Look Back: Iguazú Falls

In August 2013, we ended our 4 month trip to South America in Buenos Aires.  We rented an apartment there for two weeks and during that time we took a bus trip to Puerto Iguazú in order to see Iguazú Falls.  This is really a collection of approximately 275 discreet waterfalls that straddle the border between Argentina and Brazil.  Iguazú Falls are considered to be among the most beautiful and largest in the world.  They stretch out over an area 1.7 miles long so it’s difficult to take it all in but you can experience the beauty of these falls from many vantage points.

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While in Puerto Iguazú, you can easily check out Tres Fronteras which provides a view of three  countries at the confluence of two great rivers.

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Tim Baker Birthday

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Our friend Tim Baker and his twin sister Cindy, celebrated their 60th birthday in October.  We were invited to join them at their party.  It was held at Sweetwater Regional Park in Bonita, CA, a little southeast of San Diego.

The party was really nice and very fun.  It was held in the community center at the park.  They had catered snacks and a live band.  We had a really good time and enjoyed meeting their family and friends.

Of course, Tim and Dinah live in Prescott, AZ, so they brought their RV so that they could park at Sweetwater for the party.  The park has a very nice campground with really spacious RV sites.  And, they generously invited us to stay overnight with them in their RV.

We were so happy to be able to share this special occasion with Tim.

Munich, Germany

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Munich traces its founding to the year 1158.  In 1240 the city would pass to the House of Wittelsbach which would govern Munich (and Bavaria) for the next 700 years.  Munich prospered as a salt trading center but would be hit hard by the plague in 1349 and it would persist for the next 150 years.  The coopers (barrel makers) initiated a ritualistic dance in an effort to bring an end to the plague since their trade was suffering because people were afraid to leave their houses and therefore were not drinking as much beer.  This dance continues to be performed every seven years but it is reenacted 3 times daily by the little figures in the Glockenspiel high up on the main tower of the city hall.

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Barcelona, Spain

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Once again, we began our visit to Barcelona with a walking tour.  We were told that Romans founded the city in 38 B.C.  In the first 200 years they built a walled city that defined the boundaries of Barcelona for the next 1600 years!  During this time they had to build higher since they could not build out, given that they could not extend the city beyond the walls.  Not until the mid-1850’s did they break out of their medieval walls.  People were dying very young from disease caused by the overcrowding.  Previously unknown engineer Ildefons Cerda created a plan for the expanded city that turned out to be extraordinarily visionary ultimately leading to him being credited as having defined “urbanization”.

Barcelona is part of Catalonia, an “autonomous community” in the northeast corner of Spain.  It is also referred to as a nationality for the people in this region who for centuries have been agitating for the creation of an independent state for Catalonia.  Before the 18th century it was a principality of the Crown of Aragon with its own language.  Today, Catalan, along with Spanish is the official language of this region.

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