Swedish Utopia – myths and realities of the Scandinavian experiment

The typical Swedish greeting is “Hej!”  Delivered at high volume, with great cheer and enthusiasm, “Hej!” Is directed at whichever stranger you have in front of you. The

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European Stereotypes Revisited – update from a small peninsula

Hey, y’all! Greetings from the peninsula. It’s a hot weekend here in Iberia. And rather than go out and get sunburned, I figured I’d revisit an old theme

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Adventures in Greece – Athens, Crete, and more

The airport is busy this Tuesday morning. It’s just like the beforetimes. Vaxx Passports and Passenger Locator Forms in hand, Morena and I are boarding a plane to

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Bordeaux: adventures with oysters, Bastille Day and more

It’s just before 9 in the morning when the plane lands. And the first thing we see in Bordeaux is a group of soldiers patrolling the airport. They’re

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Adventures in Prague: the good, the bad and the ugly

Sup, y’all? I’m back from a little jaunt to the East of Europe, specifically Prague. I’d wanted to go to Prague for years. Like 15 years. Ever since

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How you can help refugees – 3 ways to help out, right here in Madrid

A lot’s been happening recently. Brexit. Trump. The refugee crisis in Europe. And actually, I find myself lost for words. What can I say? The world doesn’t need

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My life as an expat in Madrid (2004 to present) and some of what I’ve learned

Happy Spainiversary to me… Today I celebrate 12 years of life as an expat in Madrid! Time just keeps passing, and I just keep staying here. I still

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I’ve stopped more immigrants than Trump. Here’s how…

I’m no politician. But I’ve accidentally stumbled upon a fantastically easy 1-step plan for keeping immigrants out of the US. And it works. Ready? Here it is… Be

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The long, hard road out of Vielha

To the south of Vielha the path heads up the mountain. The river is on my right, and the last houses of the village are behind me. It’s

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Summer in Madrid: The Ghost Town

Sunday. Madrid. Mid August. Everybody who can afford it is far away. On a beach somewhere. Searching for relaxation, an escape from the day to day. And nearly

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