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Nicola Ramsey
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A little throwback post on curriculum change.

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El Camino: Why Walk the Portuguese Way
I love to travel. But I rarely tell anyone to go to the places I have been. For the Portuguese Way of the El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, I will make an exception.  You should go. If you have a passport and you can scrape together the airfare and have ...

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Sagrada Familia
The light stops you in your tracks. Warm and joyous, the red and yellow stained glass floods the immense space in the afternoon light. If you were there in the morning, the light from the opposite would would stain the air cool blue and green. But you are t...

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Waymarking
Those who walk the Camino know the value of the waymark. All along the way, the route is marked with the symbol of the scallop shell, yellow on blue, the rays of the shell pointing you in the direction you should go. Supplementing the scallop shell are actu...

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Early morning, Albergue
It's pitch dark when the rustling begins. Sleeping bags shoved into stuff sacks. Legs into pants, feet into socks,  gear into backpacks. The morning ablutions. Headlamps and cellphone flashlights dart into the darkest corners, checking nothing has been left...

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Quinta das Cancelas to Ponte de Lima
You walk past vineyards, tiny grapes just beginning to form. There are thousands of vineyards here in northern Portugal that produce " vinho verde". The "green wine", bottled while still fermenting, frothy, fruity,  best consumed young. Down farm lanes and ...

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Senda Litoral
To your left stretches the Atlantic, blue green and aquamarine, the colours you only thought you'd see in the Mediterranean. A sandy beach, soft sand broken up by rocky outcroppings, stretches as far down the coast as you can see. On the horizon, far, far d...

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Things I Ate in Barcelona
Grilled watermelon and goat cheese. 4.5 stars Caramelized pear torte, vegan. 3 stars Mueller Priorat Crianza 100 stars Bocadilla with Iberian ham and Brie 3.5 stars Broiled Octopus 3.5 stars Fried Camembert with Berries 4 stars Paella 2 stars Flammetart 4 s...

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Just what I always wanted
Every family has its stories.  Some of them are told over and over again. My mom was fond of repeating stories, even before the dementia set in.  One involved the first birthday party I ever attended, the fourth birthday of my next door neighbour Ricky Kent...

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Textbooks Suck. Why do we keep using them?
Why are textbooks so terrible? It's like they beat out anything interesting or fun about a subject. The drama and the injustices and the personalities and the emotions that shaped history.  Sure, the modern day books are filled with pictures and sidebar not...
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