Monthly Archives: January 2014

Barcelona; without the Soccer or the Bull-Stabbing

I think of soccer and bull testicles when I think of this city. I got into a taxi and did a visual tour of the city. Like many historic European cities, Barcelona exhibited a bevy of scenic architecture along the boulevards. It reminded me of Paris, but with one exception: People paraded Cataluña flags as if they […]

In Madrid, Cheesecake is Called “American Cheese”

I am in Europe to visit seven cities for the holiday season. You, the reader, shall get one post for each country I visit. This is the third one. Enjoy.  — “Is this Madrid or is this Bushwick?” I thought to myself. This was my very first time in Spain. Madrid reminds me of Manhattan […]

Is Lisbon not in Spain? (Portugal, Part Two)

I am in Europe to visit seven cities for the holiday season. You, the reader, shall get one post for each country I visit. This is the second one. Enjoy.  — Ferdinand Magellan was Portuguese. I didn’t realize that. But it makes sense why a country like the Philippines has little Portuguese influence…they kinda killed the […]

Bread, Port, and Apparitions in Fatima (Portugal, Part One)

I am in Europe to visit seven cities for the holiday season. You, the reader, shall get one post for each country I visit, starting with this one. Enjoy.  — Some languages in Europe make my vocal cords sore. One such patois is Portuguese. I’ve been tired of saying words like “Eu estou com fome” […]