Category: spain


cádiz: exorcising demons

España, Spain, Cádiz, Plaza de San Antonio

Even as a child, I had a strong desire to travel … Yet at the age of 27, I’d only managed to go as far as the Bahamas, Canada & México. When my ex landed a job as Assistant Director for the University of Washington’s Spanish program in Cádiz, I was all for it. Finally an opportunity to go to Europe! The year was 1998, & I knew the experience would change my life.

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catalunya: cause for separation?

Independent Catalunya?

Working with tour groups in Spain, the question of Catalan independence comes up frequently. I do my best to try to explain the issue as concisely & fairly as possible, but this topic truly challenges condensation. Here’s my take.

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personal: typical research day

Rick Steves, research, guidebook, update

Next week I’ll be embarking on another intense work trip beginning with two solid weeks of guidebook research for Rick Steves. A few readers might be thinking: oooh, how exciting! what a glamorous job! Certainly some fun moments will occur, but overall the schedule is so tight that there’s little room for glamour :-)

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personal: 2013 schedule

Schedule 2013

I’ve been busy the past week attempting to confirm dates & purchasing flights. While I’ve made progress, arranging three months of travel is always insane. Hopefully I’ll have time to write about my experiences along the way, but the reality is that work comes first. If I disappear from the internet from May to July, know I’m alive & well. Here’s where I’ll be…

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business: what’s in a name

Robert Wright, cobblestones, Buenos Aires

When Jeff & I began bouncing ideas around for a new type of travel guide, one of our most difficult decisions was finding an appropriate name. How to take into account this desire to explore a city on foot, combine influences from Baudelaire & Benjamin about the flâneur & apply it to destinations as diverse as Buenos Aires & Lisbon?

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business: 2012 releases

Endless Mile, 2012 projects

With Buenos Aires content finally finished, it’s time to expand our guidebook offers. I could happily write about BA for the rest of my life, but Europe is calling. 2012 is all about Portugal with a bit of Spain too. Darío & I are off to Europe in a few weeks, & there’s no better moment to decide exactly what to research & publish.

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personal: when i lived in spain

España, Spain, Cádiz

With Spain deep in crisis mode & elections for President/Prime Minister coming up tomorrow, I sat back last night & thought about how things were so different when I lived in Cádiz in 1998-99.

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sevilla: cathedral

Spain, España, Sevilla, catedral, cathedral

Thinking ahead to next year & some of the places in Spain & Portugal I’d like to cover with Endless Mile, top on the list is the cathedral in Sevilla. How many times have I been inside? Too many to count. How many times would I return? As many as I possibly can.

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basque country: hungry?

Spain, España, San Sebastián, Donostia, esparragos, asparagus

Every foodie should make a pilgrimage to the Basque Country at least once in their lifetime. And go with an appetite. When I guided one-week tours through the entire region, not a day went by that I didn’t have a fantastic food experience.

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