We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Now is the time to buy your place in Spain. Or anywhere in the Balearic Islands. The Socialists have made a mess of their economy, so prices are reasonable. A pal recently bought a villa on the north coast of Majorca.
We loved this restaurant and tapas bistro (Las Olas) in Palma, Majorca. I ordered the gazpacho. It was beet - the gazpacho del dia. Remolacha. Wonderful, refreshing stuff for a hot day. I also tasted all of Mrs. BD's assortment of tapas, and we easily persuaded some wandering Brits to come into the place after I tasted the gazpacho and uttered an audible Wow.
I loved Palma. Lotsa photos below -
A park in the old city. Sorry about the unpleasant McDonald's sign:
Bought some Majorca pearls for a BD pup's birthday at this place. They are hand-made synthetic pearls. Beautiful things, if a bit too perfect.
I liked this house, with the courtyard/garage -
Random Palma street scenes -
Part of the old fortress walls of the city -
Jaime 1 chased out the Moslem occupation in the 1200s, and most of the Moslem civilization was destroyed. The Moslems introduced irrigation and many other good things to Spain and Majorca. The only thing remaining in Palma is this old underground Moslem bath, which probably was under the home of a wealthy trader:
A government building in old Palma:
The Palma Cathedral still is incomplete, but most of its construction took place between 1240 and 1600. It was built on the site of a Mosque. It has the highest apse of any cathedral in Europe.
Gaudi was hired to build the canopy over the altar. My photo of his crown of thorns does not do justice to the wonderful thing which was also never completed. Better photos of these things here.
NJSoldier ... You could come down here and live with us, Soldier. Socialism isn't popular here. We like freedom and we like each other, and we have no state income tax. We only let our state legislature meet every other year, which cuts down on the inevitable political chicanery. We're still working to close our southern border, and we have too darn many Muslim incomers for my taste, but you can avoid them if you try. Asian incomers, especially at the close of the Korean conflict, have been good for Texas -- smart, hard-working and civilized, integrating into the democratic fabric of our country. Other immigrants from dangerous countries ... not so much.
And too many unpleasant/dangerous incomers of all stripes are a problem all over America. All kinds of folks want to dump on America. But they can't wait to move here, legally or illegally.
Texas won't be that way for long. We have had way too many Yankees and bleu state trash who have run away from the social and economic hellholes that they created in their precious bleu states and moved here over the last year. These people are like vermin and they carry the disease of "liberalism". You can see what they have done to formerly great places to live like Arizona, North Carolina, etc.
They come and want to recreate the "socialist workers paradises" that they just ran away from.
Nahanni ... Don't you be insulting Yankees, you hear young man? I'm a 'naturalized' Texan myself, born and brought up in the Midwest and came down here 38 years ago when I married my Texan husband [fifth generation]. I never voted anything but Republican my whole life long, although I was brought up to be polite to everybody, even the misguided. I fell in love with Texas just about as soon as I got here, for its independent, freedom-loving spirit. But that kind of spirit, I hasten to say, exists everywhere in the United States, North or South, as Maggiesfarmers prove. Just not everybody, everywhere, is smart enough to participate.