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Morocco: 3 Sheep, 7 Men, 1 1980s Mercedes (green)

November 25, 2010

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There is a lot of dry, barren land between Chefchaouen and Tetuan, interspersed with extensive olive groves. On our return from Chefchaouen we suddenly hit a traffic backup on the two-lane road. At first we thought it was an accident of some sort. A wise guy driver in an old van tried to drive along […]

Morocco: Chefchaouen

November 24, 2010

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Our main personal destination for the trip to Morocco was the mountain side town of Chefchaouen, or just “Chaouen” (Chow-in). It is the “blue” town as its buildings are all a combination of chalk white (above) and indigo blue (below). Locals say the white keeps out the heat in summer and the blue keeps in […]

Morocco: Tetuan Market

November 24, 2010

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One of the side trips on our “must do” list was a visit to Morocco (Marruecos). Given the wholly different language and culture we decided it would be wise to take a guided tour. Having done so, and after experiencing the old market in Tetuan, we can certify that a guided tour is a must […]

Buscando Tio Pepe / Looking for Uncle Joe

November 5, 2010

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Rumor had it that my long lost uncle Joe was someplace in Spain. Knowing that Joe liked to tip a glass or two Sue and I headed off to Jerez de la Frontera. “Jerez” is the hispanicized version of “Sherish” which was its Moorish name when the town was under Islamic rule. The English speaking […]

La Batalla de la Lavadura 2 / The Battle of the Washing Machine 2

October 28, 2010

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I thought I had won the infamous washing machine battle, I hadn’t. I’ve been happily washing clothes with this maldita maquina for two weeks now. I had noticed that there never seemed to be any suds but chalked that up to hard water.  The water didn’t seem hard based on our showers, but what do […]

La Catedral de Sevilla Is Breathtaking

October 21, 2010

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Last weekend we went to the Cathedral of Seville. It is an enormous structure built in place of a Moorish mosque after the reconquest of Spain in the late 15th century. But truth be told, despite its obvious enormity from the outside there is little to prepare you for what you see upon entering. It is literally […]

La Batalla de la Lavadura / The Battle of the Washing Machine

October 15, 2010

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Well, for those who where wondering what I do everyday while Sue is mastering Spanish (which she is doing at a wonderful speed!), one answer is — the washing!  It turns out that while our apartment is well equipped, including a nice washing machine, it does not have a clothes dryer. Who knew that was such […]