100 years – The Treaty of Versailles

We've been in France on holidays and historic days before. We spent Bastille day in Paris with our kids when they were much smaller - to celebrate Emilie's actual adoption. And last year Jeff and I were here for VE day. Marking the day WWII ended in Europe with local celebrations, remembrances and parades in … Continue reading 100 years – The Treaty of Versailles

The Spanish Melting Pot

When living in a place, I think it's important to know something about it. I've been to countless museums, historical sites, and prehistorical archaeological sites in Spain. And while it's been interesting, weaving it all together hasn't always been easy. I needed a coach. We aren't taught much European history when we go through school … Continue reading The Spanish Melting Pot

The Power of Disconnection

When we moved to Valencia, everything was different. I felt so bombarded by the differences that any subtlety or shades of grey were completely missed. The things we were dealing with were all primary colors and right in our faces. Now that we've lived in Spain for 16 months, I notice other things. Jeff talked … Continue reading The Power of Disconnection

The Voices in your Head

Thinking back, I realized I started learning Spanish from a young age. Sesame Street on PBS in the US taught me my numbers. Old Spaghetti Westerns from the 50's and 60's, while horribly racist depictions of people from Mexico, taught me some Spanish phrases that are ingrained in me. So much so, they're interchangeable with … Continue reading The Voices in your Head