By the numbers

Altercations: 1 with a parking valet at a Nashville hotel. Animals: See full report on flora and fauna. Gas tank fills: 32 Total miles: 4.745 Average Miles per Gallon: 59 (max 68, min 43) Longest one day ride: 500 (Texarkana to Nashville) Shortest one day ride: 15 (Durham to Chapel Hill) Average daily ride: 279 […]

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Pantaleon y las visitadoras.

Mario Vargas Llosa’s Pantaleon y las visitadoras was the perfect book for the trip and I finished it today, a day short of the expected end of the trip. The epistolary style synched perfectly with my traveling and the humor lightened up my time. The book portrays Latin American corruption at its best. The fast […]

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NYC revisited

Mark treated me to a traditional Jewish breakfast (white fish, salmon, eggs, bagels, etc.) at Barney Greengrass. Then after helping him tidy up his apartment, I walked to Fordham to have lunch with my dear friend and old student, Catherine Keller, ’10. We had a great chat and a great meal at a traditional midtown […]

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Day 19 – U of Virginia, the victory of Neoclassicism, the best ride of my life part II, NYC

After a fabulous breakfast at The White Spot, a culinary mecca in Charlottesville. I headed to the Spanish Dept. My first contact was with Zac, a supercool grad student who have me the “scoop” on UVA. After that I went to see Prof. Andrew Anderson. One would think that after visiting 11 universities I would […]

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U Tenn, more great riding, the cleansing power of riding in turns, Davy Crockett and earthquakes.

Rocinante slept in the hotel’s garage, lucky her. Breakfast was one of the best ones of the trip at Pete’s! University of Tennessee seems like a great place and I had a great chat with Prof. Nuria Cruz-Cámara. It looks like the especialist in Siglo de Oro is retiring soon, so I must keep an […]

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The best ride of my life. Day 17, Leg 11 Vanderbilt, Nashville to Knoxville.

Chatting with Liliana, the wonderful coordinator of the Spanish Dept. I fell in love with the Vanderbilt PhD program. Then I met a couple of professors and I love the vibe. Lisie  Michel, Walnut Hill ’09 being the wonderful, sweet, great girl that she is treated me to a coffee and a tour of the […]

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Day 16 Off. Nashville

We had thunderstorms all night. I got up early and went down the street to have a coffee with my friend Karen who was dropping off her daughter at Vanderbilt. After (a free) breakfast back at the hotel I went to a fantastic mass at the Nashville cathedral of the Incarnation. It is a great […]

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