And then I came back to watch the live feed of President Trump’s inauguration.  Carnage is not the the word that I would use to describe contemporary America and being first is not a goal I would propose.

Day 4

On my second day, I Walked through some of a huge park to the Murillo Cafe and then to the Prado Museum.

Day 3


My first day after arriving in Madrid was mostly for errands; signing our apartment contract, getting a SIM card, learning the subway system a bit, etc. But still, there was enough time to take a quick walk through a bit of Madrid, using just my IPhone to snap a few pictures.

Go to Day 2

I got to be in Spain for the spring of 2017, where I taught at Francisco de Vitoria University.  I lived in Madrid.

One thing that makes Francisco de Vitoria impressive was his response to indigenous Americans in the Spanish Empire.  A bit of a fanciful comparison might be thinking about how we would respond if we actually did discover new life forms on a planet in another solar system.  No one was expecting new continents between Europe and Asia, much less any new types of cultures.  Was this Asia or new land?  Were they people?  If so, did they have souls or rights?  His book on this remains worth reading.

Then, in June I had the chance to visit South Korea at the invitation of the Korean Big History Academy.