The City of Wheels (and Street Art)

Our apartment while we’re here in Copenhagen (or København, as it’s spelled in Danish) is a four story walk-up in the Nørrebro district, northwest of city center. It was built in the late 1890’s, evidence of which can be seen by exiting out of the...

A Day in Aachen

We’d eaten a simple dinner in the room at the Arte Hotel the night we arrived in Aachen: steaming bowls of stew, cheeses, dark breads, and red wine. Early the next morning, we drove into the main section of the city. We had two points of interest to cover: the...

Discovering Portugal (1)

Heading southeast from the seaside town of Esposende we now call home, our first stop was Celorico da Beira, specifically Solar de Queijo, famous for cheese, sausages, wine, and honey. Of course we tasted and made a purchase; what else can you do when the church (and...

Pilgrim’s Progress

Santiago de Compostelo in northwestern Spain is home to the Cathedral of Saint James the Great, whose massive dimensions dwarf those who journey to view it. Since the ninth century, it’s been the final destination for Catholic pilgrims along the Way of Saint...

In Defense of Cheese

Since the late nineteenth century, the word “cheese” has most often had a positive connotation. For example,  in John Camden Hotten’s The Slang Dictionary (1863) it, or the word “cheesey” means “Anything good, first-rate in quality,...

The Trill of It All

Remember your high school Spanish? Remember how hard it was to make the “r” sound? It’s easy, we were told. Sure, it was: you just had to make the tip of your tongue vibrate against the back of your front teeth 587 times in 0000.4 seconds, and you...

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