You Have To Visit Valencia, Spain

I sat outside a cafe with Kristina on my second week in Valencia. We had been dating for the same amount of time. I remember looking around, feeling at ease. We weren’t anywhere worth bragging about, in fact, I couldn’t tell you what street we were on. But I will never forget the feeling. I was in la terreta. I turned to her and said, “This is my city. It feels like a city with a village heart.” Having Lived in Lagos, Nigeria, and the great New York City, I felt a connection that I could not describe. I was in a place with a personality that just seemed to fit my vision of the ideal life. “I told you that you would like it here,” Kristina responded before a sip of ...

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The Legend, Charlie Chaplin. (His Best Quotes and Him)

An innovator of comedy.We know him by name, and rightfully so. Some folklore live through history without the rest of us ever questioning why.We accept he was a star of silent pictures. We have seen slapstick comedy and assume that Chaplin was funny. But cinema has changed. We record in color now. Why do we bother remembering, though vaguely? Who was Charlie Chaplin?He was a man that should inspire you. Born on April 16th, 1889, he was the outlier of imagination and industry. He worked hard at being unparalleled, with an ability to communicate emotion through peculiar movement on silent film.We aren’t lightyears away, despite the fact that the 1900’s seem like centuries ago. I argue that Charlie Cha...

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An Adventure in Teruel, Spain

A bull jammed its horns through a man that I have probably walked by recently. Preparing to write this, I sat with Kristina’s mother sharing a beer and a conversation. She had just returned from the supermarket where everyone knows everyone. It is how she came upon the news. Mari says, this year out of two thousand bulls released into Spain’s small village streets there was one fatality. A thirty-six-year-old man was running with the bulls in Villarreal when he was gored through his carotid artery, spine and arms. He had tripped, fallen and was trying to rise to escape the beast that was closing in on him. That is when the powerful animal rammed into the man, probably relieved to have finally ...

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