The Biblioteca Nacional de España is a treasure trove of culture. The façade alone is a lesson in the history of Spanish letters. Founded by Felipe V in 1712, it is one of the largest libraries in the world. In a major move toward literary preservation, he required one copy of every book printed in… Read More Spain´s National Library
On October 12th, Spain celebrates its National Day, the Día de la Hispanidad. In South America, the day is called the more nuanced, optimistic and inclusive Día de la Raza. In the United States, the Knights of Colombus institutionalized a more practical name for the day. I was privileged to watch the branches of the country’s… Read More Faces of the Military
As a foreigner living in Spain, I am naturally reluctant to throw out an opinion on complex political issues that pervade my host country. Furthermore, I do not want to be the kind of political tourist that searches for human rights issues around the world that don´t fit into my mold of ethics. But it… Read More Thoughts on Catalonia
In the midst of the culture of the Mediterranean, I feel most at home. Especially at the golden hour, the charm of the Mediterranean glows at its most gorgeous in Sardinia. A vast island that requires much patience and driving and time, Sardinia needs much more than a week even to scratch the surface. Impeccable food, friendly… Read More The Endless Island: Sardinia
Two small streams, the Arroyos de Los Carneros and del Morete flow through the thick pine forests of the Sierra de Guadarrama into the palace gardens of La Granja de San Ildefonso. The water collects into a mirror-smooth lake, then pours down an intricate system of canals and piping, and on special occasions, the water… Read More It Tolls for Thee because of the Queen
The beauty of diversity is almost always lost on the provincial. Spain is one of the most diverse countries in the world, something I am reminded of every time I am Galicia, a wonderful region that has a lot to be proud of.
Between storms, which opened for us like the Red Sea, we walked the narrow streets of Oporto and rode a boat along the Douro. With high, steep hills crowded around the river, and humble dwellings covered in terra-cotta and beautiful tile work, Oporto surpassed our expectations and deserves another trip soon. … Read More The Simple Decadence of Oporto