EU elections, prostitution law fails, and a political update from Spain

Yesterday Europe celebrated an election. An election to form a new EU Parliament, specifically. I’ve mentioned this before, but I suspect I’m not the only person in Europe

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A Waiter in Paris, by Edward Chisholm

I’d like to give a shoutout to a book I read recently. A Waiter in Paris by Edward Chisholm is a great read about some of the less

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Valencia, Spain – fun facts, tourism and the Holy Grail

Beautiful Valencia! This is Spain’s third-largest city. And I’ve been here several times now. The first time was with my dad, about 20 years ago – how time flies.

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Route of don Quixote – a bike tour in La Mancha, Spain

I’d always wanted to do a bike tour somewhere in Spain. And recently, I got a message from a guy named Raúl. He said he enjoys my “unique

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Toledo, Spain – tourism in Spain’s (former) medieval capital

I’m in Toledo. This was once the capital of Spain, and it’s been many years since I was last here. It’s beautiful. A nearly-perfect medieval town, and just

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Private Prado Tours – Alone in the Prado Museum with Walks Tours

I recently got a private tour of the Prado Museum. (The empty Prado, before anyone else was inside. It makes a big difference.) Here’s the story… A couple

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Madrid is better than Barcelona, and other sober, serious thoughts

Visit Madrid in spring. I dare you. Visit Madrid in spring and walk around the center and then come look me in the eye and tell me it’s

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Europe prepares for World War III

The other day I read an article about olive oil. Apparently, it’s rained a lot the last few weeks down in Andalucía, the article said, and so our

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Barcelona’s disappearing bus – and how Google Maps changed travel

Barcelona has eliminated a local bus route from Google Maps. Bus 116 here in Barcelona was never meant to take people across town: it’s a neighborhood bus that

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Why do Americans love Spain?

An interesting question I saw online recently… Why do Americans seem to love Spain so much? The person who was asking had been to Spain a few times,

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