Month: April 2017

Experiencing Barcelona and the UK (Connor and Clinton Zehr)

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This week, we’re happy to welcome Connor and Clinton Zehr (our sons) as guest contributors for our blog.  We hope you enjoy. Connor – I need to give a disclaimer about having cool parents. When you tell people that your parents have decided to take a year off to live abroad, the response is inevitably: “Why?” Most assume they have retired, or we have family or some kind of connections to Barcelona. Then you tell them that in […]

Modern Medicine and the Middle Ages (Glen)

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Barcelona is rich with cathedrals, art museums, modernisme architecture, and incredible natural resources. Visiting these spots leaves you both with a feeling of awe, and sheer exhaustion from having to navigate through a massive number of people all wanting to get a glimpse of the same thing you want to see. This week, Julie and I stumbled across a UNESCO World Heritage site that is just as awe inspiring as any other…but with no crush of […]

Experiencing the Transcendent. “Where words fail, music speaks.” -Hans Christian Andersen (Glen)

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Transcendent [tran-sen-dun nt] going beyond ordinary limits; surpassing; exceeding. superior or supreme. It’s amazing how some things have the power to transcend language and cultural barriers. Julie and I experienced that this week. For those of you that have followed our blog, you’ll note that we’ve written about the Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral several times.  This beautiful, gothic cathedral is very close to where we live and we walk by it every time we walk into the city.  We often pop in […]

Preparing to walk across Spain! Camino de Santiago de Compostela (753 km) here we come! (Glen)

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Julie and I have decided to do the Camino de Santiago. There are many routes to Santiago, we are taking the “French Way”.  On May 8, we will depart from St. Jean Pied de Port (France), hike over the Pyrenees into Spain. Then, we will walk the entire length of the Northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela.  It will take us nearly 40 days.  We will complete the walk on June 16.  We’ll post a […]