A Stranger, A Pilgrim: Liveblogging El Camino

March 30, 2013

[Update Day 1], [Update Day 2], [Update Day 3], [Update Day 4], [Update Day 5], [Update Day 6]

scallop shell symbol8 Yo te haré saber y te enseñaré el camino en que debes andar;
te aconsejaré con mis ojos puestos en ti.

9 No seas como el caballo o como el mulo, que no tienen entendimiento;
cuyos arreos incluyen brida y freno para sujetarlos,
porque si no, no se acercan a ti

10 Muchos son los dolores del impío,
pero al que confía en el SEÑOR, la misericordia lo

11 Alegraos en el SEÑOR y rogocijaos, justos;
dad voces de júbilo, todos los rectos de corazón.

Salmos 32:8-11

Madrid, March 30, 2013john f.: A motley crew of Mormons walking The Way of St. James might seem strangers on the Camino indeed. This will not be the first time that Jordan and I have raised eyebrows as Mormons in a culturally non-Mormon setting. Nearly fifteen years ago we studied Yiddish together in Vilnius — many of our fellow students young and old, I recall, found it very amusing that a couple of Mormon brothers were among them. Read the rest of this entry »

American Accent

January 12, 2007

Following the link on BCC’s sidebar brought me to another of those little online American English quizzes, not dissimilar to the one I blogged about nearly two years ago here in which the quiz concluded that I spoke “General American English” which I further redefined as “California English”. The new quiz shows similar results:

What American accent do you have?

Your Result: The Midland

“You have a Midland accent” is just another way of saying “you don’t have an accent.” You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The West
The Inland North
North Central
The Northeast
The South
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

This time the conclusion is that I have a “Midland” accent. Does this mean I will fit right in in the British Midlands?

F***ing Austria!

December 19, 2006

Since most of you know that I am not one typically giving to swearing, I hope you will forgive me for the title of this post. I am really not intending this as a crass word. This post is about a town called “F***ing” (pronounced “foo-king” in German) Austria. Apparently, the folks in F***ing Austria have had trouble with British tourists removing the F***ing sign (Ronan- if I read about that sign disappearing in the near future, I will know who to call…: Read the rest of this entry »

my travels

October 18, 2006

I found links to this cool map service on an old acquaintance’s blog (the once and future craig). The website created this map for me based on my travels (red denotes places I’ve lived or visited):

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Thanks Ronan and Becky

January 30, 2006

My wife recently made a visit out to spend a few days with Becky and Ronan Head. The benefit of this to me became readily apparent yesterday around dinner time. Yesterday, Allison made English roasted potatoes and Yorkshire pudding learned from her stay with Becky to go with our pork roast for our Sunday feast. Allison also made applesauce for the pork roast, following Ronan’s lead.

Thank you Ronan and Becky for your hospitality and for equipping Allison with more authentic English recipes! We enjoy them so much around here. I was feeling so English last night after dinner that I had to put on my college tie and a tweed for the stake fireside. (And the Yorkshire pudding was a huge hit with the kids. They gobbled up several helpings.)