Month: October 2016

Almost 4000 Miles Apart, but We’re Both on the Med (Julie)

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In the wee hours of Monday Morning, I will be taking a taxi to the Barcelona airport, getting on a plane, and heading to Tel Aviv (via Istanbul).  Glen and I will both be on the same body of water, the Mediterranean Sea, but separated by about 4000 miles. This trip was actually something that was planned while we were still in the States. My yoga instructor, Shelly, who is Jewish, shared that she would […]

Apartment Found, but the Re-Booting is Still in Progress (Glen)

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It’s been a month since I resigned my job at Huntington Bank. That action struck a nerve with a lot of folks on LinkedIn. I’ve been getting lots of connection requests and lots of comments. By far, the most prevalent sentiment is a desire to do the same thing: “re-boot” the brain. Re-boot, you know, like when you shut down your computer, unplug it, and take out the battery. Then, you put the battery back in, […]

We Saw a Masterpiece Today (Glen)

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A new friend at St. George’s church told us about a Renoir exhibit at the Mapfre Foundation. He has lived in Paris and said that if this exhibition were to be hosted there, you could expect a two hour queue and an expensive ticket price. We got right in, and it was free. Yeah Barcelona! We saw about forty paintings by Renoir, plus some paintings from his contemporaries. Renoir played a major role in creating the Impressionism movement. […]

National Holiday in Barcelona – Happy Columbus Day! (Glen)

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It’s a rainy day in Barcelona, but that didn’t dampen the fun. It’s a national holiday in Barcelona today – Happy Columbus Day! Lots of shops are closed today, so Julie and I walked down to the Christopher Columbus statue. He’s pointing west toward our home. As we walked along the Mediterranean Sea, Julie and I enjoyed: The Port Barcelona area: Art Installations by Roy Lichtenstein, a Pablo Picasso, and some funny langostino shrimpy thing. We drank […]

One Week In…Getting Comfortable with Feeling Stupid. (Glen)

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It is always in season for old men to learn. Aeschylus My career is built upon my ability to communicate ideas. I began as a teacher, moved into the business sector as a project manager, marketing strategist, and a corporate communications and social media director. All of these jobs have required a strong command of the English language – success could only come through the ability to express information and generate a desired response. If you […]

First Impressions – Muy Bueno! (Glen)

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Our apartment (for this first month) is in the Barcelona neighborhood of Sant Antoni. Sant Antoni is hip and cool and a little gritty and dodgy at the same time.  For our Columbus friends, think South Clintonville or Old Towne East. There’s graffiti on the walls, but we like to think of that as a medium for brilliant but struggling artists. We’ve only been here a few days but its already beginning to feel like […]