November 2016

Spain - Passionate, Sophisticated, a Country of Diverse Landscapes

by Michael Velazquez

I wrote this as I was cruising at the speed of light somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean returning home from an unforgettable road trip through Spain. We started in Madrid and drove through the north of Spain with stops in Burgos, Rioja, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander, Gijon, San Xenxo, and back to Madrid.

Spain is a country of stark contrasts. You can stay in a 12th century castle with modern plumbing and air-conditioning. They are obviously proud of their past but embracing the future nervously. They love Americans and our culture, especially our music and the NBA, but also express real joy of their own La Liga being one of the best Soccer leagues in the world.