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We began in September 2010 by traveling a portion of the Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage route that leads to the tomb of Saint James in Santiago, Galicia, in the northwestern corner of Spain. The name of our blog is inspired by the camino, and we'll have many stories (cuentos) to tell! We spent 2010-2011 on an intentional international journey, living and working in Spanish-speaking countries. Since then, we are immersed back in our lives at home but will report on occasional openings and discoveries. Please join us!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Alhambra - poem of Conor's


The line of tourists sneaks around the building,
Drifting in and out of the sun.
Words of all different languages floating around,
With no place to go,
And all of a warm sunny day in Southern Spain to get there.
He stands with his family in the line,
Two or three groups from the entrance to the Palacio Nazaries.
His mother reads from a guide book,
Telling about the stories in the 700 year old palace.
The last refuge of the Moors, Columbus, and Isabel and Ferdinand.
The family enters, and immediately is awash
With stucco art, tessalations, and intelligent architecture,
That seem they were created before it’s time.
People walk on tiles that existed before the Americas did,
Someone’s laughter breaks the fleeting peace,
Voices on a cell phone drowning out the
Voices from the past.


  1. I feel like I'm there, Conor. Again you interpose past and present. Wonderful.

  2. Conor, you capture perfectly the traveler's pangs of being in a great place and watching others just go through checking off the spot on their itinerary. It is an awesome place; so glad you were inspired to write. Thank you.