In Search of the Soplao

"Where are you going, Alex?" Alex stops to catch his breath. "They call it the Soplao." Astraes, deeply impressed opens his eyes wide.  Hesitating at first, he eventually declares, "I wanna go with you." "Only pirates can go." "I wanna be a pirate.  I can be a pirate, I's Cap'n Khal." "Cap'n Khal's a girl," …

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Tourist for a While

The Destrier is excited.  She's being packed up with familiar items, like a sleep system.  We're off to meet some friends from Hamburg who have been travelling around Portugal for the last month.  Now they want to catch up before travelling back home again.   The last time we saw them was in Scotland a …

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The Viparous Lizard (Zootoca vivipara)

Although living in an apartment, and sometimes staying at home for the day rather than venture into the wilds, I am still able to appreciate nature. Nature comes to visit. The flat overlooks a field that is bordered by ash trees.  They are not in leaf yet, being one of the later trees to bud …

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The Diary of Alvar Díaz de Celis

Diary of Alvar Díaz de Celis The thirteenth day of December, 1283 anno Domini.   The quarrel between Alfonso X, el Sabio, and his son Sancho continues.  The infantes de la Cerda have right to the throne through las Siete Partidas, and Sancho has the right as a second-born after the death of his elder brother. …

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