Unfallowing Fields

There aren’t many good things to say about the economic problems faced by Spain since 2008, with high unemployment and mass company closures. The amount of farmland being utilized has also receded with the contracting economy, but there’s been an unexpected silver lining. In areas no longer under cultivation, animal species that were disappearing are…

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Almond Dilemma

I was in our local French supermarket the other day when I spied some packages of California almonds. Now, the usual almonds we get around here are from Turkey or Israel, and they taste just fine, but I grew up around California almonds in California, so in a moment of expat nostalgia, I bought a…

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Abyssal Giant

A giant squid (Architeuthis dux) washed ashore near Cantabria on the northern coast of Spain this week. Marine creatures wash ashore all the time. Dolphins, whales, seals, jellyfish and starfish, are found on beaches around the world, often in alarming numbers. But the great Architeuthis dux is one of the rarest of all sightings, both…

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