Learning to Speak

We’re spending the month at an Airbnb apartment in the pocket-sized northern town of Pollenca. Our landlord’s name is Jaume. The name Jaume is the Catalan version of “James”. It’s a popular name in Mallorca–ever since 1230 when King Jaume I “The Conqueror”, brought 15,000 soldiers and hundreds of cocky Knights of Templar to the …

New Terms

Sometime last snowy December, Guy paused in the kitchen and mentioned that he planned to spend the month of March riding his bike in Spain, on the island of Mallorca. A few beats later, he said that I could come, too, if I were so inclined. I thought about it. I sat in my pandemic …