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|Alex and his mother in the Plaza de España in Madrid.|
Alexander is certainly a well-traveled little boy, as these pages will
attest. But in all his travels, he had never escaped the boundaries of
the country of his birth. After over two and a half years more or less
anchored to the North American continent, the time came to seek out new
Yes, Spain. Sandwiched between Portugal and France, Spain is larger than California but smaller than Texas. It's the country that financed Christopher Columbus' journey to America, and mercilessly persecuted thousands of people in the name of religious intolerance. It's the country that gave us flamenco, bull fighting, Spanish onions, and the Spanish language, but not the Spanish Flu. It's the country that captured the imagination of Ernest Hemingway, and produced artists the likes of Goya, El Greco, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dali. It's an ancient land where people eat more ham than you could possibly imagine, and the sidewalks are paved with beans.
Little of that mattered to Alex, however. To him, Spain was a place to walk the sidewalks of strange towns, to run circles around statues, and cast his gaze upon the Mediterranean Sea. Join us as we see revisit Alexander's first European vacation. It's the same Alexander Home Page you've grown to know and love, but, for the first time ever, with an international flavor.
On a Saturday morning in March, as Alex's father was sketching out the itinerary for a vacation in the Canadian Rockies, his mind started to drift in a different direction. One thing led to another, and before long he was investigating a very different trip. By Sunday evening, Canada was officially on the back burner, and Alex's parents had decided to defy conventional wisdom and, perhaps, common sense, and take a two-year-old boy on a European vacation!
We are pleased and proud to say that the trip went off with nary a hitch. A year earlier, when traveling to New Orleans, Alex had found the experience of flying to be quite stressful. This time, he handled the eight-hour transatlantic flight like the mature international traveler he's become. He fussed very little, and occupied himself with the activity pack provided by the airline, by listening to music on the headphones, and, naturally, by napping. He actually enjoyed the flight, and has expressed an interest in flying again.
When he does fly again, rest assured that The Alexander Home Page will be on the scene to capture all the excitement. In the meantime, though, grab yourself some tapas, pour yourself a bowl of gazpacho, and memorize this list of things that Alex enjoyed in Spain. (There will be a quiz later! Be sure to bring two sharpened No. 2 pencils.) And then, the wonders of eight Spanish cities are only a few mouse clicks away. Alexander has been to Spain, and the Old World will never be quite the same!
When in Spain, Alexander enjoyed:
On the other hand, there were a few things that Alex did not like: