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Bavaria’s Fraueninsel

A view of the Alps from FrauenchiemseeThere’s a lake in Bavaria that’s called the Bavarian Mediterranean Sea or das Bayerische Mittelmeer in German. We go there at least once a year. It’s a popular destination for a day trip, and its real name is Chiemsee of course. I have no idea how it gained its […]

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Expat Author Interview with Marcus Speh

Marcus Speh Birkenkrahe’s debut short fiction collection Thank you for Your Sperm is out now from MadHat Press! His short fiction, published widely both in print and online magazines, has been nominated and shortlisted for various awards and prizes. In 2013 his debut novel will be published by Folded Word Press. Marcus–who describes himself as […]

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The Other Mallorca — Part III

Today William the Donkey Groomer has decided that we’ll explore the region of Serra de Tramuntana, which was named a World Heritage Site in 2011. We cover a lot of ground too–dozens of miles even. You see, we have a hiking method called “Hiking on Four Wheels,” which we employ on days after very long, […]

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The Other Mallorca — Part II

Sóller, Mallorca (Spain)We’ve decided to hike from Deiá to Sóller and back today. It won’t be less than six hours. We park the car in Deiá, a town on a ridge with a few quaint restaurants, a tiny market, the requisite church and very limited parking. We’ve driven through the “town” before, so I know […]

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The Other Mallorca — Part I

The West Coast of Mallorca (Majorca)What do you think of when you think of Mallorca? If you’re from North America or Asia, you probably never think of Mallorca at all–or you might think I’m referring to a bad whale, or maybe a whale that likes to go to the mall? While you’d get lots of […]

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Eight Days in the Canary Islands — Day 8

Auditorio de Tenerife “Adán Martín” — the Symbol of Tenerife and the Canary IslandsWe’ve survived the high seas. Overnight, we have sailed into the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where our journey began. We have eaten our last meal on the ship and we have seen our last show. We have trod–now we’re getting […]

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Eight Days in the Canary Islands — Day 7

The Green ‘lake’ at Il Golfo (not a volcano)”Volcanoes,” I say and before Alexander the Pool Shark can ask what I mean by this, I say, “Volcanoes” again. I really want to see an active volcano. I’ve seen lots of volcanoes, and yes obviously–if you’ve noticed my picture in the header of I Must Be […]

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Travel Theme: Benches

For years I’ve been a tad preoccupied with The Bench–as a place for reflection, a place to rest from a long walk, a place to watch the world. I’ve taken hundreds of bench photos. In response to Ailsa’s challenge at Where’s My Backpack, here are a few of my favorites . . . One of […]

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Eight Days in the Canary Islands — Day 6

While I’m fairly certain “Fuerteventura” means “Strong Fortune,” I think it may also mean “Big Piles of Rocks.” Since the bus tour on La Palma was so expensive, Alexander the Pool Shark and I have decided to rent a car to explore the island. “There is only one problem,” he says as we’re setting out […]

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Eight Days in the Canary Islands — Day 5

ErrrrrrrrrrrHave I ever told you about my first trip to Gran Canaria (or “Great Island of Dogs”? Probably not. It wasn’t a pleasant trip. It was one of those cheap holidays that turned out to be a bit more expensive than we’d planned. Here’s how it went: “I don’t think we can park here,” I […]

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