The Splendor of Tenerife

Over the Atlantic, Spain

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The Splendor of Tenerife

Appropriately enough, our last stop in spain was our first stop on our two week cruise across the Atlantic. It took an hour to realize that Tenerife- one of the Canary Islands- was dramatically different from our previous island experiences. The beach was not within walking distance and what presented itself were tall buildings and [...]

2 weeks on board

Our last day in Spain feels bittersweet- wandering the island of Mallorca and preparing to say goodbye to visiting friends from home. We aren’t ready to leave, we aren’t ready to say goodbye, but the forthcoming adventure is so enticing it’s impossible to not sweat with anticipation. For the next two weeks, we’ll be at [...]

A Market Visit

Spain

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A Market Visit

I think we’ve hit the jackpot. Our corner grocery store in Peniscola is reminiscent of the specialty market in Portland that we used to treat ourselves to. Only here everything is a quarter of the price and appears in mass quantity in ways I have only seen in dreams. I have no complaints about the [...]

Inspiration Seaside

The ocean inspires contemplation. No matter who you are, the sheer vastness of the one place on earth we know the least about is something that will inspire. For me, it’s more wondrous than space. I forget this so easily– and returning to the shoreline has felt like a walk on the moon. We’re in [...]

At home in Spain

Spain

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At home in Spain

Our taxi squeezed it’s way down a narrow alleyway in the darkening hours of evening. People were starting to emerge from their flats for nighttime walks and long, late evening meals. Street lights lit dim shadows across the cobbled streets, distorting the shapes of the neighborhood around us. The glowing eyes of local cats set [...]