14, 2016
Cerdange sunset seen from Osseja

Still Chillin in the Pyrenees

Now that we’ve fallen in love with the Cerdange region, after five weeks on this spectacular plateau where France meets Spain at the top of the […]
November 8, 2016
Roadschool in the Pyrenees

Roadschool: Is Our Children Learning?

This week we celebrated the six-month semi-anniversary of our European road trip and working vacation. We’ve unpacked our luggage in at least seven different guest rooms […]