Pagus Oculensis

Uclés is a village in Castilla-La Mancha, already populated around the time of the Pax Romana, which today has about 290 residents. The surrounding plains are layered with a summer patchwork of red dirt plots, olive and almond tree orchards, rows of elms and conifers, and the small Bedija river is lined with poplars. Today,… Read More Pagus Oculensis

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Sitting Still

There is a sometimes disconcerting change that happens to a foreigner who remains in a place long. The color and novelties of a culture, the satisfaction of noticing the small ways of doing things that are different to one’s own, during what Hemingway called the “spectacle stage of appreciation”, are replaced by the an ever-growing… Read More Sitting Still

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Supervisual Ode to The Grand Way: Spain’s Broadway

There is a place in the center of Spain, a center economically and geographically, that forces on passersby the genuine urban commotion of an honest to God, real-life city. There are tall buildings and countless corners of human activity, some preserved under antiquated folds of history, others merely shelters and spaces for citizens and visitors… Read More Supervisual Ode to The Grand Way: Spain’s Broadway

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The Cuckoo’s Nest: My Days in a Spanish Elementary School, Part 5. For English Language Teachers:

In October 2010, I began a “teaching” assistant job in a bilingual elementary school in the center of Madrid.  On my first day, with the uneasy feeling of sliding into a house party full of unfamiliar people, I walked into the classroom to mingle with the twitchy, distracted children. As it turns out, the first… Read More The Cuckoo’s Nest: My Days in a Spanish Elementary School, Part 5. For English Language Teachers:

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