Beunos dias, beunos tardes, beunosweee whatever.
Surprise. I am in Spain. To be exact, Granada.
We flew here, compliments of Lufthansa, to watch Number One Son take off and land an Airbus. Granada is worth seeing, especially since it played a role in September 11, 2001. Osama bin Laden ranted something about the attack being revenge for 1492. Of course, Americans do not study history, so no one could understand what Columbus had to do with the event. Only Muslims, as well as a few Spanish folks, know that the Arabs were thrown out of Europe/Spain in 1492. Anyway, Granada has this big castle/palace, which was first erected by Muslims. It was plundered and occupied by Christians. Even today. one can discern the creative superiority of people known as camel drivers.
I like Spain. There is no sign of the 50% unemployment currently suffered by young people or any suggestion of the economic crisis one reads about. Restaurants are full, and the food is excellent. Shops are full, although displaying the same Sale signs one spots all over Europe. We had a fantastic eating experience in a tapas bar: it could not have been better. I like tapas cuisine.
We played tourist and visited the Alhambra, a Unesco cultural site. It is worth a trip to see the artistic talent of ancient Muslims/Arabs. It is easy to spot the difference between Arab craftsmen and Christian butchers. It could have been warmer, but was still worth the effort to make it up the hill (in a taxi: 6 euros) and trudge around the vast palace.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.