An Incredible Journey

by Tom Galligan

So our group parted ways this morning. Not a great sea storm or even a General Strike in Basque country would stop them. Of course, for the one left behind, the day was a bit complicated. Because of the strike, most businesses remained closed in solidarity with the trade unions. Protesters filled the streets waving […]

Quixoteans, Panzas y Rosenantes

by Tom Galligan

After a walk along the river and through the town, we Quixoteans, Panzas y Rosenantes set off for the cathedral town of Burgos. Burgos is important for three things; two of them are its cathedral and the fact that was the home of Rodrigo, El Cid. The cathedral is on UNESCO’s world heritage list. It […]

Hola from Segovia!

by Tom Galligan

Segovia-Featured The Romans occupied Segovia before the great piglet chefs. The product of their genius is most visible in the aqueduct—a structure consisting of 44 arches and more than 2,400 large stones, it brought clean water from the mountains to the city. While gypsy women plied their wares below the aqueduct (one of us purchased a […]

Unlocking the Secrets of Segovia

by Tom Galligan

Secrets-of-Segovia Spain is a nation filled with beautiful towns and cities and Segovia, which we visited yesterday, is a jewel among them. In the shadow of the Guardarrama mountains (think For Whom the Bell Tolls), Segovia is the home of the last Gothic cathedral built in Spain, the Alcazar castle, and many convents and monasteries (including […]

Eating High on the Hog in Toledo

by Tom Galligan

High on the Hog Yesterday was packed with food, drink and incredibly beautiful sites. At 9 a.m. we boarded our bus to travel to Spain’s ancient capital, Toledo. The rhythms of our flamenco experience from the night pounded away in our memory but began to fade as we drove south while listening to a lecture that centered our attention […]

Leaving Madrid for Toledo

by Tom Galligan

Leaving-Madrid We didn’t get back from our flamenco show until 1 a.m., so everyone needed a wake-up call to be ready for our 9 a.m. departure for Toledo, the ancient capital of Visigothic Spain. On our hour’s drive to Toledo, our guide Juan shared, with Gallic thoroughness, his vision of the Spanish Reconquista.  More to come […]

Saint Randy Day

by Tom Galligan

Saint Randy Day Today is Saint Randy Day.  That is to say, it is Randy’s 50th birthday. In the Latin world, people are often named after the saint’s day they are born on. Saint Randy is the patron saint of happy historians and racquetball players – no arrows, no flaying, no martyrdom and no visions of Borgesian libraries […]

Hola from the Iberian Peninsula

by Tom Galligan

Group in Madrid Last night, our group traveling with Colby-Sawyer’s Alumni Travel Program boarded a flight bound for Madrid.  This morning, we landed in the land of churros (Spanish-style donuts best eaten with hot cocoa), Don Quixote and Penelope Cruz. In the 1500s, Spain ruled the high seas and was one of the world’s most powerful nations.  Today, […]