Are you religious or culturally curious? Here is a 6-minute video of an interesting religious procession on the first day of advent in Spain. . . Church bells ring and the procession begins with a heavy statue of Mary on a float at the lead of a full marching band. There are about 50-penitent men … Continue reading Advent in Spain † Religious Procession 🎵 Marching Band – Video
The best time to visit Jerez, whether you are a flamenco die-hard or culturally curious, is in autumn, specifically in the month of November. Not only is November 16th the International Day of Flamenco, this month is FULL of authentic FREE FLAMENCO PURO (for the flamenco purists) in Barrios San Miguel, Santiago and San Mateo--neighborhoods … Continue reading Jerez in November: Where to See FREE Flamenco Shows
We arrived much later than initially planned so we knew that we would only have very limited time to explore the family-friendly must-see places in Freiburg. We managed to squeeze in some kid-approved agenda the following day which basically meant . . a go-slow walk around the city center, city park and playground, and an … Continue reading What to Do in Freiburg, Germany with Kids?… Visiting My old Haunts.
"How can you stay here [in Spain] for this long?," Chris, a fellow American, asked during a break in our flamenco guitar session. I was teaching him some Bulerias--that fiery style of flamenco with an infectious groove that was born of the gypsies here in Jerez. U.S. citizens can stay here (or in a lot … Continue reading How to stay in Spain for a year-without-work (for non-EU citizens)
Where's a cheap place to stay in Freiburg, land of the Deutsch. . . (and pretty much in many places). . . with or without your family? Try camping! Here's a quick review of campsite "Camping Hirzberg" in Freiburg, Germany. We stayed there for an over-nighter in late August 2019, on the 27th day of … Continue reading Quick Review: Convenient Camping Hirzberg in Freiburg, Germany
In Jerez, even Death needs to wait. Happy Halloween! Death waits to cross and marches on, in the streets of Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain. https://youtu.be/cxQTczRRzHM Happy Halloween! Death in the streets of Barrio Santiago, Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain. En Jerez, incluso la muerte necesita esperar. ¡Feliz Halloween! La Muerte espera para … Continue reading Happy Halloween! March of Death in Jerez
"Noviembre es el mes de los muertos en España," my Spanish teacher writes. . . And the day of the dead: "Happy Halloween" has crept into this little-big village of ours, Jerez de la Frontera. It doesn't happen everywhere in the city. But it's there nonetheless. So don't be shocked if you see children (and … Continue reading November Month of the Dead in Jerez; Here’s what to do with kids for Halloween Festivities and Beyond