After a busy 19 days of traveling, we are taking an afternoon off and I have time to write. I’m on a 26 day trip with two friends, Carol and Robbie. It’s easy to live in the present and the “now” when it’s all so new and it keeps changing. I’m sitting in the shade in Granada, Spain, as I write this. It’s about 75 degrees and the white fluffy clouds are moving across a brilliant blue sky.

Jan, Robbie, & Carol

Jan, Robbie, & Carol in Granada,
with the Alhambra in the background.

In Spain we have also visited Madrid, Cordoba, and Sevilla. Each city has such rich history, amazing architecture and art, and friendly people. I’ve loved walking the narrow winding streets, imagining what it was like centuries ago.

During our week in Morocco we stayed in Fes and Marrakech. Since 95% of Moroccans are Muslims, I got to not only learn about the religion and the culture, but also to interact with and experience the people. They were truly a delight – gentle, kind, and thoughtful. There are 300 mosques in the Medina where we stayed in Fes and we heard the call to prayer 5 times a day. Fes is a spiritual center that dates back to the 10th century. Even though Marrakech felt more aggressive and chaotic, the people I met there were also gentle and sweet.

I’m grateful to have this opportunity to experience a world so different from mine and to connect with the people and feel our common humanity.

We have 7 more days to drive up the coast of Spain, then fly home from Barcelona on May 31st.