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Why we came to the U.S. for the vaccine

It’s been two weeks since we received the J&J vaccines, so we’re officially “fully” vaccinated.  There are absolutely no Covid related restrictions in the State of Wisconsin and for the first time in more than a year, life feels normal.

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Our Flights with Cats in 2021

Weary of endless travel restrictions and blocked from continuing our slow journey into Portugal, we made a spontaneous decision to travel back to the USA. Now that we have only Teej and Ricco, our two old cats, it worked to have them with us on the train and in the cabin of the airplane.

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Stopping in Granada

Our recent stopover in Granada was an entirely different experience. Due to covid restrictions, we spent six days in a city devoid of tourists. No tour guides, no crowds, hotels closed. I finally understand what inspired so many writers and artists to linger in Granada.

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Adios to Mairena

As the first stage of our vagabond journey comes to a close, six months in a tiny village was an experience that generated ideas about how to spend our future.

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Finding our food in a small Alpujarran village

Friends who know that Jamie and I are plant based eaters asked how we’re managing in Mairena, the tiny Alpujarran village where we’ve spent the last 5 months. Our answer is, “Surprisingly well!” This region of Spain grows about 50 percent of Europe’s produce making it plentiful and inexpensive for the local residents.

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My One Year Yoga Challenge: Completed

it’s been a good year with respect to physical and mental health and I give my daily challenge most of the credit. A daily challenge goal provides a teeny bit of structure that can extend to other facets of life.

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A room with a view

For the first time ever, Susan and I have our morning coffee in a room with a view.  Sitting quietly, doing nothing.

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My Credo

We haven’t been hiking for a couple weeks because I sort of hurt myself. I’ve been enjoying the recovery time by watching clouds and thinking.

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The Surprising History of Júbar’s Church

What can this unassuming church in a tiny village tell us about village life centuries ago? Well, it turns out that sometimes the most unassuming location or building can tell you a lot if you only dig a little deeper.