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Spanish History, 101

May 5, 2020


We periodically revisit Spain in this column not simply because I like Spain, but in the U. S. today 41 million people speak Spanish as their first language, or 13% of the population. There are also nearly 12 million bilingual Spanish speakers here, like me.  In fact, the U. S. is the second-largest Spanish speaking […]

Spanish History, 101

September 14, 2017


I first went to Spain in the late summer of 1964, sent by the USN as a newly minted Ensign to join my ship then in the Sixth Fleet. I landed in Rota, across the bay from the more famous city of Cadiz, and lingered there a few days waiting for a flight, first to […]

Two Cuban Exiles and an American Inducted into the Imperial Order of Charles V, November, 2015

January 13, 2016


By Dr. Salvador Larrua-Guedes The Alcázar de Segovia is an imposing fortress whose construction began more than ten centuries ago, started by the Romans in the year 80 BC. So the first fortification erected on this site was initiated at least 2100 years ago. Many of the kings and queens of Spain have lived here. […]

Imperial Order of Charles V

January 11, 2016


In November, 2015, I was inducted, along with thirty five other new members, and ten ladies, into the Imperial Order of Charles V in the Alcazar fortress/palace in Segovia, Spain. Go the Images page on the left for a few pictures of the event.  


November 22, 2015


The maid got on the elevator and I asked her if she was going up or down. She pointed up and then said “down.” Ah, for a moment I thought I was back in the Third World, but I was in Segovia, Spain for a little ceremony I’d been invited to participate in. So, “which […]