Discover Spain with Puente! Slow down and watch all five senses kick in. Puente started to share an insider’s view of a different Spain, a Spain many conventional tourists do not see. I have been walking and biking in Spain for more than thirty years, so I’ve seen a lot and and learned a lot. Some of my Spanish friends (walkers and bikers all) still ask me about places for their next vacation, a habit from the many years I’ve arranged most of our joint trips. Creating active trips for people outside Spain was just the next logical step…..
Travel today? People may ask themselves about travel in today’s uncertain world. Is travel still worthwhile? Yes, maybe more than ever. Perhaps the overall risk factor has increased for travelers. More precautions may need to be taken than in the past. But at the same time, travel is the best way to promote peace and understanding between people from different cultures.
Getting away from home and really discovering a new place is an amazing experience. The distance view of home is just as amazing. Not to mention that interacting with locals will almost always teach us that we have more things in common than we can possibly imagine – way more than things that separate us. That helps eliminate our fear about people who are “not like us”, and helps create understanding. And in today’s uncertain world, we need that understanding more than ever.
Summarized: we need to build bridges.
A bit about me. Bios are hard to do and embarassing so let’s keep it short. Originally from Grinnell, Iowa, by now I’ve lived more than half my life in Madrid. That doesn’t include Life Under Franco (Spain’s dictator for 40 years) but does include almost all of the fascinating transition from dictatorship to democracy. (That gives you a big hint about my age which is probably not something you ask right away).
My favorite things? All kinds of walking, from easy to challenging. Cycling. Kayaking and cross country skiing when occasions arise: good snow or kayaks on the right kind of water. Spanish history, especially medieval and the Spanish Civil War. Exploring, learning and sharing my discoveries. Reading, everything from light fiction to fairly deep non-fiction (especially history and social sciences). Writing. Photography (amateurish). Sewing and knitting, though don’t have much time for either. Most animals, especially cats and dogs.
My travel philosophy? Done right, travel connects people. Learning about places we go and meeting new people almost always teaches us that we have things in common as well as differences -and often more in common than we’d ever dreamed of before traveling. Travel enriches, travel answers questions, but travel should also pose more questions: if a traveler returns home thinking they know everything maybe they haven’t really looked or really thought about where they’ve been (hey, after all my years in Spain I am STILL learning, and proud of that fact!).