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Where is Timbuktu?

Timbuktu in Sahara Desert

Growing up in 1970s Kansas, the exact middle of the United States, I always thought of Timbuktu as nothing more than an expression of distance, great distance. “It might as well be in Timbuktu!” Thirty years later, I learned different. Where do you think Timbuktu is?

Where to Live in Spain?

Where to Live in Spain?

Once we decided to move our family to Spain for a year, we then had the fun and difficult task of figuring out where! With four towns in the Malaga and Valencia areas on our short list, we rented houses in each for several weeks, planning to use the summer months to determine which we liked best. Come see where we chose!

Three Kings Celebration in Spain

Three Kings in Javea, Spain

Christians in Spain celebrate the eve of Epiphany each January 5th, when tradition says the three kings brought gifts to the infant Jesus. The festivities continue today with the tres reyes arriving in town, by boat or donkey, horse or camel, and parading through the streets.

The Turkey Head

Turkey Head and All for Thanksgiving

When it’s Thanksgiving morning in Spain and you open up the bag of turkey giblets, and there is the head staring out at you, are you supposed to boil it up too with the heart and liver and neck? I wondered.

Las Fallas Festival

Young Falleras in Las Fallas Procession in Valencia, Spain

Pictures from the Las Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain. This annual fiesta is held each March to celebrate the unique heritage and spirit of Valencianos. See pictures of the fallas, bullfights, processions and mascleta.

Quaint Gaucin Village House

Gaucin Village House

This is our first rental house in a Spanish village, and I have been looking forward to finally experiencing the nooks and crannies of these houses we’ve been walking by on the steep Spanish streets. Find out more about my real experience in Gaucin, Spain.

Visit Pompeii and Experience History

House of the Faun in Pompeii, Italy

“Mom! Mom, this is it! This is the house I read about!” My ten-year-old daughter was standing at the entrance to what was a house 2,000 years ago in Pompeii, Italy. We had come to Pompeii to experience history, but for me, the real experience was seeing it through her curious and eager eyes.

Lost in the Sahara

Camel Trek in the Sahara

Our camel trek through the Sahara Desert was unforgettable for many reasons, one being that our Bedouin guide got lost! Read about our unexpected journey and the consequences.

Travel Travails of Single-Parenting

Main Street of Gaucin Spain

We had been in the quaint little Spanish village of Gaucin for a week, my two young daughters and I. The anxiety I felt caught me completely off guard. What was I thinking, being in a foreign country where I knew no one, didn’t speak the language, and had two young children?!

Las Fallas Festival

Fallas Sculpture Burning in Valencia

One of our most memorable Spanish experiences was the Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain. I had heard about this city-wide street festival with its towering sculptures that were burned on the last night, but I was in no way prepared for the pageantry and processions, the afternoon mascleta and brilliant La Nit del Foc fireworks at 2:00am.

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