Walking the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain

For over a thousand years, the faithful have taken the pilgrimage to Santiago passing through northern Spain

Walking the Camino de Santiago in northern SpainFor over a thousand years, the faithful have taken the pilgrimage to Santiago passing through northern Spain. It's called the Way of St. James or El Camino de Santiago de Compostela. It's actually not just one route, however. It is a large network of ancient pilgrimage routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the…

Writer suggests painting flags for Manitoba’s 150th

Next year the Province of Manitoba will celebrate its 150th anniversary of the founding of the Province.

Writer suggests painting flags for Manitoba’s 150thNext year, 2020, will be celebrated by the Province of Manitoba as the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Province. How will we, in Portage la Prairie, acknowledge this? Check the latest Statistics Canada census results (2016). Portage la Prairie had 12, 949 folks in the reporting boundary of the municipality. Of this total,…

Flea markets a great introduction to local culture

You can have lots of fun at flea markets around the world while learning something about that country's culture at the same time

One of the world's largest flea markets is in San Jose, California. It has more than 2,000 booths and sprawls over 40 acres. In all, 12.8 km (eight miles) of booth-lined walkways with arts, crafts, jewellery, antiques and junk! Lots of junk. The old saying "One man's trash is another man's treasure" tells you something…

Discovering the Basque roots of the American dream

Why visiting small museums can expand your knowledge of the broader world

Discovering the Basque roots of the American dreamThe Untzi Museoa is a modest naval museum in San Sebastian, an important Basque community on the eastern verge of Spain’s northern coast. San Sabastian’s relationship with the sea goes back to the early 1200s, when its prominent Mount Urgull was first fortified to ward off French attacks on its diverse community of traders, merchant…

Turning an inner-city wasteland into a thriving cultural hub

How the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, a bastion of contemporary art, resurrected a community and why others should follow its lead

Turning an inner-city wasteland into a thriving cultural hubIn 1997, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao opened on the estuary of the Nervion River and immediately became the template for all new cultural institution architecture worldwide. Frank Gehry was the building’s visionary architect. His Spanish client was the Basque administration, along with new York’s Guggenheim Foundation. They sought to use architecture and contemporary art to…

Paradise lost: dark economic clouds gather over Spain

The world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, is betting against Spain. Investors should wonder why

Paradise lost: dark economic clouds gather over SpainSpain is one of the most popular destinations in the world for a beach holiday, but its business climate is less welcoming at the moment, thanks to a huge hedge fund bet. The world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, has bet $22 billion that the share prices of several European companies will go down. The…