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Brussels: The Capital of Europe

Brussels: The Capital of Europe

This will be the last post relating to my Christmas adventures. Promise. When I last left you, I was in Bruges. But it was Brussels, the so-called “Capital of Europe,” that I got to first and where I ended my trip to the Low Countries. Like Bruges, the city is charming, but it’s a much […]


Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium

Here’s some more from the Christmas-New Year’s Holiday trip. Leaving Holland, I worked my way south to Belgium. I started in Brussels, but took a side trip to see the town of Bruges – a much cooler city, in my opinion. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t inspired by a certain movie to […]


Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Just got back from a week-long road trip across the north of Spain with Dietrich, from Barcelona to Santiago de Compostela. Good times! We got back to Martos just in time to see the Easter procession. Plenty more photos where that came from… on my computer desktop. (Gimme a break, I’m relaxing today!) This song […]


Holidays in Holland

Holidays in Holland

After Ronda, the next stop on my travels was the Netherlands. I landed in Eindhoven and was there for three days over Christmas (overall, a miserable place). Then I spent a day in the unpronounceable city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, home to medieval painter Heironymous Bosch. The highlight, however, was a week spent visiting friends in Utrecht, […]


Día de la Paz

Día de la Paz

On January 28th, schools across Spain celebrated Día de la Paz, or Peace Day. Perhaps its closest comparison in the United States is Martin Luther King Day, which occurs around the same time. Children focus on messages of anti-violence and anti-racism and celebrate with performances, readings, and a flotilla of white balloons. My school, CEPR […]


MLK Day: Letter From Birmingham Jail

MLK Day: Letter From Birmingham Jail

Today is Martin Luther King Day. They don’t celebrate it here; in fact, many of them don’t know that it’s an actual holiday. I’ve prepared a few activities in English for the kids that are tangentially related, but only because they are preparing to celebrate their version of the holiday, Día de la Paz, on […]


News… Then Bad News

First of all… Gelukkig Niuewjaar, everyone! (That’s Happy New Year in Dutch.) I am done traveling and back home in snowy/rainy Martos. It’s nice to get back to something normal after being away for so long, no matter how awesome that vacation was. Much more to come on that, but it will take me quite […]


Merry Christmas from Eindhoven!

Merry Christmas from Eindhoven!

So, here I am on Day 5 of Holiday Break 2009. I’m in a hotel in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. It’s Christmas Day. This is the 2nd time in my life I’ve ever spent Christmas away from my family, and the only time I’ve ever spent it by myself. Ironically, it’s also the only White Christmas […]


Los Tres Reyes

Los Tres Reyes

Hello from Málaga! I know I just posted a day or so ago, but I completely forgot to share about the Christmas tradition here in Spain.


A Couple of Holidays

A Couple of Holidays

It’s been a while since I put up a real post. So I’m going to do that now, right before I start vacation and you don’t hear from me again until January. Let’s make this one about holidays, and we’ll start with Thanksgiving…


Halloween v. Día de Los Santos

Halloween v. Día de Los Santos

On 1 November, Spain celebrates Día de Todos los Santos, or as we know it in English, All Saints’ Day. This is the day after Halloween (which, as you already know, I’m sure, comes from All Hallows’ Eve). Here it is one of several holy days that is celebrated throughout the country as a national […]