Europe Spain

Top Ten Things to Do in Barcelona

4 September, 2017 Barcelona is the capital of the Catalonia region in northeast Spain. It is a city that is somewhat notorious for its separatist politics but also admirable for its fierce pride in its Catalonian culture and Catalan language. Throughout the city, Catalonian flags wave proudly from balconies and flagpoles in a nod of […]

Europe Spain

Top Ten Things to Do in Madrid

July 10, 2017     I went backpacking solo in Spain a few years ago (October 24-25, 2012), and one of the places I visited was Madrid. In contrast to Barcelona, which is a seaside city, Madrid is landlocked and improbably located right in the middle of arid, desert-like land. However, the city itself is […]

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Vancouver Island (July 19-23, 2016)

20 March, 2017: Vancouver Island is an island west of mainland Vancouver that houses several cities, including Victoria––the capital of the province of British Columbia. Introduction: There are two Vancouvers on the Pacific coast of Canada: the city of Vancouver on the mainland, and the island of Vancouver, which comprises several cities including Victoria, the provincial […]