Tag Archives: Spain

A physical Brexit with Iberian flair


Imagine, if you will, a place known as Iberia, a peninsula consisting of two great nations (Portugal and Spain). One day, for no apparent reason or cause, this geographic feature abruptly adopts a mind and a course of its own … Continue reading

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Fotos de San Antonio


I love San Antonio! We spent half of a long six-day weekend in this captivating city and fell in love with its beauty, charm, history, people, cuisine, diverse cultures, architecture, arts, and many, many other countless attributes. Needless to say, … Continue reading

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Pleasant large city names


I realize that attractive or appealing large city names are subject to individual tastes and the opinion of the beholder, but I thought I would list some of my favorites to gauge the reaction of those reading this post. Often, … Continue reading

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Why the “Bilbao effect” works in Bilbao


The “Bilbao effect” (also known as the ‘Guggenheim effect’) pertains to the cause and effect (causal) relationship that occurred when a single world-class project became the catalyst for reviving this once gritty, economically distressed, post-industrial city. The opening of architect Frank Geary’s masterful Guggenheim Museum in 1997 … Continue reading

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The birth of new nations?


Came across this story on the BBC about 1.5 million Catalonians marching on the streets of Barcelona back on September 11th in support of the region’s independence from Spain. I predicted that both Catalonia and the Basque regions will seek and … Continue reading

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Cultural richness can be dangerous


Each year as the running of bulls begins in Pamplona, Spain, much of the world media highlights the mounting list of injuries that take place. In addition, I will occasionally hear people comment on how stupid the participants are. Granted, … Continue reading

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Urban duopolies


Most often, the term “duopoly” is used the context of business to identify those markets that are dominated by two primary suppliers who exert great influence. Examples would be Fedex versus UPS in overnight shipping within the United States; Pepsi versus Coca-Cola … Continue reading

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