Jiab came home from her guitar lesson the other day, coming in as she often does slightly tired from the walk back from the city center, with a guitar almost as big as she is ported on her shoulders like an oddly-shaped backpack. As she recounted her morning, however, she told me of a mildly … Read moreOut of the zone
Hello again. I know we have been away from the blog a bit, and to our millions of loyal fans in all continents and ships at sea (it would be presumptuous, of course, to assume we had readership beyond that), we apologize. We didn’t mean to be ghosting, as they say. Write about now For … Read moreHola de nuevo
Archaeological evidence suggests that one of the reasons the great Spanish Armada did not inflict that much damage on the smaller British fleet in the famous battle of 1588 is that the Spanish ships were initially loaded with canon balls without regard to whether they fit the canons on that ship. The delay in having … Read moreWhat’s armada with Spanish bureaucracy?
La dignidad está sobrevalorada. That is supposed to say “Dignity is overrated,” which I have long claimed is our family motto. The phrase I write here in Spanish may be grammatically incorrect, or there may be a better way to word that in Spanish, but at this point…I don’t care. I am at first stage … Read moreIdiota de idioma (a progress report)
When one meets an American for the first time, the odds are good you will part company with one of you inviting the other over to their house “sometime.” Not so in Spain. In fact, one of the things we read about as part of our cultural prep for the relocation was to be aware … Read moreFamiliar gathering
My mother, originally a Brit who came to America as a war bride after WW II, and Jiab would often compare experiences as immigrants. In my rare position as a silent listener, I was always taken by their shared struggle to define what for me and most Americans was a simple concept…defining what was “home.” … Read moreNo place like a home