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Enduring questions

We’re good travellers: interested, curious, happy to learn new ways of doing things. Aware that we don’t have all the answers (or even many of the answers) to life’s challenges. And we’re good citizens, willing to pay taxes, obey the laws of our country, and aware…

Winding down

Thursday Optional day-trip to Segovia, which many combine with last-minute shopping (when I get in the plane, the attendant asks, “Flying or moving?”) Highlights? Aqueducts and castles, shoe stores and pottery, and another fabulous dinner at Venta el Buscón. Friday We’re on our way home –…

Back to Madrid

Wednesday A morning to sleep in a bit, then the fast train back up to Madrid. We clean up a bit and head down to the Reina Sofía Museum of Modern Art to look at Picasso’s “Guernica.” After days and days of hours and hours of…

Cristianos y moros

Tuesday, January 13 Busy, busy day. A tour bus delivers us to the ruins of Medina Al Azahara (one of myriad spellings!) which are located just minutes outside of the city. Our tour guide, provided by a large agency, knows her history, is passionate about the…

“Córdoba, lejana y sola…”

Monday, January 12 “Córdoba, lejana y sola…” (Córdoba, distant and alone) begins the famous poem by Federico García Lorca, and I quote it to the ticket collector; “No,” he smiles. “Muy cerca” (Very close). Cheesy, I know. But I love the universal familiarity with poetry in…

High in Ronda!

I’d never been to Ronda before, so hard to convince students that we should leave Granada (which they LOVED) for this tiny town. But despite a pokey train ride (lots of stops) and a lengthy hike from the train station to the hotel (quite the parade,…

The Alhambra

The Alhambra I’ve had the real privilege of spending time at the Alhambra, mostly years ago, and I was blown again this time. Being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site has provided the funds necessary for restoration and upkeep; the Moorish palace hasn’t looked this good…

We carry on!

January 5, Monday Dear friends, camels on the streets of Madrid… carrying presents! upside down umbrellas for catching candy! a high-school marching band from Kansas (go Huskies!) five pianists playing five-part harmony upside down. The cabalgata was a mind-bending, magical, experience. We stood for hours, whined…

Ready to Go!!

Months of planning – and the adventure starts tomorrow! Sixteen honors students, Stacey Wanta, and my husband Steve and I set off for Spain this weekend. Fingers crossed for good weather and good connections, we plan on being in Madrid in time for the Three Kings…