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1419. A Wonderful Welcome back to Portugal (Portugal 013)
Tavira, December 28, 2012, Day 171
11 hrs*, 13.8 kms
Day Totals: 16 hrs, 19.6 kms
Back in February of 2008, just 7 months after having started my Global Parkbench Tour, I traveled this route from Andalusia to the Algarve region in souther Portugal. Now I'm back again... to visit the towns that I missed and to continue all the way to the very Southwesternmost tip of Europe... ...
... and locals running and biking through the park. We happened upon what from a distance looked like a protest in the park. Upon closer inspection it was a massive group yoga class. There must have been a couple hundred people with their hands and feet on their yoga mats and their butts up in the air. Way too many yoga pants! During our walk we encountered a Google street view car. He even made a wrong turn on a one way street before he quickly turned around and ...
... of this entire hike so far.
Shepherdstown is a complete anomally here in West Virginia. Most of West Virginia, is traditional Republican "Red State" conservative. Shepherdstown went 90% for Obama last election.
"Is it just the college?" I ask a local lady.
"A lot of people commute here to DC--it's one of the last stops of the commuter train. Also, this is a popular retirement town for federal workers from DC... including ...
... whites are living in each others neighborhoods and mingling in a way they never did before. Perhaps they will raise a generation of children who feel connected to both communities.
But I still have to wonder... How do these these couples deal with the many painful subjects that divide white and black Americans? There are many seemingly benign topics that can be painful and cause sharp division whether it be history (Were our ...
... that typical American setup with a houses surrounded by a big yard, these are 2 or 3 storey townhouses, squeezed together tightly--but still each with a private yard. I like that... I hate seeing so much land being wasted and used to grow America's number one (and useless) crop: grass. Now if only they could just create real towns instead of just splattering the countryside with random, soulless developments.
I pass through a ...