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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 […]

The Basilica of Sagrada Familia (Julie)

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Although we had been by the exterior of The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia on several occasions, we finally took the tour of the interior this past week. Construction of Sagrada Familia – Holy Family – began in 1882 by architect Francisco Paula de Villar.  Antoni Gaudi took over in 1883 when Francisco resigned.  Gaudi transformed it with his architectural and engineering style.    The completion of the Basilica is scheduled for 2026 – the 100 […]

I want to be well-read (Carly)

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(This is the third and final installment from our daughter, and guest writer, Carly Zehr) “The world is a book, and those who don’t travel read only a page.”   – Saint Augustine. My month in Spain has had a lasting impact on my personal story. I came to Spain from a place of weariness and questioning, not unusual for someone in their twenties. I experienced some difficult transitions leading up to my month abroad […]

“Every Child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso. (Carly)

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(This is the second blog installment from our daughter, Carly.  Enjoy!) Several of my favorite artists have come from Spain; Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, El Greco, Glen Zehr, to skim the surface. We decided to buy a museum ‘passport’ allowing us to visit 6 museums for $30 dollars! I honestly think we set the bar too high by visiting the Picasso museum first. How can you compete with his sweeping array of styles, subject matter […]

Carly Takes Barcelona (Carly)

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This week we have a guest contributor to our blog… our daughter Carly. I would like to start by thanking Dad and Mom for allowing me to be a guest contributor on their blog this week, such an honor.  A week ago today, I arrived in Barcelona and it has quickly taken hold of my heart.   I’ll admit that jet-lag accompanied by sickness kept me somewhat close to home the first several days. But when […]

Park Güell and Walking Barcelona (Glen)

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Last week, Julie and I did a lot of walking in Barcelona.  We had a string of beautiful, sunny, weather, and so we thought we’d take advantage of it. A lot of miles on the feet – this is good preparation for something we’re planning to do later in the Spring…more to come. We hadn’t been to Park Güell and so we thought we’d make the trek to the hills north of the city center. Check out […]

Reading, Art, and Learning Spanish (Glen)

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The holidays for Julie and I—like everyone else—were filled with travel, connecting with family, and celebrating.  An added benefit of living in Barcelona was that we got to experience some unique holiday events: Handel’s Messiah performed in Santa Maria del Mar cathedral, the outdoor Christmas markets, and the three kings parade. http://www.santamariadelmarbarcelona.org/home As you probably noticed, in January we paused our blogging. We were in Nashville with our children over Christmas week, and Julie stayed on a bit longer to […]

Welcoming the Tres Reyes, or Three Kings, to Barcelona (Glen)

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Friday, January 6, was Epiphany. Epiphany is a celebration to honor the three kings, or magi, who travel to meet the baby Jesus and bring gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. This is the day that children in Spain (and Latin America) open their Christmas presents. Families also enjoy a special meal together. One of the main treats of the meal is the tres reyes cake. Below was our delicious cake, with the king, that I […]