Some time ago, in a posting called ‘Seismic Shift’ if memory serves, I had mentioned that the Germans, some of the most passionate smokers on the planet, were busily passing anti-smoking laws, and had wondered, or rather worried about, what that would mean for the future peace of Europe. Well, we can all relax. Now […]

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Hot off the presses: Germany, yes, Germany has just passed a non-smoker protection law.  Beginning September 1, there will be no smoking in public buildings, public transportation including taxis, or train stations.  Train stations?  Holy Teutonic Plates! For those of you who have never been to Germany, a word of explanation: When the Germanic peoples […]

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All the information online agreed that at the Café Continental the Argentine Tango club of Granada held dances on Thursdays and Fridays.  How perfectly convenient, I thought.  The Continental was only seven or eight blocks from my language school.  Shortly after getting into town, I headed off in search of it. When I’m in foreign […]

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So if Spain is so hot and noisy, why didn’t I just stay home?  I know that’s what you’re thinking, so I’ll make a few distinctions; noticing something is not the same as complaining about it, and complaining is not the same as wanting things to be different. Spain’s fabulously beautiful southern coast, on the […]

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World Cup Soccer determined the rhythm of life for the first two weeks of my stay in Granada.  The Spaniards take their fdtbol very seriously, they are boisterous in their appreciation of the sport.  A bar full of Spaniards with the fdtbol on the TV is like an emergency at the fireworks stand.  No Spaniard […]

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The heat wasn’t the only thing inspiring about last summer’s stay in Granada.  Just being immersed in a different culture for a time was tremendously useful.  Speaking of culture, I went to two concerts during my month there, both of which were quite different from anything I could have experienced here in Colorado.  The Spanish […]

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