Category Archives: Learning

Plodding Along

“‘The young gentleman is soft, sir, very soft,’ said Drudge. ‘He is not used to this sort of thing. We’ll have to help him along…Then they plodded on for many more miles.’” CS Lewis, The Pilgrim’s Regress Many months ago … Continue reading

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Studying in Salamanca

“He [Aristotle] held that the end of mortal life was to put on immortality as much as might be. And he also said that the most useless of studies was the noblest.” CS Lewis, The Pilgrim’s Regress Salamanca is a … Continue reading

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Journey of the Heart

Journeying is a good metaphor for a lot of life’s little ploddings. For example, I’m in the process of learning to paint and was delighted to find a high school classmate who offers beginner watercolour classes on Gabriola Island. One … Continue reading

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West Berlin and Wittenberg

Tickets were booked months ago for entrance into the Reichstag, Berlin’s Parliament and seat of democracy. The building is an architectural wonder — steel and glass with the best use of natural resources depicting openness in design and structure. That … Continue reading

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On the Topic of Food

I may have mentioned this in an earlier post, but in case I haven’t — a necessary aspect to travel and key to experiencing foreign culture is eating in it. Robert Farrar Capon in his book, The Supper of the … Continue reading

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Budapest to Krakow

My train buff was set on taking a night train and consequently, we had a day of waiting to board our 8pm ride. Since we had seen all the Budapest sites we had in mind we did something we never … Continue reading

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Budapest

I intended to show rather than tell you about Budapest but that’s proven more complicated than I thought. Internet is slow, allowing me to download only 2 photos at a time and well, with a classical string concert on the … Continue reading

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In Vienna

Our favourite site in Vienna was that of our son, Brendan.  I know it sounds cheesy but we can’t help but be fascinated by our children and our youngest happened to be working in the city this week so we … Continue reading

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On the Way to Vienna

Sometimes Google Maps is not our friend. Today, for example, we plunked in the name of the Prague central train station expecting a 15 minute walk from our hotel. For whatever reason, Google Maps insisted we take the Metro and … Continue reading

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Brussels

It’s only an hour by train from Brugges to Brussels and we decided the EU capital was worth an overnight stay so here we are, eating giant merangues, taking photos of Manneken-Pis (the peeing boy) along with every other tourist … Continue reading

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