I can’t believe we’re already in the home stretch of the 2016 Vuelta a España. The past two and a half weeks have flown by, although I’m not sure the peloton would agree. By all accounts, this year’s race has been arduous, even by Vuelta standards, with more mountain stages than ever. As I mentioned in my first post, most of the world-class sprinters … Continue reading Vuelta a España 2016, Week Three: Wines of the Levant
While the opening week of the 2015 Vuelta saw the peloton roaming through the hot, arid climate of Andalucía in southern Spain, the first week of this year’s race looks completely different. If you’ve been watching the coverage of the 2016 Vuelta, you’ve no doubt been impressed with the magnificent scenery of Galícia, in far northwestern Spain: slow-flowing rivers cutting through cordons of granite; … Continue reading Vuelta a Espana 2016 – Part 2: Galícia’s Got More Than Albariño!
Well, the Rio Olympics have come and gone and I, for one, am sad. Brazil’s happy, lilting national anthem is running through my head on a loop, making me want to samba. Or learn how to. Instead of driving me crazy like NBC’s ubiquitous Olympic theme music, this tune makes me joyous, full of the Carioca spirit. Listen for yourself if you don’t believe me … Continue reading Vuelta a España 2016: Part One – Galícia: A Trip through Green Spain