A bit about me. Bios are hard to do and embarassing so let’s keep it short.
Originally from Grinnell, Iowa, by now I’ve lived more than half my life in Madrid. That doesn’t include Life Under Franco (Spain’s dictator for 40 years) but does include almost all of the fascinating transition from dictatorship to democracy.
(That gives you a big hint about my age, which is of course not something you ask right away.)
My favorite things? All kinds of walking, from easy to challenging. Cycling. Kayaking and cross country skiing when occasions arise: good snow or kayaks on the right kind of water. Spanish history, especially medieval and the Spanish Civil War. Exploring, learning and sharing my discoveries. Reading, everything from light fiction to fairly deep non-fiction (especially history and social sciences). Writing. Photography (amateurish). Sewing and knitting, though don’t have much time for either. Most animals, especially cats and dogs.
My travel philosophy? Done right, travel connects people. Learning about places we go and meeting new people almost always teaches us that we have things in common as well as differences -and often more in common than we’d ever dreamed of before traveling. Travel enriches, travel answers questions, but travel should also pose more questions: if a traveler returns home thinking they know everything maybe they haven’t really looked or really thought about where they’ve been (hey, after all my years in Spain I am STILL learning, and proud of that fact!).