I got in trouble with my scoutmaster once over a Spanish winetasting.  We were training for the 50-mile patch, which we were going to earn as a troop, and on bicycles, and we had ridden out into the country, met the sag wagon, and pitched our tents.  Then two friends and I went exploring, and […]

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Tapa traditions vary in Spain.  Where we lived near Cadiz, when I was a kid, tapas were set out on the bar with a toothpick in each one, and you paid so much per toothpick.  In Granada, where I spent most my time on my two trips back to Spain as an adult, the tapas […]

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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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I’ve been asking some of my regular blog readers what they would like to hear about, and one has suggested that I write about how being in Spain last summer helped me to get writing again.  That’s an easy one.  It was so hot during the day that I pretty much gave up on my […]

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