Year I






Budapest & Prague

New Year, Old Friends, Toledo


Manzanares El Real






— Mom's Visit, Part 1: Extremadura (Aldeanueva de la Vera, Guijo de Santa Bárbara, Yuste, Garganta la Olla)

Mom's Visit, Part 2: Madrid/Segovia/La Granja

Buitrago del Lozoya

Granada and Los Cahorros

Patones de Arriba

San José, Almería


The Spanish Pyrenees: Pueyo de Jaca

The French Pyrenees: Les Fontaines d'Escot

San Juan de Gaztalugatxe

Ramales de la Victoria and the Cave of Covalanas

Los Picos de Europa and Cangas de Onís

Oviedo: Or, A Personal Encounter With Spain's Healthcare System

Year II

Sigüenza, Pelegrina, and La Ruta de Don Quijote


Hiking in El Escorial

Melton Mowbray, England


— London and Brighton

Córdoba and Almodóvar del Río with Ben!

Cuenca and Ciudad Encantada

Semana Santa Trip Part 1: Sierra de Aracena

Semana Santa Trip Part 2: Jerez de la Frontera and Arcos de la Frontera

Semana Santa Trip Part 3: Sierra de Grazalema

Semana Santa Trip Part 4: Zahara de la Sierra and Seteníl de las Bodegas

Semana Santa Trip Part 5 (Finale): Ronda


  1. Hi Jake - I commented on your blog last fall when you showed up in a Google search while I was trying to determine the health condition of a bullfighter we saw gored at the same bullfight in late September (you assured me that the local news was that he would recover to fight another day). I promised myself that I wouldn't comment beyond that but I've remained an occasional voyeur of your travels - one, because you are an excellent writer; two,and more personally, you have traveled many of the same roads that my friends and I have taken in Europe so your pictures and commentary elicit great memories of my own experiences. Just felt moved to let you know how much I enjoy traveling with you, Katie and your Mom. Hope that you consider publishing some day as you clearly have a gift. I love knowing that young people have such amazing opportunities, and more importantly that they appreciate and take advantage of them. (ps - is Mario fighting again?)

  2. Sue— It's nice to hear from you! I'm so glad that you have continued to enjoy my musings in Spain and Europe. I take pleasure in knowing that someone outside my immediate family takes the time to read my blog, and even more from the fact that you relate to many of the places I've been. I am also delighted that you think highly of my writing. I am hoping to attend an MFA program in the future in order to continue to improve it. As for this coming year though, I'm not sure I can leave Spain just yet! Thanks again and please break your promise to yourself as much as you want when you feel the urge to make a comment. (PS- It looks like Mario will be fighting in August, though I couldn't find any information of his having fought since September. From some pictures it looks like he was laid up for awhile.)