Category Archives: travel

Somewhere between life and death

Entre el sol y la sombra. A bull passes between shade and sun, June 19, 2014, at the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza in Sevilla, Spain.

Entre el sol y la sombra. A bull passes between shade and sun, June 19, 2014, at the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza in Sevilla, Spain.

There is little doubt how this will end, but in this moment captured by ones and zeros there is fleeting hope – some time left on the clock, some sun remaining into which the bull may escape before the cape and sword end all pursuits in a final eclipse.

There is fodder here for those who decry the barbarity of the sport and its traditions, and there is a nod to the art that its proponents defend.

It isn’t my favorite peak action shot from my Summer 2014 trip with my sister or an image that romanticizes the event, but it is my favorite image from La Corrida.

For me, it is an image of contrast with little discernible middle ground – a razor thin, tenuous line between humanity and my adoration of art, culture and tradition that I find myself straddling every time I attend these events.

Has anyone else attended the bullfights or encierro? Thoughts? Observations?

Matador Pepe Moral, June 19, 2014, at the Plaza de Toros de La Maestranza in Sevilla, Spain.

Matador Pepe Moral, June 19, 2014, at the Plaza de Toros de La Maestranza in Sevilla, Spain.

Matador Pepe Moral, June 19, 2014, at the Plaza de Toros de La Maestranza in Sevilla, Spain.

Matador Pepe Moral, June 19, 2014, at the Plaza de Toros de La Maestranza in Sevilla, Spain.

Why I leave and why I come back

Children jump into the ocean near the Castillo de Santa Catalina in Cadiz, Spain, July 2014.

Children jump into the ocean near the Castillo de Santa Catalina in Cadiz, Spain, July 2014.

Anyone who has ever spent any time in Abilene (or any other small city or town), knows what it’s like to have a love/hate relationship.

There are certain things that one may only experience if they get Out of Abilene. Those things drive you away – even if it’s only temporarily.
There are other things that could only come Out of Abilene. Those things may bring folks back or keep them here – not to mention provide fodder for Texas-sized braggadocio by our expatriates.
These pages contain meanderings (and maybe even some news) about things that have pushed me Out of Abilene as well as the things that come Out of Abilene and keep me here.
Expect lots of culinary/foodie pursuits peppered with some travel writing and photography (often related to the culinary world), current events and what it’s like to live with nine neurotic bird dogs (another reason I stay here).