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Shawn Moksvold
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Shawn Moksvold is a freelance writer with particular interests in travel, sailing, food and wine and Spanish culture. His work has appeared in online magazines The Cultureist and MADbudget.com. He teaches English to elementary school children and writes for his blog, A Casual Notebook. He currently lives in Madrid, Spain. Follow Shawn on Twitter @casualnotebook.

Blog Entries by Shawn Moksvold

No One In My Tree: John Lennon's Almería (PHOTOS)

(8) Comments | Posted November 18, 2012 | 10:20 AM

The badlands of the Tabernas Desert and Cabo de Gata Natural Park, near Almería, Spain is an eroded place of prickly pear cactus, arroyos and dry winds that slide down the mountains. It is where salt flats meet the sea and where movie scenes, mostly nostalgic reenactments of bygone eras...

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Elaborate Slaughter: Early Impressions Of My First Bullfight (PHOTOS)

(14) Comments | Posted June 10, 2012 | 9:30 AM

The crowd is brutal, and under the stifling heat, at Madrid's Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, spectators stand and throw their hands up and unload insults in the direction of the arena. Things are not going well.

The bull has just stumbled after its second charge at...

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