An American Family in Valencia

Posted by on Nov 29, 2019 in Europe, Spain, Travel Tips | 6 Comments

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt On our first day of Spanish class in Valencia, Laurie and I met another couple even crazier than us. Some people think we were nuts to sell our house and live a life on the road. Jon and Kari have […]

The Town With a Grudge

Posted by on Nov 16, 2019 in Just for Fun, Spain, Travel Update | 2 Comments

Revenge is a confession of pain. Latin proverb Only an hour train ride south from our current home in Valencia, Spain, lies the town of Xàtiva. Before arriving here, we’d never heard of the place. But it was well known by famous people through the age including General Hannibal of Carthage, General Scipio of Rome, […]

A Journey Across Spain: Hiking the Camino de Santiago

Posted by on Jan 8, 2017 in Europe, The Camino, Travel Update | 5 Comments
A Journey Across Spain: Hiking the Camino de Santiago

Laurie and I were blessed to be able to journey across the northern breadth of Spain last April and May as we hiked the Camino de Santiago, a twelve hundred year old pilgrimage to the tomb of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela in the Galacian region of Spain. We then completed the walk to […]

The Happy Couples Room

Posted by on Jun 26, 2016 in Europe, The Camino, Travel Update | No Comments

May 11, 2016 Fonfria, Spain Some of the best experiences are born out of disappointment. We were about a week away from Santiago. I was in pain from tendinitis and both of us were nursing blisters. The guidebook we relied on recommended staying in the small village of O’Cebreiro which contains a 9th century church—the […]

Pilgrim Profiles

Posted by on Jun 11, 2016 in The Camino, Travel Update | No Comments

Porto, Portugal We finished our Camino de Santiago trek in late May, but a busted keyboard meant I couldn’t tell all the stories I wanted to. I’m going to intersperse those stories with posts about our current travels. The Camino is rich in scenery, history, and new experiences. But the memories that really stand out […]

To the End of the Earth

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in The Camino, Travel Update | No Comments

Pics from the final days of our trek and Finisterre, Spain–“The End of the Earth” and the end of our Camino

Santiago is Calling

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in The Camino, Travel Update | No Comments

O Pedrouzo, Spain.  Tuesday, May 17 Most of the days of our journey blend together, but tomorrow, the 40th, is special. We arrive in Santiago de Compestela. When I’m reunited with a working keyboard I have many stories to share. Until then enjoy this pictures. Or find me on Facebook to see our short video […]

A Duck and a Lizard Walk Into a Bar

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Tall Tales, The Camino | One Comment

Tuesday, May 10. Las Herrerias, Spain No, it’s not the opening line to a joke. And for us, it happens several times a day. But first, a little context. In Spain what they label as a bar is really a combination of a café and social center—that also serves alcoholic beverages. It is also of […]

The Longest Day

Posted by on May 8, 2016 in The Camino, Travel Update | No Comments

Saturday, May 7. Acebo, Spain Today was our toughest day yet. We had a special destination in mind—one that we’ve looked forward to from before this trip. To reach it required a hike of 27 kilometers, close to our longest distance so far. We had to make the decision at a point of no return […]

Laurie’s New Crush

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in The Camino, Travel Update | No Comments

Friday, May 6. Santa Catalina de Somoza, Spain I may be in trouble. Laurie has developed a new crush here on the Camino. It’s on a man. Actually, it’s on an entire class of men: elderly Spanish men who provide us directions, whether we need them or not. It may be because we look confused—even […]

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