The Expat's Pajamas: Barcelona

A wise person observed that visiting a new place for a day makes you an expert but the longer you stay, the less you seem to know.

From 2000 to 2005, I lived with my family in Sant Cugat, a Catalan village on the outskirts of Barcelona, Spain.

Most of these essays were written and published while avoiding work on my humorous historical novel, “No Roads Lead to Rome.”
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Nonfiction » Travel » By region » Europe » Spain
Words: 7,860
Language: English
ISBN: 9780982582947
About R.S. Gompertz

It's 123 A.D. On the edge of the Roman Empire, a dead governor leaves behind the opportunity of a lifetime.


Mysteriously promoted, a senator’s son finds himself in an ancient world of trouble. Within days of taking office, Hispania’s taxpayers are in open revolt, the legionaries depart to build Hadrian's Wall, and the once-sleepy province is rocked by slave revolts, bread riots, and fad religions.

A quixotic saga steeped in humor and history, "No Roads Lead to Rome" chronicles the clumsy schemes of the new governor and his shadowy advisor, a superstitious centurion's struggle to save his faith in the faded ideals of the Republic, and a Jewish rebel's reluctant vow to change the course of history. All are pitted against the Gods, the Emperor, and the decline and fall of damn near everything.

It's 123 A.D.-a time not unlike the present-and No Roads Lead to Rome.

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