Candelario hike

Between a small town and a big city, I’ll always choose the latter, and I was a bit hesitant to leave busy, interesting Madrid for the relative nothingness of Candelario. I did find Candelario’s own magic, though, in its surrounding forests and mountains. The Sunday morning hike–perfect temperature, colorful wildflowers, only a small chance of getting poison…

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VERANO ESPAÑOL 2016 Pt. 1

I really love learning about religious tradition, especially when it borders on the folkloric, so I was mesmerized by the story of Saint Mary’s visit to the Cathedral of Toledo. According to tradition, the Virgin came down to honor a priest who had sacrificed his cloak to the needy, gifting him with a hand-embroidered robe. In the hundreds of…

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