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2023-06-11 Lessons from the Iberian peninsula

More Lessons from the Iberian Peninsula


  • 1492 was a very bad year for Spain, plummeting them into hundreds of years of decline. (It was also a bad year for the indigenous Americans for different reasons.)

  • Separation of church and state is a good policy.

  • Franco was a terrible dictator. Is there such thing as a good dictator?

  • The trendy glass shower enclosures that cover only half the shower don’t work. 

  • Extra large bath towels are nice. 

  • Strictly enforced traffic laws not only decrease fatalities but make driving and walking near streets comfortable. 

  • It is fun exploring areas knowing that there are no (or highly controlled) guns nearby.

  • Excellent affordable health care is possible. 

  • Learning the opening motif of Vivaldi’s “Autumn” from the Four Seasons on the harmonica does not satisfy my need to make music. 

  • One can tire of touring churches, palaces, and religious art. 

  • Spain and Portugal have reliable internet service. 

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