Gibraltar Is an Odd Place

Gibraltar is an odd place. It’s tiny and most of the space is taken up by a massive rock in the middle of the peninsula, namely the Rock of Gibraltar. “The name Gibraltar is the Spanish derivation of the Arabic name Jabal Ṭāriq (جبل طارق), meaning “Mountain of Tariq” (Wikipedia). It’s a British Overseas Territory, similar to Grand Cayman island in the Caribbean, and like … Continue reading Gibraltar Is an Odd Place


Juan’s House

While driving along the southern Portuguese coast, Erika saw through the trees the rooftops of an odd structure. We turned around and wound our way up an obscure driveway to discover an abandoned mansion inhabited, we think, by a man named Juan. There was a vast language barrier, us knowing no Portuguese. We picked up that the house was being built by Argentinians, but someone died … Continue reading Juan’s House

Port Lligat and the Home of Salvador Dali

Not too far from Cadaqués, just north across the peninsula in fact, is the long-time home of Spanish/Catalonian artist, Salvador Dali, in Port Lligat. He loved to this small fishing village, so he bought a simple fisherman’s shack with the intention of living simply and honing his craft, though over the years, he purchased adjoining shacks and build extravagant additions to his home. After the death of … Continue reading Port Lligat and the Home of Salvador Dali