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TOKYO OLYMPICS, A BEACON OF LIGHT OR A SUICIDE MISSION?

TOKYO OLYMPICS, A BEACON OF LIGHT OR A SUICIDE MISSION? »

20 Jul, 2021
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At the height of the pandemic, on 2 March 2020, the Tokyo Organizing Committee had confirmed that preparations for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics were "continuing as planned". The IOC did the same. But the widespread sentiment was that Tokyo 2020 should be postponed if not entirely canceled. Today, not even a no-spectator restriction would appease those who don't want the Olympics this summer. COVID-19 has made Tokyo 2020 historic even before it could begin.

A Second Opinion: Moving Part III

A Second Opinion: Moving Part III »

15 Jul, 2021
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Pendleton, Oregon is where our new home is. It is famous for its Round-up Rodeo. We are so lucky. It’s been a miracle to find such a reasonable house in a nice neighborhood in a smaller town than Portland, which had gone downhill over the years. I won’t be a homeless waif like I thought I might be

NEWS ALERT: U.S. CITIZENS TRAVELING TO SPAIN

NEWS ALERT: U.S. CITIZENS TRAVELING TO SPAIN »

16 Jun, 2021
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Effective June 7, 2021, vaccinated U.S. citizens can travel from the United States to Spain upon presentation of QR code generated through Spain Travel Health portal, and a medical certificate showing recovery from COVID.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT  THE EU’S “GREEN PASSPORT”  — Better Known as the EU Digital COVID Certificate

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE EU’S “GREEN PASSPORT” — Better Known as the EU Digital COVID Certificate »

15 Jun, 2021
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Everything you should know about the EU Digital COVID Certificate, sometimes known as the Green Passport! Get it straight now, for your own safety it's going to be in use across the European Union and a few non-EU countries starting 1 July 2021 and until the pandemic is finally trashed. Spain is one of the countries ahead of this plan.

THE TOURISM THAT’S HERE ALREADY: What’s it Like?

THE TOURISM THAT’S HERE ALREADY: What’s it Like? »

12 Jun, 2021
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The affluent post-Covid tourist seeks gourmet gastronomy in a safe and less crowded back-to-Nature environment. The lower-income would-be tourist won't be traveling yet.

MUSINGS, A TRILOGY: Some Enchanted Evening

MUSINGS, A TRILOGY: Some Enchanted Evening »

1 Jun, 2021
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The night was magical. Simply perfect. Full moon. He bows and indicates the dance floor is our destination, pausing for just a moment before the orchestra begins to play. Twirling and spinning in the arms of a gentleman, I wish this special night never to end. . .

A SCOND OPINION: Moving Out, Moving On

A SCOND OPINION: Moving Out, Moving On »

13 May, 2021
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"He says it’s going to be 'an exciting new world' for us, but I am sentimental and stuck on the familiar stairs I climb to my office and the tiny kitchen in which I cook. They say 'home is where the heart is' and my heart has been here for a long, long time"

STATESIDE STORIES: Possible Statehood for Washington, D.C

STATESIDE STORIES: Possible Statehood for Washington, D.C »

28 Apr, 2021
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Last week the House of Representatives approved a measure, by a margin of 216 to 208, to make the capital city of Washington, D.C. the 51st State of the United States. The bill will now go to the Senate where it is doomed to failure, according to the experts, despite the fact that 54% of Americans support statehood for the District of Columbia.

WORLD BOOK DAY: BLAME IT ON DON QUIXOTE (& SHAKESPEARE)

WORLD BOOK DAY: BLAME IT ON DON QUIXOTE (& SHAKESPEARE) »

25 Apr, 2021
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Spain was the springboard for World Book Day, at the initiative of Vicente Clavel Andrés who proposed designating a Spanish Book Day to honor Miguel de Cervantes, author of the world’s first modern novel, Don Quixote de La Mancha. It took decades but in the end UNESCO took up the gauntlet.

BOOK BUFF VICENTE CLAVEL, FATHER OF WORLD BOOK DAY

BOOK BUFF VICENTE CLAVEL, FATHER OF WORLD BOOK DAY »

25 Apr, 2021
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Vicente Clavel proposed the designation of the 7th of October as Book Day to honor Miguel de Cervantes of the DON QUIXOTE fame on his birth anniversary. As a result, in February 1926 King Alfonso XIII signed the Royal Decree for the purpose. Decades later, UNESCO waded in and moved Book Day (World Book and Copyright Day) to 23 April, both Cervantes and Shakespeare's death anniversary. But the original idea behind Clavel's Book Day remains.