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Shawn Moksvold
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, and Olive Magazine. 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.

Entries by Shawn Moksvold

Dear Liberals: Being Critical of Islam Is Not Racism

(44) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 9:36 AM

At the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, President Obama responded to the latest terrorist attacks in Paris and made a slightly surprising allusion.

In a response to a question about the relationship between Islam and terrorism, he said "... I also think the Muslim community has to...

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O futebol do FC Barcelona: misturando política e esporte

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2015 | 12:45 AM

A ansiosamente aguardada partida final da Copa del Rey de futebol começou em abril no estádio de Camp Nou, de 99 mil lugares, em Barcelona. Logo antes do pontapé inicial, Felipe VI, o rei da Espanha (a quem o torneio deve seu nome) se levantou na arquibancada, com sua expressão...

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FC Barcelona's Game: Mixing Politics and Sport

(7) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 8:07 AM

Last April, in Barcelona's 99,000-seat Camp Nou stadium, the much-anticipated final game of the Copa del Rey soccer championship began. Just before kick-off, Felipe VI, the King of Spain, to whom the tournament lends its name, stood in the stands with his typical dignified, austere expression. On the pitch, players...

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

(8) Comments | Posted November 18, 2012 | 9:20 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 | 8:30 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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