Author Archives: J R

public bicycles - Barcelona

Barcelona’s intriguing streets

The streets of Barcelona were intriguing. There were major thoroughfares that looked like main roads in US cities. But within just a block of those major streets were the real streets of Barcelona. Las Ramblas has two narrow lanes for traffic with the majority of the area being a wide pedestrian walkway. Every time I […]

Barcelona female gegant

Gegants (the giants) in Barcelona

“You have to see the gegants,” my friend Cheryl told me. Cheryl, the tour guide and host of my Barcelona visit, knew that I make small wooden figures. So to prepare for my visit, Cheryl located shops that made and sold marionettes and puppets. But she also knew that I’d want to see Barcelona’s special […]

Gamelan Workshop in Barcelona, Spain

One of the many interesting moments during my trip to Barcelona was the opportunity to participate in a Balinese Gamelan workshop.  Yes, in Barcelona not in Bali. When looking online for places to visit in Barcelona during my visit with my friend, I discovered the Museu de la Musica  with its many historical instruments. The monthly workshop on the […]

The Mediterranean Sea from Barcelona’s Shoreline

The Mediterranean Sea was the first sea I knew about as a child. A picture of the soothing blue Mediterranean Sea was in the front pages of the Bible my grandparents gave me for my 5th birthday.  There were no pictures of the Atlantic Ocean, the Great Lakes or the St. Lawrence Seaway  — bodies of […]

La Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona

Of Inspiration there is no shortage in Barcelona.  As you may have read in previous posts. We spent 2 1/2 hours in the Sagrada Familia cathedral one Monday while in Barcelona.  We listened to the audio tape as we toured inside the cathedral.  It explained a lot — the giant pillars in the cathedral designed […]

Beautiful Barcelona

I enjoy traveling and exploring.   I long admired my father and mother for figuring out the logistics of getting the family of five to explore and travel (relatively peacefully) across Canada and the United States for many summers as we children were growing up. We packed economically into a station wagon and a tent trailer […]

Spalted maple flute with red bud fetish. They have a calm sheen, but the wood shines through.

9 reasons your flute won’t play

From time to time people have shown me a flute that doesn’t work to ask what is wrong. I  believe you should ask the maker of the flute, but people don’t know always know who made their flute.  And so they ask me. In cases where I am the maker of the flute, I usually start […]