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A family trip to Madrid and Lisbon in 1999 gave me the thirst to explore Europe more profoundly. For the next several years thereafter I returned with a backpack and a Eurail pass for two to three months at a time. After sampling the culture in predominantly, but not limited to, Mediterranean countries, I eventually moved to Madrid. While teaching English as a foreign language to professionals, I have been digging into the history, culture, architecture, music, and gastronomy of Spanish culture through journeys throughout the peninsula.
My first book, The Madrid Trumpet Affair, was written with the objective of giving the reader an informal tour through Madrid, among other places, where descriptions of the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes evoke the essence of Madrid and Spain during the current era where economic crisis, immigration, and political turmoil are all coming to a head. Music is fundamental in the novel, featuring an eclectic variety of jazz, Latin jazz, Spanish coplas, flamenco, Cuban son, and other selections from the Americas, Africa, Europe and beyond.