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Topline Tourism – Castles, Christmas Markets and Concentration Camps (Part One)

We took a family vacation the week before Christmas. A driving vacation – one like we used to take when we were kids. Journeys where we would load up the family vehicle (Galaxy 500 or Pacer as the case may … Continue reading

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Carcassonne, Castelnou, and Collioure. Our first trip to the South of France.

Early in December we took advantage of a Spanish holiday – the day of the constitution – and headed to the South of France.  It’s a quick drive and the six of us (us plus my parents) piled into our … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving is not a holiday in Spain unless you make it one.

There are certain holidays that you don’t expect to be universal – 4th of July, Memorial Day, Halloween, etc.  But for some reason, Thanksgiving seems like one of those holidays that everyone should celebrate. I know, I know, it is … Continue reading

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Mis Padres en España

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, and now you’ll be inundated by a flurry of posts over the next couple of days as I take advantage of this lull in the holidays.  My apologies for the prolonged absence. … Continue reading

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May I? Of course!

We should have a whole section on here regarding language and other cultural gaffes. I’ve had more than I can count, and many of them are unprintable if we want to keep our “G” rating (actually I am not oblivious … Continue reading

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Are you ready for some futból?

I loved today.  Another great day on almost every front.  Let me start by saying that one of the highlights was probably the 4pm to 6pm nap I took in the afternoon sun.  Sort of lame I admit, but hopefully … Continue reading

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Fun Weekend: Part III – RCD Espanyol vs. Real Madrid

One indicator of how crazy the last two weeks have been with me non-stop traveling is the lack of posts we’ve made to Las Ramblings. I spent the week of 10/3 in the U.S. before bringing back Boo on Emma’s … Continue reading

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Fun Weekend: Part II – Mountain Biking and Feasting

After soaking up Verne and Julie’s hospitality, we headed to Joaquim and Laura’s home in Vallgorguina (and yes this is my second trip to Vallgorguina, which might suggest to you that is some sort of destination town in Spain, it’s … Continue reading

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A feast for the stomach and the soul.

I had the good fortune on Thursday of being invited by my new friend, Sam Lardner, to lunch with some of his friends. Sam is a musician extraordinaire, and if I’m ever invited to lunch by him again, you’ll soon … Continue reading

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My Commute

We’ve been here a little over two weeks and we don’t yet have a car, and to be honest, we’re not certain we will even get a car. I walk to and from work every day, just over a kilometer … Continue reading

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