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Returning (Glen)

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Packing Up Julie and I just completed our suitcase packing trial-run. We came to Spain with one suitcase each, and yes, we’re heading home with one suitcase each. A lot has been acquired, and a lot has been left behind (literally and figuratively). This year has given us so much more than can be packed into a hard-shell suitcase. There’s no way to summarize our experiences: extravagant, varied, challenging, delightful…in short, they exceed the capacity […]

Bitter and Sweet (Glen)

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Barcelona on August 20, 2017. When terrorism happens, it’s scary, heartbreaking, traumatic, confusing, and angering. Julie and I were not in Barcelona when a man drove a van down Las Ramblas; we were visiting London. Las Ramblas is the famous street that leads down to the Mediterranean Sea. It is always packed with people. Watching the news coverage about the event was very surreal. The area where the attack began was Plaza Catalunya. We walk […]

Castellers in Barcelona (Glen)

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Julie and I were walking out in the main square in front of the Barcelona Cathedral this morning and came upon a classic Catalan tradition: castlellers. Check out the video: the stronger and more stable lift up the smaller and weaker, and together they reach great heights. It makes me think that this could be a great illustration of how society should work.  

Morocco is Everything

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Why Morocco?  We’ve been asked by several folks, “Why are you going to Morocco?”.  There are many reasons: We’ve never been to Africa and we’ve always wanted to go We had heard about Morocco from many different people, and everyone who’s been there highly recommends it Morocco is right on Spain’s doorstep And, as we are experiencing Spain, going to Morocco makes sense. After all, Morocco is the home to the Berbers (once called “Moors”), […]

My Brain Re-Boot (Glen)

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My personal life lessons from leaving a great job to live a year abroad.   About two years ago…I decided that I needed to quit a great job at a great company and take an “adult gap year”. Risky? You bet. What could have possibly compelled me to take such a gamble? It’s best summarized by this idea: If you want something you’ve never had before, you must do something you’ve never done before. I’ve […]

Costa Brava – Continuing to Fall in Love with Spain (Glen)

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Just when we thought Spain couldn’t get any better, we traveled from Finisterre to Tamariu on the Costa Brava. Tamariu is by the bay of Roses, just south of France. This past week has been filled with: The sparkling, clear, blue-green water of the Mediterranean Families playing and enjoying the sunny sea-side Rocky cliffs hiding coves with small sandy beaches Sunshine Great meals and great conversations Long walks on trails surrounded by pine and cypress […]

The Camino de Santiago. We did it!

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We’re happy to say, hand on heart, that we have walked more than 500 miles (800 kilometers) from France across northern Spain—including some extra recommended side trips to see unique and fun things. We took a couple of pictures on our first day and our last day, but Julie and I decided to not “curate” our Camino with photos or blog about our experiences. We would be very happy to personally share our adventure with […]

A Salute to Barcelona (Glen)

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Seven months ago, prior to moving to Spain, Julie and I published a “Salute to Columbus, Ohio”.  If you’re interested, you can check it out by clicking on the “September 2016” link below. And, seeing that we are departing Barcelona, we thought it appropriate to give the same tip-of-the-cap to this lovely city. Why leave Barcelona? With living in Spain, Julie and I felt that we had to take advantage of the opportunity to experience […]

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 […]