Spain: Day 9

Day 9: Our last full day in Spain was full of Spanish things. We got up early to go to Park Guell, a city park designed by Antoni Gaudi. It was originally intended to be a residential complex; Gaudi and his friend Eusebi Guell worked together to design and organize the layout of the park.…

Spain: Day 8

Day 8: From Valencia, we traveled to the last city of the trip, Barcelona. On the way, we made a stop at Montserrat, a former monastery on top of a serrated mountain edge. Hence the name, Montserrat. I continued learning about the deficiencies in modern philosophy by reading After Virtue on the way up the…

Spain: Days 6 and 7

Day 6: Traveling Singers It is a six-hour drive between Granada and Valencia, which means at least two rest-stops, as mandated by union rules, and since there are no tourist stops like Toledo, it meant a lazy day. Which was fine by us. The first two hours of the drive almost everyone on the bus…

Spain Day 5: Relaxation, Concerts, and Comradeship

Day 5: We were not done with Maria Dos, not yet. The next morning, we headed back to El Alhambra to see Generalife (pronounced Jen-er-al-E-fay), the gardens surrounding the palaces. This time, I was in Maria Uno’s group, but I did have some Maria Dos quotes related to me afterwards. And here they are (again,…

Spain: Day 4 – On the Road

Day 4: After a quick breakfast at the hotel, we got on the tour bus and started for Granada, a city on the southern tip of Spain. Incidentally, this tour bus would remain with the choir for the rest our time in Spain, driving us between cities, tourist destinations, and concerts. I was still tired…

Spain: Day 3

Day 3: Today was the day of the first “official” concert. We had sung in a hospital the day before, but that was informal, and the song selection was a bit controversial for the setting. (Singing about death and struggles.) We were also still in street clothes. So everyone was looking forward to that evening.…

An Open Letter to my Father

What was the origin of Father’s Day? According to History.com, the state of Washington declared the first Father’s Day in 1910, and it was made a national holiday in 1972. One of the quotes in the article (which can be found here) stood out to me: “The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not…